This is a rather odd little postcard which dates from the early years of the twentieth century and features a view of Crown Street in Halifax. For some reason, the publishers – the famous W H Smith & Son – have chosen to print the photograph in a murky black on a dark silvery grey; a process which leaves the […]
There is an advert doing the rounds on television at the moment for some new family history database service which is supposed to make tracing your ancestors as easy as sending a Paypal transfer for £100. Just press a computer key and: “Oh goodness, my grandmother was the daughter of the Duke of Beaudung“, says the happy customer, followed by […]
People today just don’t know how to behave. There is no discipline. Fighting, swearing, misbehaving on a Corporation tramcar – we didn’t act like that when I was young.
The old Crossley Orphanage – now the Crossley Heath School – remains one of the most handsome buildings in Halifax. Nevertheless – almost 50 years after I attended it – I still have nightmares about getting lost within its labyrinthine corridors.
Forget love and marriage, fish and chips, Cagney and Lacey: surely the finest combination of all is a warm spring sun on solid Yorkshire stone.
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 […]
Slubbing Dyeing = The dyeing of textile fibres prior to spinning Melange Printing = Printing of textile fibres with bands of colour alternating with unprinted areas
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 […]
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 […]