Saturday, 16 July 2016

144 Year Old Bit Of Card And Paper

CdV UNKNOWN MAN (April 1862) - (1607B58)

A Carte de Visite of an unknown man in a studio setting. The card is quite plain and unmarked on the reverse which points to an early date. Indeed a date is hand-written on the reverse - April 1862. That means this little bit of card and photographic paper is 144 year old!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Clue Is In The Clipping


Over the years I have become quite proficient in dating photographs from clothing and hairstyles. Looking at this unknown little snap, I would have guessed the late twenties or early thirties. But Lucy (our Labradoodle) who is a bit of an expert on dog styles, tells me it is the 1940s. Who am I to argue?

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Red Spotted Knickers


I had to look at this photograph for some time before I realised what was going on. And then I remembered "spot prizes": dances back in those days of mock-innocence when the bandleader would interrupt the foxtrot to announce some curious object and the first person to rush up with it got a spot prize. Here he has obviously just called out something like "a ten shilling note" or "a small tooth comb". I seem to remember being at a dance once where they called out "a pair of red knickers". But perhaps that is merely the sad dreams of an old man.

Monday, 11 July 2016

A Family Soap Opera

Unknown Family Group - Dated 9 July 1950 (1607B29)

The only thing I know about this photograph is the date stamp on the reverse which says that it was taken on the 9th July 1950. As it happens, that was the day that it was announced that soap would no longer be rationed in the UK. Now there is an event worthy of a family party!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Girl With A Face Of Her Own

Studio Portrait - Unknown Woman, Whiteley's Studio, Great Horton Road, Bradford

What strikes you about this lady is her hair which seems to have a mind of its own. Her face somehow matches her hair. She has a face of her own.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Wherein Lies The Woman?

CdV : Woman With Cross - Heinr. Koch, Crefeld

Hair pasted down against sin. Dress buttoned up against temptation.
Wherein lies the woman?

120 : Grandfather And Child

Grandfather And Child : Unknown Subject (Dated 1932)