Friday, 30 October 2015


Those were the days. Travelling fairs used to come to town and grass-bald recreation fields would be transported into the Halifax equivalent of the Tivoli Gardens. You could spin around and around, dodge from car to car, and waltz 'till you were dizzy. Then you could settle your stomach with candy floss and chats.  (Scan of a 1965 negative - Halifax Fairground)

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Extending For More Than Two Miles Along The River

St Nicholas Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
"This borough, sea-port, and county-town occupies the north bank of the river Tyne, over which there is a handsome stone bridge connecting the place with Gateshead in the neighbouring county of Durham. Newcastle is of great antiquity, and of considerable note in history. ....
The town within and without the walls extends for more than two miles along the river, and about one mile from the river towards the north and north-west, rising along the hill and crowning its summit ..."

Friday, 23 October 2015

Waiting For Arthur

This is a scan of a negative I took back in the early 1980s. It was at a Yorkshire Miners' Gala in either Rotherham or Doncaster: back in the days before the miners' strike, back in the days when there were miners to go on strike. The old couple are waiting for the speeches to start: waiting for Arthur.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Gladys All At Sea

A picture of my mother, Gladys Burnett, looking happy and all at sea. She loved the seaside: when she was young (this photograph must have been taken in the early 1930s) she obviously enjoyed being out at sea and in her later life she was never happier than when she stood on the seashore looking out to sea.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Amy And Wilf Sykes With Their Dog Before The War

Amy and Wilf Sykes With Dog
Amy Beanland was my mother's sister and in 1929 she married Wilf Sykes, a woolsorter from Bradford. This picture must have been taken in the early 1930s. I am not sure about the dog - when I knew them twenty years later they didn't have a dog, but it looks more than just a passing stray. When we got our dog in 2002 we called it Amy in memory of Aunty Amy.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Vibrating History

A vintage postcard which incorporates a stunning real photograph of Boar Lane in Leeds. The detail is a credit to the photographers and cameras of one hundred years ago. Every tram line, every wrought iron stem, every sign-written letter is as clear as the day the photograph was taken. It's the kind of image that vibrates history.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Ready For Wimbledon - Ready For War

A scan of the front cover of Hulton's Picture Post magazine for the 1st July 1939. World war was only a couple of months away, but all the focus was on the upcoming Wimbledon tennis championships. Jean Nicholl was the British hope for the women's championships, at the time she was the British champion at both tennis and table tennis. The war interrupted her career and she tragically died in her forties in 1965.

119 : Three Soldiers

Three Soldiers : Unknown Subjects (c.1940)