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Ref: MUS/311

Reference: [GB 0212] MUS/311
Title: Photographs: James family of Gilwern, Buarth Road, Aberystwyth
Date(s): -
Level: Fonds
Extent: 4 files

Scope and Content:
Family photographs and other material – bills, receipts etc. Related to ADX/446. 
Material relating to the James family of Gilwern, 4 Buarth Road, Aberystwyth: John James (postman, b. 1875 Aberystwyth, d. 1936), his wife Hannah Mary (b. 1875 Llansantffraed, d. 1944), their children Evan David Emrys (b. 1902), Ann Mary (b. 1903, d. 1980), John ‘Johnny’ Stanley (b. 1905, d. 1984).

MUS/311/1: Funeral, Wedding, and Christmas Cards
1864-1936

1. Memorial card, ‘In Affectionate Remembrance of’, Thomas, younger son of David Davies Esq., of the Gastle Green, Cardigan, 27 years old, d. 1 August 1864, interred at St Mary’s 6 August the same year.
6 August 1864

2-3. ‘In Loving Remembrance … In Loving Memory of Mary Ann Evans’, daughter of John and Ann Evans, Mount Cottage, Llanon, d. 19 October 1899, aged 29, interred at Ebbw Vale Cemetery, 24 October. Two copies, Welsh and English language.
24 October 1899

4. Small elaborate card, ‘With Mr & Mrs D.M. Jenkins’s Compliments’, Park Terrace, Treforest, with the name of Mary Tydfil Davies. 
In original envelope addressed to Mr & Mrs James, 11 George St., Aberystwyth.
8 June 1905

5-8. Four memorial cards in envelope addressed to Mrs James (Postman), Buarth Road, Aberystwyth.
5. In Loving Memory of John, husband of Jane Thomas of George Street, Aberystwyth, d. 7 September 1901 at 34 years, buried at Llangorwen, Clarach, 11 September. Welsh language.
11 September 1901

6. In Loving Memory of Anne, wife of Evan Rowlands, Mount Pleasant, Llanon, d. 3 August 1901, aged 75, interred at Llansantffraed on the 8th. 
8 August 1901

7-8. In Loving Memory of Thomas Thomas of Richmond House, George St., Aberystwyth, d. 14 February 1906, interred at Aberystwyth on the 17th. 
17 February 1906. Two copies.

9. In Loving Memory of William Haydyn Edwards, son of Arthur James and Mary Jones Edwards, d. 7 January 1929 aged 26 and buried at the New Cemetery, Talybont, returning sincere thanks for kind expressions of sympathy. In black-edged envelope addressed to Mr & Mrs James of Gilwern, Buarth Road, Aberystwyth.

10. Wedding card, ‘Married at the Methodist Chapel, Abermeurig, Cardiganshire: Elizabeth Jones, with Mr & Mrs T. Maelgwyn Davies compliments, Llônlas, Longden Green, Shrewsbury. In original envelope addressed to Miss A.M. James, Gilwern, Buarth Road, Aberystwyth (d. 1980). 
10 August 1937

11-13. Three Metropolitan Police Christmas cards.

11. With Daily Sketch photograph of George VI’s coronation on 12 May 1937, signed Ethel and John.
1937

12. With ?charcoal sketch by WWI and equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday (d. 1936), signed John or Johnny.

13. With colour painting by William Sidney Causer (1876-1958), signed Ethel, John and Margaret.

14. Undated card, ‘With Deepest Sympathy’, signed L. C/G Chamberlain. 

MUS/311/2: Photographs
1922-1927

1-7. Later nineteenth century cabinet prints.

1. Studio portrait of a woman, with an unidentified animal at her feet, flanked by two men, all well-dressed, against a formal painted backdrop but on a straw or grass floor. J.A. Boston Photographer with galleries at Durango and Silverton, Colorado. Silverton was the county seat of the San Juan mining district and was liked to the nearby railroad town of Durango by a narrow gauge track.

2. Studio portrait of a woman, flanked by two men, from the studio of A & G Taylor, Duke Street, Cardiff. Detached from backing.

3. Group or family portrait, from the studio of H.H. Davies, Pier St. Aberystwyth.

4. Old man, alert and seated. A & G Taylor, Wesley Chambers, Newport.

5. Woman, head and shoulders. Roberts’s studio, Llandrindod and Knighton.

6. Young woman, head and shoulders. Roberts’s studio, Llandrindod and Knighton.

7. Woman, seated. A & G Taylor, Wesley Chambers, Newport.

8. Early nineteenth century family group, garden setting, printed as a postcard with ornamental surround. 

9. Studio portrait of young man, printed as a postcard by Culliford of Aberystwyth, note on reverse, ‘Yours sincerely Stan’.
26 August 1922

10. Studio portrait of young woman, printed as a postcard by Culliford of Aberystwyth, note on reverse, ‘Sincerely yours Alice’.

11. Portrait of a young woman with glasses, by a Blackwood (Gwent/Glamorgan) photographer, on reverse, ‘Xmas 1923. Yours O’. Corners cut.
1923

12. Snapshot of young woman seated on steps (of Aberystwyth Old College Building?). Date on reverse.
September 1927

13. Snapshot of three women at Aberystwyth Castle, dated on reverse.
Summer 1932

14. Snapshot portrait of young man with the superscription, ‘Yn edmygus’ (admiringly), W.R. Jones. Printed on fragment of postcard.

15. Later studio portrait of same young man, wearing same distinctive lapel badge of three overlapping circles, with superscription, ‘Yn bur byth (ever faithful), W.R.’ Jamiesons Studios, High Street Wrexham.

16. C.P. Griffiths’ shop, agents for the Southgate Dairy, location unidentified. Printed as postcard.

MUS/311/3: Bills and Invoices
1928-1931
Bills/invoices and receipts made out to Mr/Mrs (E) James (Gilwern).

1. Invoice from Thomas Ellis & Co. of Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, ‘Specialists in Ladies and Childrens Smart Attire’.
17 January 1928

2. Invoice from Richards & Co. of Market Street, Aberystwyth, ‘Ladies and Gents’ Tailors and General Outfitters’.
26 April 1928

3. Invoice from Richards & Co.
13 June 1930

4. Invoice from Howell & Co. General Drapery Establishment of Great Dark Gate Street, Aberystwyth.
24 January 1931

5. Invoice from Richards & Co.
19 December 1931

MUS/311/4: Bills and Invoices
1924-1925, 1929

1-3. Personal letters, the first two written from Cardiff in the month of the 1924 General Election (October 29th), the third from Dublin in the following year. They are partly taken up with political matters and mentioning Ramsay Macdonald (favourably), Stanley Baldwin and Eamon de Valera.

1. ‘In the office, Saturday Morning … My dear dear sweet diddums …’ Letter written in the month of the 1924 general election, held on the 29th, at the time of the Zinoviev letter. The writer thanks his correspondent for hers, then discusses Ramsey Macdonald, at the time Labour Party and sometimes Prime Minister, who the writer had seen get a warm reception at the, very modest little café … where the Labour enthusiasts generally gather’. There is also mention of Baldwin’s speech that afternoon at the Empire, possibly the Empire Theatre, Cardiff. Signed ‘Jack’.
18 October 1924

2. ’94 Gelligaer St., Cardiff, Thursday night … My own darling girl …’ similar in tone to previous. The writer expresses the opinion that the Liberal Party is dying out and that Ramsay Macdonald is, ‘really the most outstanding figure in contemporary European politics’. First page only.
Gelligaer Street is a street of terraced houses that is less grand than Buarth Road.
23 October 1924

3. Note on Trinity Hall (Dublin) headed paper, addressed to ‘My dear ?nannie and signed ‘Jack’. The writer had talked to and had tea with de Valera the previous night. De Valera was then campaigning for a republican Free State and would co-found Fianna Fáil in the following year. 
7July 1925

4. Letter from E. Moore of ‘Gilwern’, Trentham Rd., Stoke-on-Trent, a final note before ‘their’ arrival, requesting, ‘just a cup of tea, bread and butter, and fish or ham’, on their arrival. In the 1911 census returns, the James’ of Gilwern had university student lodgers.
10 July 1929.

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