Friday, May 15, 2015

The Old Curiosity Shop




Not my favourite Dickens’s novel; I felt like strangling the Grandfather throughout the book. However it does include one of the best descriptions of life in an industrial town written at the time.

Postcards of the shop are quite common, but this one is slightly different. Can you see the policeman standing to the left of the shop?

The shop is probably one of the oldest shops in Central London. It was made from wood from old ships and survived the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Café des Tribunaux




These two pictures were taken about 100 years apart. The Café des Tribunaux is in Dieppe in Normandy.

The up to date image comes from Google Earth.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Children paddling on the beach


In 1903 little children timidly enjoy the waves, the girls careful not to get their summer dresses wet. I wonder what happened to them as they grew up. They could have lived through two world wars.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A real gem!



We went to a auction in Bordeaux last Friday. It was a really good day. We managed to get some good lots and amongst the postcards was this one. There were two postcards made of the artist, Alfred Renaudin, at work on the banks of the river Moselle in the Lorraine region of France.

This is the rarer of the two. Alfred Renaudin (1866 – 1944) was a French landscape painter who was most active between the wars although this postcard was sent in 1905.

I looked on the internet to see if I could find the final painting, nowhere to be seen. Perhaps it’s in a private collection.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A stroll by the beach


Around 115 years ago Royan would have looked like this. Most of it was destroyed by the allies in WWII. I can’t help wondering if the ladies talking their walk would have been affected by the train passing so close just above them. It would have been very noisy, to say the least.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The happy father


Even in the dark times of war there is a glimpse of hope and light. A happy soldier on leave holds his baby. The drawing on the postcard was made in 1917 by Luchard. I haven’t been able to find anything out about the artist.