Wednesday, 31 July 2013


1930s snapshot.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

stepping out

these young ladies were caught on film by one of the seaside walking photographers, the date is late 1930s, based on the other photos in the album, it might be at Weston Super Mare.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of trees, I have this FDC from 1973 with the slogan, 'Plant a tree in 73'.  Although I like the slogan, the design of the FDC is not the most imaginative.

In 1974, there was a second stamp in the series, showing a horse chestnut tree (I will probably find that one in time for next week).  

Next these 2 stamps from the US which have trees prominent in the design.  'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' dates from 1974 and the 'First Civil Settlement Alta California' from 1977.

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Saturday, 27 July 2013


1950s, I think.

Friday, 26 July 2013

the cost of a towel

Back in the 1920s, it would appear that you could hire a towel when you went to the beach. 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

the cost of a deckchair (part 2)

Moving on a few years to the summer of 1956 and Brighton, it will now cost you 4D to hire a deckchair.
Such is life.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

the cost of a deckchair

2D (to hire).  Late 1930s snap.

Monday, 22 July 2013


Found snapshot.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Sunday stamps

On Monday I got a stamp which would have been perfect for last week's theme of Presidents (and although I don't usually post new stamps, I'm making an exception and anyway there is an historical theme).  On another note, this post is my 1000th, so I'm pleased to have this stamp for the post.
So here it is, and as you will see I think it also fits with this week's theme of birth/marriage/death.

It was issued by Eire in June 2013 to commemorate the visit of President Kennedy to Ireland in June 1963.

Here's the link to the Irish Post website and the stamps - there's also a 60c.  

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

time for the beach

Although I'm not a beach holiday person, I do like seeing these vintage holiday snaps.
This one dates from the 1930s (and is a different holiday and set of people to those photos posted earlier this week).

Friday, 19 July 2013

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

a duck . . .

1920s snapshot.  All the snaps posted this week (Monday to Friday) are from the same lot of holiday snaps.

Monday, 15 July 2013

on top of the world

well, on top of the haystack to be precise . . . 1920s snapshot.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of Kings and Presidents, I'm back in my accumulation of Egyptian stamps for King Fouad, who ruled Egypt from 1917 - 1936, (wiki link),  and King Farouk, who ruled from 1936 - 1952, (wiki link).

The above stamps are just a few values of the definitives issued in 1923/24 which have the script in Arabic only.  The stamp below was issued in 1926 to commemorate the 58th birthday of King Fouad.

Next follows definitives from 1927-1937, with script in French and Arabic.

The Army Post stamps were issued in 1936 and allowed for mail from members of the British forces and their families to be sent at reduced rates.  

On to King Farouk, the 'Boy King' issue I posted 2 weeks ago (here).
The following 3 stamps belong to the definitives issued between 1939 - 1946.

Of the stamps below, the 10 mills (purple)  was issued in February 1945 to commemorate the 25th birthday of King Farouk.  
The 30 mills depicting King Farouk and the Egyptian flag is from a set issued in February 1952 to commemorate the abrogation of the Anglo-Egyptian treaty of 1936 (wiki link).

After King Farouk's abdication in 1952, stamps were still sold with his image, but in 1953 the remaining stamps depicting King Farouk were overprinted with 3 bars to obliterate the portrait.

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Friday, 12 July 2013

lines of light

snapshot, probably 1930s.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

a stony beach

presumably somewhere in the UK.  1920s snapshot, from the same album as the photos posted so far this week.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

'der Strandkorb'

This photo is on the same album page as yesterday's picture (and tomorrow's).  Based on the rest of the album,  I presume the locations to be in the UK, although I haven't seen a 'Strandkorb' (beach seat) on beaches in the UK, that's probably why I only know the word in German.
You can read more about the history of 'Strandkörber' here.

Monday, 8 July 2013


glorious weather here at the moment, probably even warm enough for a dip in the sea, if one were so inclined :).

Friday, 5 July 2013


in Edwardian times.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


some more snaps which accompany Monday's picture.

Monday, 1 July 2013


photo (possibly early 1930s) stuck on album page.
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