Monthly Archives: May 2010

Interesting People from The Past…

Benjamin Travers was a dramatist and a novelist. He served in the Royal Air Force in the First and Second World Wars, and his best-known plays include A Cuckoo in the Nest, Rookery Nook, Stormy Weather, Foreign Affairs, Banana Ridge, Pot … Continue reading

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A Wartime Evacuee…

The wartime evacuation of London’s children was a very key moment in the 1940′s, and here Enid Stamp Taylor plays her part in this promotional picture taken in her Park Lane apartment. ‘Standing in’ as an evacuee is Enid’s daughter Robin Anne. … Continue reading

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Magna Carta…

St Albans Magna Carta Weekend Part of this year’s St Albans Festival in Hertfordshire England is the St Albans Celebration of the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is the great charter agreed in 1215 between King John and his Barons. … Continue reading

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Three Generations…

Three Generations… This shot taken in 1934 depicts three generations of the Stamp Taylor family… Agnes Stamp Taylor, mother to Enid Stamp Taylor, and Enid’s daughter Robin Anne. The picture was loaned to me from Robin Anne’s own photo collection of … Continue reading

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Wendell Wilkie, an American politician who was a presidential nominee in 1940 and the leader of the International wing of The Republican Party. He wielded tremendous political influence and rallied Roosevelt’s opponents in support of the administration’s foreign policy for … Continue reading

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Enid in Love…

The simple art of the classic beauty is delightfully portrayed in this early picture of Enid Stamp Taylor. Thought to have been taken when Enid was in her late teens, it shows the deep sentimentality and loving way that she displayed throughout … Continue reading

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Agnes Stamp Taylor…

This enchanting portrait taken by Ismay of Harrogate defines the gentleness and inner warmth of Agnes Stamp Taylor. Agnes is mother to Enid Stamp Taylor and in this rare snapshot the likeness is uncanny… just study her profile for a … Continue reading

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The Kings Head in Bayswater…

The Kings Head in Bayswater West London was featured in my radio play ‘The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp’. It is sited opposite Charles Hepworth’s photo studio in the 1920′s, and in one scene inside The Kings Head… Esme and Charles indulge … Continue reading

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Notes from My Father’s Diary…

February 1951.  A typical BBC television studio when in broadcast consists of five cameras in use: a close-up and long range on the performer, a superimposing camera for the scenery, and cameras for titles and announcer. The sound system is completely … Continue reading

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This is Louise Brooks, an actress, dancer, and movie star, born in 1902. Louise died in 1985, but in her varied career she had been a dancer, a model, a showgirl, and of course, an American movie star in both silent and … Continue reading

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