Sunday, 31 March 2013

Saturday, 30 March 2013


Sent from Italy to England in the mid-1940s.  I'm sure these postcards were eagerly awaited by the wife and daughter of this man in the services.

Friday, 29 March 2013


A postcard of Rome, written on 21 July 1950. I'm sure the same view today would be much busier.   I've included the message and stamp, which has a nice Vatican City cancellation.  

The cancellation reads,
'Anno Jubilaei MCML
Pax et Bonum
Omni populo'

'Pax et bonum' was the motto of St Francis of Assisi.

translated,  'Jubilee Year 1950, Peace and Good(will) for all people'.

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

rosier days

Found snapshot, 1930s/40s.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

a 'wintery-looking' walking picture

Found walking picture.  Although this picture may look wintery, on the reverse is written, 'June 1948, Largs'.  Largs is in Scotland, so maybe it was a chilly summer, or early in the day, or maybe it's somewhere that is quite cold being on the coast.  Look closely and you can just see a shadow on the ground, so there must have been some sunshine that day in June.  Had that not been written on the back, I would never have thought it was June.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

wrap up well

You certainly need to be well wrapped up in the weather we are 'enduring', widespread snow and temperatures barely above freezing in the daytime, since last Friday and set to continue.  Anyhow this little soul looks cheerful enough, found snapshot, 1930s.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Washington (2)

On Friday I posted some snaps of Washington DC from 1923, here are the remaining photos on the same album page . . . 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's 'pink' theme, I found quite a few examples in my Egypt pre-1952 'collection' . . .

The series of pyramids, of which the 5 mil value fitted today's theme, was issued between 1888 and 1902, and used beyond that date.  The centre stamp (above) has a T.P.O. - travelling post office - cancellation, dated November 1906, it would have been cancelled on a mail train, the full cancellation would include the names of the two places it was en route from and to, but unfortunately only a partial cancellation can be seen in this example.  The O.H.H.S. overprint is for an official stamp, this particular overprint was first issued in 1907.

The 13mil King Farouk stamp was issued between 1937 - 1944.  The next one is King Fouad, issued between 1927-1937.  On 15 March 1922 Egypt was declared to be an independent kingdom, and the Sultan Ahmed Fouad was now King (more usually known as King Fouad). The third stamp is one of the 1914 set which were reissued on 10 October 1922 for the Proclamation of the Monarchy with an overprint of a crown and a text.  The overprint text reads 'The Kingdom of Egypt, 15 March 1922'.

The above stamp was issued 1 April 1925 for the International Geographical Congress which was held in Cairo.  This is the middle value of a set of three, it shows the Ancient Egyptian God Thoth writing the name of King Fouad.

The British Forces in Egypt letter stamp, value 1 piastre, was issued from June 1934.  This is probably more correctly described as a 'seal' rather than a stamp.  From 1932 to 1936 members of the British Forces and their families in Egypt could send letters home at a reduced rate. These special seals were sold in booklets and were stuck on the back of envelopes, the front having a postage prepaid handstamp.  These seals were used instead of Egyptian stamps.
My final pink stamp is not a postage stamp but a salt tax stamp, this was a fiscal/revenue stamp used by the government, and I think this dates from the 1890s.

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Saturday, 23 March 2013


The next postcard in the album, sent from Italy to England in the mid 1940s.  'Zoccoletti rossi' are 'little red clogs', not a song I am familiar with.

Friday, 22 March 2013


Some time back, I bought a 'bundle' of large grey album pages, (too large to scan in one go), which all belong together.  The snaps tend to be small and are stuck on the pages, sometimes with a few words of identification.   This particular page is entitled '1923 Washington'.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

a patterned dress (2)

1930s, found photo.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

a patterned dress

1930s, found photo.

Monday, 18 March 2013

a brave girl

I would think that chasing a burglar down the road whilst brandishing a bayonet is no longer permitted.
Newspaper cutting found in with a bundle of orphaned photos.

Saturday, 16 March 2013


Here are the next three postcards from the album.  The sender was in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Italy in the 1940s and sent these cards to his wife and daughter back in England.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Thursday, 14 March 2013

wartime romance

These photos are always so poignant when you don't know how it all turned out for the people in the shot.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


In uniform.  A snapshot for a sweetheart.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

'wish me luck'

As this snapshot is undated, there is a chance that it might still be 1939.  However the fashions and the man in military uniform have a 1940s flavour.
In 1942 austerity measures were introduced which restricted the amount of fabric used in clothing, also the number of buttons, pockets and pleats, etc in garments.  Looking at the pleats and buttons, these ladies appear to have suits which were made prior to 1942.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's 'abstract' theme, I've chosen a couple of GB covers . . . 

Firstly the 1970 set for the Commonwealth Games 

and this set from 1977 for achievements in chemistry

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Saturday, 9 March 2013


The next postcard in the album.  The postcards were sent from Italy to England in the mid 1940s.

Friday, 8 March 2013

on guard

more snapshots from a 1950s visit to London.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Two views . . .

. . . of Buckingham Palace.  I think the above view belongs to the same visit to London as yesterday's leanings, whereas the next picture was a different day, one when it was raining - so that should narrow it down a bit ;).

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

leaning London

. . . as seen in the 1950s.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

a Viscount

Viscount Lascelles, who in February 1922 married Princess Mary, daughter of George V and Queen Mary. This postcard is the companion to yesterday's post.  Both were written just before the wedding, and as I only bought them last year, I think it's quite amazing that they (the postcards) stayed 'together' for 90 years.

Monday, 4 March 2013

a Princess

Princess Mary (25 April 1897 - 28 March 1965), was the daughter of George V and Queen Mary. This postcard was bought and written just before her marriage on 28 February 1922 to Viscount Lascelles.
(for lots more information, here's the wiki link)

Dear Little Gracie,
Although you have never seen this lady, she really does live, and in London.   She is to be married Tuesday, and all school children here will have a holiday.  Don’t you wish you were here to have the same?
Love & best wishes,
Auntie Doff
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