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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby treefrog » Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:03 pm

Found another at the cottage in Chudleigh in Devon, obviously in their early days of Mutoscopes.

On my comments earlier, it is funny to see what we consider rare high end machines now in such basic locations. They must have been very expensive then - amazing they got a return on them.

Only thing I could find on Lord George Clowes, was that he was a Circus proprietor from Brighton. Maybe that is on Brighton promenade.
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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby pennymachines » Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:12 pm

Some fantastic postcards there Sweetmeats! !!YIPPEE!! It's so cool to see these machines in the context of their original settings. Clearly pier-heads and pubs were favourite locales before the concept of a dedicated arcade had evolved.
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The huge collection of machines in that one photo is amazing.
That's my collection - with Nursey in the foreground. ;-)

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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby sweetmeats » Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:44 pm

Regarding the 'Lord George Clowes' postcard, when I brought this postcard from ebay about 10 years ago I googled Lord George Clowes' but found nothing. I also had the postcard re-mastered and enlarged to A3 which I now have framed. This shows that the machines are set on scaffolding in front of an aquarium set in what appears to an arch similar to those in Brighton! The family at street level holding the banner by the railings with the wife/mother by the scales at the lower level. There are 16 clockwork working models in the picture that to my knowledge are ALL unknown to exist today, together with many other machines not seen before including three two player boxing games of similar style Ells. Treefrog would be very interested in any information you have found on ' Lord Clowes ' give me a call if you still have my number.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby pennymachines » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:25 pm

I think TF may be refering to: WAR CIRCUS: A-Z LIST CIRCUS 1914-1918
CLOWES, George

Aka: Lord George Clowes

Job: Circus Proprietor, Brighton

1914-1918 Notes: 1916 exemption denied, Served, wounded in back & chest in Belgium August 2017.

Ref:. N. The World’s Fair, 7/10/16 and 21/8/17
I assume 'August 2017' should read 'August 1917'.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby treefrog » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:35 pm

Yes, you're right Mr pm. Just googling, but I wonder if Brighton is a red herring, as another article which had been posted in the Liverpool Echo pointed to New Brighton near Wallasea, opposite Liverpool. It had a pier and a popular Victorian seaside town.
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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby pennymachines » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:53 pm

That's interesting, I also started to go down the New Brighton route but you seem to have nailed it! Strange, because the ironwork in the background of the A3 enlarged photo, as Sweetmeats says, looks like the arches at Brighton, East Sussex.

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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby 13rebel » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:39 pm

Brilliant! Thank you so much for posting, Sweetmeats. May we see some more please?

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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby treefrog » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:49 pm

The address mentions “Tower”. I reckon this was the New Brighton Tower built around 1890, once the tallest building in Britain. It fell into disrepair after the First World War and was taken down, but had many uses, including a permanent funfair which went into the 1960s. I suspect this was where this was based. The Beatles played there and Buffalo Bill.... There is a book with many pictures available....

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Brighton_Tower

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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby coppinpr » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:07 am

Found another at the cottage in Chudleigh in Devon, obviously in their early days of Mutoscopes.

On my comments earlier, it is funny to see what we consider rare high end machines now in such basic locations. They must have been very expensive then - amazing they got a return on them.
Actually, not such a strange location in its day. At that time certain country villages in areas of particular beauty suddenly became the "in" place were very popular holiday and day trip venues. Tea rooms, picnic areas and even fun-fairs were common attractions at these rural sites. There were two close to me in east Sussex Alfriston (which survives today as much the same attraction, although now reached by car and not rail), and the Devils Dyke (which is now just a beauty spot, but once boasted a hotel, two pubs, two tea rooms and a permanent fun fair). Your postcard of Chudleigh was one of these areas of particular beauty that caught on and, amazingly, the cottage still exists and is a popular bed and breakfast with its own website. More than likely a tea rooms in the day of the postcard. :cool:

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Re: Sweetmeats postcards

Postby radiochrissie » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:39 am

Your last postcard shows the Tivoli Theatre on the right hand side. Strangely enough, this was where I bought my four reels Mills in 1970. Not used as a theatre for many years, the stalls had been used as an amusement arcade in the sixties. It closed for good the same year. All those years ago but I can still remember the smell inside that place, old wood and grease with a touch of Hai Karate (that was me). :lol:


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