Photographs, vintage postcards and other ephemera

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Monday, 30 January 2012

Off for a stroll

Postally unused. Written on the reverse: " Dear A & F. We are having nice weather so far and are able to get on the front. Blackpool has altered a lot - the prom is from past the fair ground & up to Bispham love from Edith."

Saturday, 28 January 2012

New lease of life

I had several images in mind to suit this week's Sepia Saturday theme of theatre but none were particularly unusual. Out and about in Kemp Town yesterday, I came across the perfect one.
It's the amazing Scarborough Open Air Theatre, the largest open air theatre in Europe; the stage is on an island in a lake and the audience are seated on the opposite bank. The theatre first opened for the summer season in 1932, closed in 1986, then reopened in 2010 after being completely renovated. The postcard probably dates to the early 1950s.

Check out the other theatrical images over at this week's Sepia Saturday.

Monday, 23 January 2012


Written on the reverse: "Geoffrey H. Bell. Aged 1 year. May 2nd 1934."

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Double dollies

It's time for another Sepia Saturday post and this week's theme is about dolls. This photograph dates from 1911 and was shot on Brighton beach - the buildings in the background are still there today. Postmarked Brighton, September 22, 1911, the message on the reverse reads "Dear Mother & Min, We are having a very nice holiday, weather's lovely. Hoping you are well - best love from the children and yr affec daughter E."

More dollies over at Sepia Saturday - do go have a look!

Thursday, 19 January 2012


On the reverse: Dura, Portrait Specialist. Written message: "With love to Mrs Bender from Gwen. July 7th 1913."

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Sunday, 15 January 2012


Harold is third from the right, second row. Written on the reverse: "Harold when Special Constable in Clapham. "1915" War."

Saturday, 14 January 2012


This week's theme over on Sepia Saturday concerns hats, specifically women and hats. I have several woman-wearing-a-hat photographs in my collection but this one is by far my favourite image. She's dressed so beautifully and looks thoughtful, perhaps even a tiny bit sad. I wonder who she was.

Do nip over to Sepia Saturday and look at the other posts on this week's theme.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Miss Nina Sevening

Colourised photographic postcard of British actress Nina Sevening, 1885-1958. Photograph by Dover Street Studio. Postcard A series, no. E 947, published by Aristophot Co., London.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Miss Esme Beringer

Printed postcard of British actress Miss Esme Beringer, 1875-1972. On the reverse: "Yes or No" Series.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Love me, love my -----

This week's Sepia Saturday theme is based round a photograph of a girl with an angora rabbit. Failing to find a picture of anything remotely rabbity in my collection, I decided to substitute the bunny with a dog for this week's offering.

RPH postcard, Serie 6Z-7653.
You can see this week's other entries at Sepia Saturday 107.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Miss Gabrielle Ray

Beagles Postcards, 733.Y, published by J. Beagles & Co Ltd, Printers & Publishers. You can find out more about Gabrielle Ray here and here.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Postmarked Goole, September 21, 1974. On the reverse: Photocolour H. 1025. Printed & Published by E. T. W. Dennis & Sons Ltd., Scarborough & London.