Old Photos at Christmas✨🎄and the Skinner and Bramwell family🎄

I thought I’d share a few of my old photos that were sent at Christmas time to family and friends and loved ones. I’ve also added some of my recent finds to my collection that I have bought online during this year.

This young lady must have been a Tennis fan, her own racket or a studio prop maybe. Christmas 1890.
With love & all good wishes for a Happy Xmas 1909. From Willie & Bertie & Mum.
Xmas 1910.

I have never ever seen anything like these beautiful postcards before. For Honour Freedom. 1914-1917. Souvenir of the Great War. Flags of the Allied Forces at the top. Just the bottom two are written on, I bought all three together so am assuming the three children are related. Aren’t they unusual. Such a shame we don’t have these childrens names.

Christmas 1917. Age 7 Years.
Christmas 1917. Age 9 years.

Looking for more information about these postcards above I searched for the Photographer and came up trumps! Here’s a wonderful page full of information about Frank Doran of Brighton and also lots more about the Souvenir Postcards. Found on the super Sussex Photo site: https://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BTNDoranF.htm

We Wish you a MERRY XMAS🎄I just love this Cabinet Card above of two young children all wrapped up with their scarves and muffs💖 Another one I’ve bought online, it’s very faded but I’ve darkened it a little to see their faces more clearly.
What a gorgeous Wedding photo! Stunning outfits & Hats! Have no idea what it says on the back, do you?
I love a Charabanc photo! These chaps were just off out for a day. Maybe to the Races?
A beautiful Horse and carriage. Wish I knew more about this one, wonder where it was taken?
Alfred Edward Skinner and his Mother. I couldn’t share old photos with you without a bit of family history.

Skinner & Bramwell family. This CDV above has been written on in biro at a much later date and incorrectly as I believe it to be Mary Eliza Bramwell with her eldest son John Walter and not her youngest Alfred Edward. Mary Eliza Bramwell was born in 1847 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, Yorkshire, as the fourth child of John Bramwell and Clarissa. She had three siblings, Clara, John Henry, and Louise.

Mary Eliza lived with her family in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire, until the 1861 census then she was living at the home of William Wheatcroft Harrison, a Manufacturer of Silver Plated Goods (employing 65 people) and his family still in her home town, she was a servant of the family, she was 14. The family had just two servants, the other was Alice Foster aged 18.

Mary Eliza Bramwell was married at aged 20 to Alfred Skinner in Sheffield, Yorkshire. At the time of the 1871 census Alfred was a Warehouseman and they had one son John Walter Skinner born in 1868.They lived in Pomona Street, Ecclesall, Sheffield. 1881 sees the family living at Langdon Street, Ecclesall, Sheffield, Alfred is now described as a Sub Manager for Electro Plate company. They also had another son Alfred Edward Skinner born in 1876, too late for this photo. So my theory is that whoever wrote on the back of this CDV in slightly more modern times thought it was Alfred Edward and I think it was likely to have been John Walter born in 1868 with his Mum, Mary Eliza.

Although on the 1911 census Mary Eliza (Now a Widow) states that she only had two children with one still living, who was actually Alfred Edward, as he and his wife Mabel Annie (Hubbard) and their daughter Rhena Winifred aged two were living in the same household with Mary Eliza. (I believe that maybe Mary thought it meant ‘living with her at that household, as I found that John Walter was still alive) This also bit different from the records I have found, as I have found two other possible children Anne (1868-?)and John Alfred (1871-1871)from looking at the GRO birth/death records, I haven’t found what happened to Anne, the other option is that there was another Skinner family with Ann as a daughter and mothers maiden name Bramwell? Needs more research.

Records for John Walter Skinner who was born in Apr Q 1868 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire West Riding. He had married Mary Willis in Jul 1893 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire West Riding. He died on 14 Nov 1954 in The Hospital, Dawlish, Devon, England.
Alfred Edward Skinner born on 08 Apr 1876 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, and died on 24 Dec 1960 in Newholme Hospital, Bakewell, Derbyshire. He had married Mabel Annie Hubbard in Jul 1907 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire West Riding (Alfred Edward Skinner was a Cabinet Maker) If you know any more information on this family as always I would love to know! I have put a small public family tree on Ancestry for them: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/tree/172526830/family?cfpid=282241275046&fpid=282241274482

This is a small section above of this next photo below, oh my goodness everyone is just dressed soooo beautifully! Photographer from Lancaster, Lancashire. Late 1890’s. The Hats are just terrific!
Photo is on a large card frame by Photographer is W.J.Buckler. Lancaster.
Isn’t this group photo so lovely, a beautiful clear image of a family group I think taken in the late 1920’s. Such a lot of fashion details of the era with several variations of Cloche Hats. Love the dogs!
Another beautiful Wedding, such amazing Hats, early Edwardian I think.
Love this image above, taken in the early 1860’s it’s quite faded but such a gem. Looks like the lady of the house on the left and maybe the Nanny/Nursemaid looking after the child on the steps and the child in the pushchair right. No writing at all sadly.
Lovely Wedding group taken outside, groom wearing his Military Uniform. Written and sent to Auntie Bessie.
Another stunning large group Wedding photo, gorgeous outfits, hats and my goodness there are some wonderful characters here!

To all my lovely followers Wishing you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas 🎄✨


Huge thanks to everyone that has read my Blog thoughout this year or Liked, Commented and helped with information on my Old Photos, I really do appreciate you all! Hope you all enjoy my special old photos that I will be sharing through this Christmas and New Year on Twitter and Instagram every day, not forgetting a few specials on my Facebook Page!


Till next time then……………


  1. Hi Lynn

    Thanks once more for a wonderful waffle , its always good to hear from you , my good friend Ron Cosens has a wonderful site here http://www.cartedevisite.co.uk Ron is very knowledgeable on subject photography and has a huge data base of photographers and their studio dates , well worth a browse and maybe a chat .

    Hope you have the best Christmas you can and hope that 2021 is better for us all . Thank you Allan

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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  2. Hi Lynn, Oh such gorgeous photos, and the children look so happy, and yes it’s a shame there are no names but I guess someone out there will know them and contact you,wishing you luck anyway. I love those 1940’s hats which my mom used to wear. I wonder if they will ever become fashionable again Have a wonderful X,mas and every good wish for the coming New Year Take care and stay safe from this awful virus..

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