Paris When it Snows: Kisses and Fun

Paris When it Snows, Kisses and Fun

Paris When it Snows, Kisses and Fun, Janvier 2013, on You Tube.

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Doggies – Love & Friendship, 1910 – 1960 0n You Tube

Doggies – Love & Friendship, 1910 – 1960.

Photos of Doggies 1910 to 1960 from England, Germany, Scotland and USA on You Tube.

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Windows of Desire

Windows of Desire

Windows of Desire, a photo presentation by Pete Grafton is on You Tube.  Leave any comments or get in touch via

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London Town on You Tube

London Town 54

London Town 54 is also now on You Tube

16 Videos on You Tube.  On You Tube key in Pete Grafton, or, London Photos 1954.

To view the Introduction by Pete Grafton and London Womens Fashions in the summer of 1954, Click Below.



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Torcross, South Devon

Torcross, looking north towards Slapton Sands, the site of Exercise Tiger, 1944. (1)

Torcross, South Devon. 2015.

Photos Pete Grafton.

South of Torcross:  defensive World War Two buildings and interesting strata.

Second World War Pill Box, Torcross.

Beach strata and Second World War Pill Box, Torcross.


Footnote (1)  Next to the main A379 road at Torcross is a Sherman Tank, a memorial to the incident. The memorial is known as the Exercise Tiger Memorial.   749 US troops – there are speculations the figure was higher – rehearsing for D Day landings at Slapton Sands in April 1944 were killed by friendly fire, and German raider E-boats. For accounts of the incident, see Exercise Tiger online.

“American troops landing on Slapton Sands, England, during rehearsals for D day”. Photo source, with grateful thanks: US Signal Corps/Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division.


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U3 Hamburg

In the air: U3 Bahn Landungsbrücken – Rödingsmarkt, Hamburg. 

photos Pete Grafton.  December 11, 2019.


The U3 transit was conceived in 1905 and completed in 1912.  The section that runs along by the Elbe is elevated.

Elevated track, U3 line Hamburg, in direction of Baumwall.

U3 train on elevated track by Rödingsmarkt, Hamburg.  Postcard circa 1914.

Map of the Landungsbrüken and Baumwall area.   Map, with grateful acknowledgement  Mairs Geographischer Verlag/Shell.

Reeperbahn – Landungsbrücken – Baumwall (Elbephilarmonie) – Rödingsmarkt. Grateful acknowledgement HVV*.

Section of Hamburg Rapid Transit/Regional Rail Map. Grateful acknowledgement HVV*.

Man and young boy ascending steps near Landungsbrücken to the Promenade Landungsbrücken.

A mast of the sailing ship Richard Rickmers, looking up to the Promenade Landungsbrücken. Damp December day.

Looking downstream, the Elbe at Landusbrücken, Hamburg. Foreground, sailing ship Richard Rickmers, background Blohm+Voss.  Launched by Hitler in Hamburg, Blohm+Voss built the Second World War battleship Bismark here.  U and S Bahn station Landusbrücken off photo to the right.

Hamburg, February 1939: Launch of the battleship Bismark.  Note the National Socialist swastika flags. Photo Keystone.

Looking upstream, between Landungsbrücke and Baumwall.  The new Elbphilharmonie concert building in the background. View from the Promenade Landungsbrükcn

Interior, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. Photo source, with grateful acknowledgement  NDR**.

The Promenade Landungsbrüken between Landüngsbrucken and Baumwall, Hamburg.

Line U3 train above west-bound Vorsetzen carriageway, between Landungsbrücken station and Baumwall station.

The Vorsetzen carriageway, east bound between Landungsbrücken and Baumwall. Elevated U3 track off picture to left.

Goofy men graffiti underneath elevated track between Landungsbrücken and Baumwall,  U3 Hamburg.

Man walking to his car, U3 train above him, Vorsetzen carriageway west bound, Hamburg.

Women in an office above Vorsetzen road, with U3 line elevated structure reflected in the windows.

Baumwall U3  station sign and entrance, on the right.

Below Baumwall U3 station, in direction of Rödingsmarkt U3 station.

Support beams, and lift to Baumwall U3 station from Vorsetzen carriageway.

Waiting for a train, platforms and elevated section of track, Baumwall U3 station. 

Departing U3 train, destination Schlump – Barmbek, Baumwall station, Hamburg.


photos Pete Grafton. December 11, 2019.



*Hamburger Verkehrsverbund

**Norddeuscher Rundfunk



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Kelvingrove, Glasgow & The Cheerful Cherub.

Kelvingrove, Glasgow & the Cheerful Cherub.


photos by Pete Grafton


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Ordnance Survey 1 inch to a Mile map, 1909.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, circa 1914. A Salmon postcard.

Kelvin Way Bridge and Bowling Greens, near Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, late 1920s/early 1930s. A Valentine postcard.


Near the north side of Kelvin Way Bridge, leading to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Kelvingrove Park near Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with Glasgow University in the background.


Kelvin Way Bridge

Kelvin Way Bridge and bowling greens. Photo taken from a high vantage point of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Circa late 1920s/early 1930s.

Kelvin Way Bridge was built some years after the opening of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.  Spanning the River Kelvin it was designed with figurative bronze sculpture groups representing themes of Industry and Commerce, Inspiration, Peace and War, Navigation and Shipbuilding, and Philosophy.

Smiling bronze cast woman, Kelvin Way Bridge, with Glasgow University in the background.

Bronze cast detail, Kelvin Way Bridge, “Paul R. Montford”.  Australian born Paul Montford was the sculptor of the bronze figures on the bridge.

Bronze cast detail, Kelvin Way Bridge. “A.B.Burton”. A.B.Burton of Thames Ditton was the company that cast the bronze sculptures.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Looking towards the front and main entrance of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, from the east. The Oak Tree motif is from the Glasgow Coat of Arms

The steps leading up to the main entrance of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Retrospective Exhibition of Linda McCartney photographs July 5, 2019 – January 12, 2020.

Handrail by the steps of the main entrance, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Looking towards the front of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, from the west.

Looking across to Kelvin Hall.

East side of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, detail.

Above the rear (River Kelvin side) entrance of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Woman reading, bronze sculpture, rear entrance to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Door detail, rear entrance to the Kelvingrove Art gallery and Museum.

Ghost on the balcony, Main Hall, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Cheerful Cherub, by the rear entrance of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.


Photos Pete Grafton, November 2019.


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Small Town USA, 1950 – Nazareth, Pa.

Small Town USA, 1950 – Nazareth, Pa.

photos from the petegrafton collection

‘X’ marks the spot – Nazareth, Pa.   Map: Grateful acknowledgment Collins Atlas of the World, 2003 edition.

Photos taken circa 1950 in the Nazareth, Pennsylvania area by a local press or freelance photographer, using a Speed Graphic ’45’ camera, the standard press camera of the time.

Speed Graphic 45 camera.

 4″x5″ sheet negatives were used in the press Speed Graphic 45.  The photo scanner used for the negatives reproduced here has a maximum photo scan size that results in the 4″ x 5″ being cropped. However, no significant photo details are lost, but it explains the semi-panaramic nature of the full photo that will be seen below. The format below will first show details from within the full photo, followed by the full photo itself.

How do we know this is Nazareth, PA?  The U.S. eBay vendor that I bought the negatives from described them as being taken in the Nazareth and Easton area.  Nazareth (and neighbouring Hecktown)  is confirmed in details in some of the photos. Others, with no visual identification, are assumed to be in that area.


When these photos were taken in 1950 the top movies of the year were Walt Disney’s Cinderella, King Solomon’s Mines with Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr, Spencer Tracey as The Father of the Bride, MGM’s musical Annie Get Your Gun, and Bette Davis  in the Oscar winning All About Eve. Hit tunes of 1950 included Goodnight Irene,  Nat King Cole’s Mona Lisa, The Third Man theme, from the Joseph Cotten film, and Sam’s Song from Gary and Bing Crosby.

The Jolly Vets, Old Dutch Tavern.   “Vets” is likely “Veterans”, as in Second World War.

The Jolly Vets, Old Dutch Tavern, proprietor J. Scrampf.

The Jolly Vets, Nazareth area, circa 1950.

Dutch?  “Up until the mid-1900s, a large part of Nazareth’s population was of German origin, better known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.  “Dutch” being a corruption of the word “Deutsch”, which is German for “German.” The Pennsylvania Dutch were spread throughout many counties of southern and central Pennsylvania. In addition to the modern nation of Germany, Pennsylvania Dutch from Germany, many also came from Switzerland and the Alsace, region of France.” –  With grateful acknowledgement to the Nazareth Pa Wikipedia entry.

The Al Kurtz band (and tuba player) at a formal dinner, Nazareth, circa 1950. 

Detail of the tenor player and piano player, Al Kurtz band playing at Nazareth, circa 1950.

It’s ten to eight. Waitress seen below, and on the clock “For Good Jewelery and Repairing try Saeger, Nazareth, Pa”.

Bowling and snooker at the club of Loyal Order of Moose No 623, believed to be Bloomsburg, to the north west of Nazareth. However, there is a mystery about the location as Bloomsburg is the same distance as New York is to Nazareth – fees for taking the photo would not cover the photographer’s gasoline money.  Further, there is a possibility that Lodge No 623 has since amalgamated with another Lodge.

The photographer has put their Speed Graphic on a firm surface or a tripod, and taken the photo with a long exposure time. The ghost like people have come in, or gone out of the picture, whilst the lens was open.

General view of the bowling and snooker area and bar of the Loyal Order of Moose No. 623.

Band identified by letter “J” only. This is a a larger band than the Jolly Vets and the Al Kurtz band, with a full line up of trombone, two trumpets, drummer…

.. piano player and four horn players, two with clarinets for an Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman sound.

The “J” band swings out, and what looks like a wedding cake.

Unknown location, assumed to within the Nazareth area. Fred Astaire likes Sunbeam bread.

Going by the informal nature of the clothing it is assumed that this a celebration cake, not a wedding cake. A lady slices from the tray-bake.

Youngsters in fancy dress, believed to be in the Nazareth area, 1950.

More youngsters in fancy dress, believed to be the Nazareth area, 1950.

Fancy dress for youngsters, believed to be in the Nazareth, PA area, 1950.

“Bake a Cake!” for Father’s Day window display, possibly Heckman’s Market, 1950. (I.D. on negative sleeve, assuming the I.D. and the negative aren’t mismatched)

Bake a Cake for Father’s Day and glimpse of a 1940s auto. Possibly Heckman’s Market.

Window display at possibly Heckman’s Market, circa 1950.

Atlas Tires & Accesories, car items shop with large flower display in window.

Atlas tubes and Esso Products in a shop with large floral display in the window.  The poster is advertising the 3rd Carnival of Hecktown Firemen and Sportsmen.

3rd Annual Carnival, Hecktown Firemen & Sportsmen poster, circa 1950.

The Hecktown Volunteer Fire Company was founded in 1917 and serves the Lower Nazareth Township. See

Window full of flowers, Atlas products and a poster for Hecktown Firemen and Sportsmen 3rd Annual Carnival. Circa 1950.

Formal photo of Young Girl Scouts, believed to be in the Nazareth area, circa 1950.

Formal photo of Young Girl Scouts believed to be in the Nazareth area, circa 1950.

Young Girl Scouts (Brownies) believed to be in the Nazareth area, circa 1950.

A former British Girl Guide comments on the above photos, based on her experience of being a Brownie then Guide (Scout in the US) in the U.K. 1950s/1960s.    “I am surprised that they have not got more badges on the uniform but then it is possibly a new pack. The girls at the back without uniforms have not yet been enrolled….a wee ceremony after you have learned your brownie promise etc. Only then do you get to wear the uniform! There are a lot of new ones so maybe just starting up.” (1.)

“They Gave. Will you?”. Teens, Nazareth/Easton area, circa 1950.

“America’s Token of Thankfulness – Wear a Poppy”.  Teens and adult, Nazareth/Easton area, circa 1950.

“These Co-operative Merchants are working with Santa”.  J.M.Kieffer, Hobby Hang Out, Litwak’s Juvenile Sore, Grube Betts Sporting Goods, Sherwood Products Co.  Toys for Christmas display, believed to be 1950. Nazareth area.

Christmas toys display, Nazareth area, 1950. A small toy rocking horse and a MIG 15 jet fighter.

Detail of Christmas display: a boxed Russian MIG 15 (left).

The inclusion of a Russian MIG 15 model in the display suggests the year is 1950.  The MIG 15 jet fighter came into service of the Red airforce in 1949, and at the start of the Korean war (1950) was the fastest jet fighter in the world, outclassing  U.S. aircraft until the North American F-86 Sabre was introduced. It is not known whether there was a US news embargo on reporting the superiority of the MIG 15 until it was countered by the F-86 Sabre. On the display box the MIG 15 has just downed an unidentified plane.  It’s possible that in a 1951 Childrens Christmas Toys display the MIG 15 model would not be displayed.

TV repair shop with Motorola Television poster and man at repair/assembley work. Believed to be the Nazareth/Easton area, circa 1950.

Shelves in a TV repair workshop, Nazareth/Easton area, circa 1950. Note the partly assembled valve TV.

TV aerials reaching for the sky, Nazareth, circa 1950.

After the Second World War  TV developed quickly in the United States and by 1950 there were those in Hollywood who saw the danger of TV taking audiences away from their movies. This gave a boost to colour movies, wide-screen presentations and experiments with 3D film. At the time of writing, 2019, no U.S. company manufactures TVs from US made parts.

Pet Snatchers from Outer Space. Nazareth, 1950.

“Give us your pets, or else!”. Nazareth, 1950.

“You have one minute to hand them over! Or else.” Nazareth, 1950.

The high elevation of the downward looking shot suggests a flying saucer. Presumably the photographer is up a step-ladder. He’s using a strong flash – note the shadows.  Unpleasant aliens/beings from Outer Space threatening Earth were to become a theme of many 1950s Hollywood movies. Human bodies and not pets were snatched in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).

Setting off for a winter wedding in the snow. Believed to be in the Nazareth area, circa 1950.

… Setting off for a double winter wedding in the snow. Believed to be the Nazareth area, circa 1950.

Setting off for a double wedding in the winter snow, believed to be Nazareth PA, circa 1950.

One and one makes two, two and two makes four, four and four….  Formal photograph of a large family. Believed to be in the Nazareth area, circa 1950.

The young baby girl in the photo above will be, in 2019,  approximately seventy years old, four years younger than the writer of this Post.


The Moravian Church, Nazareth. Vintage postcard.

The Lutheran Church, Nazareth, Pa. Vintage postcard.

Cement works, Nazareth, Pa circa 1908.

The present population of Nazareth is around 5,746.  Nazareth was created in 1740 by religious Moravian immigrants from Germany.

In terms of jobs, historically cement mills have been a large employer in the area.

In addition, a world-wide name for excellence in acoustic guitars, Martin guitars were founded in Nazareth in 1833 by German emigre Christian Frederick Martin. The Martin headquarters and primary factory are still in Nazareth. Contemporary players of the Martin guitar include Ed Sheeran. Back in the 1960s Martin guitars were favourites with singer-songwriter Jackson C Frank (born 1943, Buffalo, N.Y.), who took a boat to England and in 1965 recorded an LP in London, with Paul Simon producing.

1908: A workshop in the C.F.Martin & Co factory. Photo Unknown. Source pininterest.

Martin & Co Inc., Nazareth.  Photo  Grateful acknowledgment C.F.Martin & Co.

A young Jackson C Frank with Elvis, Graceland, Memphis.



  1. My thanks to Elspeth Wight for her thoughts re. the photos of the young Girl Scouts.

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MV Isle of Arran

MV Isle of Arran

photos Pete Grafton

Arran, seen from MV Isle of Arran, July 10, 2019.  Bound for the mainland.

MV Isle of Arran docking at the old Brodick (Isle of Arran) pier. Summer 1985.

Two coils of rope, MV Isle of Arran, afternoon sailing July 2019.

Looking back at Arran from MV Isle of Arran, afternoon crossing, August 10, 2019.

MV Isle of Arran berthed at the old pier, Brodick, August 2013.


The Arran Ferry – Crisis and Controversey

The MV Isle of Arran, built on the Clyde at Port Glasgow entered service in April 1984, running between Adrossan, Ayrshire, and Brodick. As the volume of people, cars and lorries increased the larger MV Caledonian Isles came into service on the route in 1993, replacing the MV Isle of Arran.  In turn, with continued increase in traffic, a larger boat the MV Glen Sannox was commissioned by the Scottish National Party government (2016) to be built for the Scottish government owned Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferry company. The Ferguson yard at Port Glasgow, which the Scottish Government had assisted financially, won the contract, following a tendering process that included Polish and other overseas shipyards.

The MV Glen Sannox was scheducled to enter service in early 2018. However, technical problems with aspects of the build forced the shipyard to ask the government for more money to finish the contract. This was not forthcoming and the firm went into liquidation, and was nationalised by the Scottish government.  At present, September 2019, the new scheduled date for the ferry to enter service is hoped to be the summer of 2020 – two years late.  Meanwhile the crisis, and controversary surrounding the perceived causes of the crisis continues.  The Isle of Arran has a resident population of 4,629 (2011 Census), a population that balloons during the holiday seasons. For all Scottish islands a regular dependable ferry is the lifeline that sustains island life.  Arran, for instance – just one example –  now imports all its milk for human consumption from the mainland. Local dairy herds no longer give even a subsistence living for farmers. In the 1960s it is estimated that over 80%, or more of milk drunk on the island was produced on the island.

Because of the delay to the introduction of the new ferry, MV Isle of Arran has been brought back and is presently supplementing the summer sailings to Brodick with the MV Caledonian Isles.


Coming next on petegraftonphotos

Small Town USA, 1950.

Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Photos from the petegrafton collection.

White on white, wintertime double wedding. Nazareth, circa 1950.

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Biggar Agricultural Show, July 20, 2019

Biggar Agricultural Show, Scotland*, July 20, 2019.


photos  Pete Grafton


Industrial Tent, Biggar Show, July, 2019.



Jam: Industrial Tent, Biggar Show, July, 2019.

“200 Years of Biggar Farmers Club 2008”, Biggar Show, July, 2019.


Biggar Farmers Club was founded three years after the Battle of Trafalgar. For more information about the club:


* There is also a Biggar in Canada.

Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Photo source

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