Photographs, vintage postcards and other ephemera

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Boston House

I've had no luck trying to trace the whereabouts of Boston House; perhaps the bucket and spade suggests somewhere by the sea...

Monday, 30 July 2012

Saturday, 28 July 2012


For the next three weeks, Sepia Saturday is being sporty for the Olympic Games.
This week I'm going with my first sporting love, football. I like the image partly for the serious young men and partly for the odd rustic twiggery going on in the background. This is Brandon & Wolston Football Club photographed by William Tallis, 2 King Street, Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

More sports and games over at Sepia Saturday

Friday, 27 July 2012


Unidentified children/young men grouped round a man who's obviously in charge of them; possibly a school photograph.

Thursday, 26 July 2012


Written on the reverse: "Audrey June 1933". Published by R. Sneath, Paradise St., Sheffield. Copyright. Real Photograph.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Written on the reverse: "Xmas 1933. Sheila 15 months old". R. H. Gresswell, Photographer, 131, Eastbank St., Southport. Telephone 5050.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Creative use of cotton wool

It's Saturday again; here's my take on this week's Sepia Saturday.
June 1931 cast photograph from Goole Secondary School's annual school play. The play performed that year was Sheridan's The Rivals and that's my mum, Amy, sitting on the right aged 17. Money was tight in those days, many of the costumes were improvised and yes, the "powdered wigs" were fashioned from cotton wool. I don't know why my mum's scowling...

More photos over at Sepia Saturday.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Mabel writes a thank-you card

Written on the reverse: "Dec. 28th. 1928. Dear Auntie & Uncle. thank you very much for the presents & card that I recieved this morning. Whishing you both a happy New Year, with love From Mabel."

Saturday, 14 July 2012

In the pram

I've gone for the baby-and-pram aspect of today's Sepia Saturday theme.
Photograph by Moore's Studio, 111 Queen's Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester.
My embroidered and painted frame c. 1980.

More of the same over at Sepia Saturday.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Elephant riding

I've two photographs to illustrate this week's Sepia Saturday theme of elephants, both taken on a family seaside holiday in Scarborough c 1951.
Here's me and my cousin Roger standing in front of a mechanical elephant, about to climb on board and go for a ride. Judging by the look on my face, I'm raring to go but Rog looks slightly apprehensive.
We're up in the howdah now, travelling along at a stately pace and I'm enjoying myself. There's a 50s Pathe Newsreel clip of a mechanical elephant in action here.

More elephants over at Sepia Saturday!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Sporting a buttonhole

Carte de visite of a young man by John Powell, 50 Marefair, Northampton. The photograph was taken before 1889 when Powell moved from 50 Marefair to new premises at 62 Marefair according to this advertisement in Stevens' Directory of Northampton 1889.