Thursday 29 November 2012

Southall, Middlesex, The Green c1925

Southall, Middlesex, The Green circa 1925. In this postcard of Southall by Johns of Tooting we can see the historic sixteenth century Southall Manor House. On the right of the postcard is the Victory pub, now demolished. The Green is the name of the road, there is no longer a green there. Click the postcard to enlarge.

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Saturday 24 November 2012

Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, The Red Lion c1907

Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, The Red Lion c1907. The Red Lion is a Grade II listed building built in the seventeenth century or earlier. The village of Hinxton is the home of the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus.
The postcard was published by an uncredited publisher and posted in September 1907. The sender, Daisy Violet Martin, identifies one of the people in the picture as Willie Tarbit. The original postcard was very faded so I've had to enhance it. Click the postcard to enlarge. For more old photographs have a look at this week's Sepia Saturday blog.

Edit - I've added a scan of the back. It is tempting to speculate that the girl sitting on the fence on the left of the postcard is the sender, Daisy Violet Martin. We will never know...

Edit II - Research by Lisa B shows that Willie Tarbitt died shortly before this postcard was sent - see comments below. We think he may have been the boy with the bicycle.

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Sunday 18 November 2012

Wembley, Middlesex, Presbyterian Church, c1911

Wembley, Middlesex, Presbyterian Church, c1911. The old church still has a religious function, it is now Central Mosque Wembley. Having been vacant for many years the Presbytarian Church was converted into a mosque in the mid 1990s. Interestingly, the building next door looks very middle-eastern with its domes. It is now the Muslim Welfare Association. Postcard by Young and Co of Teddington. Click the postcard to enlarge.

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Friday 9 November 2012

London, Switchboard Operators, c1920

London, Switchboard Operators, circa 1920. This week's Sepia Saturday blog posting is about switchboard operators. I couldn't resist posting this postcard from my collection. This postcard was written by the lady on the second left of the picture. My transcription of the text on the back of the postcard is below. Postcard by the Grafton Reproduction Co. of 291 Lavender Hill, Clapham, London SW11.

'Dear G (or S or something else)

What do you think of this? The official photographers have been paying us a visit. I was coaching a learner at the time but you see she has moved. I suppose I shall have a letter from you some day. There is no harm in waiting. I heard from Peggy two weeks ago, she said they hadn't heard from you for ages. Hope you are fit. *name illegible*'

No 'now' picture for this postcard for obvious reasons. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Monday 5 November 2012

Chippenham, Wiltshire, The Bridge c1910

Chippenham, Wiltshire, The Bridge circa 1910. Chippenham is a town in Wiltshire. In the distance we can see the railway viaduct built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Railway. Postcard by Young & Co of Teddington. Click the postcard to enlarge.

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