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Aunty Collection

"Aunty: A Woman of Many Talents and Inspirations" In the world of literature

Background imageAunty Collection: Mary Elizabeth Mimi Smith (nee Stanley; 24 April 1906 to 6 December 1991)

Mary Elizabeth Mimi Smith (nee Stanley; 24 April 1906 to 6 December 1991). Mary Elizabeth Stanley, known fondly as Aunt Mimi

Background imageAunty Collection: Whiffs from Weymouth (engraving)

Whiffs from Weymouth (engraving)
1616103 Whiffs from Weymouth (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Whiffs from Weymouth)

Background imageAunty Collection: Cormorants Nests, Farne Islands, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Cormorants Nests, Farne Islands, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Cormorants Nests, Farne Islands, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Herring Boats Off the Tyne, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Herring Boats Off the Tyne, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Herring Boats Off the Tyne, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Low Light, North Shields, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Low Light, North Shields, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Low Light, North Shields, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Newcastle-on-Tyne, from the Rabbit Banks, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Newcastle-on-Tyne, from the Rabbit Banks, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Newcastle-on-Tyne, from the Rabbit Banks, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Market-Place, Morpeth, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Market-Place, Morpeth, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Market-Place, Morpeth, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Warkworth Castle, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Warkworth Castle, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Warkworth Castle, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Holy Island, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Holy Island, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Holy Island, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Cullercoats Bay, Tynemouth, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Cullercoats Bay, Tynemouth, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Cullercoats Bay, Tynemouth, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Alnwick: The Lion Bridge and Castle, c1896. Artist: M Aunty

Alnwick: The Lion Bridge and Castle, c1896. Artist: M Aunty
Alnwick: The Lion Bridge and Castle, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageAunty Collection: Newcastle-on-Tyne, from the Rabbit Banks, c1900. Artist: M Aunty

Newcastle-on-Tyne, from the Rabbit Banks, c1900. Artist: M Aunty
Newcastle-on-Tyne, from the Rabbit Banks, c1900. Rabbit Banks Road (Off High Level Road), Gateshead, From Sights and Scenes in England and Wales. [Cassell and Company Ltd. c1900]

Background imageAunty Collection: Cullercoats Bay, Tynemouth, c1900. Artist: M Aunty

Cullercoats Bay, Tynemouth, c1900. Artist: M Aunty
Cullercoats Bay, Tynemouth, c1900.From Sights and Scenes in England and Wales. [Cassell and Company Ltd. c1900]

Background imageAunty Collection: Low Light, North Shields, c1900. Artist: M Aunty

Low Light, North Shields, c1900. Artist: M Aunty
Low Light, North Shields, c1900.From Sights and Scenes in England and Wales. [Cassell and Company Ltd. c1900]

Background imageAunty Collection: HMS Victoria at Newcastle-On-Tyne, c1887. Artist: M Aunty

HMS Victoria at Newcastle-On-Tyne, c1887. Artist: M Aunty
HMS Victoria at Newcastle-On-Tyne, c1887. HMS Victoria was the lead ship in her class of two battleships of the Royal Navy. From Sights and Scenes in England and Wales. [Cassell and Company Ltd

Background imageAunty Collection: Charleys Aunt by Brandon Thomas

Charleys Aunt by Brandon Thomas. Much the same design as the previous item, but in black and white, with a border of flowers. Top of the flyer reads Under the direction of the Author

Background imageAunty Collection: Lost tooth causes sleeping difficulties for Kitty

Lost tooth causes sleeping difficulties for Kitty
Kitty - " Aunty, I can t sleep at night since I lost my front toof for the draught blowing down my throat." Date: circa 1890s

Background imageAunty Collection: Humorous Pharmacy postcard

Humorous Pharmacy postcard
Young Boy: " Gimme three-pennorth of pills. Chemist: " Anti-bilious?" Young Boy: " No Sir - Fathers bilious!" Date: 1905

Background imageAunty Collection: Youthful Manners

Youthful Manners
Saucy young girl back-chats her elders. A well brought girl who ought to know better, omits to say please and is corrected by Aunty. Date: 1915

Background imageAunty Collection: Women & Girl 1890S Photo

Women & Girl 1890S Photo
Girl: smocked & embroidered frock with full sleeves. Women: lace jabot, gigot sleeves, lace gloves & fichu, spectacles. Granny sports the hairstyle of her youth


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"Aunty: A Woman of Many Talents and Inspirations" In the world of literature, "Charley's Aunt" by Brandon Thomas has captivated audiences for generations with its hilarious plot twists and witty dialogue. But did you know that behind this timeless comedy lies the story of Mary Elizabeth Mimi Smith? Born on April 24, 1906, Mary Elizabeth Mimi Smith (nee Stanley) was a woman ahead of her time. Not only was she an accomplished actress who brought Charley's Aunt to life on stage, but she also had a passion for art. One particular engraving caught her eye - "Whiffs from Weymouth. " Created by the talented artist M Aunty, it depicted the charm and beauty of this coastal town in stunning detail. Little did anyone know that M Aunty was none other than our very own multi-talented aunty. Her artistic talents didn't stop there. From cormorants nesting on Farne Islands to herring boats off the Tyne, M Aunty captured the essence of North East England through her brushstrokes. Low Light in North Shields illuminated her ability to play with light and shadows while Newcastle-on-Tyne showcased her love for landscapes. But it wasn't just scenery that fascinated our aunty; she also found inspiration in historical landmarks such as Warkworth Castle and Holy Island. With each stroke of paint, she transported viewers back in time to experience these architectural marvels firsthand. Cullercoats Bay in Tynemouth became another muse for our beloved aunty as she skillfully portrayed its picturesque beauty on canvas. And let us not forget Alnwick: The Lion Bridge and Castle - a masterpiece capturing both grandeur and tranquility simultaneously. Beyond her artistic endeavors, aunty had an unwavering spirit that extended beyond creative pursuits. She embraced life fully and immersed herself in various experiences like exploring the vibrant Market-Place in Morpeth.