Category Archives: 1930-1949

Blood brothers

Today is Brother 1’s 60th birthday. It doesn’t seem that long ago that the above photo was taken, in the early 1960s. He is on the right, Brother 2 in the natty bow tie on the left, myself in the … Continue reading

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Common People (objects 157-159)

This lovely lino cut of a Dartmoor pony by Paxton Chadwick is one of my favourite pictures. It was given to me for my 18th birthday by the artist’s widow, Lee Chadwick. It wasn’t framed but she had added a … Continue reading

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Long Overdue (object no. 143)

I hate to part with books, but recently had to have a long overdue clear out (my blog name Hoarder of Babylon being dangerously close to the truth!) and realised that some of my childhood treasures are just too far … Continue reading

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Another Brick in the Wall (fence post with no object)

Having written one post which featured a brick wall as its focal object, I reckon I’d be pushing my luck if I did it again. But my recent visit to Barnes threw up lots of memories from these childhood streets, … Continue reading

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All Clear Aft (Object 121)

Unlike me, my mother was athletic and sporty in her youth. I was one of those bright, bookish kids who was rubbish at P.E. or anything practical, like needlework or woodwork. I won few Girl Guide badges, in fact I … Continue reading

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International Women (Object 118)

Today is International Women’s Day. I have recently been looking through a tattered old photograph album from my mother’s youth, and was curious about these photos. She must have taken most of them as she is in only one, as … Continue reading

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The Book of Love (Object 117)

Today is Valentine’s Day, something that my parents never celebrated, for ideological reasons; there are no Valentine’s cards amongst my collection of their greetings cards to each other. Like Mother’s or Father’s Day, they saw it as just another example … Continue reading

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