Photograph album found in an antiques auction house

At the weekend I visited Elsecar Heritage Centre with some friends. I came across this album in the auction house. It was for sale for £10. The album is leather with gold leaf edging and weighs a ton.

The album contains some photos which date back to the 1920s. Some of the photographs are missing and the album contains names, dates and locations. There are also some handwritten notes on pieces of paper and envelopes – one of which contains a lock of hair from “Baby Shirley at 2 years old”. The address on the envelope is one in Harrogate, Yorkshire.


The locations on some of the photographs are of the East Coast of England ie Scarborough and Bridlington. Some photos are also of Ripon, Harrogate, Bournemouth, Malton and Knaresborough.

Inside the front cover is the inscription “The Family Album, R & S Thompson 1945.” One of the photos has the following information “Rachel Thompson was nanny to this little boy, Teddy Lightowler in the 1920’s. He lived in Bournemouth and Rachel adored him.” On the back on another photograph are the words “Beautiful, sweet Rachel Annie Thompson. Taken in Bournemouth in 1927 – age 21.”

There are various photographs of the following people, Shirley, Leonard, Rae, George S Thompson and Olive – to name a few.

I have uploaded pictures of the album below. You can click on each one to view it in more detail.

It would be nice to trace some of the family in these photographs because this album is too precious and beautiful not to be treasured. I couldn’t leave it behind so brought it home with me. Please feel free to share this blog feature in the hope of tracing the family connected to those in these photos.



5 replies »

  1. Hi this album is of my family Shirley is my cousin, George is my father and Rachel my aunt. I would love to buy this album from you it would mean such alot

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s