Fortnightly Photo – St Ives, Now and Then

Regular readers will have guessed that I like Cornwall, and St Ives is one of my favourite places to visit.

I found this photo of the beach alongside Smeaton’s Pier in St Ives in a box of old photographic negatives:

Vintage Smeaton's Pier

Vintage Smeaton’s Pier

Compare this with how it looks today:

Modern Smeaton's Pier

Modern Smeaton’s Pier

Although the angle isn’t quite the same, it’s surprising how little has changed over the years.

You can see a previous visit to St Ives here:

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Auction Finds – Time for Tea?

A quick post, just to show a lovely piece of ephemera I found at a local auction.

Tea Box

Tea Box

These are actually two sides of a rather battered cardboard box.

Tea Pot Picture

Tea Pot Picture

The sides themselves have been damp in the past, so are warped out of shape. It’s difficult to see what they could be used for, given their battered state, but I think that they show a charming snapshot of publicity material from an earlier age.

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A Visit to Hemswell Antique Centre

As you may have gathered, I like finding new places to visit in my search for vintage. So I was happy to follow a tip from a work colleague about an antique centre north of Lincoln.

Hemswell Antique Centre is housed on one of the many redundant air force bases left in Lincolnshire after the war. The military buildings have been repurposed into a series of antiques showrooms with a variety of sellers.

Astra Antiques

Astra Antiques

The stock varies from pure antique to vintage, with a side-order of more modern collectables. I spent most of my first visit in Astra Antiques, which took up most of the day.

Biscuit Tin

Biscuit Tin

There was plenty of kitchenalia to keep me happy. This biscuit tin was a bit too battered for me however.

Basketware Pram

Basketware Pram

A toy pram made from woven material, a bit like a Lloyd Loom chair, but I couldn’t find any label to confirm my suspicion that they made it.

Basket Pile

Basket Pile

There was a huge pile of baskets at the bottom of the stairs,

Pile of Baskets

Pile of Baskets

How would you choose which one to take home?

Sewing Baskets

Sewing Baskets

Lovely vintage sewing baskets.

Cake Plates

Cake Plates

A lovely collection of glass cake stands.

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,I’m used to seeing one or two items of Hornsea pottery but this is one of the biggest groups I’ve seen for a long time.

Vintage Packing Boxes

Vintage Packing Boxes

You might need a box to take your finds home with you – how about one of these?

Scales

Scales

Classic kitchen scales (although they do look as if they need recalibrating!)

Ice cream Box

Ice cream Box

I’ve not seen an ice cream box before.

Lights

Lights

I really liked the display of lights over the stairwell. I have one like the one in the centre at home, and I love it!

Enamelware

Enamelware

These enamel containers, for coffee, milk and lunch look to have come from France.

Kitchenware

Kitchenware

And finally, a full matching set of kitchen containers.

This was only one building, and I was shopped out by the time I left. I’ll be back to explore the other buildings in the near future. In the meantime, I’d recommend having a look round yourself.

Fortnightly Photo – Beach Boys

It’s the end of Summer, and it’s going out in style! People were spotted in their bathers at Brighton last week. Though if I were to go to the beach I’d be tempted to take a jumper, just in case.

Beach Boys

Beach Boys

Just like these two charming chaps from the turn of the century.