Snow Scene, Greenwich Park

Second in my turn-of-the-20th-Century Christmas postcards series.

This is one of my favourite photos of Greenwich park – there is something mysterious and still about it – almost Narnia-esque. It was presumably taken before the gates were opened to hoards of small boys in knickerbockers carrying tin trays and I find it magical (I can’t work out whether that’s in spite of or because without the label, it could be pretty much anywhere.)

The message is pretty bog-standard, addressed to a Miss J. Homeock in Swindon.

With love to Joan from Mrs J and Mollie.

It’s postmarked 5.00pm, 7th November 1919, but I suspect the postcard is a good 20 years older than that.

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3 Comments to “Snow Scene, Greenwich Park”

  1. Chris says:

    Phantom – I’m intrigued!

    Why do you think the card is 20 years older than the date on the postmark? That’s a bit of a long time for someone to keep a card and then send it to their mates!

    Whatever, the answer, seasons greetings to you and many thanks for your fascinating and entertaining site.


  2. I don’t mean that they’d had the actual card hanging around – more that the postcard had been printed for many years – it wasn’t a new photograph. I’ve seen examples that are older.

  3. Ebspig says:

    Yes, a number of the postcards on sale (usually in rather unfashionable resorts)are photographs taken much more than twenty years before – no large hotels, for example.

    And to wish you dear Phant, and all Phantomites around the world, a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year