A fish auction, New South Wales through the ages and an obscure hotel with a glamorous past.

Pin Of The Week

A Fish Auction in Westerdale, 1905

A brilliant image pinned by the National Media Museum of a fish auction in Westerdale, North Yorkshire in 1905. You can see two large fish on the ground to the left and the fisherman standing a little back from the group surveying the auction. Its a great image as the group all look so enthralled with the produce. The photo was taken by Frank Meadow (1853-1941), who is best known for his images of Whitby’s fishing community. He was made an honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society on his death in 1941.

Pinner of the Week

Broadway Looking West, Sydney, 1962

Pinner of the Week goes to The State Records of New South Wales. They have been pinning a wide variety of photos dating from the 1880’s up until the 1960’s from across New South Wales. The images range from resplendent scenes of Sydney, to small town railway stations. Check out their channel here.

Story Of The Week

Native Americans dancing on the lawn of Sheridan Inn, 1890-1910

Our story this week comes from the Wyoming State Archive. The Sheridan Inn was built in 1893 by the Burlington Railroad Company and the Sheridon Land Company in an attempt to increase visitor numbers to the area. The hotel was built to impress its guests with a hand crafted bar imported from England and electric lights throughout which was a First for Sheridan. The owner William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody also hosted large Wild West shows and recruited performers from far and wide including local Indians pictured below to perform on the covered porch of the hotel. The hotel was saved from destruction in 1966/7 by the Sheridan County Historical Society and is still a hotel and bar to this day. See the Sheridan Inn on the Historypin map here.

Small Town Hotels, Australia’s Sesquicentenary and Abraham Lincoln without his hat.

We have some cracking content this week including a great image of Sydney Harbour lit up by fireworks, President Abraham Lincoln without a hat and some brilliant photos of early 20th Century Sasketchewan hotels.

Pinner of the Week

This Week we are celebrating Joan Champ and her brilliant Channel. Joan has been traveling around Sasketchewan Province collecting photos of old small town hotels many dating from the 19th Century and has added detailed stories to many of them giving a fascinating insight into the history of the buildings and the area. Most of the hotels still exist in various forms and have been brilliantly street-viewed.

North West Hotel, Ceylon, Sk 1912

Story Of The Week

Part of 12 photos pinned by the State Library of New South Wales showing Sydney celebrating Australia’s Sesquicentenary in 1938. Australia celebrated 150 years since the first British settlement in Australia with a city Parade, a re-enactment of Cook arriving at Kurnell, fireworks, and a military procession. The sesquicentenary also coincided with the Empire Games in Sydney; an event created in 1930 and which would later become the Commonwealth Games. The games included athletes from across the Empire and the Commonwealth. See the photo on on the map here.

Fireworks on Sydney Harbour, 1938

Photo Of The Week

A fantastic photo from the Library of Congress pinned by Kerri Young of President Abraham Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan in the general’s tent at Antietam, Maryland, October 3, 1862. Lincoln’s famous hat although not on his head can be seen on the table next to him. The photograph was taken three weeks after the battle of Antietam, which would become known as the bloodiest battle in American history.

Lincoln and McClellan at Antietam, 1862


A Soldiers Journey, Victorian Furniture Sellers and some Beach Acrobatics

Pinner Of The Week

This Friday our Pinner Of The Week goes to A Soldier’s Journey: M.J. Songstad in World War II. A great channel dedicated to the experiences of Mel Songstad during the Second World War. Born in Minneapolis Mel was drafted into the US army in 1942 and by 1943 was training to become a Paratrooper. As part of the 50th Parachute Regiment he took part in the Normandy landings and when injured spent time in England returning to France in 1945 to take part in its liberation.

The Channel focuses on his time during the 1940’s in Europe showing some of the places he visited and some of the men he fought along side. It’s a poignant personal history from an extraordinary time.

Melvin J. Songstad 1945

Story Of The Week

Our favorite story this week comes from LSE Library and accompanies a great picture of some Victorian furniture sellers on the corner of Church Lane in Holborn. The story comes from ‘Street Life in London’ by John Thompson and Adolphi Smith, published in 1877 and it conjures up a vivid picture of this part of Victorian London and the people who presided in it. See the photo on the Historypin map and the full story behind it here.

“At the corner of Church Lane, Holborn, there was a second-hand furniture dealer, whose business was a cross between that of a shop and a street stall. The dealer was never satisfied unless the weather allowed him to disgorge nearly the whole of his stock into the middle of the street, a method which alone secured the approval and custom of his neighbours. As a matter of fact, the inhabitants of Church Lane were nearly all what I may term “street folks” – living, buying, selling, transacting all their business in the open street. It was a celebrated resort for tramps and costers of every description, men and women who hawk during the day and evening the flowers, fruits and vegetables they buy in the morning at Covent Garden.’

Furniture Sellers on Church St 1877

 Photos Of The Week

This week we have Mr J. Prentice and Jean Howat practising some beach acrobatics on Bondi Beach, Australia in 1935. The photos were pinned by the State Library of new South Wales. I love these two photos which you can check out on the map here. They look like they are having so much fun and I particularly like the boys in the background who are staring at the couple in disbelief.

Beach Acrobatics, Bondi Beach, 1935


Beach Acrobatics, Bondi Beach, 1935



Shanghai in the 1940’s

Shanghai Harbour 1946

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries have been pinning some remarkable photos of Shanghai in the 1940’s. The photos come from Aurthur Smith who studied medicine at Lincoln Nebraska and after serving military service in the Far East returned to UNL to practice medicine. These amazing photos were donated by his family in the 1990’s. Photos from this period where China was a republic but not yet a communist state are really rare and the photos are a fascinating snapshot of a modern and vibrant city in a country going through a huge transition.

Shanghai Street Scene 1946

After 50 years of civil war and a series of wars with Japan, China became a Republic in 1912. This was not a smooth transition and over 40 million people died or were killed from the 1850’s to the 1950’s. It wasn’t until 1949 that China became a communist state and China regained a level of political stability. The photos from the University of Nebraska Lincoln-LIbrary were taken during the Second World War when soldiers from Europe and America were stationed in China to help fight the Japanese. During the cultural revolution of the 1960’s much of the archive that documents this period was destroyed or went missing, meaning that even small archives of photographs from the 30’s and 40’s in China have become remarkably rare.

Traffic in Shanghai 1946

Trams on Boston Rd, Three Brides for Three Brothers and Cricket at Skegness.

This week we celebrate a dedicated Historypinner, have a very cute story all the way from Route 69 in Kansas and to top it off a fantastic picture of some girls having fun on the beach in Skegness, Enjoy!

Pinner of the Week

Tram on Boston rd, Hamwell 1900-1920

PhotosOfThePast is a great channel that has been pinning a huge variety of photos ranging from late 19th Century Indian temples, to Bucolic English scenes going back as far as the 1860’s. Here is a great pic of a beautiful route 13 Tram on the Boston Rd.

Story of the Week

The McShannon sisters inside the 69 Grill, Louisburg, Kansas.

Our story this week comes from Cpurvis a self styled ‘sentimental fool’ and to back it up our Story of the Week is a cute one from Louisburg, Kansas. In the photo you can see three sister Betty, Evelyn and Mary Anne McShannon. All three sisters married three brothers called John, George and Tom Baur and if that wasn’t enough they also all worked at the same restaurant; The 69 Grill on Highway 69 which is where the picture was taken. Such a cute story and you can see more of the McShannon, baur couples on Cpurvis’s channel here.

Photo of the Week

Beach Cricket at Skegness, 1940

Well its the last week of August and its holiday time, so have chosen a great beach photo this week. In the photo we have Greta Meradith, Gladys Carrier and sisters Valerie and Edna Buckley, playing cricket at Skegness in 1940. They look so care free and the photo seems to have a timeless quality to it. You can imagine much the same scenes today at a beach in England. Check out the photo here and also have a look at the Science and Society Picture Library Channel, which has a huge collection of beautiful and interesting historical images from across the world.

Fred’s Friday Favourites

It’s that time of the week again for Fred’s Friday Favourites. It has been a busy week on Historypin with some great content going up, especially from the Atlanta History Center and the Hagley Museum and Library.

Pinner Of The Week though has to go to the Palace of the Governors Archive which has been pinning amazing photos ‘covering the history and the people’ of New Mexico from 1850 to the present. There have been some fantastic photos of Native Americans, Spanish colonialists and early explorers. Many of the photos pinned this week have been about the Palace of the Governors and the surrounding area. The Palace is oldest continually occupied building in the USA and was built in 1618. It was then the seat of Government for the State of New Mexico for centuries, before becoming the seat of the state archives and museum. Check their fantastic Channel out here

Harvey Indian Detour Cars, 1920

Story Of The Week comes from The Atlanta History Center. The story is of Charles Lindburgh pictured from Candler Air Field which is now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) was an American Aviator and was the first in the world fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20th-21st, 1927. Although other pilots had crossed the Atlantic before him, Charles was the first to make the trip non-stop and alone! See the photo pinned here.

Charles Lindbergh arriving in Atlanta, 27 October 1927

Pin Of The Week has been uploaded by the Occidental College Archives. As the Olympics are almost upon us, here is an Olympic-themed Pin of Visitors mingling in front of the administration building inside the Olympic Village at the Coliseum during the 1932 Olympic Games hosted in Los Angeles. This Olympic village was the first specially-built for the Games, and led the way for the Olympic Villages of the future. Check out the picture on Historypin here.

Olympic Village, July 1932

Today is Euston Station’s 175th Anniversary, the UK’s first Inner City railway station. It was built by the Classically-trained architect Philip Hardwick and opened on April 20th, 1837.  In 1961/2 amid a huge public outcry the station, along with Euston Arch, were demolished and a new building was built in its place in the Modern International style. Many people thought the Arch would be saved as this had been implied before the development started. However, Harold Macmillan’s government decided it was too expensive to relocate and finally gave permission for its demolition. The move has been compared to the destruction of Penn Station in New York in 1963, as both projects are thought to have hugely influenced the subsequent conservation movement in the UK and the US.

The new station has been described as ‘hideous’ and ‘concocted to induce maximum angst among passengers’. Recently, a redesign has been announced with proposals to rebuild the old Euston Arch, which was found to have been mostly discarded in an East London River. It also later emerged that Frank Velori, who had been commissioned to demolish the Arch, had used some of the stones to build his own house. Here is a link to the picture below where you can see more pics of the Old Euston Station.

Euston Arch 1960

Fred’s Friday Favourites

This is the first of a new Friday Favourites blog that will be showcasing my favourite Historypin Stories, Pics and Channels from the past week….enjoy!

Fave Story 

My fave story of the week has been pinned by Skipton Library and is a diary of the Coronation celebrations in the village of Cowling from Saturday 30th June to the day of the Coronation on Tuesday the 2nd of July. The diary charts the celebrations in the village over the four days, including a parade with wagons representing different countries in the British Empire and a Miss Coronation competition. The detail is fantastic and the story is written by the children who were involved in the different celebrations at the time. Definitely worth a look and a read here.

Cowling Coronation celebrations

Pinner of the Week

The title of Pinner of the Week has to go to San Francisco MTA (Municipal Transport) Archives. They have been adding to their fantastic archive over the past week which includes pictures of San Francisco going back over more than 100 years. The pictures they have pinned over the past few days are of the many Street and Cable cars that snaked their way through the city in the early to mid 20th Century. The Archive is also worth a look for the incredible pictures of the immediate aftermath of the 1906 Earthquake, on the buildings and streets of the city. See the full channel here.

San Francisco Cable Cars

Pin of the Week

Finally my fave Pin of the week is of this great shot of the Launceton Hotel in Adelaide in the early 1890’s, which has been pinned by the State Library of South Australia. The building is still standing but almost unrecognisable in its current form. Since the photo was taken the building has been stripped right back and has managed to acquire a flying saucer on its roof. I love the photo as it shows how much structures can change and the hidden history behind seemingly innocuous buildings. Check out the streetview and building in its current form here.

Launceston Hotel, Adelaide


The Olympic Torch returns to Reading

At 6.14pm today, the Olympic Torch will arrive in Reading. This will be the second time the famous flame has passed through as the town was also a stop during the 1948 Torch Relay. This marks Reading out as one of the very few places in the UK to host the Torch twice – whilst the 2012 route sees the Torch carried all around the British Isles, in 1948 the flame only went to 15 places, all of which were in southern England.

Cameras were not widely owned when the Olympic torch last visited Reading, and images of the Torch in Reading in 1948 are very rare. Reading Museum has a few of these precious images and have pinned them, including this one taken by a member of the public and lent to the museum by a private collector. It shows Cemetery Junction when hundreds of people turned out at Cemetery Junction to see the torch pass from K.R. Martin to W.O. Nichols.

K.R. Martin handing the Olympic Torch to W.O. Nichols

Did you see the 1948 Torch Relay? Have you seen the Torch in other decades or countries?

Add your photos and memories to Historypin to build up a picture of past Torch moments and stories.

Nick 'Wally' Nichols carrying the Torch through Reading.

In 1948 the torchbearers were young athletes chosen from the Reading Athletics Club for their appearance and stamina. This time the torchbearers of Reading will represent a cross section of the community and includes individuals that have raised substantial amounts for charities. With the youngest torchbearer aged just 12 and the oldest 74 Reading is also making sure all generations will be represented on this historic relay. Tonight a flame will be lit in the Madejski Stadium, home of Reading FC for a big celebration celebrating the diversity of Reading.

Are you planning to watch the Torch pass through Reading? Have you seen it pass through your area already?

Add your photos and stories to Historypin to record the Torch’s 2012 journey.