Photographs, vintage postcards and other ephemera

Friday, 30 November 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Dudley, lounging

Written on the reverse: Dudley Hughes, 244 Highlands Blvd, Leigh-on-Sea.

Saturday, 24 November 2012


This week's Sepia Saturday theme image shows two little girls; I'm almost on theme with a girl and boy who are more than likely sister and brother.
It's another 'orphan' photograph without name, date, place or photographer's details. I'd love to know who they were and when the photograph was taken. Doesn't that serious little boy in his tweed suit just make your heart melt?

More heart-melting images over at Sepia Saturday.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


On the reverse: Charles Howell & Son. The Rapid Electric Studio Co. Swift, Sure.
Electric Studios: 12, Bank Hey Street, and 2, New Arcade, Central Beach, Blackpool: 137, Pinstone St., Sheffield: 18, Prince Street, Bridlington: Peveril Studios, Peveril Bldgs., Douglas, I. O. M.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

A good book

It's Saturday again - where does the week go to? This week's Sepia Saturday prompt is about books and readers of books.
Although the image comes under the heading of 'book as photo prop' rather than active reading, I think she looks like the sort of young lady that enjoys getting stuck into a good book.

More books and reading over at Sepia Saturday.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Old Bill and Squire

On the reverse: Sidney Byers, Ramsgate, Holiday Snaps. Postal address: 3 Granville Marina, Ramsgate. Extra copies and enlargements always obtainable.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Seaside Faces

On the reverse: "Jackson's Faces", Great Yarmouth, Gorleston & Lowestoft.

One of the many seaside street photographers, Jacksons specialised in taking walking photographs (known as walkies) as well as groups of people on charabancs and pleasure steamers. Brett Payne at Photo-Sleuth has some lovely examples of walkies on his blog, including some by Jacksons.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

A splendid backdrop

On the reverse: Whitaker's Exhibition Studios, 50-51 Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea. Written in pencil: J & B Utting, 66 Kennedy Road, Barking, Essex.

According to 1911 census details for the address, this is John Patterson Newby Utting, his wife Elizabeth and possibly one of his daughters, Miriam. In 1911, John was aged 59, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 1852 and he was a carpenter by trade. John had been married to Elizabeth (born in West Ham, Stratford in 1861) for less than a year and they were living with John's two sons and one of his daughters.
Going further back in time to the 1901 census, John was living at 4 Goodey Terrace, Barking with his first wife Sarah M. (born in Millwall, London, in 1855), three daughters and two sons.

BMD records show that John married Sarah Maria Wanstall in 1884 and she died in 1907, aged 53. He married Elizabeth M. Ecclestone in 1910. John died in 1926, aged 74; Elizabeth died in 1941, aged 79.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

An unknown soldier

It seems appropriate to post a military image on Remembrance Sunday which this year falls on Armistice Day. This is one of the many First World War 'orphan' soldiers in my collection - there's no information at all on the reverse, not even the name of the photographer, but his cap badge identifies him as a Royal Fusilier.

Saturday, 10 November 2012


I haven't anything quite right in my collection for this week's Sepia Saturday so I'm straying off-theme this week.
Postcard sent from Hamilton, Canada to London, England in April 1906. The photograph was taken in September 1905 - I wonder who sent the card and why it took so long to post.

You can see more of this week's images at Sepia Saturday.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Thursday, 8 November 2012


Written on the reverse: To Dear Aunt with love from Audrey x, Age 8 months.

Monday, 5 November 2012


Written on the reverse: With Best Wishes To May From her old Pal Lily xx.

Saturday, 3 November 2012


I've gone with the sporty option for this week's Sepia Saturday.
It's a rugby team complete with trophy and folded Union Flag; there's no information concerning team details/place/date/trophy/personnel or photographer.

More entries, as ever, over at Sepia Saturday.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Straw hat

Written on the reverse: Margaret. Wanstead Flats, London. 18.6.32.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

A card from Florrie

On the reverse: Photo by Harrie Belben, 12 North St., Poole (Copyright). Written message: Sincerely Yours, Florrie.