Another postcard bought in the interests of family research, I may find an ancestor was baptised/married/buried here. I just looked this up on google maps and sadly it looks like the graveyard no longer has this fine display of monuments and memorials.
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Saturday, 28 April 2012
The next two postcards in the album, 'the letter from Papa', 'the letter to Papa'.
Sent in 1943 from Italy to England. The colouring on the first card was probably done by the daughter who received the postcard.
I always think this style of card has a sense of sadness attached to it.
Friday, 27 April 2012
I don't usually buy postcards of churches, but got this one thinking that my great great grandparents were married there in Dudley in the 1870s and it would be nice to have a picture of the church. So when I got home and checked, I discovered, that yes, it was Dudley, but they were actually married in St Edmond's, not St Thomas. No doubt with a bit more digging, I shall find some ancestors who passed through the doors of St Thomas, and so this will have some personal relevance to my notes on family history.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Friday, 20 April 2012
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
A wedding at the Newton Heath Parish Church of All Saints, exact year unknown, presumed 1917-1919, around that time. In the first image, the bride is arriving with a lady who we presume is her mother (though when we see the group photos tomorrow, we will see she is sitting next to the groom, so that makes you think she is his mother instead).
The next photo is of the wedding party leaving the church, the lady carrying the baby is not the bride, but she seems to be standing in front of the groom as I'm pretty sure that is him in the hat.
I wish I knew who they were and when exactly they were married. The photos, of which I will post more tomorrow, have at some time been stuck in an album, but were loose in a mixed lot when I acquired them.
Newton Heath Church as it is today can be seen here, but it looks like the buildings across the street, the corner one looks like it may well have been a pub, are long gone, along with the church gates and the arch.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
I love how the boy on the right has a watch chain and you can just see the shape of his pocket watch in his jacket pocket.
Presumed early 1930s, I'm not sure if the boys might be Tom, Cyril or Jack (seen here), it could well be Cyril and Jack, they look like brothers and it's from the same album.
Monday, 16 April 2012
As the car on the left of the frame looks like it might be a Trabbi (Trabant wiki link here), I think this is taken in East Berlin in either the late 1960s or early '70s. I don't have any other info, other than it being an orphaned photo (and I may be wrong on the make of the car).
Sunday, 15 April 2012
For this week's theme of poetry, I have these Egyptian stamps issued in 1957 commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of the Egyptian poets, Hafez Ibrahim and Ahmed Shawqi.
As you see above, the stamps were of the same value and se-tenant on the sheet, with the next row above being the opposite colours, ie. the green above the reddish colour, (the sheet as a whole would have a checked pattern).
The next scan is from an old album which I have, it has printed pages with descriptions in Arabic and French. The person who it belonged to originally took great care in cutting pieces of black card to the size of the stamp, covering the stamp with a protective clear plastic cover which is folded around the card, glued closed at the back and then stuck onto the page with a stamp hinge.
Regarding the poetry, I had a look around to see if I could find any of their works in English, but didn't find any (on the web).
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Saturday, 14 April 2012
Friday, 13 April 2012
The eyes are like those little buttons which were used for eyes on toys (before all the safety regulations). Quite hypnotic and a tad creepy.
The postcard was sent to Lily Hawkins (who must've been on holiday or possibly working in Llandudno) in June 1924. Apparently Doris didn't put enough stamps on and there was 1d to pay.
Thursday, 12 April 2012
This is not quite what it seems, as the photograph isn't torn or repaired in any way. So I can only think that maybe the negative was torn in two and somehow printed without being properly joined together.
As for the time and place, I think it is late 1920s/early 1930s, somewhere in Germany.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Sunday, 8 April 2012
For this week's theme architecture (which I'm interpreting quite widely), I've chosen some of the earlier Egyptian stamps. The pyramid and sphinx stamps (small selection above) were in use from 1879 to 1914, with changes in colour, values and paper types at various times. During those years Egypt was under the final months of the rulership of Khedive Ismail, then Khedive Tawfik, then Khedive Abbas Hilmi.
The stamps below were issued in 1914 (this is just part of the set)
the 3m (orange) depicts Ras-el-Tin Palace, Alexandria (from where King Farouk would set sail into exile in 1952);
the 4m (issued in red in 1914, then in green in 1922) depicts the pyramids;
the 5m (pink issued in 1921) the Sphinx;
the 10m depicts the Colossi of Thebes, on the west bank in Luxor.
The 3m is a bit more interesting as it has a TPO (travelling post office) cancellation for Cairo - Tanta, and would have been cancelled on the train somewhere en route.
The next stamps are two of the higher values from the same set (issued 1914 - 1922):
the 20m depicts the Pylon of Karnak Temple, in Luxor;
the 50m depicts the Citadel in Cairo.
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