This, and a number of other photographs, were discovered in a shop in Cumbria and all appear to have been taken on the same voyage. I have not idea where they sailed from, or to where they were heading. The period appears to the the 1930s, and may possibly me a small pleasure cruiser, possiblyContinue reading “Old Salt Plus Two”
Probably taken in the early to mid 1940s, this small group photo, taken in a suburban back garden, is both wonderfully formal and informal at the same time. The linked arms feels like an act of mutual support and solidarity – perhaps in the face of the traumas of the conflict going on around them.
My growing obsession with lettering and printed ephemera of all kinds, developed into an attempt to do some justice to the wonderful items that I was encountering – the result, after two years of research, is my latest publication: A Lancaster Ephemera: Printed Relics from a City of Letters considers the often forgotten histories of the cityContinue reading “A Lancaster Ephemera: new publication”
My growing obsession with printed ephemera of all kinds, developed into an attempt to do some justice to the wonderful items that I was encountering – the result, after two years of research, is my latest publication: A Lancaster Ephemera: Printed Relics from a City of Letters considers the often forgotten histories of the city of LancasterContinue reading “A Lancaster Ephemera: new publication”
A little bit of ephemera from Brucciani’s ice cream parlour in Morecambe. Built in 1939, it still retains much of its original Art Deco fixtures and furniture that includes wood wall panelling, red Formica tables and upholstered chairs, etched glass, mirrors and Deco clocks. Location: Marine Road, Morecambe, UK.
A couple of years ago I began collecting old photographs. Initially, it was cartes de visites – those formal Victorian portraits and family shots. Partly, the interest was the beautiful studio advertising designs on the back, but also because I was fascinated by these faces from the past. I published a short booklet called Copies MayContinue reading “Mardy Boy : Photograph”
I’m sure I must have come across carts de visites dozens of times while rummaging through books shops and vintage stalls, but it was only last year that I actually began to take real notice of them—and to add them to the other bits of ephemera that increasingly fill my home. Originating in the mid-1800sContinue reading “Copies May be Had: The Carte de Visite – Publication”
I took this photograph some time ago, of the cover of a catalogue of fabric swatches (published 1929) from a company previously based in Birkenhead, Merseyside – partly because I liked the hand drawn design, but mainly because Birkenhead is my home town. I have since mislaid the brochure, which irritates me hugely! The company wasContinue reading “Arthur H. Lee & Sons, Birkenhead”