Monthly Archives: September 2018

Tragic Harry


This is a studio portrait, dating from 1913, of the German theatre and movie actor, Harry Walden. He was born in 1875 in Berlin and – following a period in the army – became an actor: first of all in the theatre and then from 1912 onwards in the German film industry. His end was tragic: he became addicted to morphine and eventually committed suicide in 1921.

A Dream And A Half


This 1908 Birn Brothers postcard – which arrived in my collection from who knows where – asks a perfectly reasonable question, and I have to say that the answer is an unequivocal “no”. I did, however, dream the other night that they had turned my old school into a theme pub and – in attempting to get change from my pocket to pay for a pint – I dropped my mobile phone in a puddle. Now that is a dream and a half. Nevertheless, this postcard is an image and a half.

From Your Old Friend


How this particular photograph found its way into my collection, I have no idea. I do, however, know who it is a photograph of, and that is George Grayham. We also know that George was an “old friend”, as written on the back of the postcard sized print is “from an old friend, George Grayham”. I still don’t know where the photograph came from – but any friend of George is a friend of mine.