Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Thanet youngsters in the past were always fortunate as the area was packed out with visitors in the summer months and there was plenty of scope to earn a shilling or two. One very old method to earn a honest shilling“Grotto-ing”.
“Grotto-ing” was typically Victorian and involved building artistic sandcastles involving patriotic designs decorated with shells. The whole idea was to entice the onlookers to throw down a half penny in appreciation of the designs. A good location was always where people could look down onto the beach from a promenade, sundeck or the pier.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
It appears that under the Hallmarking Act 1973 and the 1998 amendments, any Gold item over the weight of 1 gramme, Silver items over 7.78 grammes and Platinum over 0.5 gramme must by law have an official hallmark. The hallmark may be either a British Hallmarking council mark or a official foreign Hallmark by a country signed up to the International Hallmark Convention.
However, as Mr Hilton points out, in this country we are awash with items for sale above these weights stamped just .925 for silver or just stamped 9ct which are not hallmarks. The punches to do this can even be bought from abroad over the Internet. I have seen both locally and nationaly items that are for sale that do not comply with the law.
I do wonder in the near future are we to expect trading standards to be busy enforcing the law or are such laws only applicable to Mr Hilton.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
These photographs are from the 1920's and are common views overlooking the harbour. When scanned the background detail can give at lot of information like in the top photograph. The sluice or "tunnel" at the back of the harbour looks like an entrance to a cave. In the background the Metrople Hotel is in its former glory and Holy Trinity Church dominates the skyline. The other photgraph below of the Harbour was more than likely taken on the same day from the Parade.
I have added this photograph with excellent detail of the Parade, outside the White Hart hotel is a open top double decker bus destined for Westgate and Birchington.
These photographs are from my collection, please feel free to download and copy for your collection or whatever.