Dressed in their Sunday best for a stroll on Southsea Common

PROMENADING Ladies Mile, Southsea Common, about 1912
PROMENADING Ladies Mile, Southsea Common, about 1912
Graeme Clark of Wet Wet Wet

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These three postcards published by Valentine’s must have hit the shops in the summer of 1912 as they were all postally used during July and August that year.

They were postmarked Portsmouth and sent to addresses in Eastbourne, Emsworth and Southampton.

PARADE Is the man in the white jacket collecting money from those sitting on the metal chairs?

PARADE Is the man in the white jacket collecting money from those sitting on the metal chairs?

They are particularly attractive having embossed shell decoration on a pale iridescent duck-egg blue background.

The photographs in the ovals almost look coloured but would have been expertly tinted.

They were sent to me by Jackie Baynes who has only these three in her postcard collection, but she would really like to hear from readers who may have others in the series.

The first card entitled Ladies Mile – Southsea Common, above, is particularly attractive.

CHURCH PARADE The Garrison Church, Old Portsmouth

CHURCH PARADE The Garrison Church, Old Portsmouth

It shows women in their Sunday best gathering on the common on what looks to be a fine, sunny day as some have parasols up. In the distance can be seen the Witch’s Hat top of Lennox Mansions.

The next view is called Castle and Parade – Southsea. It shows a family with a young child together with two men in service uniform.

Does any reader know what the six large brick constructions were? Ventilation shafts is my best guess.

I like the row of wooden and metal folding chairs placed at the edge of the path. Is the man in the white jacket and hat collecting money from people sitting on them?

Finally, the Garrison Church – Portsmouth card showing a church parade scene which is well supported.

The Garrison Church of course at this date was still in regular use with its nave roof intact, with a south-facing porch which is no longer there.

The impressive building to the back on the left is The Royal Naval Club.

I tried hard to read the words on the sign in the crowd to the right, but could only make out the top word which is NOTICE.