My daughter was fascinated by the landmark ladybirds in Portsmouth

How many of you, like Jackie Baynes, remember good times in the Black Cat Caf� on The Hard or even at the Wimpy Bar next door?
How many of you, like Jackie Baynes, remember good times in the Black Cat Caf� on The Hard or even at the Wimpy Bar next door?
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Memories were stirred for Jackie Baynes by the picture immediately above and the one below.

It was the Black Cat café on The Hard, Portsea, which triggered the first recollection.

LANDMARK The Ladybird clothing factory in St Georges Road, Portsea, with its distinctive logo

LANDMARK The Ladybird clothing factory in St Georges Road, Portsea, with its distinctive logo

Jackie, from Old Portsmouth, says: ‘My Auntie Elsie, who lived at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, used to enjoy having lunch or tea in this cafe on her visits to Pompey for shopping.’

And then to the photo of the steam train crossing St George’s Road, Portsea, adjacent to the old Ladybird clothing factory.

She continues: ‘It brought back very good memories of me and my then young daughter travelling down to Portsmouth from our home in Three Bridges to catch the ferry across The Solent to visit my family at Gurnard, Isle of Wight.

‘We always looked out for the red-spotted ladybirds as the train approached Portsmouth Harbour station.

HELP Reader Graeme Swain would like your help with what appears to be an early photograph of Portsmouth. He says its an ambrotype picture on glass from the 19th century. It seems to show a fountain with dolphins. Can anyone pinpoint it, if indeed it is even in Portsmouth?

HELP Reader Graeme Swain would like your help with what appears to be an early photograph of Portsmouth. He says its an ambrotype picture on glass from the 19th century. It seems to show a fountain with dolphins. Can anyone pinpoint it, if indeed it is even in Portsmouth?

‘It was one of the sights along the way I used to occupy her on the then rather long journey.’

WISH YOU WERE HERE Margaret Beal sent me this postcard of Southsea at repose which, from the postmark, was posted in 1903

WISH YOU WERE HERE Margaret Beal sent me this postcard of Southsea at repose which, from the postmark, was posted in 1903

REVERSE The back of the postcard (see above) tells us it was posted in Manchester by a J Allen to a Miss Goulston who lived at the Lord Palmerston pub in Northamptons Market Square. A sailor or soldier home on leave who had taken a shine to a barmaid perhaps?

REVERSE The back of the postcard (see above) tells us it was posted in Manchester by a J Allen to a Miss Goulston who lived at the Lord Palmerston pub in Northamptons Market Square. A sailor or soldier home on leave who had taken a shine to a barmaid perhaps?