lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

Colley’s Music Stores

Colley's Store

This small photograph (2.25 x 3.25″) was found at an antiques fair. It looks as though many of the people shown in the photograph were employed on the buses. I’m not sure where Colley’s Music Store was/is, perhaps you know?

Thank you to Katherine Griffiths who found Colley’s Music Store in an old newspaper. Following Katherine’s lead I found an advert in the British newspaper archives, the store was having a closing down sale shown in the Daily Mail on April 10th 1933. The address of the store was also shown 59 Anlaby Road, Hull. 

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Waycotts Corner

Waycott's Corner.jpg

Another car boot find, this postcard is unusual in that the message on the reverse is considerably more recent than the card itself, it reads: ‘12-11-95 Dearest Mother – I thought this picture of Waycotts Corner years before the fire might be a small reminder of the Victoria Street you once knew. How long ago? I have no idea as there is no date and no Peter Tully to ask…from the clothes and band uniforms it must be very long ago. I hope you like it much love David.’

Judging by the crown decorations above the street this might have been a Coronation party or Jubilee celebration.

I was unable to find Waycotts Corner and there are numerous Victoria Streets, perhaps you know where it is?

After a little more research I found Waycotts Corner, it’s in Paignton, Devon.

 

Good Morning Miss Rogers

Good Morning Miss Rogers

Postcard measuring 3×4″, I’m not sure where I found this one. The message on the reverse looks half finished, it reads ‘Good Morning Miss Rogers we have just come up to Scarborough to see    ‘  the card doesn’t have a postmark or stamp, I do hope Miss Rogers received it. Miss Rogers’s address was The Liliacs, Wharf Road,Ellesmere. 

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.

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.