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.



About me – at one with nature

I enjoy exploring and visiting new places. Going for a walk and breathing in all the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer is a good way to help cleanse your soul and detach from the constant pull and demand from the modern world of technology.

Choosing to leave our phones at home, we often go for a walk armed with nothing but our camera for those wildlife and scenery opportune moments.

I find that I am inspired and motivated when I am outdoors within nature. Not only is it exercise for the body, but it’s a brilliant way to find peace and to quiet a busy mind.

Being at one with nature is such a fabulous way to unwind, de-stress and relax. I always make sure to hug a tree or two on my journey!

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About me – Our Portugal vacation

We love Portugal and this is the third time we have been. We have a relaxing week of sun, sea and sand.

We also love to explore the coves, swim in the ocean, watch the sunrise, go for walks and soak up the atmosphere of the beauty Portugal has to offer by exploring the surrounding areas and taking day trips to the villages and towns nearby.

When we went to Portugal in 2015, I blogged about how you can “Keep up the vintage whilst on Vacation.” You can read that blog feature by clicking here.

Below are some pictures of our lovely week in the sun from our trip this year. There is also a video below of the view from our hotel balcony and one of the waves crashing on the shore when we visited the beach for early morning meditation at sunrise.

If you have never been to Portugal you really must plan a visit. It is a beautiful place to go on holiday and we will be going for many years to come, making those memories!

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