Saturday, 12 February 2011

Hampton Hill, Middesex, Fire Brigade Procession, 12 June 1910 - Sepia Saturday

Hampton Hill, Middesex, Fire Brigade Procession, 12 June 1910. In the centre of the picture is the Jenny Lind pub, sadly closed down recently. Postcard by Young & Co of Teddington. Young published many postcards of public events like this, anywhere where there was a crowd. Festivals, fetes, marches, funerals, fairs, public proclamations, his photographers were there. Next day the participants could buy a postcard of the event hoping to see a picture of themselves in the crowd.
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13 comments:

  1. That is a fine card. In a way it also illustrates the change in public attitudes towards being photographed. Back then it was to be welcomed and people would rush to buy the photograph, now they try and block the StreetView camera van entering their street.

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  2. A good fire brigade is always a cause for celebration. The old high street had so much more charm than the current view but it's been through some rough times since 1910!

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  3. You always come up with such great finds to share with us, thank you!

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  4. The fire engine would grace any museum. Do you know any thing about the pub and how the Jenny Lind got its name? A writing friend of mine has written about a Jenny Lind cafe and I am intrigue to know whether there is a story attached to the name.
    Great post for sepia saturday.

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  5. Close my eyes and I can almost hear the sounds of that day. The laughter, the boasting, and the music. A fine day to go parading.

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  6. If that were my little boy in the white, i would have bought postcards for every friend and relative imaginable. I love all of the hats and finery, but particularly the outfits the children are wearing.

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  7. I echo Christine - the little lad in the white is adorable if you zoom in. In Scotland, you had a notice outside your front door to say if you had paid the Fire Brigade to attend, and if you hadn't .... oh dear :-) Jo

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  8. Love the tram lines in the road on the 1910 version.

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  9. Oh that fire brigade marching is a splendor!

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  10. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. The Jenny Lind was named after the Swedish opera singer of the same name.

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  11. What a very fun photograph! I love the young girls in white with flowered hats and, of course, the boy in white.

    On the google street view, why are the lines wavy? Is that caused from the way the photo was taken or are the lines really wavy?

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  12. The zig-zag lines are placed near pedestrian crossings and indicate that you are not allowed to park or overtake there.

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