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, 1 March 2013
Littlehampton, Sussex, Pier Road and Kursaal, 1913
Littlehampton, Sussex, Pier Road and Kursaal, 1913. Littlehampton is a typical English seaside town in Sussex. The old windmill - I believe it was called Arun Mill - was demolished in the early 1930s. Presumably the Kursaal was demolished at around the same time. If you look at the Kursaal closely by clicking on the postcard you can see it is a very makeshift structure, built of cheap board and corrugated iron. I can find no references on the Internet to the Kursaal in Littlehampton, but if you look at the second postcard taken by W. H. Applebee probably on the same day you can see it has Kursaal painted on the roof. The posters on the side refer to 'The Stingarees' who were performing on Monday 4th of August. This pinpoints the year to 1913. A sign outside the front says 'Vaudeville Concerts Daily'. Other postcards I've seen showing this building say it was called 'The Casino'. The postcard at the bottom shows a view of Littlehampton from the bridge. W. H. Applebee normally photographed Middlesex, Surrey, Berks and Bucks, but in 1913 he set off with his wife in their little three-wheeled A. C. Sociable and went to the South Coast, visiting Worthing and Littlehampton and photographing and publishing a short run of postcards, including these three. Click the postcards to enlarge.