Wednesday 25 December 2013

Wimbledon Station 1907

Merry Christmas from Postcards Then and Now. My first postcard, by Young & Co of Teddington, shows an effigy put up by Wimbledon's cabmen in Christmas 1907. He appears to be dressed as a cabman. At the top on his umbrella are the words 'driven from home' and the bottom of the postcard says 'cabmen's only shelter'. I would hazard a guess that the cabmen were being evicted from their shelter, but I do not have any definite information about this other than the postcard. The second postcard, of Wimbledon Station, shows what I think is the cab shelter - the small hut on the left. This postcard is not from my collection and is only displayed in low resolution. The third postcard, again by Young & Co and shows the station again and the cabmen. I suspect this was taken at the same time as the effigy postcard. Notice the dog begging on the left. The Google Street View shows the approximate location today. As always click the postcards to enlarge.
For more Christmas themed old pictures have a ook at the Sepia Saturday blog.

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Wednesday 4 December 2013

Chiddingfold, Surrey, 1914

Chiddingfold, Surrey, The Post Office, 1914. Chiddingfold is a picturesque village in Surrey, south of Godalming. The most noticable thing about this old postcard is the magnificent motor-bus, run by Guildford and District Motor Services Ltd, and this bus apparently covered Guildford, Godalming and Chiddingfold according to the sign on the side.
The original purchaser of this postcard conveniently wrote some notes on the back that illuminate this scene. He or she writes 'Dear N, The Post Office is by the trees and very quaint it is too. This motor has ceased to run and I'm very sorry, for it is over four miles to the station and it means walking. Hope you are well. Best wishes, MHC'.

Postcard published by W. H. Applebee. Click the postcard to enlarge.
For more old pictures have a look at the Sepia Saturday blog.

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