A friend once ran an antique shop on the island of Arran. He had an eye for interesting pieces, often picked up at Glasgow auctions, and one day he had on display a Victorian embroidery sampler, found rolled up at the back of a chest of drawers.
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It contained the photographic record of an exotic journey through the Far East, to Penang, Rangoon, Mandalay, Shanghai, Nikko, Kyoto and Hangchow, returning home to Britain in Spring 1935.
Victorian photograph albums were, in the main, the preserve of women.
Some years ago, knowing my interest in old photos, a friend had alerted me to a bundle of family papers and photos on eBay.