Tall Ship Lost to Hurricane

Tempests, waterspouts, thunderstorms and hurricanes have throughout the centuries struck fear into the hearts of many a brave sailor.  The image of a tall ship battling against the relentless elements will be familiar to fans of maritime historical fiction such as works by Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester.  […]

Greetings from Wellington

I started this post as an innocent attempt to share a beautiful vintage postcard of Wellington but somehow ended up giving myself a crash course on the introduction of electric street lighting to New Zealand cities.  It is a subject that proved to be rather illuminating…  First, here […]

Postcard from Gallipoli

Today I thought I’d share a postcard that has a particularly fascinating story.  It was sent by a New Zealander who was fighting in the trenches at Gallipoli. For my non-antipodean readers the Gallipoli campaign was this ill-fated Allied attempt to knock Turkey out of the First World […]

History Geek’s First Award!!!

I have some good news!  I’ve been awarded the ‘Liebster Award’ by Matthew Wright.  He runs a fantastic blog on writing techniques, the publishing industry, science fiction and all sorts of insightful musings – dare I say it laced with an appropriate dose of geekiness.  It is quite […]

9/11: The Audio-Visual Record

Today marks eleven years since the terrorist attacks that changed the world.  I’m not going to dwell on the facts, or repeat the stories that we have all heard before, but I do want to share one perspective on the event. My day job involves sourcing archival footage […]

What is Postal History?

It is time to introduce another one of my collections to you, the one which is more responsible than any other for introducing me to the exciting world of ephemera.  That is probably a sentence that you haven’t seen before.  Here is another one.  Postmarks can open portals […]