A couple of years ago I visited a beautiful grand house where Lord and Lady someone had lived, I love the history of the house and especially love the furniture and nik naks. While walking into the round sitting room (yep it was round) there in the fire place something caught my eye so over I went to investigate and that's where my passion started.
The fire guard that covers the fire place so that it looks tidy was decorated with old Victorian photos, there were women, men and children and it was so unusual that I went away with the intention of creating one for our home but I had no idea where to buy the photos from so it got put on the back burner.
My husband and I like to visit antique fairs so a few years after visiting the grand house we took off for the day and to the antique fair, soon my heart began to thump with excitement because there on the table was a pile of Victorian photos and the rest is history.
I now have a wonderful collection which is still growing, my collection consists of Victorian albums as well as loose photos. I love to connect with the people looking back at me and do wonder what kind of a life they had, where they lived and in particular I love the clothes the women wore. It is quite sad to think that some of these people had a hard life and with a lot of the photos it shows.
I like to give the photos a loving home where they will be cherished by me and looked after, it is hobby that connects me with the past and since I love tracing my ancestry it gives me an insight into how my ancestors lived. I get excited when names are written on the back or a postcard type of message, the very thought that I'm reading a message that was written all those years ago by someone who might have been in service, who was happy or were trying to better their life makes me wonder what became of them.
It is a hobby, a passion and one I will continue because these old photos have a sprinkling of magick within them.
The last two photos are of the same couple, I bought the photos at different antique fairs, one was in Wales and the other in England, what were the chances of that!.....this is a very small part of my collection and soon I'll add more photos.