lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

Three ladies in the garden


This postcard was another antique fair find, no information on the reverse. Only one of the three ladies is in focus, the other two must have moved as the photograph was taken. I liked how the lady in the background is framed by the ladies in the foreground.


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.

Skiing in the mountains


Another postcard  bought at an antiques fair earlier this year and although it isn’t Christmas themed it does feature snow and skis. No information on the reverse, I wonder who these two were? It looks as though there was an ice rink behind them.


Observatory Station


This small photograph (3×2″) found at an antiques fair has a clue to the location it was taken. ‘Observatory Station, you may already have one of these.’ A search of the internet turned up an Observatory Station in Cape Town South Africa which does have an electrified railway line. The two gentlemen wearing trilby hats in the foreground /background are striking similar poses and almost everyone in the photograph is wearing a hat.

Drinking from a straw



Bought yesterday at an antiques fair, this was my only purchase. The photograph Measures 2.25 x 3.5″ and has perforated edges. The girl and boy in the image are so focused on their drinks that they are oblivious to the photographer and camera.

Bowler Hat at the Beach


I bought this small photograph (2 x 3″) at an antique fair in Kinver, Staffordshire a while ago.

This is the sort of image I love to find, fragile and faded it looks as though it could be lost forever.  The man in the bowler hat is not really dressed for the beach. No information on the reverse of this one.

Blackpool Portrait


Bought at a flea market in Shrewsbury last week this card is a little smaller than a carte-de-visite measuring 2 x3.5″. The reverse of the card reads: Panel Portrait by J. P. Bamber Conway Galleries, 69, Church Street, Blackpool. Repeat copies of this photograph and enlargements may be had at any time.

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.