Monthly Archives: August 2018

Mary The Munitionette

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Studio Postcard of Unknown Woman : The only clue to the identity of this woman is a dedication on the reverse, “From Mary”. The uniform she is wearing suggests that she was a munitions worker in World War I – one of the almost 1,000,000 women who went into the factories of Britain to make arms and armaments. Such brave women were known as “munitionettes”

 

Wilson And Clara Fieldhouse

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Wilson and Clara Fieldhouse (1930s)
Wilson and Clara were the parents of the ubiquitous Frank Fieldhouse, husband of my father’s sister, Miriam, collector of this, that and the other; and keeper of old photographs. Wilson, who was born in 1881 in Bradford, was a clerk on the railways, whilst his wife, Clara Ann, brought up two children, Frank and his older sister, Ada

Had You Been There

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This postcard – dating back to 1913 – appears never to have been sent through the post. It was written by Andrew – who we can suppose is the man in the middle of this group – to Mary Campbell of Cowdenbeath, who fairly obviously doesn’t feature in the trio. The message is as follows:  

13/3/13 Dear Mary, I wonder what you think of this, not very nice I suppose, would have been much better had you been there, perhaps it will be your turn next. With Kind Regards,  Andrew.

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The Last Afternoon At Sea

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Over the last couple of months I have been slowly scanning my way through a 1925 photograph album I bought on a second hand stall. Entitled “Cruise To The Northern Capitals of Europe on the SS City of Nagpur, July-August 1925“, the album contains over 50 sepia photographs our unknown photographer took on a cruise to Denmark and Norway. In addition to showing some wonderful 1920s fashions and some tram-lined streets, the photographs illustrate a relaxed atmosphere on board a small cruise ship of ninety years ago.
It is perhaps fitting that I am now getting to the end of the album – the photograph above is entitled “The Last Afternoon At Sea“, because I am starting top pack my bags for my own cruise to the Norwegian fjords in a few days time. Perhaps I will ask the First Officer on my oversized cruise ship to pose on a deckchair with the Good Lady Wife.
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