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Who do you think you are?

The Old Biscuit Tin


Pat Smith

The old biscuit tin lived in the tin press in the prefab. The contents had been passed down the family. Inside were lots of old photos, almost all, were photographs of people. Who were they? 


Some years after I inherited the tin I digitised the photos. I knew some of the people, after all, some were of me, others, no idea! 


Luckily a few had names on the back in my mother’s handwriting. 

Attire from the 1890's

The photo on the left intrigued me.

On the back of the photo it read "the height of fashion in the 1890's  Aunt Jessie Firstbrook"

I had heard the name Firstbrook mentioned before.



Researching on Ancestry website I found that she was an aunt of my gran and was born about 1881 in Edinburgh and had a twin brother James.

I suspect the photo below is of James, but nothing is written on the back to confirm this.


Be very careful when writing names on old photographs. Never use a pen. Some inks can seep through and stain the photo. A soft leaded pencil is good.


The Smith family. L to R

Robert, Annie, Pat, John, Tom, Colin

Seated, Annie, Patrick (Peter) 

PRYDE Family001.jpg

The Pryde family. L to R

Robina, Walter, Hanna, 

Seated, Agnes, Phemie, Jessie, John

Best to record the names of people in your old family photos.


If you would like to share them on this site, please get in touch.

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