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Photo Emporium


Welcome to the Wishpom Vintage Photo Emporium!

I am a keen collector of vintage postcards, photographs and ephemera. Although I cannot always put my finger on what draws me to a certain image, I have a particular passion for images depicting fancy dress, holidays, social gatherings, celebrations, entertainment and pastimes. I am also often drawn to the fashion, the backdrops and the characters who look out from the photos and come to life in my imagination.

Rescued snippets of history. Little glimpses into the past that reveal lost and untold stories.

I hope you enjoy looking at these treasures as much as I have enjoyed collecting them! I have listed everything I know about each image, but unfortunately many of the images I collect do not include any identifying information. Sometimes I do enjoy piecing the puzzle together and filling out the back story, I have even been known to wander down ‘Google Street View’ to see if buildings still exist! The internet is an incredible place.

If you are searching for a particular subject or theme please get in touch, I have 100’s of images in my archives that have not been scanned, with new images being added all the time. This virtual gallery is just a small selection!

Note: I’d really like to continue sharing my collection and keep big ugly watermarks off the images so that they can be enjoyed by everyone. Please do not reproduce or edit these images without permission. If you see anything you would like to use in a commercial job please email for licensing and pricing. If you are sharing on your personal blog, social media or Pinterest please link back to www.wishpom.com

This project is growing and evolving all the time.
All images are also available to purchase as archival quality prints on beautiful cotton rag paper.
Please email for more information or keep an eye on my shop for updates!


 

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Hilda’s Persian Cat

Hilda Margaret Avent. Taken for her...
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Sincerely Yours Vera

Vera Barnes, B.E.F. 1918 Location and...
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Pierrot Girls

Unidentified. Wickens Studios, Bangor, North Wales....
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Untitled

Unidentified. Hudson Studios Birmingham, UK This...
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Melbourne Express

14th May 1936 Studio Unidentified. Melbourne,...
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Fairy

Unidentified. Studio: Bates & Son, 187...
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My Cat

Unidentified. Studio: Gale & Polden (London,...
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Donkey Ride

Unidentified. Tourist/Holiday snap? Beachside? UK? This...
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Clowning

Unidentified. Studio: Watson's Studio, Aberdare. This...
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Flowers For You

Unidentified. Studio: Gale and Polden This...
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