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D-Day: History Geek hits Omaha Beach

Today is D-Day.  And I don’t mean that in the figurative sense.  Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy on 6th June 1944.  The original non-metaphorical D-Day.  To commemorate this day of days I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences from a […]

The Troublesome Yankee Schooner

Today I’ve got a seafaring saga to share with you – the story of a four-masted Yankee schooner that was photographed while visiting New Zealand in the 1920’s.  There are no pirates in this tale, but there is just about everything else.  There are ghost ships, tempests and […]

One Year of History Geek!!!

There is cause for a bit of celebration as today marks one year since I started this little foray into the blogosphere.  Occasions such as this are worthy of a vintage conga line! My aim was to post at least once a week for a year and with […]

Flying to the Taieri

Today I thought I’d share a snippet of aviation history that I found during some “front-line” ephemera collecting.  It also has a bit of cricket geekery thrown in for good measure along with a D-Day reference AND a tropical cyclone. In the digital age most of my collecting […]

A Mystery Ship in Port Said

As a follow-up to my earlier post on the HMAS Encounter I thought I’d share another photograph from the same collection.  Last time the identity of the ship was written on the back of the image by the photographer, but this time I know a lot less about […]

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 […]