lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

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!


Villagers Dancing

villagers dancingAnother find from an antique fair, the photograph measures 3.5 x 2.5″.  The reverse reads ‘Villagers dancing Tintagel Sept 1928′ . The lady in the foreground dominates this image and seems to be walking with the stick. I loved the composition and the movement of the dancers. It’s another photo where the more you look around the more you spot!

Waiting for the driver…

Waititng for the driver

This small photograph (3 x 4″) was bought from an antiques shop in Shropshire a few weeks ago. The only information on the reverse is the print type ‘Rose Magna Print’ which I believe were produced during the 1940’s. Although much of the image is out of focus I was drawn to the unusual pose of the young lady with her head poking out of the window. The photograph captures alot, the more you look around the more you spot e.g. the mans shoes creeping in from the left edge and the chemist at the top of the image. I thought this was a wedding photograph but I might be wrong. Some detective work from the car registration told me that the car is a 1939 MG 1292cc in Green which also helps to date the photograph.

A Shopping Trip

lady-and-gent-shoppingThis small photograph (2.5×4.25″) just has the date it was taken on the reverse ‘ August 1924’. The lady seems to be selecting a new umbrella, I’m unsure what the man on the left is holding, although it could be camping equipment.

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.