lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

Cheap Jack’s Calcutta

Cheap jacks

This small photograph (2.25″ x 3.25″) was lodged in between a pile of postcards in a Shropshire antiques shop. It looks as though Cheap Jack was using photographs as a business card to advertise his studio and stores in Salboni, Midnapore, Calcutta. The reverse of the image has Cheap Jack & Co stamped on it.  Unfortunately I could not find any record of Cheap Jack’s online.

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Ida snapped this ….

Ida Snapped this...

This small photograph 4.25 x 2.5 ” was found in Shropshire antique shop. Although the composition could be improved the image tells a story of a family outing. The car and the girls pose reminded me of the film Bugsy Malone.

The reverse reads ‘Ida snapped this between Blackpool and Lancaster April 1931’.

Christmas past

Xmas 1907

Postcard found in a small book shop in Lyme Regis during the summer, I have been waiting to post it ever since. The image provides most of the information including an advert for a famous chocolate maker still manufacturing today. The message on the reverse from 110 years ago reads…’Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a bright and prosperous New Year from all at Newchurch Xmas 1907′.  Newchurch, Lancashire.

By the river

By the river

This postcard was found in an antique shop in Bridport, Dorset. The composition is beautiful with the scene framed by the trees above; the four people look as though they have been posed looking away from the camera and told to stand very still!

Military Band

Military Band

I found this postcard in a local antique shop. No information on the reverse of the card but the drum shown in the centre reads British Legion Military Band. The expressions of the musicians range from happy to sad!

Wisteria Cottage, Colemere

Wisteria Cottage Colemere

This small photograph (3.25 x 2.25″) was discovered in a Shropshire antique shop. The back reads ‘Joan’s Grandmother Georgia Smith and daughter Eileen at Wisteria Cottage Colemere’ Colemere is a small village in Shropshire close to my home. Eileen seems to be having fun feeding the birds watched by Georgia. I was unable to trace the car/ number plate. Although very little in the image is in focus I thought it was interesting enough to share with you.

Meal time at Port Arthur

meal time Port arthur

I found this postcard in an antique shop in Lyme Regis a few weeks ago. No message on the reverse except the Studio name. Roger’s Studio Phone 1125, 32 Cumberland St S, Port Arthur. No one seems to be looking at the camera, perhaps that’s because they are ravenous?! Cumberland Street South in Port Arthur, Ontario still exists so at least we know where the photograph was taken.

Spot the ball and the man

you can see me football 1

This photograph (measuring 5.25 x 3.5″) was found in a Shropshire antique shop. The reverse reads ‘You can see me first over the ink dot’. The ink dot is clear enough in the centre of the photograph. I’m not sure of the location although the majority of the  spectators are in uniform and the background looks like a dock so perhaps they are sailors. The ball seems to be in the air above the industrial building towards the centre.

Family picnic

Picnic

Another Shropshire antique shop find, this photograph measures 3 1/4 x 5 1/4. No information on the reverse. A wonderful image capturing a family outing complete with the gentleman in his bed. There is a lot going, the ladies sitting back to back, the young man smoking his pipe and the man lying down (bottom right).

 

Guinea pigs in the backyard

bromley cross bolton

I bought this small postcard from Shrewsbury car boot sale a few weeks ago. The reverse of the card reads Bromley Cross, Bolton Aug 1914 sadly no information relating to the boy & girl featured. They seem to have been dressed in their Sunday best for a picture with their pet guinea pigs!