Saturday, 26 January 2013

Hanwell, West London, Rosebank Road c1911

Hanwell, West London, Rosebank Road circa 1911. This postcard by an uncredited photographer shows the small grocery shop of H. Huse which has been added to this private house. In the Google Street View you can see the shop front has reverted back to being a private house. The people on the front are identified on the back of the postcard - On the left, Mrs Eliza Eggleton, on the right, Mrs L Addams. In front is Edith Flitter who was adopted, presumably by one of the ladies in the picture. Edith was 4 years old in 1911 (data from 1911 census) so I think that ties up the date fairly accurately. I've included a detailed 600dpi view of the shop below.
For more old pictures have a look at this week's Sepia Saturday blog where the theme is shops.




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15 comments:

  1. A charming group of ladies and the shop with the old Bovril signs is interesting, especially as it was attached to a house.

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  2. I like how they have their shop aprons covering their pretty dresses. I wonder why they boxed the shop back into the house?

    Great now and then contrast!

    Kathy M.

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  3. A beautiful photo and to have the names of the ladies and the little girl makes it extra special!

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  4. What a charming store front. Tea and tobacco - I wonder what other quality products they carried.

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  5. What a tiny shop that must have been - intriguing. My family ran a shop from their house in Normanton, Derby from the 1880s, and it remained in the family until the 1940s.

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  6. Lovely - thanks for enlarging it so we can see the details.

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  7. This is my first time posting to Sepia Saturday and I just love your theme of using Google and matching it to your postcards.
    As soon as I get home (we are wintering in Las Vegas) I am going to go through my box of old postcards and start posting them.

    I'm your latest follower!!

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  8. It was quite common to see the front rooms of little houses turned into shops and also pubs. All gone now, squeezed out by the big-boys

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  9. Great picture and I see that the gate pillars are still the same but now painted. The little girl is lovely :-) Jo

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  10. A beautiful photo. I would never have guessed that this residential street would once have included such small shop like that of H.Huse. I wonder how many people they served, and when they closed.

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  11. Wonderful old photograph - as with so many others, it is the level of detail that is so captivating. The modern comparison is interesting too - you have to search around for the points of reference, but they are still there.

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  12. I have only just realised as a result of this glorious shop that the shop I frequented as a boy during and shortly after the war was built into a house. It's rather obvious now that it has been closed. It would have been no bigger that that of H Huse but was always full of people.It was its gobstoppers that I remember best.

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  13. Great detail in the clothing and shop. It's nice that everything is identified.

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  14. I'm thinking those are white smocks like aprons hanging over their dresses- to stay clean! Nice store front too! A great Sepia photo too!

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  15. Love this - it's just round the corner from my flat! :-)

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