Shortlands in old picture postcards

Shortlands in old picture postcards

:   Muriel V. Searle
:   Greater London
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5325-6
:   80
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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69. Some lovely costumes of about 1910 are seen ne ar the Queen Victoria Jubilee fountain, in its original position on the summit of Martins Hill. The picture shows how closely it was restored when re-erected on QueensMead.

70. The lady at the right appears in a number of Shortlands area postcards in the same series, issued around the time of the Great War. One might guess that she was probably the photographer's wife , asked to slip into an otherwise deserted and rather dreary scene to add 'human interest'.

71. An extremely leafy and countrified version of the early-20th century Scotts Lane.

72. This view of Scotts Lane is of uncertain date, but probably was sent at around the time of the First World War.

73. A form of postcard that has died out is the personal portrait, taken professionally and produced in this format for mailing to the person's friends and relations instead of a more conventional view card. This example shows a young Shortlands woman, Ellen Rose (Nellie) Jessop, posed like a cameo. An accornplished amateur musician, she did much to entertain men in the various Soldiers' Clubs during the First World War as a pianist. The rigidly enforced rule , when air raids were always a risk, not to mention wartime darkness, was that at least two soldiers must always escort female entertainers home, and wait outside until they were seen safely to go inside and close the front door behind them.

74. In the late 1920s the great romantic actor Ivor NoveIlo once challenged, through a newspaper, that he could accurately read the character of a girl rnerely by seeing her picture. Young women were invited to send in postcards of thernselves for hirn to scrutinise. This young lady, Nellie Jessop, had this studio portrait taken, and was one of the lucky ones selected by Novello for a reading, which proved to be very accurate. The studio also sold her a nurnber of reprints, again on postcards, for sending off to friends and relatives by post.

75. Ruby Verrell's dancing troupe the 'Dainty Blossoms' was popular all over the area before and soon after the Second World War. They performed in virtually every public hall, including those in Shortlands.

76. Where Shortlands and Beckenham overlap is Park Langley, since the 1930s a mainly suburbanised area, albeit of high quality. This is one of a series of cards sold when the developers were first cutting up its big estates for more expensive than average houses.

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