lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

St John Ambulance Association

Pre 1900 cabinet card featuring the St John Ambulance volunteers.

I have been unable to locate the place name on the stretcher as two letters are covered by the wheel reading St John Ambulance Association **hornill.

The card was part of an album bought at Oswestry Antique Fair, the other cards are from the Wakefield area and I have been unable to locate a place name which matches. The card may have been from another album and added to the Wakefield images.

This image will soon be owned by another, I sold it to pay for the remaining images. A decision I am already starting to regret!

Moustached Gent No 1371

This tiny photograph is no bigger than a postage stamp, I can’t remember where I bought this one.

It looks to be approximately 100 years old and I think the number reads 1371.

I thought it might be a mugshot but it’s a little too flattering for that!

Kippax Kippax

Postcard bought at a Car Boot Sale nr Worfield, I loved this image immediately.

The bleached out area to the right makes it look quite mysterious and the poem on the reverse is beautiful.

Kippax, Kippax, the home of my youth, why sigh for other worlds when there’s such a place as Kippax.

Hope you are all well.  Divine

It is addressed to Mrs Ralcliffe, New Street, Kippax, Nr Leeds.

The postcard is dated 8.30pm June 16 1905 (Halifax).

Barry Island Photobooth No3

The 3rd and final photobooth image from Barry Island measures 1.5 x 3.25″.

I wouldn’t like to cross this chap, he looks like a character from a spy film!

Link to images 1 and 2

Garden Family Photo No1

This small photograph was bought with a handful of others from a car boot sale at Worfield (near Bridgnorth, Shropshire), the photos all show different members of the family in the same garden.

This one Measures 2.25 x 3.25″ and has no message on the reverse.

The young  lady has a beautiful face and the dog has managed to stayed still in a rather awkward position.

Sally as girl

Gent and girl in doorway

This small photograph (4×3″) was bought from a kind gentleman at a car boot sale recently who saves old images for me.

Although much of the image is out of focus, it has a few tears/stains and has seen better days I couldn’t resist it. I also thought it might end up in the bin if I didn’t save it!

The message on the back doesn’t make much sense and looks as though a child has written it (perhaps the girl in the photo?).

It reads Sally as girl me this one (plus a final word I can’t decipher!).

p.s. Can you see the third person in the photograph?

Handwriting on the reverse.

Five men and a bench


Postcard bought at a car boot sale earlier this summer.

No message on the reverse.

They are sporting a range of head wear.

Perhaps they sat on the bench every day to chat and watch the world go by?

Barry Island Photobooth No2


The 2nd Photobooth image from Barry Island measures 1.5 x 3.25″ (link to the 1st)

This photograph confirms that the weighing scales were on the blink

as it says the young lady weighs less than 4 stone!

There is a final image which I will post on here soon…

Afternoon Tea at The Pump Rooms

I bought this photograph a while back and found it when I was tidying up, it measures 6.5 x 8.5″.

The reverse reads: The Pump Rooms, Bath WWI .

A few of the gentlemen are wearing military uniforms and the fashions would fit with the date suggested by the reverse.

Smethwick Street Party 1953


Smethwick Street 1953


This photograph was found at Kinver Antiques Fair in Staffordshire a few months ago.

The image measures 6.5 x 4.75″ & the reverse reads Smethwick Street Party 1953.

This was the year of the Queen’s Coronation and everyone has come out to celebrate the event.

Group images like this one are my favourites as there are so many people and details to look at: the flags moving in the wind, the hats, homes and clothing.


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