Wednesday, 10 July 2013

For Vintage Lovers!

This afternoon - hate to say this, weather is too hot for me.......but then I complain if I'm too cold!  
I thought I would sort an old leather suitcase that belonged to my grandparents full of old photographs, something you don't see these days of digital cameras.  Photographs, black and white or sepia, little snaps no bigger than three inches, and bits of paper - well in fact little bits of 'treasure' for vintage lovers!  Something that my sons would say do we really need all this rubbish?  My reply as always "This is part of your family history leave it alone!"  

Click on pictures to get a closer look

Petrol coupon circa 1941

There was still rationing until the coronation.  
The registration matches the car in the photograph!

Call the Midwife!
My mum was born at home - my mum always said she paid to come into the world!
Mum is being pushed in that pram.  I love the pram!

My grandfather was in the home-guard - or sometimes referred as Dad's Army because he was in a reserved occupation - he made the UC41 furniture at Harris Lebus Brothers

My grandparents identity cards.  
I wonder when they were checked what questions were asked because as you see there isn't any photographs to prove who they were.

My husband is as they are referred to as a baby boomer, he had an identity card to have till he was fifteen.  The top picture is his clothing coupon book about this for a piece of social history?  
The receipt for this ring. my grandmother's engagement ring.  She wore it till the day she died. 
My grandmother must have had really small fingers because it will only fit on my little finger!

If you wanted a receipt you had to pay Stamp Duty 2d about one new pence for a receipt and if you wanted a contract you would have had to pay 6d about two and half pence 

It is nice these pieces of paper have survived they could have been so easily thrown away years ago.

I have photo-shop some of the documents because the addresses actually still exist.


  1. What a wonderful collection of items Julie and how fabulous that they are part of your family's history. I love looking at things like this so thank you for sharing xxx

  2. What a fantastic collection..... so lovely to keep :) xx

  3. These are brilliant, Julie, so great that you still have them and that you are wise enough to treasure them. Thanks for sharing them.
    Hen x
    P.S. Not sure if you ever watched it but Land Girls is being reshown on BBC1 in the afternoon. I thought of you the other day as in the first programme, there was a radio and I wondered if it was period correct!

  4. What a very special and lovely collection of family history, especially with the photos that complement the items. Truly a collection to be treasured and handed down to future generations xx

  5. Hi Julie

    How fascinating too have all that very real family history at your finger tips. I just adore going through things like this when I know the people involved.


  6. How absolutely fascinating! What treasure you have here :)

  7. Hi Julie like you I have all manner of old family photos/receipts etc which I keep in a lovely old leather suitcase of my dad's. When we were away on holiday a few weeks ago we went in an antique shop and there was a large picture frame which contained lots of old receipts and things of interest.I thought it was a brilliant way of storing and displaying it all.

  8. thats so lovely to keep and hand down x

  9. What a wonderful post Julie. It's lovely to see all these items and to document them like this. Love it!

  10. Fascinating post! History in a suitcase!!! x

  11. Such family treasures you have in your suitcase.

  12. Not just pieces of paper but snippets of fascinating family history! Loved this post, Julie!
    Helen x


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