Magnification according to the Collins Dictionary is “the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified” and I have found that this can be improved by using a magnifying glass, rather than using the ‘zoom’ on the computer.

For a while now several people have recommended that I buy myself a magnifying glass, and yesterday I did just that! Using the zoom produces a blurred image on my screen, but my magnifying glass gives a clearer picture of what I want to look at.

The first photo I looked at was this one:

Inside Blaker Street 24 12 1959 (1)I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this image, sent to me from my cousin Sue, she is the girl pictured with her younger brother, Ian and their Uncle Jack.

It is Christmas Eve, the 24th December 1959 and it is inside the house of our grandmother, Annie Cleeve/Dinnis.

I wished I had been here, and then I used my new magnifying glass to focus in on the shelf just to the left of Jack’s head.


Inside Blaker Street 24 12 1959 (1) - CopyThe photo in the dark shaded frame looks like it could be me! It means a lot to me to see myself on the shelf of my grandmother’s home. And at Christmas in 1959 I would have been about 18 months old, so the photo would have been fairly new!


I know there was a whole series of prints of me at that age, but I only have one.

todaymychildhood11The picture (above) is blurred and I know you can’t tell that it’s me.

But when I look with my new magnifying glass, it does really resemble me as this little baby.

I know I shall enjoy looking at my old photographs with my new magnifying glass!


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4 Responses to Magnification

  1. Sue Woodland says:

    Yes, I am sure it is you, and what’s more I have the original photo! Who knows, it might be the actual one that is in the frame in this picture. You are wearing the little dress you have on in the photo you have. I had assumed that any photos I had of you, you would also have but I’m obviously wrong. I will bring those I have next time I see you.

    • Oh my! I would love to see the original photo you have! I think the dress I am wearing is the same one as I am wearing in the photo of us all at St Anne’s Wells for the family picnic, it has a rabbit/hare embroidered on it? I seem to have only had the one dress! Nothing new there then đŸ˜‰ xx

      • Sue Woodland says:

        I’ll let you have the original when I see you, together with any others I have of you that you haven’t got. Yes, the dress has on it a rabbit/hare fishing. You have one more dress than I have!

  2. Luanne @ TFK says:

    I rarely use our magnifying glass. I ought to try it!

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