Posted in May 2015

Baby and Pram

Baby and Pram

This is perhaps the oldest of the pics I got from the market. I thought at first the background was painted, but I think it is a real seaside resort, with a hotel and boarding houses, showing the poor focus at distance of the camera. The child seems as wide as it is tall, and … Continue reading

Skating Solo

Skating Solo

Yet another of my market photo purchases. I think this might be in England due to the house in the background but the young woman looks like she may be wearing some sort of uniform. The men’s clothes look like they’re fro the 1930s. She looks nervous, uncomfortable perhaps at being singled out for a … Continue reading

An Amazing Hat

An Amazing Hat

Here’s another of my purchases from the market. This is an attractive, well off young woman with what looks like a swan on her hat. Sadly it is a bit spoiled by a fold, but this suggests it did not spend a lot of time in a frame or an album but possibly in a … Continue reading

Treatment for a Sprain

This is from the wonderful Sabine Baring Gould’s book on Devonshire Characters, this from the chapter on White Witches. The recipe 2 oz of oil of turpentine 2 oz of swillowes 2 oz of oil of earthworms 2 oz of nerve 2 oz of oil of spideldock (?opodeldoc) 2 oz of Spanish flies I recommend … Continue reading

Autumn Love

Autumn Love

I bought some old photos from a market stall n Cardiff, so thought I would share them. The man has loads of old pics of people with nothing to identify them, which intrigued and saddened me. How many of our photos will end up here, viewed and sometimes bought by strangers? Or, more likely, just … Continue reading

White Witches

This is from a wonderful book by the Devon cleric and prolific author Sabine Baring Gould’s Devonshire Characters: Some years ago I wrote a little account of “White Witches” in the Daily Graphic, in which I narrated some of my experiences and my acquaintance with their proceedings. This brought me at the very lowest computation 50 letters … Continue reading

The Wisdom of Benedetti

The brilliant violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti has been wading into the quagmire known as education in Britain with a claim that children should be forced to listen to classical music. She is passionate about her music and spends a lot of time on musical education, and now claims that instead of playing video games kids … Continue reading

Remembering Pacifists

Pacifists were not popular during the First World War. I have read of them being shouted at in the street and given white feathers of cowards, but they really did suffer for their beliefs. This is from an article by Cahal Milmo from the I newspaper on Conscientious objectors: In the aftermath of the Battle … Continue reading

A Quintessential Englishman – Graham Howarth RIP

This is from yesterday’s I newspaper. Graham Howarth, who has died aged 99, was a specialist in butterflies and moths at the Natural History Museum. At the outset of the Second World War he was responsible for selecting and moving he most important parts of the museum’s collections into a make-shift air-raid shelter in the … Continue reading

Protection after the Reformation

In earlier posts I wrote about how people in Pre-Reformation England used blessed candles and rushes to protect their homes from the devil. This belief was supposed to have died out after the Reformation, but it seems not. This is from an article by Christopher Catling in Current Archaeology: “Archaeologists studying medieval and early modern … Continue reading