Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A Walk in the Park. Old pictures of Dane Park in Margate and Ellington Park in Ramsgate.







I think all seven photos date from between 1900 and 1914, i.e. that lost era before WW1 that is still recent enough for photos to be fairly common but is gone from living memory.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Early aviation in Westgate Thanet photos.

 Fairley Seaplane At Westgate


 RNAS Camp Westgate


 RNAS St Mildreds Bay

From the same collection but not all labelled, so I am not 100% certain they are all Westgate on Sea

This is the link to teh books that went out today

I have been making shelving in the bookshop and the shop sign has been repainted again
 same gold leaf but the third time the red has been painted.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Broadstairs in 1796 compared with Broadstairs in 1830

The pictures will expand if you click on them and I would think this 1796 picture begs more questions than it answers, unless it has been published somewhere else and the donkey work has already been done.  

This one is from around 1830

Some Broadstairs history books amongst the ones that went out in the bookshop today, here is the link http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/letters-from-father-christmas-in.html   

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Ramsgate Eastcliff Launching Margate Lifeboat and so on.

Something that I don't understand is why Margate Lifeboat can't have some sort of launching jetty like it used to have.

 I know a lot got washed away in the 1953 storm, but with modern building materials it should be possible.

 Recently someone told me that the old (previous to the one we have now) bandstand was moved along the Eastcliff - east? well at least towards Broadstairs, in front of the Granville

I think these photos are pretty conclusive, two different bandstands.

I have been at what can loosely be described as shopfitting in the bookshop, this weekend which basically boils down to making a few more bookcases as there are never enough.


Here is the link to the books that went out yesterday http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/murder-at-bookshop.html  

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas Decorations Ramsgate in Ramsgate 2017 and Ramsgate illuminations gay set-piece called "Alfie and the Fountain"

Here in the bookshop we have been putting up the Christmas decorations

The ones in Ramsgate town centre are looking pretty good

But of course the real attraction is the lights on the boats in the harbour.

I went out last night with the intention of photographing the Christmas lights on the boats in the harbour, I couldn’t do the lights justice with a photograph and am wondering if I will have to use special camera equipment.

Here is the link to the pictures on my camera card http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/1217l/ and it’s  case of I tried and will have another go.  

On to Alfie and the 1950s Ramsgate Festival of Light




Thursday, 7 December 2017

some old photos of Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs Herne Bay




 I found this "nothing was delivered" postcard among some Ramsgate postcards and nearly left it behind, but I suppose you know how it is.



Margate seems to have had two lifeboats called Quiver
1866–1883 Self-Righter Quiver No. 1 (1)
1883–1898 37ft Self-Righter ON 265 Quiver No. 1 (2)
 1897 storm damage

 Margate Tudor House 
This is the link to the pictures of the books that went out in the bookshop yesterday

 Another busman’s holiday today, we bought some books for the bookshop in Herne Bay and some wood for more shelving in the bookshop from Burbridge’s wood yard in Pysons Road Ramsgate.

Lunch in Wetherspoons in Herne Bay


I did a bit more to my sketch of Herne Bay Clocktower through Wetherspoons window, a bit of a spot the difference, and it includes gold watercolour paint which I expect is in bad taste.
I have just realised that this one isn't a photo but a print of a drawing with a gloss on it to make it look like a photo so it probably dates from around 1870.

 The clocktower is one of the earliest dating from around 1840