lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

Four Men, a driver and dog

Four men, a driver and a dog

Another postcard found and purchased online, no information on the back of the card. The photograph is posed but not in a formal way and the dog is doing it’s own thing. The shadows of the car wheels, bicycle, house and the mysterious driver all add to the image. It looked American to me when I first saw it but I’m not sure. The number plate might provide clues to the location, there are smaller numbers to the left of the main number plate (they looked like 1908 to me under a loop) and a symbol or crest of some kind. It isn’t an early British number plate as they started with letters followed by numbers. US plates vary from state to state but this could be American as they often had symbols to identify the state.

Old school social distancing

Social distancing old school

I bought this postcard a few years ago, sadly no information on the back of the postcard.  Their distance from each other is unusual but topical. Perhaps neighbours and not relatives which would explain the distance, the two doors on the photograph could be to separate properties.

Me & the sewing girls boy

Me & The Sewing Girls Boy

This small photograph was bought from a car boot sale near Dudley, West Midlands a few years ago. It measures just over 2 x 3″ and is printed on Gevaert paper. The seller thought it was taken during the 2nd World War. The reverse reads in pencil ‘Me & the sewing girls boy Wiwg Wah’ I have been unable to find Wiwg Wah, it could be a misspelling. The details of the photograph are interesting, the boy without his shoes and his jumper slanting down at the bottom.

To Mother & Dad

To Mother & Dad

I can’t remember where I found this postcard but it made me smile. We are unable to visit the seaside at the moment, staying safely at home because of Covid19, so I thought I would bring the seaside to you. I liked the informality of this family portrait, the deck chair caught by the wind and everything else going on in the background of this image. It was taken in Teignmouth by Holiday Snaps and simply reads To Mother & Dad Aug 21/8/30.

Ajaccio July 31

Ajaccio July 31

The crate digging has been paused because of the Covid-19 crisis so this postcard was found through virtual digging on ebay. It was delivered by one of our key workers from the Royal Mail together with three other images to follow… A simple but beautifully posed image; on the reverse, written in a stylish hand is the location and date the photograph was taken Ajaccio July 31. I think the gentleman is holding a pipe in his hand.

Big smiles next to the flash car

Big smiles next to the motor

Original photo measuring 5.25″ x 3.5″ bought from ebay in 2019.  No information on the reverse but they are dressed in their best clothes and smiling for the camera. I liked the ladies high waisted trousers and head scarfs, very stylish. The building behind them looks like it could be a church. I hope the image cheers you up at such a sad time for the world, take care from Richard : )

Family and their horse

Family Horse

I bought this postcard yesterday from a table top sale in my home town of Wellington,  Telford. I sorted through hundreds of cards and chose this one because the position of the people seemed so unusual. Are showing how proud they are of their horse or perhaps ownership of a horse was a status symbol? There was no information on the other side of the card to give me any clues.

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