This little Victorian Carte de Visite dates from a time when photographs were for special occasions, rather than the result of a selfie-click on a smartphone. Young men or women would have their photographs taken on birthdays and holidays, wearing their very best clothes, and posing against a background of stone antiquities and tree-trunk props (the props really were to prop you […]
An old postcard reminds me of one of the lost churches of Brighouse which was once the home of glorious windows by Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown.
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)