There was a time when people would dress up to walk along the prom. A time of hats and coats and canes. A time of conversations through pipe-clenched teeth.
The puzzling thing about the Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) is that it is native of Chile where there are no monkeys at all.
Slubbing Dyeing = The dyeing of textile fibres prior to spinning Melange Printing = Printing of textile fibres with bands of colour alternating with unprinted areas
Sometimes, old photographs lay around for ages, decades, centuries – holding within them images of great beauty. They are warehouses of history, repositories of memories, constantly being removed from pillar to post, from old cupboard to old shoebox. And then someone comes and with the help of a little digital renovation, a new image emerges from the shadows.
This was advertised as a vintage postcard on eBay, but it shows a Halifax I remember well. I caught a bus from that stop, I went to the Saturday morning cinema club at that cinema. I have become vintage in my own lifetime. A little further investigation gives a more reliable date range. The Victoria Hall was still being used […]
Residential Care Home, Halifax (April 2019)
Like some latter-day Victorian parson, I occasionally think I am in the business of saving souls. Many of the nineteenth century studio portraits that come into my possession are showing their age: spots of mould eat into the very soul of the image. A little careful renovation makes them fit for another century or two. This is a Cabinet Card […]
A classic Halifax scene which has been recorded by many better photographers than I. The grey chimneys fading into the grey skies make good photographers of us all. I must have taken this photograph in 1970, back in the days when Dean Clough was still producing carpets by the acre. The great photographer Bill Brandt walked these same street forty […]
A postcard from 1904 showing Southgate in Halifax. The buildings have a warm familiarity about them. Ryley’s stationers brings back warm memories of ledgers and Quink Ink. 29 December 1904 : To: Miss Richardson c/o Mrs Rawson, The Banks, Padiham, LancashireDear Nance, Thanks for the P.C. I am sorry you did not get the one I sent before. Winnie forgot […]