Vintage WW2 Mobile Canteen on display
© Lemuel Lyes 2009

D-Day Anniversary – Portsmouth

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Last year I shared some of my experiences exploring Omaha Beach, to mark the anniversary this year I thought I’d share some of my photos from a D-Day commemoration I attended in Portsmouth five years ago. I was actually […]

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Review: Jim’s Letters

Last month I was thrilled to receive a copy of Jim’s Letters, a new children’s book published by Penguin. They had approached me last year asking for permission to include images from my First World War postcard and postal history collection as elements within some of their illustrations. […]

Egyptian Postcard sent to New Zealand in December 1914
Lemuel Lyes Collection

WW1 Postcard: The Search for Trooper Harvey

As my regular readers will already be aware, among my collection of historical ephemera, military memorabilia and postal history are several albums of postcards sent by soldiers during the First World War. This year marks the centenary of the start of that conflict, so I’ll be sharing more […]

Silver Fern and Kiwi on cover of First World War stationary kit
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Flag Debate: The Silver Fern

Prime Minister John Key recently reignited the debate about New Zealand’s national flag.  The same old arguments for and against any change are already being trundled out and so I thought I’d add my two pence.  I’m not yet entirely convinced that change is needed at all, but […]

Ringo Starr being greeted with the hongi, Wellington. Hill, Morris James, 1929-2002 :Negatives of Wellington, and national events and personalities. Ref: 1/4-071854-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22787513

2014 Historical Anniversaries

First, a quick note to my regular readers – thanks so much for all your support and encouragement over the past year.  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and are ready to make the most of 2014.  To get things started here is a short list […]