This is a wonderful old photograph, which, like so many wonderful old photographs, is of unknown people, in unknown places, at an unknown time.
I can find no record of any Victorian photographer called “A. Lowe” who was based in Melton – indeed I am not even sure where Melton is, unless it is a shortened form of Melton Mowbray. On the reverse of this little Carte De Visite is written, “E.M. 17 Yrs 1900”. As with all such old photographs of unknown subjects, […]
On the back of this print is written “Our Houseboat, August 1946“. There is also a location which looks like “Kashirit“. The boat is called the “New Ty Phoon” – the location is probably the Indian sub-continent shortly before independence and partition.
A thing of beauty can be found in the most unlikely places. This tiny old print was found sticking to the side of an envelope that must have contained a collection of photographs of more supposed interest. It was lost and forgotten for all the reasons such tiny works of photographic art are lost and forgotten: it didn’t show Auntie […]
This is another photograph in my series “Pictures From Nowhere“, which features photographs that have somehow come into my possession through fair means or foul. All I know about this particular orphan image is a date (which someone has kindly pencilled on the reverse) – 23 July 1946. It shows a splendid group gathered outside “Ryton House”, whatever or wherever […]
So what do we know about this photograph? We don’t know who these two are, that’s for sure: they appear in album of someone else’s photographs, someone else’s memories. We do know, however, that it was taken in the quintessential English holiday resort of Torquay. And we have a date – 1928: the entire album is devoted to a tour […]
This is a scan of a quarter-plate glass negative which must date from the end of the nineteenth or early twentieth century. The seven featured subjects are an interesting collection: they could be the staff of a draper’s shop or a saloon bar. There is something vaguely H G Wells about them – that might be a young Mr Polly […]
If Distillery No. 2 – opened in 1881 – was a young Islay distillery, the third in my series is positively neonatal. Kilchoman Farm Distillery only began production in 2005 and its first single malt whisky didn’t go on sale until September 2009. New it may be, but it is a bit of a gem: surrounded by fields of growing […]
Portrait Of An Unknown Woman : This is a late Victorian, or more likely Edwardian, studio portrait of an unknown woman. It is small – about two inches in diameter – and surrounded by a substantial cardboard mount which itself has been cut back. The sitter seems to have a mark or blemish just below her lips which does not […]