Saturday, 26 November 2011

Sepia Saturday 102

We have visitors this weekend so not much time to blog. However just about managed to find time to share this one, inspired by the fish in this week's Sepia Saturday post.

Lake Biwa, after the rain, Japan

Asa usual, 100's more vintage postcards on my web site


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sunday Stamps 45 - Economic Summit 1984

Given that the theme this week on Sunday Stamps was anything you wish I dipped into my childhood First Day Cover album and was struck by this one. Given the poignancy of the current economic climate, this one seemed apt. It's a British First Day Cover featuring a gutter pair of 31p stamps commemorating the London Economic Summit of 1984. Slightly ironic that such an event was commemorated in the past as a specific event rather than the day-to-day business it has become of late.

London Economic Summit, First Day Cover, c.1984


Friday, 18 November 2011

Fisher Studies, Shrimpers, vintage postcard, c.1911

It's been a few weeks now since I posted on Postcard Friendship Friday. I certainly can't stay 'on theme' as I have no Thanksgiving postcards. In the UK it's not something we celebrate, but I was fortunate enough to be in New York for my 40th birthday back in 2005, where we celebrated with a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the The Tavern on the Green, just off Central Park.

My vintage postcard today is one I picked up a few months ago which until today had nestled at the bottom of a rather large pile on unprocessed postcards. It's published by Raphael Tuck in the Fisher Studies series, and features Shrimpers.

Vintage postcard of Shrimpers, published by Raphael Tuck, c.1911

As usual, 100's more vintage postcards can be seen on my web site, including some recent additions


Theme Thursday - Treasure

I had hoped to find something a bit mork sparkly, and a bit more inspiratinnal than this, but I'm pushed for time today so I'm afraid this will have to suffice for thie week's Theme Thursday. This is a real photographic, vintage postcard of the Treasurer's House in York, c.1949, and was published by Photochrom, number 71238.

A quick bit of research revelaed that this was the first property to be given to the National Trust, it has a 2,000 year history, has a sunken garden, and is abound with ghost stories. I think perhaps the rather sombre looking postcard may not do it justice.

Treasurer's House, York, c.1949

As usual, 100's more vintage postcards on my web site ... and finally I've started adding some of my 300+ that I acquired in September, so if you've not visited for a while you may find something new.


Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sunday Stamps 44 - 1948 Olympic Games

It was a difficult choice for me for this week's Sunday Stamps Sports theme. The deicison I faced was between the 1966 World Cup stamps, or the 1948 Olympic Games stamps. Given that it's Olympic year again this year, I have opted for the latter. As with all stamps of this era, the colours are muted and understated, but I actually like this more low-key approach, with the brown 1 shilling stamp being my favourite of the four. Given the current state of the worldwide economies, I thought it was also fitting that these games are also referred to as the Austerity Olympics.

1948 Olympic Games

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Sepia Saturday 100 - The first Walk

Firstly a big Happy Birthday and best wishes to Sepia Saturday on reaching its 100th birthday - and here's to the next 100! I really had hoped to theme for this one but have not had much success. So, instead I'm sharing a vignette style, vintage postcard called The First Walk in Wellingborough, Northamptonshre.The postcard was published by Wrench and dates back to 1908.

Wellingborough, The First Walk, c.1908

As usual 100's more vintage postcards on my web site


Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sunday Stamps 43 - Australia and New Zealand

Well I couldn't decide whether to choose Australia or New Zealand for this week's Sunday Stamps so I ended up selecting a stamp from both. The first stamp if from Australia and depicts Christmas 1957. I am normally a firm advocate of keeping Christmas in December, but this seemed like an opportunity not to miss.

Christmas 1957, Australia

The second stamp is from New Zealand, and is an 8d stamp from New Zealand, c.1986, from the Peace series, and shows a Knight holding a banner depicting the Cross of St George - from the stained glass window of the Wellington College Memorial Hall.

 Peace, New Zealand, c.1946


Friday, 4 November 2011

Sepia Saturday 99 - Illustrated Songs, c.1905

For this week's Sepia Saturday I've picked up on the musical theme from this week's posting. Below is a handful of vintage postcards all featuring Illustrated Songs. All four postcards were published by Raphael Tuck, and date back to the early 1900's.

Illustrated Songs, Comin' Thro' the Rye, c.1905

Illustrated Songs, The Meeting of the Water

Illustrated Songs, Killarney, Angels Fold Their Wings and Rest

Illustrated Songs, Killarney, Every Rock That Passes You By

As usual 100's more vintage postcards on my web site


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