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Bibliophile price: £12.50
Quaint cottages with rose bedecked walls, old stone-built pubs, ancient buttressed abbeys, ruined Franciscan priories, strange rock formations and tree-lined lanes - all sights we can still see today, but here the people bring the photos to life. Here are children paddling in the sea at Weymouth in 1909 with the girls in wide-brimmed hats, their white dresses tucked into their drawers. Other photos include solemn-faced boys packed onto an elephant in 1913 at London Zoo, ladies in straight shifts and cloche hats walking along a low bridge at Newquay in 1925 and a bowler-hatted young man posing with his horse-drawn delivery cart outside the shop. The beauty of books such as these is they remind us that our grandparents and great grandparents enjoyed life just as we do. Though the pace of life was slower and the surroundings more picturesque, people still enjoyed visiting the beach, rummaging around a street market strolling on the pier, peering in shop windows or relaxing in a deckchair just watching the world go by, exactly like us. Covers family, church, military, school, parks, traffic, trade and attractions like The Yorkshire Pierrots on Clacton-on-Sea 1912. Wonderful snapshots of a bygone era. The photos are from the Francis Frith and Archie Miles collections. Large, square format 11½", 400 full page mono quality photos.
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