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History under the floorboards

History under the floorboards

Among the recent donations to Leeds Museums was this collection of “rubbish” which was found under the floorboards of a house in Roundhay.  The scraps of paper, torn-up letters and old cigarette packets might easily have been thrown away but the flat’s owners knew the history of the house and took a closer look.  Several of the torn envelopes had post-marks from 1943 and were addressed to officers of the 111 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery who had been billeted at the house during the Second World War. 

This small collection of discarded ephemera shines a small light on life in an officer’s mess in the summer of 1943.  They had time to go to the theatre, as there is a ticket from the Leeds Empire.  They got their writing paper courtesy of the YMCA and seem to have had to go as far as Batley to get their laundry done (there is a receipt from Batley Laundry Ltd.).  They may have had contact with G.I.’s as at least one of the razor blade packets is American.  Above all, they were heavy smokers and left behind large number of cigarette packets and matchboxes (Woodbines being the favoured brand).

There are many questions that we will never find answers to.  The collection includes some personal letters from wives and family back home, which have been screwed up and thrown away rather than lovingly kept.  The letters themselves mostly talk of banal everyday life on the home front with bits of local gossip.

Perhaps this extract from a letter written by Ida (from Surrey) to her “Dearest Dick” may indicate why he threw her letter away:

“Marie says that I was to tell you she still likes Ann Shelton better than Vera Lynn. Well Dear I hope you will be able to get home soon as there is still quite a bit of rubbish needs clearing up in the garden.”

All in all, a fascinating little glimpse of life in war-time Leeds.

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“You Found The Ancient Manuscript Where?” ‘Texts and Textiles’ : Finding Manuscripts in Unusual Places | The Conveyor

‘Texts and Textiles’ : Finding Manuscripts in Unusual Places | The Conveyor

Cover image from "Holy Skirts. Dresses for sculptures in Wienhausen Abbey"
Cover image from “Holy Skirts. Dresses for sculptures in Wienhausen Abbey”

Most folks know that long before “upcycling” became a buzzword, the reuse of materials was a common practice. However we are still discovering interesting ways that our ancestors put their discards back to use.

Research that began in 2011 reveals how textile conservators discovered fragments of medieval manuscripts lining the hems of dresses. The dresses, made by nuns in the late 15th century, clothed the statues at their Cistercian convent of Weinhausen in Northern Germany.

Proving again that you just never know what treasure you may find and where you might find it.

#findingtreasure #AncientUpcycling

Read more here about this fascinating find and the research behind it.

‘’Texts and Textiles’’ : Finding Manuscripts in Unusual Places | The Conveyor.

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D-Day Landing Sites Then And Now: 11 Striking Images That Bring The Past And Present Together

Farmer Raymond Bertot, who was 19 when allied troops came ashore in 1944, stands where US Army troops once made battle plans on his property near the former D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de Varreville.
Farmer Raymond Bertot, who was 19 when allied troops came ashore in 1944, stands where US Army troops once made battle plans on his property near the former D-Day landing zone of Utah Beach in Les Dunes de Varreville.

Awesome mash up of photos of D-Day landing sites which merge present day with historic images.
Enjoy!

For the full story and more photos follow this link:
D-Day Landing Sites Then And Now: 11 Striking Images That Bring The Past And Present Together.

Views of Old Truro Abound In Vintage Postcard Exhibit opening Sunday – News – Wicked Local Provincetown, MA

"This is the pond where the ice came from." Postcard View of Pond Village, North Truro, MA
“This is the pond where the ice came from.” Postcard View of Pond Village, North Truro, MA

“Pretend you’re a passenger on the Outer Cape railroad in 1905 or ’06 or ’07. Perhaps you caught the train from Provincetown, after the steamer dropped you off at Railroad Wharf. Your trunks are packed for a month-long stay at the Highland House; Aunt Hannah is meeting you at the depot. As the train leaves the bustle of town for the North Truro countryside, look out the window — what do you see?”

Read the full article here:
Views of old Truro abound in vintage postcard exhibit opening Sunday – News – Wicked Local Provincetown – Provincetown, MA.

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Captain D.G. Farragut, Sixth Plate Daguerreotype, Earliest Known Photograph, Ca 1854
Captain D.G. Farragut, Sixth Plate Daguerreotype, Earliest Known Photograph, Ca 1854

On June 13th Cowan’s is offering a remarkable selection of early photographs, letters, documents, flags, political ephemera and more dating from the Revolutionary War-period through the Civil War and beyond, as well as the American West. We are proud to present selections from the Paul DeHaan Collection of items related to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut and his flagship, the U.S.S. Hartford. Additionally, photography from the Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection will also be featured in the auction.

auction notes

Preview Times

Thursday, June 12: 12:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Friday, June 13: 8:00 – 10:00 am EST

Buyer’s Premium for this auction is 17.5[%]

via Cowan’s Auctions: The Midwest’s Most Trusted Auction House / Antiques / Fine Art / Art Appraisals.

Mexican War, Battle of Buena Vista, Letter Containing Graphic Content 6/13/2014 - American History: Live Salesroom Auction 3pp, 7.75 x 9.5 in. Buena Vista Camp near Saltillo Mexico, April 23, 1847. To Mr. George Smith of Frederick, MD from George Toms. In ink, spelling a bit "creative" and for the most part the entire letter is one sentence, but handwriting clear. Toms describes the march from Matamoros to Buena Vista, a distance of about 500 miles.
Mexican War, Battle of Buena Vista, Letter Containing Graphic Content
6/13/2014 – American History: Live Salesroom Auction
3pp, 7.75 x 9.5 in. Buena Vista Camp near Saltillo Mexico, April 23, 1847. To Mr. George Smith of Frederick, MD from George Toms. In ink, spelling a bit “creative” and for the most part the entire letter is one sentence, but handwriting clear. Toms describes the march from Matamoros to Buena Vista, a distance of about 500 miles.

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Sale ends May 17th!!!

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A Huge Stamp of Approval for the Phila Mercury

    Providing A Permanent Census of U.S. Stamps & Cover Images


Early Baltimore stampless, straightline handstamp. Letter is datelined from Baltimore on July 2, 1774.
Early Baltimore stampless, straightline handstamp. Letter is datelined from Baltimore on July 2, 1774.

If you love Postal History, this is a wonderful site that I hope you already know about. He probably needs no introduction, but Richard Frajola is a giant in Philately. His personal journey has taken him from collecting, to exhibiting as a junior collector in the 1966 SIPEX international show in Washington D.C, to working professionally in the field. In 1968 he began working for a series of several auction houses, including as a consultant to Sotheby’s. Frajola also to ran his own auction house from 1980 till 1995. He has served as a consultant to several leading auction houses in the United States and served private clients. Credits include serving as an expert consultant to the Philatelic Foundation, Professional Stamp Expertisers and Philatelic Stamp Authentification and Grading (PSAG).

His site, rfrajola.com, is a treasure trove with more than a few gems inside for philatelists, historians and lovers of old paper.
The Frajola Phila Mercury Project is a permanent census of United States cover images from and descriptions in a single, searchable database. It’s a participatory site with collectors and dealers pitching in to share the covers they own, or have available for sale. The site is viewable by all but only approved registered users can add images and descriptions to the database. Dealers can designate if the item is available for sale and collectors can have their ownership of material identified if they chose to do so. It can be used for research, as an imaged record of a collection, or to list covers available for purchase.

Samples of what you can view on the census:

Free Frank of "Samuel Huntington" and "/public service/"on stampless front of wrapper addressed to Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth late Commissary General. Partial docketing establishes date as 1780. Huntington at this time was still President of the 2nd Continental Congress, while Wadsworth, Commissary general of purchases, had resigned the position, on January 1, 1780.
Free Frank of “Samuel Huntington” and “/public service/”on stampless front of wrapper addressed to Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth late Commissary General. Partial docketing establishes date as 1780. Huntington at this time was still President of the 2nd Continental Congress, while Wadsworth, Commissary general of purchases, had resigned the position, on January 1, 1780.

Each item features a clear description with high resolution images:

 Philadelphia & N.York Express Steam Baot Co, Wm. P. Clyde, Agent, Philadelphia, blue embossed, steamer illustrated, cameo advertising cover, Clement imprint, used to New Jersey, 3c rose (#65, light gum stain) tied by large geometric cancel, matching "Old Point Comfort, VA" postmark to left, minor reduction at right, ex Jarrett
Philadelphia & N.York Express Steam Baot Co, Wm. P. Clyde, Agent, Philadelphia, blue embossed, steamer illustrated, cameo advertising cover, Clement imprint, used to New Jersey, 3c rose (#65, light gum stain) tied by large geometric cancel, matching “Old Point Comfort, VA” postmark to left, minor reduction at right, ex Jarrett

Another section of high interest to myself is the Postal History page which has:

1} Searchable PDF files of United States Post Office Acts and postal rate summaries.

2} An annotated page of links useful for research including newspaper archives, and period source documents.

3} Stanley B. Ashbrook’s Special Service page of links. A cornerstone series, written between 1951 and 1957, relating to the analysis of United States covers.

There is also the Frajola Board For Philatelists:
a public discussion forum where philatelists from around the world can chat and ask questions about everything Philatelic.

If you haven’t tasted from this site then I especially invite you to feast on the sumptuous table spread of postal history on rfrajola.com
Kudos to Mr. Frajola and all who have helped to make this resource available to the world!

PhilaMercury – Permanent Census of United States stamps and cover images.

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