Wednesday 27 October 2010

Paved with gold

Two London streets but they don't look as though they were paved with gold.

A vintage card dated March 23 1904 and postmarked Stoke Newington, originally a village to the north of London but by the time the card was written, it had already been absorbed into the city as an affluent suburb.

A reproduction of a vintage card sent to me relatively recently, but it looks as though the original dated from much the same time.  I had hoped to do a little research and identify some buildings in either or both.   I especially thought there were enough that were distinctive in Regent Street, but I failed to put a name to any.

I used the pharse "paved with gold" for the title of the post, in case you're wondering, because it's very much associated with London in the old folk tale of Dick Whittington,  first recorded as a play in 1606.
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  1. It really is amazing to compare a town today with a photograph taken so long ago to see how much has actually changed.

  2. Oh, I love these! I'm such a fan of old street scenes. You can look at them forever and continue to find new details. It's always amazing to me to see seemingly chaotic traffic with no lane dividers. But they seemed to get along O.K.
    Thanks for posting these.

  3. Ah. I thought as much. :) And his cat, right?

  4. More likely paved with horse apples in 1904. :)

  5. I'm sure a lot of "gold" was spent here, though!


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