THANKS go to John Sherratt of Canada for sharing this wonderful photo of his great-grandfather Samuel Thomas Wells.

John would like to find out more about the man who took the photo - a name that will be familiar to many Looking Back readers - Edwin Seward.

He specifically wants to know is there are more images in the series that went alongside this picture of Samuel Wells in what was known as Seward's Melcombe Series.

John's great granddad worked on the railways as a 'wheel tapper' and this picture may have been taken in Weymouth.

Samuel Wells is listed in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 census as being a Railway Carriage Examiner for the LSWR. He died in Weymouth in 1935.

On the back of the postcard the writing on the back says: "Photo by Ed. H. Seward, 13, Turton St., Weymouth Identified as "Seward's Melcombe Series."

Of course, the name Edwin Seward has cropped up many times in editions of Looking Back. Prominent photographer Edwin took many photos, many of which were used on postcards. He opened his own photographic studio in Weymouth in 1907 at 13 Turton Street, renting the first floor of the property owned by the Weymouth Soda Water company.

Concentrating on scenes of historic interest in the town, his early work established him as a photographer of some note.

John was born in Birmingham in 1948 and emigrated to Canada. He is planning to move back to the UK this autumn and will be visiting England in May.

We would like to hear from anyone who can provide us with some more information about Seward's Melcombe Series for John, or can share with us some additional images in the series. Do get in touch with Looking Back the usual way.