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 […]

Film Review: Mantrap (1926)

This afternoon I jumped at the chance to view the 1926 silent black and white film ‘Mantrap‘ at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin, screening as part of the International Film Festival.  It is a rare experience to attend a silent film with live piano accompaniment, something that must […]

Olympic Collectables

Collecting can be very rewarding.  It has the thrill of the chase, offers genuine investment opportunities and can open personal windows into different times and places.  So with the Olympics currently underway I thought that perhaps this might be an opportunity to lure a few readers into the […]

The 1912 Olympics

Apologies for the delay since my last post, in part due to my attempting to juggle my day job with screenings at the International Film Festival and of course soak in as much of the Olympic atmosphere as is possible when in the completely opposite time zone.  But […]