lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

The Band taken by Monsr Louis


I was unable to find a suitable Christmas image from my collection but thought you might like to see this carte-de-visite image taken by Monsr Louis. I can’t remember where I bought this one but it cost me £4 The photographer’s details are on the back: MONSr LOUIS 374, Euston Road, N.W. LONDON & 24 Quai de la Douane aoulogne s/mer. Sadly no information on the band.

Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year to you all.

Marnie & Robbie in their drawing-room

Marnie and Robbie in their drawing-room

Another image from the stray shots album. This time Marnie & Robbie in their drawing-room. Although the image is bleached out on the left, it shows some details of the family from the objects around them  in their drawing room. Marnie seems to be holding papers or postcards.

Fred & his Daughter Marnie

Fred and his Daughter Marnie

This photograph is part of an album found in the wonderful Nightingale House Hospice shop in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The photographs within the album are taken in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1894, the title of this one is handwritten below Fred & his Daughter Marnie. The cover of the album told me when the photographs were taken, see image below. I love the title of the album, I will post some of the other stray shots soon…

Stray Shots


This is a glimpse…

This is a glimpse

I found this postcard yesterday at an Antique Centre in Gloucestershire, England. The message on the back is beautiful handwritten and reads ‘This is a glimpse of our bathing. Yours Truly Stan’. The reason I selected this photograph from the hundreds I looked at  was that there is so much going on, some of the people are out of focus, fooling around, smiling and having fun.

Photography in Swimsuit

Photography in swimsuitI’m unsure where I found this postcard, it has a reference just out of shot of the scan so was probably taken by a seaside photographer and sold to the sitter. No information on the reverse of this postcard. The man taking the photograph seems to be concentrating and seems unaware of having his own picture taken. It is one of only a few photographs in my collection featuring photographers being photographed.

Two gentlemen and their bicycles

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I found these two gentlemen on ebay and bought their photograph earlier this week. I did have to lighten the image as the original was very dark. The photograph measures  4 x 3″ but sadly does not tell us who they are. Their bicycles look well maintained, perhaps this was their first outing? They don’t need bicycle clips as they have chain guards on their bicycles, something we rarely see these days.

Many thanks for the card

Many thanks for the card lady and dog front of house

I’m unsure where I picked up this postcard, it’s addressed to: Miss Foombs, Eveline House, Brandon. I was unable to find Eveline House, I believe Brandon is in Suffolk.

Message on reverse reads: Feb 11.2.11 Many thanks for card & good wishes. Yes: hour as you like Mrs Jackie Witheford Love from all M. W. & S.E.M. 

I thought this was outside the ladies house however the plaque on the wall reads Prudential Assurance so perhaps she worked there.

I like the movement in the dog’s head, he or she couldn’t remain still for the exposure time.


Rev G and Mrs Leese’s Christmas Greetings

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Apologies, I haven’t posted for a while. This cabinet card measures 6.25 x 4.25 “, I can’t remember where I found this one. No information on the reverse although the front of this foxed image tells us the sitter and photographer’s names.

I couldn’t trace Rev G/Mrs Leese although S.K. Lawton & Co Photo seems to match the approximate age of this photograph and was probably taken in Sri Lanka.

Winter tree and two gentlemen

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This image is one of twenty large glass negatives bought at a car boot sale in Wellington several years ago, the box cost me £10 so I am more than happy with the 50p I spent on this one! The glass negative measures 6.5 x 8.5″.  I did scan the image which produced a  very dark image. The image shown was photographed using a lightbox, digital SLR and a tripod and  inverted using photoshop. Judging by the other photographs which show a large stately home in the countryside the gentleman on the right might have been the home owner and the gentleman on the left looks like the gamekeeper. Sadly the box had no further information regarding the people shown in the photographs.

From Doris & Will

From Doris & Will

This postcard reads ‘To Sidney From Doris & Will, taken July 29 1918’. I can’t remember where I found this one but I have been waiting a while to post it. The image was taken exactly 100 years ago to the day. The flower girl standing to the right of the bride looks very proud to be there.