Monday, 20 October 2008


For those that do not know, when you upload images to Flickr and some other photo hosting sites you can attach "tags" to the images. Tags are just words that are appropriate to the image. In my case I would use tags like "postcard" and "people". When other people search for something on Flickr or just the net and they use one of these tag words it will include my images in their search results. However, one of the things that slows me down a bit is the amount of tags I have been using and each image may have different ones.
So, to speed thing up a bit I have gone through all my tags and formed a list of about 8 or 9 super tags which will be appropriate for all of my uploads. Any that require special ones will have them added later. This will now allow me to spend more time scanning and uploading and less time messing about with tags.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Back Again

Well, I have been away for a bit on other things and as usuall I have negleted my blog again. Nice to read the comments that have been left on some of the posts, it really does make it worthwhile.

One of my other interests is collecting old postcards of the Isle of Wight and I have been spending some time on that project. I collect Real Photographic cards that were published by Dean & Co Ltd of Sandown. The time span I collect is from the 1920`s to the late 50`s.

Anyway back to FF. I have had some feedback about a postcard that I put on Flickr a while back which is always very nice to get. I have put the picture below and as you can see it is of a group of children and adults just about to embark on a day out. The location is Barrowford and Arthur has contacted me to let me know that he and one of his friends are able to identify over half of the people in the photograph and he feels sure the outing was to Blackpool.

Something like this happening justifies the amount of time that I spend with my eyes glued to the screen and my scanner whirring like hell !!

You can read a bit more information about the picture on my Flickr site.

Forgotten Faces at Flickr

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

That was quick.....

Well, the new cards arrived today which is great as I was not expecting them until Wednesday.
I am really pleased with them and have posted two of my favourite ones here. The first is the little boy with all of his toys and the second one is of a little boy dressed up for a football match and I think this one is close to being my all time favourite card ( another one ! ).

Monday, 21 July 2008

New material

I managed to win some new cards on Ebay last week and am eagerly awaiting their arrival. They are mostly of children and many seem to have come from the same family which is an added bonus. There are a couple of gems in the batch including one of a little boy with lots of old toys.

There are lots of individual cards being sold on the net but if I collected this way it would cost me a fortune. Most of them have a starting price of over £1.00 and could go on to make a lot more. Buying in batches brings the price per card right down and although there may be some not so good ones in the batch it is the best way for me to increase my collection.

So, look out for the new batch which should arrive early this week and uploaded to Flickr by the end of the week.

Forgotten Faces at Flickr

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

My most viewed card

As it stands at the moment this is my most viewed postcard on Flickr...


This card has 1254 views as of today and the nearest one to it has 562 views so this is way out in the lead.
I can see why as it is a favourite of mine too, it just has everything !

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Storage !!

After scanning and uploading these images to flickr I have in the past transfered these cards to albums but it soon became clear that I would soon run out of space to store these so today I have purchased some storage boxes for my cards. This keeps them tidy and maybe in time I might be able to transfer to albums when I get some more space.
They look so much better in albums and are a joy to look through when I feel the need but as they say...needs must !

Monday, 7 July 2008

Off we go again !!

Well, finally managed to start scanning again and uploading a few more pics to FF. I have not long been back from holiday on The Isle of Wight and while there managed to get a few people postcards from a book fair at the Botanical Gardens in Ventnor. Just uploaded three of them and will do the rest later.

Must get on with my other blog as well before my brain goes !! I have been finding it quite easy to remember my childhood and all the people and places but I daresay that one day things will not be so clear.

Monday, 23 June 2008

Feeling a bit guilty !!

Yep, I really am feeling a bit gulity for not having got to grips with my Flickr site over the last few weeks and also this blog. Maybe I should explain a bit.

I work for a company called Waitrose which is part of the john Lewis Partnership. Waitrose is the food chain of this partnership. Now, when you have worked for this company for 25 years part of the deal is that you get 6 months leave on full pay. Well, I started my long leave at the begining of March and apart from doing a bit of family history research I have been doing a lot of stuff that I have not been able to get round to in the past. Also some time ago I started a user group on Ebay for Grumpy Old People. This proved very popular and took a lot of my time. I then let it slip a bit so over the last few weeks I have doing a relaunch of that group. Click the link to join but you have to be a member of Ebay.
Grumpy Old Peeps

I am still collecting the old postcards and will very soon devote some time to getting them uploaded. I am glad that there is still a lot of interest in the site and I am still getting lots of mails.

The Vintage Seaside Group I started on Flickr is doing very well with regular uploads and new members. There are some really great images on there so I am pleased about that.

Well, thats it from me for now

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

I will be back !!

Just in case anyone was wondering why I have not posted any pictures recently on my Flickr site I thought that I should explain.
I seem to spend all my time rummaging through other peoples pasts and i thought it was about time i had a look at my own. So, since Christmas I have been researching my family history. Although it seems its the "in" thing to do at the moment I still decided to go ahead and I am glad that I did. Its time consuming, frustrating but more than anything facinating.
I might blog my search here but I need to organise what I have already discovered. So, if you are interested keep an eye open here some time in the future.

I still have hundreds of photos to post on Flickr but I need to concentrate on this project for a while. When I feel I need a break from it I will start uploading again.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

You don`t aways get what you want !!

I won an ebay auction recently for 100 people cards and I was eagerly awaiting their arrival. When they arrived a couple of days ago I discovered they were all German. Although the quality was extremely good I only collect British cards ( although some foreign ones may have slipped through).

Fortunately the seller has agreed to take them back and refund me the price as she did not mention the fact that they were foreign in the auction listing.
Never mind, I might stop buying more cards until I have finished dealing with the ones I have....famous last words !!

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Image sizes on Flickr

One of my contacts on Flickr suggested that I increase the image size that I upload as it would give more detail. Not being one to ignore advice I have given it a go and have mixed feelings about the result. I have just obtained an external hard drive with another 250gb so the extra memory required is not a problem but although you can now see much more detail you can also see more of the imperfections that these cards inevitably have.

Overall I think that maybe it is a good change to make and the extra detail outweighs the other problem so I will continue with the larger size.

I have to admit that I have been " cherry picking " the cards that I have been uploading recently which is not what I intended at the outset of this project so today I have gone through 20 cards and just uploaded them without sorting. Some might not be as interesting as others but it gets me back on track with my original intentions.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Forgotten Ostrich !!

I get some nice emails from many of the people who view my postcards on flickr and sometimes get sent pictures to look at. I received a mail today from Eric with a link to a picture on Flickr. He thought I could put it on my blog ! So Eric, although not stictly in keeping with the other images here it is...a forgotten ostrich ...

Thanks for that Eric, its really a great image from the past.

Forgotten Faces at Flickr

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

New year

Well, its now 2008 and I have just started uploading again and hope to reach 1000 photo`s by the end of Jan. I uploaded a few recently purchased cards yesterday and have a mountain still to go through.
The site is still being visited on a regular basis and is now coming up to 15000 views. I have recently installed a couple of add ons to the site which provide some statistics of how the site is viewed. You can see one of them in a graph form on my profile page.

So, lots to do in the new year and lots more postcards to buy !!

A happy new year to anyone who reads this blog.

Forgotten Faces at Flickr