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Brockley Central's US correspondent Maradoll has spotted two more historical postcards of Brockley for sale on eBay.
Fabulous... there is a note in French on second picture, which says "my best memory" :-)
Well it would be lovely if it meant that (and gosh you'd wonder what went on in Breakspears Rd to make them feel that way about it) ... but in this contest it just means "best regards"...
The Breakspears postcard is outside of the large house no 135...
The top photograph is outside 64 Wickham Road ... I've got the same print framed in my front room
And it was a time when people clearly got out more. Instead of sitting in front of the telly and a computer.
Yep, you can tell that from the way those photographs teem with street life.
Ah the good old days, things will only get worse until final universal entropy.
They were probably waiting for hours to take a photo with no-one it it - as they would have come out as blur. For teeming streetlife there is a splendid photo of the junction of New Cross Road and Queen's Road with cabs and trams and be-hatted gentlemen and be-gloved ladies. The THS have a postcard of it but it's not one reproduced on their website - but I expect others know of it and can supply a link.
Well the Breakspears pic was taken looking south, you can see long shadows falling from left to right, so it was taken very early in the morning probably in the summer, and probably because there'd be no one around. This is still the prefered time of day for taking photographs.
It's fun what the shadows can tell you - I once made a point of taking the same views at the Taj Mahal and Fathepur Sikri that my grandfather had photographed when going around with my grandmother in the 1920s. The buildings were unchanged so you could line up the shot exactly, but they were up and about much earlier in the day than we were!
And the houses on the left are probably lit by the reflection of the windows on the right, what gives the time of day is the large rectangular bright sunlit shape on the road in the foreground as the sun shines through the gap between the houses.
There was obviously a cpz in force.
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