Unposted, but dated 1907. Signs read (from left to right):
"Old English Hotel",
"Tea Blender, Hunter",
"Myers", full charabanc drawn by 2 horses, "Table Waters",
"Chemist" and "Dark Room"
Unposted. Harry Barnwell's old optician's corner shop has been
replaced by the "London City and Midland Bank". This happened
about 1913. Dozens of people walking, smartly dressed in boaters
and big hats. But not a single vehicle (except a "sit-up-and-beg"
bicycle). Its 6.50pm (the clock is new and must be working). Where
are they all going?
A smart gent with a fine beard watches a loaded coach come round
the corner heading for Matlock Bath.
Dale Road, Matlock
From postcards, which were posted in 1903, 1907, 1908 and 1924.
On the corner is a shop
Harry Barnwell, Optician.
In the far distance can just be seen the
Old English Hotel.
Dale Road from the other direction, probably taken 20 years
before posting. The large
Old English Hotel
is in the distance. Nearer is
W.Evans & Son, watchmaker. The son
Charles Evans describes himself
as a "refractionist" in the Census. We would call the profession
"optician" today, which fact is proudly displayed by a giant pair
of spectacles, and signs reading "Eyesight Testing Room". Nearer still is
Harker's, chemist and druggist.
Unposted. Signs read: Old English Hotel - Daks.
Unposted. A man on top of a very tall ladder works on an upper window of the
"Old English Hotel", watched by two shopkeepers and a well dressed
man with a walking stick. A man in a horse and cart stares at the
photographer. A gas lamp with filament on the left, "International
Stores" on the right.
Posted 1906, from "Flossie" to C H Michael, 101 Pydar St, Truro
Posted 1907. Lady outside hardware shop with dachshund, signs:
"Hardware, Vaults, Billiards, Old English Hotel". Clock at 3.55pm. On
right, signs :"Kodaks, Free Dark Room, Coronation Buildings",
Photo taken: c1903
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