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Friday, 17 June 2022

Enticing Us to Buy in Times Past! Sepia Saturday

This week's Sepia Saturday prompt photograph features Billboards.  So take a look here at advertisements from past times, beginning with a family connection:

 My father-in-law John Robert Donaldson came from South Shields, County Durham in north east England  He was a sign-writer and painter and here are two examples of his work in South Shields.

 Nowadays, amidst anti-smoking campaigns, this  advert  would be banned. 

Dating from just after the Second World War, this was painted directly onto the board, because of a shortage of paper.  The story here went that the railway company who owned the wall  eventually tried to paint over the advert, but the original paint kept showing through.  Standing alongside his Dad's work, was John's son Ian, who later followed him into the family business.

In the 1950s, the family moved to Scotland and here is another of John's signs.


Beamish Open Air Museum, near Newcastle  is one of our favourite family outings. In 300 acres of countryside it recreates and explores the everyday life of people in North East England from around 1880 to 1950, with a  High Street of houses, shops &  trades, vintage trams and buses, a  colliery with a pit village,  farm, manor house and railway station.   Here is the stable yard, with advertising billboards.



  Not feeling so great?  Why not try these remedies? 

Vick was my mother's standard remedy for coughs and colds - and we still have a jar today in our medicine cabinet! 

So what about some kind of "pick me up".

                                                           With an original "Tweet". 



Sepia Saturday gives an opportunity for genealogy bloggers 
       to share their family history through photographs.
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  1. How great to have that historical sight nearby...I'd love to seem more about it, if it still exists.

    1. Thank you, Barbara, for as usual being quick off the mark. Yes, Beamish Open Air Museum is still in business, though badly hit by the Covid regulations. In fact my daughter and family are traveling to visit it tomorrow

  2. My great-grandparents came from County Durham. I'd love to see this museum. Vick's was always my grandmother's go-to. I had my chest rubbed many times with its healing aroma.

  3. How interesting to have those photos of your father-in-law's signs! I also love visiting museums when on holiday etc.

  4. Very interesting. Your right signs from them don't translate well in todays world, but how cool you have examples of your ancestors work to add to your genealogy. Out blog walking this morning and found myself here. It's always fun to meet new bloggers.

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