Unrequited Love: Who Was Cyrus?

Fragments: Postcard album with the initials LMB embossed in gold on the cover. Contains 200 postcards, most of them unused, chiefly views of seaside resorts, public buildings and street scenes in the north of England and North Wales. On the first internal page is written: ‘To Lil from Cyrus Xmas …

A Red Rambler in Germany, 1936 – 1939

Fragments: Tapes Interview with Reg Holmes recorded shortly before his death; autograph book kept by Reg Holmes throughout the 1930s; four photographs of Reg Homes in Germany, 1938-39.   Another category of traveler to Germany in the 1930s was ramblers, many of them lower in the class hierarchy than members …

Signals of Affection: What are birthday cards for?

Fragments:  Scrapbook containing 110 commercially produced  birthday cards exchanged between members of the Reid family of Manchester –  the sisters, Nora and Margaret Reid, their brother, Bill, their parents, maternal grandparents, cousins and aunts and uncles –  between  1928 and 1956. The cards raise the question of the purpose behind …