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wolf63 | 00:03 Tue 28th Jun 2022 | How it Works
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I would like some help in trying to get more info on two postcards and a print that looks like it could be a page from a book (the bottom item).

I believe that the postcards are of Coal Boats from the 1920s. But that is the sum total of the information that I have worked out.



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The first picture appear to be a (sailing) collier ship.

The second one is a passenger vessel, which looks too small to be a liner. So it might well be a cross-channel ferry, or similar. (I'm not sure that the vessel is even big enough for that run though, so it might be something like the Woolwich Ferry).

The last photo seems to be depicting US navy personnel in Hawaii, where there was at one time a bit of a trend for sailors to wear grass skirts. (e.g. )

Beyond that though, I give up!
God they’re very old aren’t they!
not sure that first one is on a ship? No railings or anything to stop people falling overboard; so I wondered if it might be a wharf where coal is being taken on/off.

The third one looks like the Southsea Glee Singers preparing for a performance of There is Nothing Like a Dame. Or not.
>>> No railings or anything to stop people falling overboard

They weren't too hot on health and safety in the days of sailing barges though, Jno ;-)
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Thanks - I will stick them online at a creative asking price to see what happens. Snowball - I was looking at one from 1908 earlier.

Whilst I have a captive audience - this postcard is just a usual touristy card but there is a signature over the stamps. I don't know if there is any significance to it - does anybody have any ideas?

All of them will end up here -
PS judging by that tyre, the third one is probably about WW2.
The postmark reads 'B. Free Franklin', indicating that although the card depicts Washington DC, it was actually posted at the US Post Office in Philadelphia.

Scroll down to 'TRAVEL TIP', here:
imagine that, a stamp with Alan Partridge on it
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jno & Chris, thanks to both of you. I will search further in the morning now that I know what I may be searching for.

We have an advert on our FB page and in the shop window looking for stamps, stamp albums, foreign coins and old money. I am going to be busy. I will be back for more help. ☺☺
Chris, that's true, but the area they're standing on is quite wide, more than I'd expect on a barge.

On the other hand I can't quite work out if it's sloping upwards to the left. If so that might suggest a boat deck rather than a wharf.
Probably not much help, and you may already be aware of this, but the bottom one looks like a "Crossing the Line" ceremony, something which took place when ships crossed the equator and people who were crossing for the first time had to pay homage to "King Neptune", usually suffering some form of humiliation in the process.
the middle one has a lady with a flapper style hat so possibly late20s into early 30s the bottom I agree with Canary a crossing the equator ceremony.
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looking on the reverse of the postcard, it credits photographer David Noble with copyright Plastichrome. Perhaps a starting point. There are some other of their postcards being sold online.
Canary, that was my first thought, but it happens at sea. Unless the structure (a wharf?) they're standing on happens to cross the equator, there's no reason for it on dry land.
Agree canary
crossing the equator
and I dont think English - grass skirty - has a Kaiser Bill false moustache - AND doesnt look best pleased he is being photographed

The first is - I agree a wharf and is.... not English
Every one is wearing office specific clothes, and hats
and the fellas in white and floppy hats I think are labourers - Eastern Europe - pre WW II

as a gran-chile of the british raj
I think the cloche is a standard borrowed colonial officers hat ( as one wd borrow in an equator ceremoney as everything be topsy turvy right)
////Unless the structure (a wharf?) //

I assumed it was the forecastle of the boat.

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