Old postcards from the early 20th century, compared to the same view shown on Google Street View today. The postcards come from my own collection. Almost all of them are from England, mainly showing West London, Middlesex, Surrey, Berks and Bucks. Click on the postcards to see enlarged versions. There are also links to the modern equivalent on Street View. Street View images on this site are the copyright of Google. Comments, questions or requests are very welcome, registration is not necessary.
Friday, 8 March 2013
Esher, Surrey, Portsmouth Road, c1912 and c1918
Esher, Surrey, Portsmouth Road, circa 1912 and circa 1918. These two old postcards show the same location, one before the First World War, the other after. The pub we can see was called 'The Orleans Arms', it is now a branch of the Café Rouge restaurant chain. Outside the pub is a magnificent milestone erected in 1767 which is called 'The White Lady'. I have driven past this place many times in the past and I'd never noticed the milestone until I'd seen these postcards. You can also see what I think is an old weighing machine outside the pub in the postcards. The first postcard was photographed and published in about 1912 by William Henry Applebee of Ashford, the second postcard was photographed and published by Andrew Smith of Surbiton in about 1918. Click the postcards to see enlarged versions at 300dpi. Note - the darker colour of the buildings in the first photo is due to the photography or printing process, they were not actually darker than they were in the second photo.