Photographs, vintage postcards and other ephemera

Saturday, 31 March 2012

A nation of shopkeepers

Work is the theme for Sepia Saturday this week. Taking a leaf out of Adam Smith's book, I've gone for a retail image. I'm not sure how this one came into my collection - it's either a print from an old negative or a copy of the original photograph - and I've no idea where in the UK it was taken.
The date on the newspaper adverts is Thursday, September 2, and judging by the headlines I'm guessing that the year is 1918.

As ever, lots more posts on this week's theme over at Sepia Saturday.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Brass band

Written on the reverse: "Hook United & National Reserve Band & 7th Batt: W.R.V. Headquarter Drill Hall, Goole, Yorks". Photographer: Briggs, Boothferry Rd, Goole.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

A nice day out

We're Going Out for this week's Sepia Saturday. I had several photographs to choose from but first choice was this one of two ladies taking a boat trip.
I've no idea who they are or when and where they took their trip, but they look very relaxed and comfortable in their boat.

More comings and goings over at Sepia Saturday!

Friday, 23 March 2012

A Country Girl

On the reverse: Raphael Tuck & Sons' "Real Photograph" Series 8, "Play Pictorial", "A Country Girl", Art Publishers to their Majesties the King and Queen. The play A Country Girl, or, Town and Country opened at Daly's Theatre in London on January 18, 1902 and ran for 729 performances. More about Hayden Coffin and Evie Green.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Mr Pipkin

On the reverse: Mr Pipkin, Birmingham. Photographer, Charles, 24 Heneage Street, Birmingham.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Girl Guides

This photograph of Girl Guides fits this week's Sepia Saturday theme very nicely and for a change it's one from my family album.
That's me on the left with my friend Pam wearing our Girl Guide uniforms and Goole Grammar School blazers. We'd just arrived back at Pam's in Goole after a week's Guide camp in a field near Ulrome and her dad took this snap of us in the lane outside their house. The date's 1958 or 1959 and I remember that the weather was awful (our tent flooded), the food was terrific (nothing quite beats the taste of food cooked outside) and we all had a great time.

Lots more guiding and scouting over at Sepia Saturday.

Friday, 16 March 2012


Postmarked London SE. April 25, 1909. Written on the reverse in pencil: "From Molly to Auntie".

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Monday, 12 March 2012

Missing word

Philco Series 9009E, Missing Word Series, The Philco Publishing Co., Holborn Place, London, W.C. Postmarked Redhill, May 22, 1909 and addressed to Mr. M. McAulay, Drumlanrig Flower Gardens, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
There's a rather cryptic message written on the reverse: "Dear M. - (word scratched out) away at present, but will write when she comes back. She would have written to you long ago, but you did not give her your address. Hope you are getting on well. All much as usual about here. Kind regards from Eleanor".

Sunday, 11 March 2012

To Greet your Birthday

On the reverse: The F.C.B. Gems of Art Series No. 8051. Processed in Prussia.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

A very fine moustache

Hair is this week's Sepia Saturday theme. This chap's carefully waxed moustache took my fancy, as well as his immaculately coiffed hairstyle.
Written on the reverse "Your Affectionate Son, P. Lennon". You can find out about more splendid moustaches and their history and cultivation here.

Lots more hairy posts over at Sepia Saturday!

Friday, 9 March 2012


Written on the reverse: "With Love to Auntie From Harry xxxxxx".

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

In memory of the stage door

I wonder what happened at the stage door! Miss Nina Sevening, Rotary Photo. Co. Ltd, London E.C., no. 1563. Postmarked Edinburgh, February 2, 1903.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Playing the game

This week's Sepia Saturday theme revolves round games. I have several images that fitted the theme, but decided to share this one because it makes me smile.
I do love Edwardian sentimental cards like this one. I think it's the gentle coyness of message that appeals to me as much as the pretty images. This postcard, a Valentine's X.L. Series Real Photo Card, is postmarked February 10, 1912 and was sent to an address in Belturbet.

More fun and games over at Sepia Saturday!