If there is one thing I love doing, it is messing about with old images. Give me a half-decent computer, a reasonably warm desk to work on, and the occasional cup of tea, and I can occupy myself for a decade or two. There is no rational plan, no great scheme, no fixed objective: it … Continue reading Messing About On Water Lane
Month: January 2023
Looking Inside … To Find An Elephant In The Room!
The wonderful thing about old 35mm negatives is that they come in strips. I used to always process my own, and cut them into strips of six negatives for storage, and this has preserved a degree of continuity when it comes to the relationship between individual photographs, half a century or more down the line. … Continue reading Looking Inside … To Find An Elephant In The Room!
Railway Shed, Halifax
This is a scan from the same strip of negatives I have been featuring this week. Based on clues from its neighbouring shots, it must have been taken in Halifax around 1972. It is clearly an old railway siding, and it could have been in one of two possible locations: either the railway sheds which … Continue reading Railway Shed, Halifax
The Stream At Shibden
This old picture postcard is a recent arrival in my collection, and it's a welcome one because I have known this stream all my life. My familiarity with it is of little help when it comes to naming it, and it is noticeable that even this old postcard dodges the issue by simply describing it … Continue reading The Stream At Shibden
From An Old Friend, George Graham
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 Graham. 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 Graham". … Continue reading From An Old Friend, George Graham
Yet another strip of old negatives enters the scanning machine and immediately comes up with a long-dormant memory. It dates from fifty years ago when it was quite common to find these strange looking cast-iron machines on station platforms. This one, if my memory serves me right, was on the platform of Halifax Station, and … Continue reading Stamping Ground
Markets And Mills
Far Worse Places, Nellie
"This is where I spent my Easter Holidays", wrote Nellie from Brow Cottage, Greetland in May 1904 to her friend Ethel Knight, the daughter of the publican of the Black Horse in Lindley, Huddersfield. There are far worse places to spend your holidays, Nellie!