Saturday, 15 October 2011
Richmond, Surrey, 1910
Richmond, Surrey, 1910. This postcard, published by Lovell Smith of Richmond, is a bit of a mystery. Lovell Smith published many postcards of the famous Richmond Horse Show, so this may have been taken at that event. It is equally possible that it was taken at a May Day fair or any other similar celebration. I bought this postcard very recently at a postcard fair for a few pounds. There is nothing on the back other than the date 1910 written in the same ink as the 'X' on the front of the postcard. What is fascinating is the postcard itself, or rather the people in the postcard. I particularly like the contrast between the well-dressed young man on the left compared to the impoverished young man on the right. Their posture speaks volumes about their social standing, both posing with some pride, but in a very different way to each other. I don't think either of them are connected to the family in the centre of the picture. Many of the other people in the picture are smiling, something that you don't often see in old postcards. One of those postcards that rewards close study, every time I look at it I see something new. There are some fabulous hats on display here. Sorry, no 'now' picture in Google Street View this week as I haven't pinned down the location. For more old pictures please visit the Sepia Saturday blog. As always, click the postcard to enlarge.