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.
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 Countryopened at Daly's Theatre in London on January 18, 1902 and ran for 729 performances. More about Hayden Coffin and Evie Green.
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.
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".
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.