Today we have a selection of fascinating snapshots from around Portsmouth in the first half of the 20th century.
One photograph here has always intrigued me as I cannot date it.
I think it is the early 1950s but stand to be corrected.
It is looking out from Lower Church Path onto the junction of Edinburgh Road and Commercial Road, Southsea.
The man with his little girl looks like he is wearing a bus conductor’s uniform.
In the distance can be seen Finlay’s the tobacconist and the signal for the dockyard branch-line railway.
I like the picture of two brothers Arthur and Francis Wing having their picture taken in Festing Road, Southsea sometime before 1936.
Although the buildings to the rear remain unchanged the scene has, of course.
A tram can be seen turning into Highland Road and two boys to the right are pulling a handcart.
Sadly, Arthur Wing was killed in Hilsea during an air raid on March 4, 1941.
We also have a photo of a line up of gunnery and drill instructors at HMS Excellent, Whale Island.
As many a matelot will know you crossed these men at your peril.
They were the be-all and end-all of gunnery and parade training in the Royal Navy and what they did not know was not worth knowing.
They could frighten the life out of you by just talking let alone shouting but they were good at what they did.
As anyone who has been under their instruction at one time or another will know, once trained you remained trained.
Does anyone know any of the men pictured?
Another photo shows a pair of Brighton tank locomotives in Fratton Yard.
They hauled trains over the Havant to Hayling branch line.
Most locals always called it the Hayling Billy line and the locomotives were named after it.
The line closed in November 1963 but the two locomotives were saved from the breakers and run on preserved lines.