It’s time for the third installment of our ‘Hidden Treasures’ series. A blog post dedicated to the little snippets of the past that we find hidden inside the pages of our vintage books.
We’ve been running this series for the last few years over on our main website, Bookishly. Think of these blog posts as a mini highlight reel of all the treasures we’ve found so far!
Wihout further ado…
- Steam Train Photograph
We found this old black and white photograph of a steam train either arriving in to or departing from its station. An educated guess would date this picture back to around the 1940s. We wish we had more information than just that. The front of the train shows that it has the number 46455 written on it. Do you guys know if that means anything?
2. List of Destroyed Aircraft
Probably written by an individual who had a keen interest in aircraft. This is an entire list of destroyed aircraft from 1970. Divided in to fatal and non fatal. Pretty interesting!
3. Letter to Jane
Written from her parents. It reads:
‘Dear Jane, many thanks for your letter. Hope the weather improves for you, it was quite warm here on Saturday but colder yesterday, and it is rainy today. We are going to Nanas & Grandpa’s tonight for supper – picking Aunt Kate up on the way. We are going to get the eggs and the paper for you – then hope it has cleared up by the time we get home and I might do the washing. How do you like golf – do you think you would like to learn – and do you think Daddy and I could manage it. Daddy is just finishing his breakfast so I think that is all the news for now, as we are going down to Henley. Much love, Mummy and Daddy x x x x x’
Letters like this always make you want to find out more of their story; who they were, why they weren’t together, etc!
4. Sunday Times Book Voucher
A voucher for a book of choice for J.P Musker. The front of the voucher has a particularly lovely quote about reading for you book lovers out there.
‘Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices and the myrrh.’
5. Santorini Postcard
Dated back to 1988 (nearly thirty years ago!) This postcard was sent from an Ingrid and Joseph to a Matuto. The photo on the front shows Santorini looking just as picturesque and beautiful as it does now. It reads:
Our short holiday here is flying. Joseph says it is compulsory for us to swim everyday. On some beaches the pebbles really hurt, but the water and colour are great.
Our love to you, Ingrid and Joseph
Ingrid and Joseph, we are so jealous of past you.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve found hidden inside a vintage book?