A celebrated series of postcards depicting London Life by renowned publisher Charles Skilton crop up regularly on EBay and the like. The evocative images are often described as being from the 1940s, 1930s or even earlier. But aside from dress there is at least one piece of dating evidence that points in favour of the early 1950s. Whenever they were produced I think they are a beautiful set. Here are all 12 cards together with the original envelope they came packaged in.
This image is the one that helps to date the set. On the wall of the Globe Theatre, to the right (it is now the Gielgud) is a poster advertising “Ring Round the Moon” starring Margaret Rutherford and Paul Scofield. This play opened on the 26th Jan 1950.
“12 Postcards of Unique Interest” indeed.
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