Photographs, vintage postcards and other ephemera

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

August 1918

Yesterday's unknown soldier with (presumably) his wife; photograph taken two months after the first one. Written on the reverse: "August 1918".

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

June 1918

Written on the reverse: "Gilroes Hospital, June 1918". Another unknown soldier from the Great War; his cap badge indicates that he served with the Middlesex Regiment. Gilroes Hospital was part of the 5th Northern General Hospital which occupied several buildings in Leicester and North Evington from 1914 to 1919.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Berger's Peerless Footwear

A rustle through my photograph collection for an image to reflect this week's Sepia Saturday theme of shoes resulted in absolutely nothing. Plenty of men, women and children wearing shoes and boots but none of the images stood out from the crowd. Then I remembered  a box of 1920s magazines under the bed and found this.
Advertisement from Weldon's Illustrated Dressmaker, No. 500, October 1921, published by Weldon's Journals, 30-32 Southampton Street, Strand, London W.C.2.

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Friday, 24 February 2012

Greetings from Brighton

Postmarked Brighton & Hove, September 3, 1950. On the reverse: Shoesmith & Etheridge Ltd., Hastings.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012


On the reverse: Valentine's Series Famous Throughout the World.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Hubert and Margaret

Photographer: Sneesby, Fore Street, Hertford. Written on the reverse: "Hubert & Margaret Hennessy Brown. 27 Sept 21". According to the Register of Marriages, Vol 3a, Page 2069, Hubert H. Brown married Margaret Hennessy in Hertford, third quarter of 1921. I did a little more digging in the records and Hubert is possibly Hubert Haskell Brown b. Bath, fourth quarter of 1890.

Saturday, 18 February 2012


Film is this week's Sepia Saturday theme and the image I've chosen is one of Canadian actor Rod Cameron (1910-1983), star of many western films in the 40s and 50s. I have fond memories of watching countless western double-bills at the cinema as a kid in the 50s, usually with my dad who was a huge fan of the cowboy genre.
On the reverse: Rod Cameron, starring in Republic's "Hell's Outpost". Celebrity Autogrphs Series No. 131. Published by Celebrity Autographs, London W.C.1. Printed in England. More about Rod Cameron's career; details and film posters of his western movies and his IMDb entry.

View more cinematic delights over at Sepia Saturday.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Greetings on your Wedding Anniversary

Written on the reverse: "24.5.32. Dear Tilly & Arthur. May the coming year hold as much happiness for you both as the year that has just ended is the earnest wish of Mum & Dad xx".

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

To my Valentine

Postmarked Maidstone, February 13, 1910. On the reverse: Raphael Tuck & Sons' "Rapholette" Post Card Series No 157, "Cupid at Work". Art publishers to their Majesties the King and Queen. Processed in Saxony.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Greetings from Brighton & Hove

Postmarked  Brighton & Hove, August 3, 1950. On the reverse: Published by Lansdowne Production Co., London.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

St. Dunstan's Victory Over Blindness

Fund-raising postcard for St. Dunstan's. On the reverse: The soldiers and sailors blinded in the war are "learning to be blind" at St. Dunstan's in Regent's Park. After their training they go to their own homes or are set up in new ones to carry on the trades they have mastered. Large sums of money are necessary for the after-care of these brave men who gave their sight for us in the war, and a permanent After-Care Branch which will look after them all their lives has been established by the National Institute for the Blind which asks for your practical sympathy on their behalf. Contributions will be gladly accepted by the Treasurer, The National Institute for the Blind, Great Portland Street, W1.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Lancashire lass

This week's Sepia Saturday theme concerns books. Delving into my family collection, photographs of books and readers of books were non-existent (surprising this, given that all my family were voracious readers and I grew up surrounded by books). Turning to my collection of 'unknowns', I came across this lovely photograph which seemed to fit the bill.
On the reverse: Van Esty & Co., 115 Yorkshire St., Rochdale. I'm particularly intrigued by the fob-watch-come-wrist-watch that she's wearing; I haven't seen one of these before. Edited to add this: Edwardian Ladies Watch Strap.

More bookish photographs over at Sepia Saturday - do nip over and have a look!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Flo and Louie

On the reverse: Alfred ....... Photographer Lumley Street Skegness. Written message: "From your loving Daughter, Flo & Friend Louie".

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Written on the reverse: "Barbara. May 1927 Age 2 yrs 3 months".

Saturday, 4 February 2012


It's the weekend again and this week's Sepia Saturday has a doggy theme. This is one of the first photographs I bought way back in the late 1960s and it's just as appealing to me today as it was then.
The photographer was G. Norman Taylor, East Oxford Studio, 186 Cowley Road, Oxford and written on the reverse is Yockney, 71 St Marys Road. I suspect this lovely young lady is Constance Jessie Yockney born in Oxford in 1891.

You can find lots more canines and their owners over at Sepia Saturday.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Sitting on a rock

On the reverse: Cooper Bros., Photographers, Promenade & Central Pier, Blackpool.