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Sweetmeats postcards

Postby sweetmeats » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:42 pm

Just brought this postcard from ebay unused but estimate cica 1900. Taken at Williamson Cottage, Raby Mere, Wirral. Shows Shooter and Gripper plus Sweetmeat vender! Also an amusing cigar advert card circa 1890 from St Paul's Minn.
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Re: sweetmeats postcard

Postby treefrog » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:32 pm

!!THUMBSX2!! Nice find

Why were such nice machines often sited in such dull locations?

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Postby john t peterson » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:57 pm

Hey….I resemble that remark! I mean, resent. I lived just outside St. Paul, MN for 17 years and I can tell you we were anything but dull. Well, maybe a little dull but that's because we only had two seasons: winter and road repair.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcard

Postby pennymachines » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:18 pm

Olde English cottage with thatched roof and lovely tea gardens. Dull? :o
I'd go, especially if they're serving scones with jam, cream and vintage slot machines.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcard

Postby treefrog » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:37 pm

pennymachines wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:18 pm
Olde English cottage with thatched roof and lovely tea gardens. Dull? :o
I'd go, especially if they're serving scones with jam, cream and vintage slot machines.
You're right, very cute, perhaps dull is the wrong word, more odd.....

So many of these old postcards show machines sitting outside a small grocer or house like this, where perhaps my perception is amusements would be near a famous visitor site, seaside venue or place with large footfall. This place looks like some sleepy village in the middle of Salisbury Plain.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcard

Postby coppinpr » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:19 pm

I think this may have been a true "public house". I think I can see a bush or bundle of small branches hung over the door which was the generally used sign of a public house.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcard

Postby brigham » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:27 am

The beer bottles on the table would lend weight to that suggestion.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcard

Postby sweetmeats » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:01 pm

I see that there have been over 150 hits on this item so as there seems to be some interest in these old postcards. I now share with you all my 'top ten' from over 300 I have collected over more than 25 years. They are in no special order but all English locations. The Madam Zita was taken by a commercial photographer from Birmingham. My favourite is the cast iron cricketer with the family in the circle. Judging by the dress and pram, this must have been about the time it was new on site (the machine was patented in1899).
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Re: Sweetmeats postcard

Postby gameswat » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:16 pm

Thank you for sharing all those killer images Sweetmeats! The huge collection of machines in that one photo is amazing.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcard

Postby speedwell » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:17 pm

Excellent selection! I partcularly like the Lord George Clowes card. Does anyone know any background details to this?


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