Tag Archive | 1950’s

[13] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1949 to 1951

[13] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1949 to 1951

My second boy friend, Keith Seeney, was younger, and was in the Boys’ Brigade at Avenue Road Baptist Church where, I was a member. We used to see each other, as Friday night was the choir practice night, and the Boys’ Brigade used to meet on that evening as well. The first time he asked […]

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 7 to 8

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 7 to 8

These figures purchased in the 1950’s, use a heavier wood (than the two earlier posts), darker toned; finish enhanced with polish. They probably come from Kenya. Three Rhinoceros. The ‘two-toned’ effect of one shows both heartwood and outer wood. Female Rhino horns are longer than the males. Another Tortoise. Heavier than the previous one (in an […]

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 4 to 6

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 4 to 6

This group of 3 figures is also made from a lightweight softwood, initially ‘Tea Rose’ coloured – darkening with age. It is an effective base for hot poker work and none of them are polished. These are Oryx, which are a  large antelope that can survive in near-desert conditions in huge herds consisting of many hundreds […]

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 1 to 3

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 1 to 3

These wooden figures were collected in East Africa, mainly from Tanganyika – now Tanzania, during the early 1950’s. Most were bought at stations on the Central Railway Line – some costing less than a cup of tea in the dining car. They were carved by young men trained in, or resident at, church mission workshops; […]

A good read

A good read

From my Tanganyika Diary September 1955 on the road. There was always a risk on arriving unbooked, to find ‘No Room At The Inn’ (thinking of: “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room at the inn.’ Luke 2:7) Unfortunately the reasons for my travels rarely […]

Earith parades 1936 to 1960

Earith parades 1936 to 1960

Dressing up for a parade … 

Kurdish delight – but very dangerous

Kurdish delight – but very dangerous

Too hot! 130 deg Fahrenheit is too hot even for mosquitoes, so in the early 1950′s to escape the climate of Basra in Southern Iraq, I took a spell of local leave …