Wednesday 24 July 2024

Click to enlarge pictures of Broadstairs Pier, WW1 Margate Air Raid , Port Richborough, and WW2 Armistice Day in Ramsgate

 Buckingham Rd. 1917

It has been one of those mornings for me, where you fight with internet ordering and robot controlled telephone lines.  

Once again historic photos from the Tom Stokes and Mick Twyman collections 

At work here at Michaels Bookshop in Ramsgate it is the first day of the school holidays so a lot of younger readers.  

We went book buying in Margate yesterday, mostly The Old Bank Bookshop although we did walk up the High Street which I think is getting a bit better at the top and a bit worse at the bottom. Surprisingly there are now very few charity shops left in Margate town.

Monday 22 July 2024

Click to enlarge, pictures of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, possible ramble

King Street Margate

 Cobbs Brewery Margate

I think this one is Margate, Its in the Mick Twyman collection but has no file label. from the look of the shipping I would guess around 1830

This Broadstairs one looks to be from the first half of the 1900s

Once again pictures from the Tom Stokes and Mick Twyman collections. I have been working on getting the first 150 or so from the Tom Stokes Ramsgate collection into book form. there were a few caption errors which had to be removed using AI as the captions are embedded in the photos. 

Writing this blog and working in Ramsgate at Michaels Bookshop I feel there should be a lot of potential for using artificial intelligence however removing these captions or part of these captions without marking the picture is the first time I have found it really useful.  

Friday 19 July 2024

Click to Enlarge Ramsgate war pictures, Margate and Westgate pictures and Broadstairs in 1929

 This first batch of Ramsgate pictures from the Tom Stokes collection, I am aiming to turn this collection into a series of books like the Ramsgate postcard ones we already do, see link

Next these Margate ones from the Mick Twyman collection 
Tudor House


 Charlie Smith Punch & Judy

 Garlinge Crossing

 Tudor House

Broadstairs 1929
I don't have access to a large Broadstairs picture collection at the moment, so it's a case of the odd one I have bought over the years. 

We went to Canterbury yesterday, this was buying books for Michaels Bookshop here in Ramsgate. 

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Click to enlarge photos of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs. A ramble ?


Margate Station 1959

Winter Gardens Function

The following Broadstairs adverts are from the 1949 Broadstairs guide that we do a cheap reprint of  here is the link if you want to buy the guide online, although I would recommend coming here to Michaels Bookshop in Ramsgate and having a browse at it if you can.

The Margate photos come from the Mick Twyman collection and the Ramsgate ones from the Tom Stokes collection. In both cases the digital files of the pictures have been distributed fairly widely with instruction to share them a much as possible, so they don't get lost to local people. 

It is my intention to eventually get them into printed booklet form so they are permanently preserved and available to local people including those who can't manage technology. 

A big task for me and I will do my best to get on to it.