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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!


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!

Move Day

move day 1

I bought this small photograph (2 x 3″) from a regular contact at Shrewsbury car boot sale a few weeks ago. The information with this photograph reads ‘Move day New Town family 1930’s’. It’s a bit faded around the edges but it tells a story and there are a few clues to the location. The sign on the right reads ‘farmers’ although I have been unable to read the text on the building itself. Look how smart they all look, perhaps they were trying to make a good impression on their new neighbours!

Dear Will and Siss


I can’t remember where I picked this postcard up but it seems to show a photograph/printer. The reverse reads:

Dear Will and Siss sorry I have not wrote, but I will write in a few days as I am busy with my photo work just now, this is one of them but it is too dark, I will send you a better on when I write you a letter from Nell and Fred

ps Just noticed that the reverse of the postcard has place one-cent stamp shown on the back so perhaps the Gentleman is American.

Wrestling with sheep

Two gents and sheep

Another postcard, I’m unsure where I picked this one up.

I liked the photograph because of the movement and the overall composition. A closer looks shows the younger man smiling, the older man is well turned out wearing a scarf, hat and jacket.

The names on the back are Lewis Lewis and Tom Davies.

Perhaps they were shearing the sheep as it seems to have a full coat.

Two men in a boat

two men in a boat

This carte-de-viste (cdv) was bought at a vintage fair near Shrewsbury.

The photographer was T.Keig, Prospect Hill, Douglas, Isle of Man.

Neither of the unidentified gentlemen seem to be very happy about having their photograph taken. This is the only cdv I have where the subjects are posing in a boat scene.

Profile of a Young Lady


Lady w m salmon

Cabinet Card bought from Kinver Antiques Fair. My eye was drawn to this image immediately, the soft focus around the edges, the foxing and the beautiful details on the dress. It was taken by W M Salmon of London Street, Reading; unfortunately no information on the young lady herself.

Photograph on the steps


Postcard bought from Kinver Antiques Fair just over a week ago.

Sadly no information on the reverse but the image has so much going on; the little girl holding her Sister’s hand on the right, the men in hats near the top of the image, the buckets and spades the children are holding…

Mom in black

Mom in Black

The only information written on the back of this postcard is:  ‘Mom in black, third row, second in from right’.

The sign behind the group reads Elamara but otherwise this one is a mystery…

Mr Ollenbache my friend

two gentlemen on motorcycles

Bought from an antiques centre in Whitchurch Shropshire this week, this photograph measures 4 x 2.5 inches.

The message on the reverse reads:

Mr Ollenbache my friend & myself on our motor cycles, notice the house on the hill in the back ground, the other snaps are of this house.” 

Sadly I don’t have the other snaps but they seem to be having fun riding their motor cycles and sidecars.