Month: March 2013

Soldiers wearing gas-masks in the Western Desert, 1941
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Ready for the Party 1941

First of all, apologies for the brief absence on the blog front.  I’ve been rather busy lately with the exception of an uncharacteristic migraine which waited until Otago’s regional holiday before ambushing me and rendering me useless, but I can’t complain, at least I’m not off to war […]

Collecting vs. Hoarding

As my regular followers are aware, I’m a collector of ephemera, postcards, photographs and all sorts of historical memorabilia. The collecting isn’t completely unrestrained though.  In an effort to avoid becoming one of those hoarders that feature on reality T.V. shows I have three key rules in place […]

HMAS Encounter
Lemuel Lyes Collection

A Distant Encounter

The only thing more riveting than trainspotting is ship-spotting.  Whenever I’m looking through albums or collections of old photos I always look out for any snaps of steamers and see if I can recognize them.  If not, then I cheat and look on the back to see if […]

Mr M A Watts with his sons filling in census forms. Negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1956/0839-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22765006

Some Silly Census Questions from 1910

It is census day here in New Zealand, when we share all our personal information with our overlords so they can make lots of pretty graphs.  Personally I’m particularly annoyed that I’ve only just now realised that one of the questions asks “On Tuesday 5 March, what was […]

Postcard from the Western Front - 25/5/1917
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Postcard from the Trenches

One of my largest collections of vintage postcards focuses on those sent by soldiers during the First World War.  When I started collecting as a teenager I used to pick them up at stamp fairs, from dealers, auctions, antique shops and secondhand book stores – but I had […]