A moment captured on film.

Otterburn, NorthumberlandThe peaceful village of Otterburn, Northumberland, the start of a sunny autumn day, a lorry has pulled up at a roadside petrol station and the driver is engaged in conversation with the proprietor as the tank is filled, behind the lorry a local is taking the dog for an early morning walk; having just crossed the bridge over Otter Burn a stream from which the village gets it’s name. The rooms in The Percy Arms Hotel opposite have been given an airing by the hotel staff. A moment in time captured by the photographer. This road leads up from Newcastle towards the Scottish Border and on to Edinburgh so will be busy later on in the day.         Otterburn (detail)

The Garage has gone but the cottages and the Inn have been redeveloped as this Google image below shows.                                                                                                         Otterburn

‘Old Postcards’ as well as family photographs are always worth a second glance, they contain images which can never be replaced. Digital images are fine for the moment but where  will this image on Google be in 60 or 70 years time. There are still photographs and postcards out there and they should be treasured for the wealth of information portrayed.


Nellie Sims Postcard Album

I have been collecting picture postcards for many years and was pleased to find a near intact Album at an Antiques Fair in Bromley.  The album was over 100 years old and falling to pieces but the cards were still together and most were from ‘Auntie Ida’ to her Young nieces Elsie and Nellie and nephew Charlie. The cards were sent on Birthdays, Easter and Christmas and other cards to Nellie who kept this album. The oldest card was posted in 1906 and the last card posted in 1916. The family were living just outside the village of Brookland near Romney Marsh to 1910 then moved to Brenzett in 1911 a couple of miles away. Both homes were named and I managed to find them on Google Maps. Their first home was ‘Barling House’ in Chubbs Lane, Brookland, and this image is from Google. Barling House, Chubbs Lane, Brookland

Their next home was ‘Clifftonville’ in Grove Lane, near Brenzett. There are only two houses in Grove Lane but finally managed to trace it via the internet, this is the image from Google.                                                                                                                                             Clifftonville, Grove Lane, Brenzett

I was so pleased to find these images, one has to imagine what the family circumstances were; a later postcard from 1927 shows that a Mrs Sims was still at this address in Grove Lane.                                                                                                                                                         Nellie’s cards were from her Aunties Ida, Mary, Emma and Annie and her Uncle Jack and here are some from her Album.                                                                                                         Schoffield Series (02-09-1906)

Postcard above posted September 1906.

The Shenley Real Photo (22-02-1911) Card above posted February 1911.

EAS Series (28-03-1910)

Card above posted March 1910.

EAS Easter Card [Elsie](28-03-1910)

Card above posted March 1910

NPG Series (22-03-1912)

Card above posted March 1912.

Misch & Co (01-05-1913)

Card above posted May 1913.

REL SERIES (05-08-1914)

Card above posted August 1914.

More cards from this Album can be seen on my Flickr Page, here is the link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/79541233@N04/albums/72157685682069345

Finally a message from Auntie Ida to Nellie posted July 1912. See if you can work it out .

Nellie Sims Postcard from Auntie Ida (2)