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!

The Clue Is In The Clipping


UNKNOWN COUPLE WITH THREE DOGS (1940s!)  (1607B50)

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?

Red Spotted Knickers


UNKNOWN DANCERS AT AN UNNOWN DANCE, APRIL 1958 (1607B42)

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.

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!

The Girl With A Face Of Her Own


Studio Portrait - Unknown Woman, Whiteley's Studio, Great Horton Road, Bradford
1607B24

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.

Wherein Lies The Woman?



CdV : Woman With Cross - Heinr. Koch, Crefeld
1607B22/3

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

106 : Two Smiling Theatricals

1707-133 : TWO THEATRICALS Two more smilers, but this time I suspect there are differences. First of all we have, I think, two women ...