Wednesday, 31 August 2011

We're in the 60s now . . .

so there's a possibility that this could be the gardeners from a couple of days ago, just 25 - 30 years after the first snapshot.  I like the lined up beer bottles.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

in the backyard . . .

in front of the washing line.  I seem to have come across quite a few snaps where the washing line, complete with washing, is part of the background.  This one is 1930s.

Monday, 29 August 2011

the gardeners . . .

having a good time by the looks of things.  I haven't yet decided whether the flowerpots on their heads are actually there or just part of an optical illusion.  Found photo, 1930s/1940s.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

So what did you read at the wedding?

 Was it Fairyland Frolics?

A war time wedding of the 1940s, bride and groom unknown.  Reader unknown.

Sunday Stamps

a lovely set from 1979 for the 'Year of the Child', featuring some favourites in children's literature, Peter Rabbit, Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland.

This post is part of Viridian's Sunday Stamps, which you can find here or by clicking on the icon below.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

on the rocks and in berets . . .

mid 1930s.  A stylish look.

Friday, 26 August 2011

oh look . . . oh look . . .

these twin boys look they might be trouble, despite those neat little suits . . . found snapshot late 1920s.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

a new coat and a new beret . . .

a sweet snapshot :)
a recent find, probably 1940s.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

vrooom . . . .

to me it looks like the car is moving, but I cannot see who the driver might be . . .   all I can see is what looks like some kind of white box-shaped canopy. (cue creepy music)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

every . . .

a noteworthy event, which didn't go unnoticed, but alas it went unnoted.
It may also have been a Tuesday.

Monday, 22 August 2011

a day at the beach . . .

another unknown photo from the snaps album.  They look to be having a lovely time :).

Sunday, 21 August 2011

"I am just a poor boy . . .

though my story's seldom told . . ."  as the song goes.
I don't know this young man's story, or even his name.  The year is some time in the 1920s I think, the location another unknown.  They are standing in front of the 'Burns Buildings', which is probably as close as we will get to knowing.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

a break from our travels

for a cup of tea with the Welsh Ladies.  They seem to be missing a saucer.

Friday, 19 August 2011

destination Verona



the year 1912.  I think the 3rd photo is of the Cathedral.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

en route . . .

. . . to Verona, 1912.  Our intrepid travellers are on the train, travelling second class in a 'fumatori' compartment.  They appear to be drinking (no sign of smoking) and I'm thinking the chap in the foreground may be fiddling with a camera (hard to see).  I don't know their itinery so I have no idea if they saw Venice before or after Verona.  Never mind, tomorrow we shall see Verona through their lens.
(As an aside I used to love travelling on trains where the carriages had those separate compartments).

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

destination Venice

the year 1912 . . .


The family who took these photos, which measure 10cm x 7.5cm, quarto size according to the envelope, had some amazing holidays.  Their destinations are pretty good in terms of 21st century travel, so for 1912, it must really have been quite something to see the places they visited and definitely was not an option for most people at that time.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

with Granny . . .

I adore this photo.  As you can see it is another from the same little album as yesterday's.  So this must be Granny with one of the granddaughters, her little 1920s doll's pram is quite something.  Wouldn't it be nice to know who they were.  I don't know which part of the country (England) they are in, but I imagine this is another area which has long been built over.

Monday, 15 August 2011

a walk in the park

As you can see, this is from the same little 'Some Snaps' album as Friday's photo.  I don't know if it is the same lady, the baby makes me think it might be a different lady, though being in the same album all these years they are probably related.  Datewise, I'd say late 1920s based on the pram and the hat.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

the picnic . . .

a summer's day, a drive out in the car and then stopping by those lovely metal railings for a picnic.  I imagine this to be the late 1940s, I'm not quite sure when those hats were the fashion to date the photo more precisely.   I expect that is the family's car just the other side of the railings and wonder did they have to walk far to set up their picnic or did they just go through the gap in the railings a little further along.

Sunday stamps

 For this week's free theme, I've chosen a couple of covers.  The covers are both from Egypt (pre-1952) with definitives from the reign of King Farouk. The first one is registered mail and has two values from the set issued from 1937 - 1944, the picture being the investiture of the young King Farouk.
The second cover is from 1951 and has 3 values from the definitives which were first issued in 1944.  What I like about this cover is that it has a cancellation for Cook's Post Office in Cairo.  This would have been mailed from Thomas Cook's Tourist Agency in Cairo, which was next to Shepheard's Hotel, both of which were destroyed in 1952.  The cancellation in Arabic on the far left is a censorship cancellation, although it doesn't look like this envelope had been opened by the censors.

This post is part of Viridian's Sunday Stamps, you can find this week's entries here or by clicking on the icon below.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

in front of the station . . .

in Alexandria, Egypt, early 1940s.  The man is Arthur who compiled an album of snapshots of Alexandria from the time he was there and sent it home to his folks in England.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Eden Street - but was it paradise?

This photo is one of those taken by a 'street/seaside/promenade' photographer which has been put in a little album.  The lady and her children are a mystery as none of the photos in the album have any names.  I would date the photo as being 1920s, the car registration plate is PK 5291, the 'PK' indicates that the car is registered in Preston (Lancs).  On the reverse is written 'Eden Street' and stamped 'Empire Films', Eden Street could be the name of the street shown, or possibly the street where the lady was staying.  I think this is most likely one of the seaside towns, possibly Blackpool or Southport and I have been trying to identify the theatre with the rounded facade.  I can't quite make out the word that precedes 'Theatre' on the building facade, and then it is '____ House', could be picture house or opera house.  I have spent quite a bit of time looking last night and this morning, but haven't really found an answer.  Could this have been the Tivoli Cinema (that became Yates') in Blackpool?  I don't know.  If you recognise where this is, please let me know.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

112A . . . an earlier trip to the seaside . . .

a different seaside (most likely), a different group of day trippers, and a different year - I would think this is earlier than yesterday's photo - but still fun!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

a trip to the seaside . . .

I don't know the location for this seaside trip, the date maybe 1912 or so.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

August 9th . . . that's today . . .

"remains of Garage in Old Church Rd, Clevedon, after fire Aug. 9th 1935"

I saw this photo for the first time today, looked on the back and saw the above description and date, and thought, that's today, August 9th.  That was Aug 9th 1935, 76 years ago.

Monday, 8 August 2011

the outing . . .

"Staff Outing 1929"
Company and location unknown.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Sunday Stamps

The sender was using up a variety of stamps from the 1970s on this cover for a parcel.

This post is part of Viridian's Sunday Stamps which you can find here or by clicking on the icon.

"God Bless . . ."

"God Bless Our Rector" is the banner above the window on this elaborately decorated house.  Presumably there was a new clergyman in the parish and therefore a celebration and welcoming.  I don't know the date of the photo, I would think c1920, the photo was loosely tucked into one of the albums but I haven't noted a connection between this photo and any in the albums so far.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

she looks a Pearl . . .

you know sometimes you think people look like their name, or their name suits them, well to me this lady definitely looks a 'Pearl'.  I presume the photo is from a wedding late 1930s/ 1940s.
But was she a singer?

Friday, 5 August 2011

Is there anybody there?

The question is was the photographer removing someone in the dark room, or did someone appear?

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Oh look . . .

oh look . . .
from 1938, I'm glad this double exposure made it to the album (which was then orphaned 73 years later).

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Oh look . . .

twins . . .

Nice that the photographer coloured in one of the heads over the white border of the photo.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

"Taken at Aberystwyth"

"Aug 1911" is written on the reverse of this photo postcard.  Sadly they didn't write their names and we have no way of knowing what became of them. Most likely it was a family day out to the seaside, they are very formally dressed as was the norm at that time.  The father seems to be missing from the picture, but maybe they were from a farming family and he had stayed at home, they look like they have 'working' hands.  I wonder if in 1911 there were already the rumblings of a looming world war, I wonder if the young man on the left made it safely home, and was his younger brother old enough to enlist in the latter years of the war. 
And would they ever have thought that we'd be thinking and wondering about them 100 years on.

Monday, 1 August 2011

. . . and back to where we started . . .

after our time-travelling mini tour of Egypt, here we are back in Cairo.  There is of course no shortage of postcards of the Pyramids and the Sphinx, but I find the vintage ones extremely hard to resist.   Here I like there being what looks like a tripod and camera positioned in front of the Sphinx.
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