Category Archives: 1900-1929

Bad hair days (objects 136-138)

I’ve recently had my hair cut. Something that doesn’t happen often, as I don’t take much care of my appearance, but I was due to attend the CILIP librarians’ conference  for work  and realised my “rat’s tails” needed attention. This … Continue reading

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Soldier’s Things (Object 128)

Today marks the centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War. My previous post was about my late Uncle Peter, my Dad’s brother who was named after their father’s brother, lost to that terrible conflict. My Dad, born in … Continue reading

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Snapshots of Mum’s early life (Object 119)

My Mum was born in March, so I think of her a lot at this time of year, when the sun and daffodils start to appear. My previous post featured some photos from her youth, taken from this tatty old … Continue reading

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“A still murmur runs…” (Object 114)

More books. My previous post told the story of my Grandad Lane’s early life, including his close bond with his uncle, Stephen Lane, squire of Worton Hall in Isleworth. This recent discovery at the Northampton regional branch of the Usmeum … Continue reading

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Wartime marriage and post-war conflict (Object 113)

My first post of 2014 features an object dated 100 years ago. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, in which my maternal grandfather, Charles Harrison Lane, served. This German postcard, bearing … Continue reading

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Turning the pages (Object 112)

Today is New Year’s Eve. I have written elsewhere of the happy family Hogmanays I enjoyed as a child; the first-footing, the family gatherings around the piano and the White Heather Club on TV.  As I turn over a new … Continue reading

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Happy Centenary, Wee James (Object 84)

My Dad was born 100 years ago today. This is the earliest known photograph of him, a studio portrait which was sent as a postcard to an uncle who had emigrated to Australia. I know this because of 2 separate … Continue reading

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