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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A photograph of Lee Bank Mill in Halifax which I took in the early 1970s. It was an age of closed and crumbling mill buildings – an industrial heartland being reclaimed by vegetation.
This small photograph of a seated woman is the work of a Victorian photographer called Thomas Boxell, who – at the time this photograph was taken in the late 1870s – was operating out of a studio in Pickering, Yorkshire. The story of Thomas Boxell is typical of so many of the semi-itinerant studio photographers of the Victorian portrait […]
For want of something better to do, I thought I would start a short series entitled “Politicians On Postcards”. The length of the series will, no doubt, be determined by how many examples of this rather specialised genre I can find in my collection. There can only be one place to start a series on “Politicians On Postcards” and that […]