Recent Discoveries

Here you’ll find all the latest discoveries – identifications, datings, locations …

Sometimes it just takes the tiniest detail to get a vital clue

The Smithy, Manafon, Wales, 1894. 176 megapixel, 2,400 dpi scan (15,559 x 11,326 pixels) Zoomable view via Google Open Gallery. Double click to zoom. Click and hold to move. Or use zoom tools visible on hover. When I first saw … Continue reading

70,000 unique advertising images discovered – famous TV adverts from the 1960s/70s

About two years ago I bought a very inconspicuous looking batch of photographic negatives at auction. At the time I didn’t look at them closely, thinking they were mainly product stills, albeit of good quality, and all nicely catalogued with … Continue reading

Census data identifies mystery sender, and reveals a lifelong friendship

Palm House at Kew Gardens c. 1865 Today sees all people living in the UK complete their census returns, an event that happens just once every ten years.  Whilst everyone (except perhaps statisticians and genealogists) perhaps wonders why, here’s a … Continue reading

Early Triumph Model H motorcycle – possibly Hull

As seen on Flickr Early 4hp (550cc) Triumph Model H motorcycle – 1920s? Possibly Hull. Image by whatsthatpicture Click on image to view original on Flickr Another image of mine that appears to be on the verge of a complete … Continue reading

Discovery: Portrait of Agnes A M Yair, dated 21 April 1870, by Alexander Brothers, Glasgow

As seen on Flickr Portrait of Agnes A M Yair, dated 21 April 1870, by Alexander Brothers, Glasgow Image by whatsthatpicture Click on image to view original on Flickr It’s always so great when a photograph is positively identified, but … Continue reading

Maritime mystery solved (with a little help from Photoshop)

Unknown naval ship in Brisbane Harbour, dated 1894. Named photo of HMS Royalist courtesy of Australian War Memorial – I had a comment left on a mystery image of mine on Flickr – a nice view of a naval … Continue reading

Fred Guyer and Zab Adams

As seen on Flickr A rather remarkable discovery this one, posted with kind permission of the owner, Flickr user Piedmont Fossil. No real point in my trying to summarise the full story. All I will say is that if you … Continue reading

Norma Robertson McEdward

Norma Robertson McEdward Father: Alexander McEdward Mother: Jessie McEdward Born: unknown (estimated from photograph to be mid/late 1880s) Died: 30th November, 1920, at Crows Nest. North Sydney (source) Notes: Identified by Flickr user ellenmc by after deciphering the inscription!

James, Robert, Norman, Archibald (Archie), Francis (Frank) and Maggie Dickson

Many pictures in the album seem to relate to the Dickson family. Here’s what we know about them. James Arthur Dickson Father: unknown Mother: Frances Dickson Born: c 1870 (21 in 1891 census), Rangoon, British Burmah Died: unknown Notes: Robert … Continue reading

Christina, Ellen (Ellie) and Annie Clarke, Melbourne, Australia

Thanks to some initial clues from Flickr members prompting some personal research, and then backed up by confirmation from an Ancestry member, the three Clarke sisters have now been identified. They were the three daughters of George Clarke and Christina … Continue reading

Edmond Barron Hartley, VC, 150 years on (repost)

This article was first posted on the old site on 29 June 2009 … Today this photograph is exactly 150 years old. Taken 29 June 1859, it shows a then 12-year-old Edmund Barron Hartley. About Edmund Barron Hartley Edmund was … Continue reading

Latest successes – June 2008 (repost)

This is a repeat of an article on the original site from June 2008 … Note that the first and third images belong to members of the ‘old’ site and the links will take you to the archive there. The … Continue reading