lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

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?

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.

H. J Burgess & Sons Fishmonger & Poulterer

Bought from an antiques fair  (I can’t remember which one!) the photograph measures just shy of 6 x 8″.

The only information on the reverse is the date – Sept 1906.

I like the lady standing inside the shop who hasn’t been asked to pose outside with the men but has still managed to sneak into the photograph.

I was unable to find any record of H.J. Burgess & Sons on the internet so if anyone knows more please let me know.

p.s. can you see the dog?

American Girl


American Photobooth lady

This image of a beautiful American girl arrived at my house last Friday.

I bought the photo booth image from a seller in Quilcene, Washington, USA on ebay for a few dollars.

Two Ladies and a Vintage Car

two girls and a car


Small photograph (approx 2.5 x 3.5 inches) bought at a Car Boot Sale in Telford Shopping Centre a few weeks ago.

No further information on the back of this one. The photograph is a bit grainy which I like.

The fashions and car indicate that it was taken in the 1920’s or 30’s.

Barry Island Photobooth No1

Barry island 1

This tiny Photobooth image (1.5 x 3.25″)  was bought at Wolverhampton Camera Fair last weekend with two others.

No information on the reverse although the front of the photograph provides the date – June 10th 1935, the location – Barry Island and the weight of the sitter 18 stone and 2 pounds (although the gentleman in the photo looks quite slim!).

I haven’t seen photobooth/seaside images with the sitters weight included, perhaps someone else can tell me more…

Cardiff Tunnel Area

cardiff tunnel

This photographic print measuring approximately 12 x10″ was found at an Antiques Fair at Oswestry Showground in 2013. It was my find of the day and only cost me £1!

The image has a beautiful composition with the telegraph pole dividing the image 2/3 of the way across, the young man at the bottom of the photograph providing some scale, the washing blowing in the wind and the wonderful advertising signs on the walls.

When I turned the image over the photograph  all the information & the story were documented for me – the date and time the photograph was taken – Friday April 28th, 1904, 2.15 pm,

the photographers name S.Bowen Bradary, 38 Charles Street Cardiff and press cutttings from the Wales Echo explaining the events below.

Wales Echo Wednesday October 5 1904

Cardiff Tunnel Area

At Cardiff Property Committee this morning the borough engineer reported on an application from Mr J.R. Jacobs, who desired to purchase a plot of land from the Corporation which would give access to the old tunnel in Queen-Street from the rear of the new premises of Stone and Co Undertakers of Working Street. The plot is 37 square yards in area. On the proposition of Alderman Carey, it was agreed not to sell. The plot, he said , though now of no value to the Corporation, might at an early date become the key to the opening up of the unsightly tunnel area. He had often in the old days spoken of a scheme whereby a road could be made over the canal right down to the Hayes Bridge, and even beyond it  if necessary. The Corporation held some property there now, and by the purchase of St. John’s National Schools a way could be made direct to the New Town Hall.

The proceedings at Cardiff Property Committee yesterday evidenced what has been a special characteristic of the Council for many years – its care for the traffic requirements in the town. In every direction are to be seen widenings, extensions &e., that-like the Hayes Bridge, the Workhouse section of Cowbridge-road, the Four Elms improvement, and so many others – have added immensely to the convenience of the public by facilitating traffic; and Alderman Carey, in his foresight of the needs of the central area, has outlined further and greater improvement, one that is much needed and that would open out property and materially advance public interests. There is a growing fashion of carping criticism which makes town councillors the butt of every ignoramus who chooses to affect superior knowledge of local requirements; and yet a very little study of what has been done, and what is contemplated, a little clearer idea of the continual exercise of foresight such as Alderman Carey’s speech indicated, would save the critics from making themselves ridiculous. 

A Cardiff Recruiting Inn – Another interesting link with old Cardiff has been severed by the closing of the old East Dock Inn, Bridge-street. For many years it has been the famous resort of all South Walians whose inclinations were bent on serving their country either in the Army or the Navy. Here-or-herabouts was generally to be found a recruiting sergeant – generally belonging to the Grenadier Guards- flying the usual tricolor ribbons. Thither went the embryo soldier, who after being partially examined as to his height and health qualifications, was, after making the customary attestation, passed on to care and attention of the Cardiff Barracks authorities. In this manner it is computed that during the half century the hotel has been enlisted for all branches of the service from this hostel alone, and in the words of the recruiting officer the majority were either Welsh-speaking men or bore a Welsh patronymic. Now that the old recruiting headquarters are closed the War Office has transferred its local officer to the Neptune Inn Caroline Street.


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