Thursday, 31 May 2012

Wednesday, 30 May 2012


I think he is carrying a camera case, and I think it is late 1920s/early 1930s.  From the same album as yesterday's seagull.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

the seagull

snapshot stuck in an album, 1920s.

Monday, 28 May 2012

sunny days

Early/mid 1930s.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sew nice (2)

another of the (machine) embroidered postcards from Spain, c1959.
I only have this one and the flamenco dancer, so don't worry this won't turn into a series ;).

Sunday Stamps - maps

For this week's theme of maps, I have Egyptian stamps, one from 1962 commemorating the Independence of Algeria.  The strip of stamps come from a cover sent from Egypt to East Germany, and the tape with Arabic on the right edge is where the envelope would've been opened  by a censor.

The next stamp from 1969 commemorates the centenary of the Suez Canal.

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Friday, 25 May 2012

a wedding

Probably c1920.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Don't fall in!

The men look like they may be twins.  I wish I knew the colours of the lady's outfit and beret (in the above).

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

a day trip

possibly to Windsor Castle (not sure if that is Windsor in the background).  Presumed 1930s.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

the works' outing

"Insurance picnic 1927"

Monday, 21 May 2012



A day trip, probably in the early 1930s.  A fine display of hats and smiling faces.  

Sunday, 20 May 2012


. . . possibly with champagne . . .

Friday, 18 May 2012

Sew nice ;)

Sent from Spain to England in 1959.  The lady's flamenco dress and the plant are embroidered.
Would I have bought a postcard like this?  Probably  :).

Thursday, 17 May 2012

another day, another picnic . . .

Here they are again, the family we saw outside the church, and then picnicking on the hillside.  I think that most likely they lived in a terraced house, maybe with an extended family, they would have had a backyard, but maybe not a garden, so getting out into the countryside would have been a treat.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Buon Compleanno

Sent from Italy to England in the mid 1940s.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

the picnic

 far less stressful than yesterday's picture.

Monday, 14 May 2012

"Oh no . . ."

I can't say for sure what the little girl in the pushchair is thinking, but it may well begin with, 'Oh no . . .'.
I think this snap is great, they are at church, maybe for a wedding (but no button holes), so maybe it was for a christening or just a regular Sunday service.  Town unknown, year - presumed early 1930s.

Sunday, 13 May 2012


Paris with sequins and glitter is the next postcard and is one that may have been added by the seller to either fill a gap or make the selection of postcards more varied.  

Friday, 11 May 2012

'Off with their heads'

And if the ladies in rows 1 and 2 could try to keep their eyes shut, that would be perfect  . . .

I don't know who any of these ladies are, they look to have had hardworking lives, so I hope they enjoyed this particular get-together.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Little Bertie in his knitted coat

I imagine that his coat was pale blue.
Whether he was a 'Bertram', a 'Herbert', a 'Hubert' or an 'Albert', I can't say.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

the gloved hand(s)

I find there is something slightly unsettling in this snapshot.  The ladies are wearing short sleeves, yet the man wears leather gloves.  The photo is on the same album page as yesterday's prize winning young ladies, but having compared hats, I don't think these ladies were amongst the winners.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


These young ladies look like they may have been to the fairground and won some prizes.  I imagine that they have been to Weston-Super-Mare and have now stopped off to visit the Cheddar Caves.  But that is all speculation on my part, they may be somewhere else entirely.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

6th May . . .

. . . would have been the birthday of Rudolph Valentino (wiki link).  This postcard which was sent as a birthday card from Gladys to Dorothy, year unknown, reminds me of Rudolph Valentino, except that I'm not sure it is him as this film star looks older than Valentino.  Dorothy trimmed the postcard, cutting off the floral border, and as a result she cut off his name and the number he was in the Beagles Postcard series.  So if you recognise him, please leave a comment.

Saturday, 5 May 2012


The next two postcards in the album are in the same series as those posted last week but are even more melancholic.  At first I thought the mother and daughter were praying at a graveside, but I think it's a shrine and they are praying for the safe-keeping of their loved one who is away at sea.   I can only imagine what it would have been like to be waiting for mail from someone away in the war and how precious the correspondence would have been.  However I don't think I would have felt cheered up receiving postcards like this.   Probably it was better than no mail.   The sender was an Englishman serving in the Medical Corps, I think as a driver, and the cards were sent from Italy to England in 1943.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Birthday Joys

Just a little Birthday greeting,
May you, dear, from this be learning,
And of happy Natal mornings,
Many and many a bright returning.

An interesting little verse, which makes me think that it may have been translated, or if not, then maybe it should be!  :)
It was sent in 1933.  If you are having a 'Natal morning' today, then I hope you too are learning and  that both you and the Natal mornings will be returning bright(ly). :)

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Barton 1951

is written on the reverse of this snap.
There are several towns and villages called Barton in the UK, so it could be any one of those.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

a blustery day

a blustery day on the front.
Precise location unknown, other than a seaside town in England or Wales, date mid-1930s.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

"Indeed, . . .

"Indeed, it is glad I am to see you."

Sent in June of 1921 from Llandudno to a Miss Rhodes who worked in the War Loans Dept of the London and County Bank in Lombard St, London.

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