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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.



Pin-Up’s Against Bullying


I am excited and honoured to be a part of something amazing. I am going to be involved with Pin-up’s Against Bullying and I am “Global ambassador for Pin-up’s Against Bullying and England Chapter Advocate”.

Pin-up’s Against Bullying was founded by Mrs “T” Marie. The mission of Pin-up’s Against Bullying is simple – to help raise awareness, through a variety of social media connections, that bullying is wrong and will not be tolerated.

As you know, I am a firm believer of promoting body confidence and body positivity and encourage others to love their body and be proud of who they are. I do not agree with any form of body shaming whether that is #fatshaming or #skinnyshaming. Everyone deserves to feel loved and everyone deserves to feel beautiful!

Pin-Up’s Against Bullying educates, offers advice and support relating to all bullying, body shaming and other negative ideals society has enforced. They are a fabulous support network to those who need it.

Pin-Up’s Against Bullying firmly believe that together, through positive thoughts, words, actions and behaviours we can make a substantial impact against bullying.

You can find Pin-Up’s Against Bullying on Instagram by searching the hashtag #pinupsagainstbullying