Category Archives: Window to the past

Coffee Stained Pin up.

This is a wonderful postcard that could have been overlooked because of the coffee stains, I can imagine a German soldier, perhaps sheltering in a dugout, drinking coffee, being uplifted by her beauty and giving the will to overcome the terrible conditions at that time. This is portrait of  Henny Porten, who was a German actress and film producer of the silent era, and Germany’s first major film star.  She appeared in more than 170 films between 1906 and 1955. Many of her earlier films were directed by her husband Curt A. Stark, who died during World War I on the Eastern Front in 1916.     Henny Porten (German Actress)

In 1921, she remarried to Wilhelm von Kaufmann. When the Nazis took power, she famously told Hitler where he could go to when he castigated her for being married to a Jew,  when she refused to divorce her Jewish husband she found that her career (while doing twelve films a year ), dissolved immediately.  When she resolved on emigration, she was denied an exit visa to prevent a negative impression.  She made ten films during the Nazi era. Her placid and reassuring persona helped calm audiences confronted with Allied bombardment. In 1944, after an aerial mine destroyed her home, she and her husband were out on the streets, as it was forbidden to shelter a full Jew.

Frieda Ulricke “Henny” Porten (7th January 1890 – 15th October 1960)

Stream Cottages, a look back in time

I would like to share with you my original detailed real photographic postcard, scanned at 1200dpi, which shows children paddling in the water at the end of Ditton Stream which is a road in the village of Ditton in Kent. This card shows Hall House which is now a pair of houses known as Stream Cottages and is Grade II* listed. The timber framed building was constructed around 1420-1450 and a solar wing was added around 1480-1500. It has a tiled roof with return gables at both ends, 16th century molded wooden barge boards and the remains of timber-framing inside. Also inside can be found a built in stack with carved Tudor arched wooden bressumers to fireplaces, molded beams and a crown-post over what was once the hall. The house now has 19th century cladding to the 1st floor. (information about Hall House from the Kent History Forum Website).                         Stream Cottages DittonCompare with the view from Google Maps below.                                                                         The Stream Ditton Kent

It is good to know that this building is still standing and listed and preserved.

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)

Ingoldmells, a trip down memory lane.

We had a holiday in Ingoldmells in June 1992, an unbelievable 25 years ago. At that time it was a fairly quiet holiday resort on the East Coast in Lincolnshire just a few miles north of Skegness. I took all the following photographs in the morning, starting outside the camp and walking down to Sea Lane which runs from the village east to the promenade. The more recent photographs are from Google Maps.

This is the main entrance to Coastfields Caravan site in June 1992.                                        INGOLDMELLS-COASTFIELD CARAVAN PARK-JUNE 1992

This is the same entrance today.                                                                                                         Coastfields

This is a view down Roman Bank towards Sea Lane in June 1992.                                           INGOLDMELLS-ROMAN BANK -JUNE 1992

Here is the same view today, note the rides in Fantasy Island on the horizon.                       Roman Road

Now we come to the area of greatest change, Sea Lane, here is my photograph taken in June 1992, looking west towards the traffic lights at the junction of Roman Way.                 INGOLDMELLS-SEA LANE-JUNE 1992 (1)

Here is the same view now.                                                                                                                 Sea Lane

The only building still standing in my original photograph is now a Spar Supermarket which is on the other side of the crossroads and not visible in the photo above.   INGOLDMELLS-SEA LANE-JUNE 1992 (1)

Spar Roman Bank

This photograph was taken at Sea Lane at the junction with Roman Way, view west towards the village.                                                                                                                               INGOLDMELLS-SEA LANE-JUNE 1992 (2)

And the same view now, buildings on the left replaced by Fantasy Island.                             Sea Lane Roman Bank

And now my last photograph of my walk. This is Sea Lane view west just down from the junction with Roman Way.                                                                                                                    INGOLDMELLS-EASTGATE CENTRE-JUNE 1992

Here is the same view today.                                                                                                               Sea Lane (West)

Hope you have enjoyed my walk down memory lane. Ingoldmells will continue to grow and change in the years to come but in the past 25 years one thing has remained completely unchanged, my relationship with The Lord Jesus, He is forever constant and unchangeable.

 

 

 

Amateur Theatre in the 1960’s

I was fortunate to find an album of photographs kept by Peter Hibbitt, an amateur actor as a record of his stage performances.  These provide a great insight into stage production during the 1960’s.

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Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the role of ‘The Tramp’.

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Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the part of Frank Gibbons.

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A tribute to all actors past and present who give of their time to entertain us.

Look back to the 1950’s in photographs.

I was fortunate to find a small album of photographs taken in the 1950’s. These photographs give a wonderful insight to this era. The owner of the album dated and identified each photograph. The size of the prints are 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ x 2″.

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The owner of this Album lived at No. 59, Westwood Park, Forest Hill, London. This photograph was taken in 1953 and this is a view from their house. The only car in sight looks like a Standard Ten.

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This is one of the smaller prints and shows the view from the rear of No. 59, Westwood Park. This photograph was taken in 1953, the railway line in the foreground was known as The Crystal Palace High Level Line and was closed the following year in 1954. The snow covered houses on the high ground in the distance are in Overhill Road.

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This photograph was taken during a trip to France in September 1953. The family took the ferry from Dover to Calais. This photo shows the Town Hall in Nancy.  A large group of ‘classic’ cars are in the foreground. The only recognizable car I can see is the Volkswagen Beetle, still going strong today.

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Still in France this photograph shows the railway station at Langres. There are Pullman Coaches waiting here.

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This photograph shows a French Steam Locomotive at Langres.

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Back in England now, a trip to Devon in the summer of 1954. This view shows the Royal Albert Railway Bridge over the River Tamar at Saltash. The Royal Albert Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Surveying started in 1848 and construction commenced in 1854. The first main span was positioned in 1857 and the completed bridge was opened by Prince Albert on 2nd May 1859. In the foreground is the Ferry. Until the opening of the new road bridge in 1961 these were the only means of crossing at this point between Devon and Cornwall.

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This view taken in April 1955 shows a lovely view of the English Countryside. The Thames Gap near Goring, Oxfordshire.

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And what could be better than watching a game of Cricket on the village green at Brockham, Surrey. This photograph taken in early Summer 1955. Christ Church was built in 1847.

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Now a couple of photographs of London taken in 1955. This view shows Millocrat House, in Eastcheap. This area has been redeveloped since this time and Millocrat House no longer exist.

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A photograph taken in 1955 showing the approach to London Bridge Station.

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A photograph taken in 1955 showing Trinity House, Trinity Square, London. This view remains virtually unchanged.

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And finally the young man who took these photographs….Michael Walter.