There is a formality about old postcards, which is absent from family snaps and they offer fascinating glimpses of the village and life as it was. For Steeple Morden, there are several series from different publishers and the date each series was published can be calculated based on internal evidence and earliest known posting dates. However, the dates should be regarded as indicative rather than precise. Please contact us if you have cards that fill gaps in these series.
Robert H Clark of Royston was a prolific early producer of cards, which appear to have been photographed as one series in 1903 or 1904.
Bell’s Photo Co Ltd of Westcliff on Sea produced a series of cards, most of which were taken in 1930? However, some were taken later, as the two similar views of Church Street with the Waggon & Horses evidence. One has no pub sign and three cross bars on the telegraph pole and the other later card has four cross bars and a Wells & Winch pub sign.
They produced a later series taken 1952-1957, probably 1955. Most of their cards are found postally unused and perhaps their stock of cards was sold off, when the business closed?
J Bishop & Son Itinerant Photographer two cards known, taken in 1910?
Westrope’s Stores of Ashwell only one card known taken, 1921?
Unknown a series of four cards, each with a pretty design to divide the back, taken 1924-1927, referred to here as Unknown PB – for pretty back!
Unknown currently seven other individual cards are known of varying dates.
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Last Updated on October 17, 2020