Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Illustrated LONDON News 1945. Part 2.

As promised here is the second blog showing The Illustrated LONDON News dated October 6th 1945

October 6th 1945

This copper cylinder shown above, was placed in a block of stone forming part of the huge overflow shafts at the new Ladybower Reservoir in the Derwent Valley on September 25th.

Above.......Hongkong, Singapore and elsewear, after the final defeat of Japan. Scenes of surrender and release of prisoners.

Above..."ARNHEM..Adopted as Godchild by Amsterdam, rises from its ruins..
Arnhem is considered in Holland to be the town which has suffered most in this war. It was, of course, directly in the pathway of the original German thrust into Holland in 1940."
"Hard work, ingenuity and charity aid the re-birth of Arnhem"
Graveyard of Aeroplanes

Above left.." Making ingots from the aluminium metal scrap of wrecked planes"
Above right..."The Acoustic shell, Britain's ace killer of flying bombs" drawn by G.H.Davis...

Above.."Mr Morse-Brown's portraits are of four outstanding women in various war activities........
1) Major Barbara B.Stimson, M.B.E More info on link..Barbara B Stimson.....

2) Lady Rosalinde (Maclardy) Tedder (wife of Sir Arthur Tedder) ..She was associated with the 'Malcom Clubs' "The first Malcolm Club was opened by Lady Tedder in Algiers during 1943. They soon increased in number with clubs in locations all over the world.......They were named after a gallant young Scottish Wing Commander, Hugh Malcolm, who had been awarded a posthumous V.C for operations over Tunis.  The clubs provided not only food but also books, wireless, comforts and a cheery atmosphere in which aircrews could relax.  Airmen regarded these clubs as their own" There is still a
The Malcolm Clubs Trophy is awarded to the junior rank (cpl or below) who made the most progress in the air during the previous calendar year. It was presented in 1998 by the Malcolm Clubs, who wished to perpetuate the memory of their Founders, Lord and Lady Tedder, after the closure of their scheme which awarded junior airmen scholarships for gliding. The subscription also allows for the presentation of a prize to each year’s winner.

Sadly Lady Tedder was killed in 1943..Here's is a newspaper report at the time...
"Lady Tedder Killed In Air Crash
LONDON. Jan. 5 1943—AAP.
Lady Tedder, wife of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder. Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, was killed in an air crash west of Cairo when returning from a tour of welfare centres in Cyrenalca. Lady -Tedder, formerly Miss Rosalinde Maclardy. was a daughter of Mr. W. M. Maclardy, and Sydney, the elder son of Sir Arthur and lady Tedder was killed in flying combat over England. A daughter is in the WAAF. and a younger son 'is at school in England."

3) Junior Commander Penelope Otto  M.B.E ...A distinguished member of the A.T.S.
She is listed on Officers of the British Army .. a great resource for Family History & Genealogy people, they are also on Twitter @JNHouterman do give them a follow....

4) Signorina Anna Lelli of Rome...."a Roman by birth, whose pro-British attitude led to imprisonement by the Germans, served subsequently as a guide and lecturer to the British Army education authorities in Rome. She is founder of the women's movement to improve international relations"
These women all have amazing stories, and I had never even heard of them before reading this..

5) This lady, drawn by Lieut Stephen Bone RNVR...Froken Eva Christiansen of Oslo, 1916-2005..      I have not been able to find out much about this lady, apart from her grave link here..    Eva Christiansen    If you do know of a link to anywhere I would love to read more about her....

Till next time then...............

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Illustrated LONDON News 1945.Part 1.

Another find to share with you all....
I came across two of the Illustrated London News at a Car Boot sale, I was quite excited to see that they were both dated 1945, £1 each, said the chap, I thought that was definitely a bargain !
They haven't disappointed, they have some super pictures and articles, obviously with lots of info about WW2.
Because the pages are larger than A4 its difficult for me to scan, so I have taken photos, they are not absolutely brilliant but you can still see clearly and read the captions...I hope !
This is the 1st one dated July 14th 1945
1. July 14th 1945.

Australian Landings
Amazing sketches of Stalag Luft 111.The famous 'Great Escape'

Some 'normal' events occurring again after the war......Henley and Ascot !!
Some of the adverts in the magazine/paper......

Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945

Events on 4th July - 6th July
Raising the flag !

Look out for part 2, the second Illustrated London News dated October 6th 1945 coming soon............

Till next time then........................

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Charles Sherwood Stratton or General Tom Thumb plus latest finds

One of my latest finds has been three Victorian Albums, each holding about fifty CDV and Cabinet cards, these albums also had about another fifty loose CDVs too. They apparently were all from the same family, the chap I bought them from goes to a lot of auctions and fairs around the country, and I have bought old photos from him before, so he let me buy them from him at a very reasonable early Christmas pressie !
I spent all one evening very carefully taking the photo cards all out of the albums, ready for scanning..(I use tweezers) Some of the CDVs are a bit different too, I found my very first Dog portrait, all on his own without his owner..........the family obviously animal lovers, and back of the CDV written on too with a date :)
I haven't as yet been able to identify the family who owned these albums, but as always I am hopeful of maybe finding a name that I can link up to..this is another of the CDVs a lovely family portrait taken in Yarmouth..
But is it THE family or just extended family or friends even ?
Another one that took my eye is this young child below, pencilled on the back 'June 1869'...

Another child portrait that one album contained, is a very sad name or date on this..

Then there is this one..comedy of its time...although for me I find it a bit uncomfortable, like the previous the child is in such distress here...there are two of these cards very similar, of the same child but with different writing..
But the interesting find for me so far,  is this wonderful CDV card below..pencilled at the bottom..
'Tom Thumb, wife and child' by  London photographers....People collected cards like this of famous people as they were such a fascination to them...

General Tom Thumb was the stage name for Charles Sherwood Stratton,  born 4th January 1838 Bridgeport, Connecticut..died 15 July 1882 Bridgeport, Connecticut....
Discovered and made famous by P.T.Barnum (Phineas Taylor Barnum)... From age four, Barnum taught Charles to sing,dance, mime, and impersonate famous people. Barnum also went into business with Stratton's father, who died in 1855. Stratton made his first tour of America at the age of five, with routines that included impersonating characters such as Cupid and Napoleon as well as singing, dancing and comical banter with another performer who acted as a straight man, It was a huge success and the tour expanded.
Charles became an international celebrity after touring Europe, and met many famous people of the time including Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace.
Here's just two of many newspaper articles about Tom Thumb
On his 18th birthday, he was measured at 2 feet 8 and a half inches tall.
 On 10th February 1863 Charles married Lavinia Warren, she was actually also being wooed by another little person 'Commodore Nutt'  (George Washington Morrison Nutt) but Charles beat him to it by proposing to Lavinia...George acted as Charles best man at the wedding and Lavinia's sister Minnie Warren (also a little person) was a bridesmaid.
Another of the advertising pages about Tom Thumb after marriage
George and Minnie were both employed by Barnum, and toured with Charles and Lavinia.
Charles became a very wealthy man and owned a home in New York and specially adapted homes in Connecticut and Middleborough, Massachusetts.
In later years when Barnum became broke, Charles helped him out financially and they became partners...Charles and Lavinia's last trip to England was in 1878.
There has been such a lot written about 'Tom Thumb' and his wife, its a job to know what is absolute fact ! But it seems that after Charles and Lavinia married, Barnum thought it a great idea for them to have a child.
He knew the public would adore it, but it was deemed out of the question, as there was a risk the foetus could grow to normal size and kill Lavinia. 
But Barnum had the answer, in the form of secretly hiring a baby from a foundling hospital in whatever place they visited. Such Exploitation !!!
As a result, in November 1864, ‘General and Mrs Tom Thumb’ arrived in Liverpool with their ‘daughter’ Minnie. The public loved it, and newspapers even remarked on how the infant took after her father. Once again Stratton was a guest of royalty – this time visiting the Prince and Princess of Wales at their home, with the Princess billing and cooing over the baby.
I have read lots of reports of the time with conflicting tales, so we will probably never know the whole story about their 'daughter'...she does look remarkably like them, could she possibly have been a relative I wonder? .....this did not end well, as sadly while here in the UK in 1866 this was reported in the newspapers
September 1866
"DEATH OF THE INFANT DAUGHTER OF GENERAL TOM THUMB.....On the 15th, Minnie Stratton, or, as the child used to call herself, Minnie Tom Thumb, the infant daughter of General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, died at the Norfolk Hotel, Norwich. The child was left some days since at the hotel in charge of her nurse, while her her parents were on a professional visit to Yarmouth and Lowestoft. About a week since it was taken ill and two medical men were called in; they failed, however, to allay her sufferings, and it died from inflammation of the brain. Mrs. Tom Thumb was sent for; she arrived in Norwich on the 20th, and remained in attendance on the little sufferer till death took place."
Little Minnie Warren Stratton was buried on the 26th September 1866 at St Gregory's, Norwich, Norfolk.
At the burial and on the birth certificate it states that Charles was her father.
Apparently after the child's death Charles and Lavinia were said to be distraught and actually cancelled several shows, which was unheard of by them.
Maybe the young child was related to them or even actually theirs after all.
The following year this was one of the newspaper adverts for their show in the Edinburgh Evening Courant on February 13th 1867..
 Giving people a last chance to see the famous couple......
Lavinia's younger sister Minnie (Huldah Pierce Warren Bump) married Edward Newell, also a little person,   in July 1877 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Tragically she died in childbirth in 1878, understandably Charles and Lavinia were heartbroken and Barnum apparently persuaded them to go back touring because they were becoming so depressed.
Charles died suddenly of a stroke while at home at age 45 on July 15th 1883, while Lavinia was on the road touring.
He was buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Lavinia later married an Italian little person, Count Primo Magri, they operated a roadside stand in Middleborough, Massachusetts. She died age 78 on 25 November 1919 and was buried next to her first love Charles, her headstone says 'His Wife'
All this information I have found at various sources on the internet ..Wikipedia..various Museums and Libraries in America, Bridgeport Library being one, some wonderful Blogs have been written about the couple, including these excellent two  Sideshow Ephemera Gallery  
and Sideshow Slideshow
Also while searching I came across an amazing coincidence, I discovered that Lord Grade had presented a program all about 'Tom Thumb' this last week on BBC4, I missed it but watched it on iplayer..
here's the Blog on BBC website about it    BBC BLOG Tom Thumb 
The program was absolutely fascinating and takes you on a journey through Charles and Lavinia's lives visiting the places they lived and worked...well worth a watch as Lord Grade also gained access to their last home.

Till next time then..................

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Mysterious Albert Ceileur, Alphonse Leiningen, Count Albert Leiningen Victorian Photographer

For my birthday last month my husband bought me a collectors database, so that I could at last start to catalogue all my CDV's Cabinet cards, Postcard photos and the rest I hope in time.
 I am trying to do a little every day, but sometimes I can be swayed to jump to something else!
At the beginning of last week I was filling in details of a CDV and looking close to see if there was any small writing I had missed, when I discovered a photographer that I hadn't come across before and he has taken up last week with research, seems he led quite an eventful life, along with family tradgedies, here is what I found...................

A.Ceileur. Photo Lithographer, 1 and 2 Shawbury Villas, Camden Road.
A man of mystery ! and even after spending many hours searching for all and any information about him..he still remains a mystery..I would love to know what happened to him !!.

1821-1827.. Birth dates in Hungary (1861 C) or maybe Austria (1871 C)
Albert's wife Sarah Ann/e
1834.. Birth date for Sarah Ann(e) Greenwood in Norwich, Norfolk (Wife) 
Below on the 1851 census is the most likely family for Sarah, his wife, born Norwich, connection to Liverpool, where their first daughter was born, and also Sarah's father here is an Artist, School Master. 
In 1861 this Greenwood family are living in  St Pancras, both parents with E/Amelia 18 and Sydney 11, also the Polish refugee(Captain) has gone with them.
Then in 1871 the parents are living in South Hackney with son William 26 and the Polish refugee now absent, maybe died since last census.
In October of 1871 a death record for James (father) in Hackney, and also earlier in 1871 (July) a possible death record for Sidney, one of their sons.
No trace in the 1881 census but have found possible record of mother Mary Ann in 1891 census a Pauper and a  widow, sadly living in Hackney Union Workhouse.
Also have found a death for a Mary Ann Greenwood in Hackney at the beginning of 1896.

Mr Ceileur
His various first names are Alphonse, Albert, Edward and Victor.
Surnames Leiningen, Leinintgen, Leihinge, Ceileur, Ceilleur and all the many variations of those names, lots beginning with S .. eg Sellor, Seelleur, Salor.. an impossible task to trace them all without sending for lots of certificates !
1854..The most likely marriage occurred on 7th August 1854 (banns called in July 1854) between Albert Vincent Leiningen age 33 and Sarah Ann Greenwood age 22, at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney. Both living at 1 Stepney Square.
1854..Birth of Albert Vincent Leiningen in Stepney
1855..Birth of Ida Ceileur Jan Q in Liverpool
1858..Birth of Albertine Ceileur Leiningen April Q in Pancras, London
1859/1860 In America..Albert Ceileur/Celiner listed as a daguerreian and photographer, 559 Broadway, New York City, N.Y United States of America. And also while here he wrote a series of articles for Humphrey's Journal of Photography.
Also this record of him.. "Past and present of the United States. Mammoth photograph from original painting. Drawn by Prof. L. Lutby, of Switzerland, for James Meyer, Jr., of New York, photographed by A. Ceileur, of New York, coloured by E. L. Glew, New York, only copy of original. Framed and presented by the late Major W. V, M. Sherman"

1860..Birth of Albert Francis Leiningen (Leihinge) last Q. in Pancras, London

1861 census for Albert Ceileur and family

1861..Census..See above..Studios and living at 1 Shawbury Villas, Camden Road, St Pancras, London
Seems to have been here till about 1871, operating at both 1 and 2 Shawbury Villas...
1861..Death of Albert Francis Leiningen July Q in Pancras, London
1861..Death of Ida Ceileur Leiningen July Q in Pancras, London
1862..Birth of Ida Linda Clotilde Ceileur Leiningen Apr Q in Pancras, London (Louisa)
1862..Studio secretary James Philip
1862..25th November.Court reported by
(1) the Evening Standard on the 28th Nov  "The Reading Girl in Chancery, on Tuesday (25th Nov) Sir Hugh Cairns obtained a decree in the case of The London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company V Ceileur, otherwise known as Count Albert Leiningen. 
In order to restrain the latter from copying 'The Reading Girl' 'Egema' and various other works produced by the company. 
This is the first case under the new act of Victoria in which registered photographs have been protected from piracy."
(2) Reported by Photographic News "Interestingly, in November 1862 the
London Stereoscopic Company secured an injunction to prevent a former employee
selling unauthorised copies of photographs of the International Exhibition, which
injunction also extended to any photographs that might thereafter be registered
by the Company; London Stereoscopic Company v. Ceileur, (1862)
(3) This report from PhotoLondon website.. "Albert, Count Leiningen, who worked under the name of Albert Ceileur and claimed to be Queen Victoria's cousin...The 'Photographic News' described Mr Ceileur as an old photographer and a skillful one, who had entered the employ of 'The London Stereoscopic Company' on an 'unusually handsome salary' The company had obtained exclusive rights to produce views of the 1862 International Exhibition and expected to make considerable profits from the images, however cheap pirate copies soon flooded the market.
It emerged that Count Leiningen or Mr Ceileur was the source of these pirated pictures! He had copied the originals and was running off large numbers for both export and domestic sale, asking 5s per dozen less than he was supposed to be getting in as the official representative of the company.
It was said that he exported nearly a quarter of a million copies. To this end he had set up a large Photographic establishment employing 'sixty hands.'
At this time it was maybe the largest photo business in Britain. Another report suggests that a Photographer claiming relationship with royal blood was bound over and had to pay heavy damages and costs for pirating carte portraits."
1871..Census..See below..

1871 Census Albert Edward Ceileur and family

1871..A Partnership dissolved..

for the company.........Le Roi, Claude & Co

Later in 1871

William Row Frost seems to have continued the business at these premises until about 1875, then I have found records of him living and working in Dunedin, New Zealand from 1881..He died there in 1911.

A Royal Connection?
I have tried to follow up on Alberts claim in court to have been related to Queen Victoria..yes there were 'Leiningen' relatives of our Royal family and even children born at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight at around the same time as some of Albert's children, but I have found no-one of his name/s among them.
So it seems Albert was on a flight of fancy in more ways than one ! 
Queen Victoria's connection to Leiningen family...
Queen Victoria's mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld married on 21 December 1803 at Coburg Charles, Prince of Leiningen (1763–1814)(Her first marriage and his second) whose first wife, Henrietta of Reuss-Ebersdorf, was her aunt. 
Charles and Victoria had two children. When Charles died she married The Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn..And their daughter Victoria was born in Kensington Palace, London on 24th May 1819.. So our Queen had half siblings who were Leiningen family.
There are various links to follow up on the internet tracing Leiningen families from Hungary and other Country's in Europe like this one below  =
House of Leiningen

1881..Frustratingly I cannot find any of the surviving family in this census.
1882..Death of Alberta Ceilleur (Albertine) age 23 in July Q Camberwell, London

This is the last record I can find of any of the family, I have trawled the different sites looking through the 1881/91/1901/11 Census records, also marriage, death records and others, but cannot find any of them at all, but to be honest as I have said there are so many ways their name could be written down it is almost an impossible task...
They may have travelled to Canada, America, New Zealand, Australia..there are possibilities on passenger lists...
I think I just have to accept that he and his family shall remain a mystery............
If anyone does find,or know of any more info on the family I would love to hear from you...

Till Next time then.................................................

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

'Put Off Town' & 'Gossip Town'

I have been trying to find out any information about Rev I.J.Bartlett since my last post about his poem 'The Town of Don't You Worry' but have found absolutely nothing !!
But in my research, I have come across these two similarly written poems that I thought you might like to read....


Did you ever go to Put Off town,
Where the houses are old and tumbledown,
And everything tarries and everything drags,
With dirty streets and people in rags?

On the street of Slow, lives Old Man Wait,
And his two little boys named Linger and Late,
With unclean hands and tousled hair,
And a naughty little sister named I Don t Care.

Grandmother Growl lives in this town,
With her two little daughters called Fret and Frown,
And Old Man Lazy lives all alone,
Around the corner on Street Postpone.

Did you ever go to Put Off town
To play with the little girls, Fret and Frown,
Or to the home of Old Man Wait,
And whistle for his boys to come to the gate?

To play all day in Tarry Street,
Leaving your errands for other feet ?
To stop or shirk, or linger, or frown,
Is the nearest way to this old town.

Author Unknown..............


Have you ever heard of Gossip Town
On the shores of falsehood Bay,
Where old Dame Rumour with rustling gown
Is going the livelong day?

It isn't far to Gossip Town,
For people who want to go.
The Idleness Train will take you down
In just an hour or so.

The Thoughtless Road is a popular route,
And most folks start that way,
But it's steep down grade;
If you don't watch out,
You'll land in Falsehood Bay.

You glide through the valley of Vicious Town
And into the tunnel of Hate;
Then crossing the Add To Bridge, you walk
Right into the city gate.

The principal street is called, "They Say,"
"I've Heard" is the public well,
and the breezes that blow from Falsehood Bay,
are laden with, "Don't You Tell."

In the midst of the town is Tell Tale Park.
You're never quite safe while there,
For its owner is Madame Suspicious Remark,
Who lives on the street, Don't Care.

Just back of the park is Slanders Row.
'Twas there that Good Name died
pierced by a dart from Jealousy's bow,
in the hands of Envious Pride.

From Gossip Town, peace long since fled,
But envy, and strife and woe
And sorrow and care, you find instead,
If ever you chance to go.

 Author Unknown
Till next time then............

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Rev I.J.Bartlett.The Town of Don't You Worry.

I bought a lovely very old poetry book , unusual for me, at a Car Boot a couple weeks ago, and inside was a piece of paper folded, with this wonderful American poem pencilled in full and looks like a signature Rev I J Bartlett..prob not original, but you never know :)
 I wondered does anyone have any idea who Rev I.J.Bartlett was or anything about him, I have been trying to research, but have drawn a blank..
Except for this poem being published in the Madison County Leader & Observer on Thursday November 23 1916 and in The Newark Union Gazette on Saturday March 31st 1917. 
In both it states the copy was taken from The Christian Herald by Rev I J Bartlett (who I assume is American)  .......Can anyone help ???

The Town of Don't-You-Worry

There's a town called Don't-You-Worry,
On the banks of River Smile;
Where the Cheer up and be Happy
Blossom sweetly all the while.
Where the never Grumble flower
Blooms beside the fragrant Try,
And the Ne'er-give up and Patience 
Point their faces to the sky.

In the valley of Contentment,
In the province of I Will,
You will find this lovely city,
At the foot of no Fret Hill.
There are thoroughfares delightful
In this very charming town,
And on every hand are shade trees
Named the Very Seldom Frown.

Rustic benches quite enticing
You'll find scattered here and there,
And to each a vine is clinging
Called the Frequent-Earnest Prayer.
Everybody there is happy,
And is singing all the while,
In the town of Don't-You-Worry,
On the banks of River Smile.

Rev I.J.Bartlett 

After seeing and reading this blog Arvind Mallya was inspired to this great piece of below... set to the poem, half way through you see the words scrolling through :)
 Till next time then......................................

Monday, 8 September 2014

Giant Fleamarket & Dorothy Gertrude Chalmers Old Photo

We are off on our travels for a couple of weeks, along eastwards to Sussex and Kent this time, and looks like the weather will be quite nice, for the coming week at least.
Before we go off I thought I would share with you one of the Cabinet Card old photos that were in my finds from the Giant Fleamarket at the Bath & West Showground on the 31st August.
In case you didn't see the photos on Twitter of the treasures I found, here they are again..

It was an amazing place to go for me, just so many treasures I couldn't help myself, lucky I had my OH to do some brilliant haggling for me !!
There were lots & lots stalls outside and the hall inside was full too...kept us busy all day seeing it all.
This was just one avenue of stuff for sale !!
If you love Vintage anything, do go to one of these Giant Fleamarkets, they are a cross between a Car Boot sale and an Antique fair..and all the dealers and people selling that we met were happy to haggle...

One of the Cabinet cards I got had a name and date on the back ! 

I have managed to find a bit of family history out about Dorothy.
She was born on February 26th 1891 in Lancashire. Christened on the 23 April 1891.

Her mother was Gertrude Katherine Chalmers (Hall) b1861 Liverpool - d1921
and her father was David Lockhart Chalmers b1861 Liverpool - d1908 He was a Chartered Accountant.
They lived in Blundell Sands, an area on the coast just north of main Liverpool.
In the 1891 census Dorothy was 1 month old, living with parents and a visitor Elizabeth Hall (Mum's family name) a spinster, age 55 years old.
In 1901 at their home in Blundell Sands, Elizabeth Hall is described as an Aunt, and staying with young Dorothy now 10 and her younger brother Frederick age 4 (b 8th August 1896) ...Haven't managed to find the parents yet, but I am assuming they were away for husbands business maybe ? They had plenty of help at the house ! 
1901 census
I have found Dorothy's fathers death in 1908.

 In the 1911 census Dorothy's Mum Gertrude (a widow)  is living with Elizabeth Hall, now aged 75 and Dorothy aged 20 and her brother Frederick now aged 14. They are all living 69 Leyland Road, Southport.
The ladies are of 'private means'
I have found a marriage for Dorothy in 1919 in Ormskirk, Lancashire to a George Edward Harlow b1888 Kent.
They may have had one daughter Gertrude E.J.Harlow born in the last quarter of 1920 in Kent (his home area) I cannot be sure of this but it looks the closest to a match that I can find, as also she has the name Gertrude.
I have also found a possible death for Dorothy Gertrude Harlow in Lincolnshire in 1955....
but again as I do not ever send for certificates for my research for old photos, I cannot be totally sure.
Dorothy's Mum Gertrude died on 20th February 1921, and from this we learn that her son Frederick had followed in his fathers footsteps and become an accountant.

Frederick Lockhart Chalmers died at the beginning of 1988.

Till next time then...............