Tag Archives: Social History

Down on the Hop Farm

These faded photographs from the early part of the 1900’s give an insight of life on Seabrook Brothers Hop Farm in Tonbridge Kent. The cart loaded up for delivery, the farmhouse, and the farmers children.                                                                                                                        seabrook-hop-farm-1






A look back to 1965

I have just found and purchased this wonderful photograph from John Tolley Antiques opposite my home church, King’s Church, Catford Hill, London, Se6. See notes below photograph for details of this wonderful image showing the fashions at the time.


The United States Educational Foundation in India New Delhi

Institute in Indian History and Culture

(24th July to 13th August 1965)

Department of Political Science,  Manasagangothri,  University of Mysore,

Mysore State, India.

Original Photograph 8” x 11” by Star Studio Mysore 1

Photographic Gems in a second hand shop.

We have a small house clearance shop just across the road from our church and I usually look in when I pass by. I have an interest in old postcards and photographs and this week I was lucky to find these two wonderful photographs from the 1940’s ?                                           tolley-portrait-07-12-16

What a wonderful  portrait, a work of art, undated, by Guttenberg Photographers, Manchester.


I love the composition of this photograph, how ones eye is lead to the farmhouse, then the fields beyond. Again this photograph is undated but the chalk quarry in the far distance on the right suggest the home counties.



Newington Causeway Elephant & Castle

Wednesday 30th March 1949, a 24″ diameter water main has burst below the carriageway of Newington Causeway South London causing extensive damage to the roadway.

These wonderfully detailed original 6″ x 8″ prints were taken from Glass Plate Negatives.   These photographs were taken by the Metropolitan Water Board at the time to serve as a record of the damaged caused.




All the views captured by the camera have long since vanishes, swallowed up in the 1960’s during the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle. I am glad to have been able to save and to share these great images with you.

Union Street Southwark 1950

A group of original photographs were taken along Union Street in the London Borough of Southwark. These detailed 6″ x 8″prints have been scanned at 600dpi and were originally printed from Glass Plate Negatives. Major water main work was due to take place along this road and as a safeguard against any claims for property damage during excavation works the photographer captured any pre existing damage on film.










Hope you enjoyed this trip back to the past.

Fruit Pickers

This at first glance is an odd title however there is no other information I can add, either to the date or location of these original photographs. These five are some of my favourite photographs in my postcard collection. These show a happy group of fruit pickers posing for the photographer. If any of you readers can add any information I would be most grateful.


The gentleman standing next to the central post is in the process of shaving, the local priest is there as well, 4th gentleman from the right.


These are the children being well cared for, the boy kneeling 4th from the right has a penny whistle in his hands.


Here is the priest posing with the men, sitting on top of the car.


Another shot of the car and now a donkey has joined this happy band.


The gentleman with the razor has made a 2nd appearance (4th from the left) and in the foreground are what appear to be numbered cribs. There are three babes in arms visible in this image. The local priest has once again joined the group and is standing in the back row. Hope you have enjoyed this trip back to the past through these wonderful images.

Stars of the 1950’s

I purchased these original postcards many years ago and today would like to share them with you. Many I know will remember seeing these stars on film and on television. For instance, Dorothy Malone as Constance MacKenzie in the Peyton Place TV series, between 1964 & 1968. It was one of my mothers favourite soaps at the time and we all enjoyed watching it on our Black & White TV, hard to believe it was all those years ago. I hope this image and the others that follow will bring back happy memories.

Dorothy Malone

Dorothy Malone.

Barbara Rush

Barbara Rush who played Marsha Russell in  Peyton Place (1968 -69)

Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr who starred in the film, The King and I, love watching this movie classic.

Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck who starred in the TV series, The Big Valley from 1965 to 1969, again brings back happy memories of watching this series on TV with mum & dad.

Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters, I remember watching her in many films on TV, I recently saw her again in Winchester 73 alongside one of my favourite actors, James Stewart. I hope you enjoyed my short trip down memory lane.