Saturday, 17 September 2011

Earlsfield Station, South West London, c1910

Earlsfield Station, South West London, circa 1910. Earlsfield Station appears to have changed little in the last hundred years. The modest entrance is out of sight in the top postcard, it is actually just past the bridges. The station has very recently had a make-over and a lift to the platforms has been added. Postcard by a local publisher who signed the back 'J.H.E' (I suspect J.H.E. is the shop on the left of the picture). Underneath the Google Street View is a view of the station platforms with a train passing through, posted in December 1908. Finally, a view of the station from the other side of the bridges, showing the entrance, published by Keystone Art Co of Norwood in about 1910. For more old photographs visit Sepia Saturday.
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17 comments:

  1. Nice image of a bobby keeping an eye on those rascally street cleaners.

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  2. The old street is so empty of vehicles and the new ones are full of cars and pretty much empty of people.

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  3. Kristin said it, so I don't have to, which is good, because sometimes I feel like a broken record. The other element we seem to have lost over time is beautiful streetlights.

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  4. Well, I don’t mind repeating myself, even though Howard has heard me say it so many times, I just love street scenes, ehether town or village, with real PEOPLE in them. Like Brett I immediately picked up on the bobby with his had nonchalantly on his hip (or at readyness with the baton), I also like the women on the right turning back to look and laugh at the cameraman, as in posed pictures they didn’t smile in those days.

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  5. It's nice to see something that hasn't changed much. I especially like the last postcard--it makes me feel like I am actually there.

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  6. It's really quite surprising how little has changed, except, as everyone has noticed, the traffic.

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  7. All that is missing is one tramcar on the rails. These are fascinating postcards as they show so much that we have lost.

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  8. You are all turning me into a postcard fan! What is the story with the clothing hanging from the balcony in the first shot? Were they selling clothing or airing them out?

    Dispite the absence of cars in the earlier days, I bet the air was no cleaner - my Dad tells stories of cleaning the coal soot off the wallpaper every year. Oh my!

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  9. I used to live just up the road from there and I would use that station regularly. A grand tour down Memory Lane for me - thanks.

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  10. I like the clouds in the bottom postcard. Something about the whole thing gets me at gut level though. Superb.

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  11. I just love old postcards and this is a wonderful collection of them.

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  12. Wonderful images to step into. A bit of imaginary time travel.

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  13. Great cards once more! And all the people about their businesses; a great array posted here. My favorite is the first one.

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  14. Another great ride in your time travel machine.

    You probably have noticed Howard, that this weekend Blogger has forced us to use a slideshow Lightbox when viewers click on an image. Since it does't expand the photos and makes it into a slideshow, I find it very annoying. Especially since we were not asked if we want to have it on our blogs. After failing to get satisfaction on the support forums, I found a solution which works for my blog and turns the slideshow off. Here it is if you find it annoying too.

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  15. Some how my hyberlink didn't take. In text then:
    http://englishjavadrinker.blogspot.com/2011/09/fixing-bloggers-mistakes.html

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  16. Thanks Mike, I will investigate your link. The lightbox is a pain.

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  17. Hi there, I love the old photophaphs of Earlsfield and was wondering if I could purchase them in poster size or get originals to scan or a high res digital files? Thank you very much! Marie

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