Latest Mysteries

Check out the latest mysteries and see if there’s anything you can help identify.

If you have any mysteries you want posting here for others to see, drop me a line.

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

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

Whatever happened to Maggie Dickson, b. late 1881?

As seen on Flickr Portrait of family group including “Archie, Frank & Maggie” Dickson? Dated 10 January 1882, from mystery album Image by whatsthatpicture Click on image to view original on Flickr At the risk of continuing a slightly morbid … Continue reading

Who was Janet Gray, born 9 May 1854, died 22 December 1870, aged just 16 years 7 months?

As seen on Flickr Janet Gray, born 9 May 1854, died 22 December 1870, aged 16 years 7 months, by Anderson, Melrose Image by whatsthatpicture Click on image to view original on Flickr It’s sadly not that common to find … Continue reading

In focus: Lickley-Dunlop Victorian Family Album

Family Group, early 1860s, by Downie, Jamaica St, Glasgow I stumbled across a wonderful Victorian album on Flickr today. It is so typical of family albums assembled during that era, with images ranging from the early 1860s (including some real … Continue reading

A little local architectural knowledge always helps

As seen on Flickr Mystery World War 1 stereoview (14 of 14) Image by whatsthatpicture Click on image to view original on Flickr Thanks to Flickr user Tagada Victoria, a Swiss resident, we may be a step closer to knowing … Continue reading

A birthday gift from Annie Pretty

I stumbled across the site Reminiscene via twitter today.  It’s a site which aims to reunite orphaned photographs, and indeed whole albums, with their long-lost rightful owners. An admirable intention in itself, but also some wonderful photos, great stories, and … Continue reading

Mystery stereoview of church ruins, France, WW1

Mystery stereoview of church ruins Originally uploaded to Flickr by whatsthatpicture Almost certainly France, probably just after just after World War 1. But do we stand any chance of finding out more about where this might be?

Mystery album of 19th century images with Scottish, English, Irish, European, Asian and Australian connections

This wonderful album contains an amazing assortment of some 140 images, ranging from the early 1860s and containing primarily carte de visite and cabinet portraits, but also animals and landscapes. The largest single nation represented is Scotland, but with many … Continue reading

Mr Platt, corn miller (repost)

Another repost from the ‘old’ site, this one from July 2008 … Every now and again we feature a particular picture or album that has caught our eye, and we think visitors will be able to help with. Here’s an … Continue reading

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