NOSTALGIA: A quacking day out as hundreds gathered to watch the Portsmouth '˜ducks'

In August 1911 a terrific storm brought an epic flood to Portsea Island, especially Southsea.

Thursday, 21st December 2017, 9:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st December 2017, 9:06 pm
The original caption on this postcard was well suited so I have left it. The ducks enjoying themselves under the railway bridge in Commercial Road, August 1911.  Picture: Robert James Collection

Where Commercial Road passed under the railway bridge the road had been lowered to allow electric trams to get through. But that dip flooded.

As you can see there are many hundreds of onlookers watching children enjoying themselves in the water.

Notice all the trees outside the old main post office in the distance on the left.

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A colour card from over a century ago, 1913 to be exact, made in Germany

• The Arcade in Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, facing page, was located between two swanky establishments.

They were Merchant Taylors in Arcadian House on the left and Turners restaurant, which always described itself as ‘the up-to-date restaurant’ so heaven only knows what the others were like.

The Arcade disappeared on the night of January 10, 1941 in the devastating blitz on the city.

• The colourful Christmas card, below left, is in postcard format and was posted on December 24, 1913, in Twickenham, Middlesex and addressed to Mrs Purser who lived at 66, Surrey Street, Landport, Portsmouth.

In full colour, this postcard Christmas card dates from 1910.

The quirky thing about this card is that it was printed in Germany.

As it was posted a few months before the outbreak of the First World War I wonder how long the printing company remained a customer?

The second card, also from my own collection, dates from 1910. It was posted on December 22 in London to an address in Landport.

• Although tens of thousands of people visited the Isle of Wight every year in the middle of the last century, sometimes the Islanders got their own back and returned the compliment.

Visitors from the Isle of Wight at Clarence Pier, Southsea, 1924.

In the picture, below right we see a church group having arrived at Clarence Pier, Southsea.

They are waiting for their charabanc to take them onwards to Winchester for a day out.

It is a summer day, June 2, 1924, but most are wearing coats and hats so perhaps it had been a chilly crossing. Certainly it would have been cooler on the return crossing on the last ferry of the evening.

Even the youngest of the girls is dressed up and wearing a hat.

How many of you can remember The Arcade in Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth? Here it is in 1902. Picture: Barry Cox Collection

Ah, different days and different ways.

If the group had decided to remain in Portsmouth they could have caught a gig on the pier.

For as we can see the band of the Prince of Wales Volunteers South Lancashire Regiment were giving a concert on Clarence Pier which carried a toll of 2d. No dogs allowed!

A colour card from over a century ago, 1913 to be exact, made in Germany
In full colour, this postcard Christmas card dates from 1910.
Visitors from the Isle of Wight at Clarence Pier, Southsea, 1924.
How many of you can remember The Arcade in Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth? Here it is in 1902. Picture: Barry Cox Collection