Voyage Into West Yorkshire

Voyage Into West Yorkshire

My brother Roger and I have been discussing book publishing recently. He is about to publish a book he wrote nearly fifty years ago and, for one reason and another, never got published. The book tells the story of a voyage through the canal system of Ireland at a time when "old Ireland" was fast [...]

Clinging To A Fashionable Youth

Clinging To A Fashionable Youth

I visited the Fashion Museum in Bath last week and, whilst the features exhibits were all very interesting, they tended to concentrate on the clothes being worn by Kings, Queens, Dukes and the like. If I have an interest in fashion, it is as a means of dating photographs - and the photographs I am [...]

Woman In The Round

Woman In The Round

Portrait Of An Unknown Woman : This is a late Victorian, or more likely Edwardian, studio portrait of an unknown woman. It is small - about two inches in diameter - and surrounded by a substantial cardboard mount which itself has been cut back. The sitter seems to have a mark or blemish just below [...]

Killing Three Birds With One Sea Urchin

Killing Three Birds With One Sea Urchin

My brother Roger sent me an email earlier today complementing me on the new Blog lay-out, and asking me to try and feature more of my old negatives and more old family photographs. I am able to kill two birds with one stone because, by chance, the next strip of negatives awaiting scanning features family [...]

Drim Makes Your Nose Bigger

Drim Makes Your Nose Bigger

It was wartime: perhaps that's an excuse. Even so, what possessed any self-respecting advertising agency to come up with a product name like "Drim"?. Perhaps they thought that it was only two letters away from "Dream"; but likewise it is only one letter away from "Grim". "Become a Drim enthusiast today", proclaims the advertiser's copy. [...]