lost and found

Breathing new life into lost photographs

Dear Old Pal

I bought this postcard from a car boot but I can’t remember which one. It has taken some deciphering with help from my Mum. The message on the reverse is long, with very little punctuation. Some, but not all of it makes sense!

It is post marked Bishops Castle (in Shropshire, England near where I live) 6.45pm Sept 11 1911. It is addressed to A.Benbow Police Station, Burslem, Stoke on Trent. The flower show mentioned must be the Shrewsbury flower show which has been running for over a century.

Dear Old pal, hoping these few lines will find you well as it leaves me alright at present and also thanking you for good food think it is a good one of you it looks a smart chap but if they knew him as well as I do they would know a bit too much of him. I have not seen old Lil for a long time not since the coronation I never saw you at the flower show when you come again the Parson will be here there’s one thing if we don’t hear much up to BG he will hear plenty her it is getting more likes if every day are you next week for water for there is none here a drop in at the public where there will always wants. What say you I did not your name at the sports at 8 yours I don’t think.

Lady riding a motorcycle

I’m not sure where I found this tiny photograph 1.75 x 2.5″ and there is no information on the reverse. It looks as though it’s been taken in the alley behind a row of terraced houses. I wonder if the people in the archway are the ladies family or just the neighbours having a nose? Most of the image is out of focus but I still love it because it tells a story and it looks as if she is actually riding the motorbike!

Louvain, le 8 Septembre 1908

louvain le 8 sept

I bought this photograph from a seller on ebay, it is surface mounted on a small card frame and measures 3.5 x 2.25″. The reverse, written in a beautiful hand reads Louvain, le 8 septembre 1908.’ I was drawn to the image because of the unusual composition, the subjects are grouped together but with a mixture of poses and most of them seem to be smoking.

The football match

Found photograph, posed footballers formal early twentieth century

I bought this postcard from an antiques fair several years ago and thought I better post before it completely fades away! Not sure of the year although the boots and football suggested early 1900s. The team are in the foreground with the fans behind which is quite unusual and no ladies to be seen.

Xmas 1945 Hamburg

This postcard sized photograph was found at a car boot several years ago. The only information on the reverse reads ‘Xmas 1945 Hamburg’. They look as though they are patiently waiting for their Christmas dinner. I’m not sure whether they are British or American but the gentleman closest to the camera has a shoulder patch which might provide a clue…

Merry Christmas to you all, thank you for your likes and comments. I do hope you are able to see some of your friends and family during the holidays and I wish you a happier 2021.

31 Mrs Eddershaw

I bought this postcard online, no information on the reverse but we have Mrs Eddershaw’s name and house number within the photograph. I liked the composition, the two couples & the chap at the top of the steps. The ladies and gentlemen also have matching shoes.

Young lady with hat and scarf


Photobooth image of a young lady in hat and scarf

I found this photograph on a well known auction site, the listing described it as 1920’s. The image measures 1.5 x 2″ and looks as though it is a photobooth image but could have been taken in a studio. I liked that the young lady is looking away from the camera, no information on the reverse.

An outdoor photographer’s studio

An outdoor Photographer's studio

This photograph or rather photographs arrived in the post yesterday, I bought them on a well known auction site. The print  measures 5 x 2″ and the reverse provides detailed information on the location, photographer, camera, exposure, even the film and paper.

The only challenge was the handwriting which is beautiful but needed to be deciphered. I’m unsure if the photographer’s surname or the film name are correct or not. I thought the images looked American so searched state names to discover the location was Snyder, Texas. It has been taken on a stereo camera which is why there are two images.

An outdoor photographer’s studio on a vacant let in Snyder, Texas Negative by Ewald Stiaach, a good stereo friend of mine. Rolleidoscope camera and plus x film f16 – 1/20 sec (very poor paper for stereo, outdated, fogged etc. etc )

The photographs look like a feature film set to me, the subjects are oblivious to the camera, looking away, I also liked the handpainted advert.

The online listing dates the photograph as 1928 although this isn’t written on the reverse.

Malvern Ladies

Fancy Dress Ladies 1

I bought this large (13 x 7″) cabinet type card from a car boot sale several years ago, it had suffered some damage with a crack running vertically through the middle of the image and a corner missing from the card. The photographer’s name is printed on the card Norman May & Co Ltd Malvern. According to Angus and Rosemary’s blog Norman May died 19th June 1889 (aged only 37) which helps to date the image. Although it is a formal photograph I liked that it was taken outside and a few of the girls have moved during the exposure causing a little blur. Perhaps it was a summer fair? Sadly no information on the reverse.

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.