Category Archives: Photographs

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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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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A Close Shavian (Object 85)

The subject of this photograph is identified by a handwritten note on the back: “George Bernard Shaw outside his house.” It is in the Usmeum because it was taken by my Dad. Dad moved to London from Glasgow at the … 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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Boat Race Day (Object 82)

Today is Boat Race Day: the celebrated annual river boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities, along a short stretch of the Thames from Putney to Mortlake. As the race passes through where we lived in Barnes, this was always … Continue reading

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The Further Adventures of Kitty and Mary (Object 75)

My previous post featured Auntie’s journal of her holiday in Cornwall with her close friend and cousin, Kitty Fry. When I got to the end I realised that the journal contained records of more trips, as it had been re-used … Continue reading

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The Lewis mailcoach and the Glasgow trams (Object 70)

This photograph of my great grandmother Mary Murray, nee Morison, was sent to me by a cousin in France whom I have never met. Brother 1 knew her from his visits to France in his youth and has kept in … Continue reading

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