Photographs, vintage postcards and other ephemera

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Another postcard without names, date, place; possibly a school production of a Shakespeare play.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

An unknown family

Sepia Saturday this week is about families - in particular, unknown families. My image is from a box of photographs (mainly cartes de visite plus a few cabinet cards) given to me about 25 years ago by Peggy, a friend of my mum - she'd found the photographs in the loft of a house in the Brixton Hill area of London when she moved there in the 1970s. None of the sitters are identified; two of the photographs are dated 1866.

More families, known and unknown, over at Sepia Saturday.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Studious young lady

I'm following one of the themes suggested for this week's Sepia Saturday with this postcard of a watch-wearing young lady. Her watch looks to be a slimmer, probably later version of the fob-watch-come-wrist-watch worn here.
Stamped on the reverse: F. H. Howells, Photographer, 128 Widnes Road, Widnes.

More of this week's entries over at Sepia Saturday

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Enjoying the fresh air

Mum enjoying some snowy Yorkshire countryside in March 1933 while she was training to be a teacher at Bingley Training College. The college was founded in 1911 and trained over 16,000 teachers before it closed in 1979.

More of this week's offerings over at Sepia Saturday

Friday, 8 February 2013

Saltburn - General View

Saltburn - the Zetland Hotel is on the left of the image and the Alexandra Hotel in the centre; both of the buildings have been converted into apartments.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

An elegant Victorian

Carte de visite by C. Hawkins, Brighton School of Photography, 12 East Street and 38 Preston Street, Brighton.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Lads in caps

Sepia Saturday has several possible themes this week; I've chosen lads wearing caps.
The arrow points to my dad - he's on a school trip to Carlton Towers, the Duke of Norfolk's Victorian gothic country house between Goole and Selby. The date of the photograph is some time during the early 1920s. In those days most males, regardless of age, wore headgear of some sort although I can see a couple of chaps at the back who are bareheaded. It's a tiny photograph (66mm x 50mm) and rather battered; I'm surprised you can make out so much detail.

More lads, bikes and other offerings over at Sepia Saturday...