Photographs, vintage postcards and other ephemera

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Norfolk Gates, Sandringham

On the reverse: "Phototype" postcard. Copyright. Published by Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee and London.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

A keen footballer

Sepia Saturday has gone a little football crazy this week and here's a young lad who obviously enjoys his football.
Written on the reverse: Paul Diggens, Dover, age 11/12. Paul's football strip and boots look in good nick but I fear that ball has seen better days.

More old images and football nonsense over at Sepia Saturday.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Morfa Bychan Bay

On the reverse: Published by the Photochrom Co. Ltd., London & Tunbridge Wells. Copyright. All British Production.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Gert & Beat

Written on the reverse: Gert & Beat. Snapped at Rottingdean, July 1948.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

From the air

Knole, Sevenoaks. On the reverse: Aero Pictorial Air View. Aero Pictorial Ltd., 137 Regent Street, London, W.1. Copyright Air Photograph. No. 4804.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Lost cinema

My Sepia Saturday image this week is a sad-looking cinema awaiting demolition.
Carlton Cinema, Carlton Street, Leeds on a snowy day in the winter of 1965. The cinema opened on March 29, 1920 and closed on April 3, 1965 - there's more information here.

You can find this week's other entries over at Sepia Saturday.

Friday, 21 September 2012


Impressed on the front: W. Stocks, Sunderland. Written on the reverse: Yours ever Annie. 1918.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Rita and Marie

Stamped on the reverse: Jerome. 3 May 1937. Written on the reverse: Rita nearly 3 years. Marie nearly 4 years.

Saturday, 15 September 2012


I have a tiny family photograph for this week's Sepia Saturday - the image is only 38mm (1½ in) wide.
This is my Auntie Laura (1916-1974), Mum's younger sister, taken during the 1930's when she worked at the Meadow Dairies shop in Boothferry Road, Goole. Mum always used to joke that Laura got the looks and she got the brains! Laura was Roger's mother and I spent many happy childhood days at their house. The things I remember most about Laura are her fabulous baking and her lovely smile.

You can find more of this week's entries over at Sepia Saturday.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A frilly bonnet

Impressed on the front: E. Pannell, 75 Church Rd., Hove. Brighton & Hove photographer Ebenezer Pannell's photographic portrait studio was at this address from 1905 to 1917.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Postmarked Southend-on-Sea, July 27, 1905.
Written on the reverse: Dear Claude, Many happy returns of the day. What is a man? Why I suppose you are now, what a huge joke. Tell Mother, Miss Knight will be over on Friday this week for Eggs. Harry.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Young soldier

Norfolk Regiment soldier wearing cap with a pre-1937 pattern badge. On the reverse: Jerome, Branches Everywhere. Stamped date: 24 Sep. 1932.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

German elegance

I'm going with an elegant outfit theme for this week's Sepia Saturday. The photograph is dated 1904 and cost me the princely sum of 15p several years ago. I don't know the identity of the subject but I'm deeply impressed by both her posture and her outfit, particularly that gorgeous feather-trimmed fur hat.
On the reverse: Frau Sophie Rumbler, Atelier fur moderne kunstlerische Photographie. Wiesbaden, Wilhelmstrasse 14. Fernsprecher 2135. The date, December 1904, is hand written.

More images over at Sepia Saturday.

Friday, 7 September 2012

A nice hand-knit

Written on the reverse: To Aunt Katie, with best love from John. Xmas 1922. Embossed on the front: Onslow's Studios, 136 High Road, Lee S. E.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Toy bear

On the reverse: Photo by Angle, Photographer, 110 Southwark Park Rd., 40 Walworth Rd., S. E.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hair bow

On the reverse: A. Day & Co., English & Continental Photographers, 84 Upton Lane, Forest Gate, E.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Saturday, 1 September 2012


I can't seem to find an image that does justice to this week's Sepia Saturday prompt so I'm going completely off topic with a cheeky and very charming smile.
It's another of my 'unknowns'; I think you can almost hear the chuckle!

More images over at Sepia Saturday.