Photographs, vintage postcards and other ephemera

Saturday, 31 December 2011

A Happy New Year

Greetings card published by A D Willis. Written on the reverse: "With love. This is where Bessie lives. E.C."

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Victorian Christmas Cards

This week's Victorian Christmas cards are from a falling-to-bits scrap book I've had for years; so long that I can't remember exactly where it came from.

The book is dirty, battered and water damaged but the images it contains are interesting. There's a mixture of photographs dated between 1869 and 1873 - British churches and castles, houses, pagodas and foreign scenes, a few unidentified family groups - plus pages of Christmas, Easter and birthday cards, many of them with religious themes.

The festive season is almost upon us and I'd like to wish all my fellow Sepia Saturday participants a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2012.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas pudding

This week's Sepia Saturday theme is about extravagant food ornately presented. As an antidote to conspicuous consumption now the festive season is almost upon us, I've chosen to show a couple of recipe books published in wartime Britain when many everyday foods including sugar, butter, eggs and meat were strictly rationed.

Here's the recipe for Christmas pudding from Food Facts for the Kitchen Front. I can't say that it sounds particularly appetising!

War and Peace Christmas Pudding
Mix together 1 cupful of flour, 1 cupful of breadcrumbs, half a cupful of suet, half a cupful of mixed dried fruit, and, if you like, a teaspoonful of mixed sweet spice. Then add a cupful of grated raw potato, a cupful of grated carrot, and finally a level teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in two tablespoonfuls of hot water. Mix all together, turn into a well-greased pudding bowl. The bowl should be not more than two-thirds full. Boil or steam for at least 2 hours.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Jack and his train

Written on the reverse: "Jack on the front verandah with the train Daddy bought at Woolworths".

Tuesday, 13 December 2011


Postmarked Birmingham, July 17, 1909. On the reverse: E. S. London No 131.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Best mates

Written on the reverse: "You're my best mates, you are".

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Birthday Thoughts and Best Wishes

On the reverse: Rotary Photographic Series. Printed in Britain. This is a Real Photograph.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Hop pickers

Written on the reverse: " Gordon, Billy Funnell & Charlie Ingerfield - 1938".

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Friday, 2 December 2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011

A Heart Full of Affection

Postmarked Colchester, 1910. On the reverse: The HART Publishing Co., London, E.C. Real Photograph - Printed in Great Britain.