Friday, 20 July 2012

Brentford, Middlesex, The High Street c1922

Brentford, Middlesex, The High Street circa 1922. Almost nothing in the modern Google Street View has survived from the postcard's time. I had to use the excellent Brentford High Street Project website to identify the location of this postcard. There is a picture from 1981 on the Brentford Dock website which shows the building on the left of the postcard in its last days. There is an old looking building in the Google Street View on the left - you can just see its roof on the old postcard. The pub on the right was called 'The Feathers'. The postcard was published by the well-known publishers C. & A. G. Lewis of Nottingham. Click the postcard for an enlargement (300dpi).

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12 comments:

  1. Well, it looks like they kept the slight curve in the road and that's about it.

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  2. I just adore the little children walking hand in hand and that darling hat she's wearing! Imagine that sight today, here in American, never! Kind of sad really! Great photos of yesterday, thanks so much!

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  3. What a shame that so little is left!

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  4. It is the kind of old postcard I really love - so full of detail and information. You could write a short local history book based on that one shot alone.

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  5. Wonderful postcard and so sad that it has all gone. I wonder who the little boy and girl were and what became of them.

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  6. Fantastic shot, so full of movement. There’s so much to pore over here. I too was immediately drawn to the children on the left.

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  7. Good work on tracking it down. Of course, I liked the way it looked in the olden days better.

    Kathy M.

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  8. I love seening all the people and signs on the old postcard view.

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  9. The distant view on the left looks similar. As usual, prefer the old shot.

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  10. Enjoyed seeing the old street scene. People tear down buildings and call it progress but it seems to me the views from the past are always more attractive.

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  11. Without a doubt, it looks so much better in 1922! The 1922 scene is fantastic and I full of so much appeal. I especially like the children walking hand in hand. Unfortunately there is not much personality in the modern day scene.

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  12. The photographer really captured a sense of pedestrian motion. Perhaps if we shake the card, everyone will become animated again. On a modern note, I especially like how Google Streetview allows one to zip ahead of the stalled traffic and even go up streets that seem blocked. The people in the old postcard would be amazed.

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