Hydroplane (seaplane) off Eastney beach 1919. Believe it or not, just 25 years after this photograph was taken there were jet aircraft flying the worlds skies. Picture: Barry Cox collection.

15 photos that capture life in Portsmouth in the 1800s and early 1900s

There are some really interesting images here to enjoy. So much has changed in Portsmouth in the last century.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 4:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 9:39 pm

In this interesting selection you will see the unexpected view of a seaplane off Eastney beach in 1919, the old Mikado Cafe in Palmerston Road that was the largest cafe on the south coast and a lovely old shot of Postlethwaite’s chemist that was in Fawcett Road.

There are also photos of the Savoy Cafe at the seafront in the 1920s, the Hippodrome Theatre in Commercial Road before it was damaged in the Blitz and a very quiet view of Cosham High Street in 1898.

All images are from the Barry Cox collection.

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