The Most Disagreeable Girl in the World
Today I bring you a rather unusual postcard from the Phantom Collection. It was sent from Stockwell to West Norwood on the 6th November, 1907, and I suspect that the design is not much older than that. There’s something about the background behind the multi-scene that just feels so Edwardian, so early-cinematic – and very ‘Greenwich,’ acknowledging the astronomical side to the town’s appeal.
I am particularly fond of this card for that, and a couple of other reasons. I find it rather charming that if you look at the corner photos, they are labelled but they’re so bloomin’ bland that they could be anywhere – perhaps that’s why they gave it the jazzy background, so people wouldn’t look too closely.
I also love that bottom centre picture – I’ll try blowing it up a little.
There. Is there any part of that scene still in existence? Perhaps the very centre building is the Rose & Crown, the one next to it the theatre, but frankly I can’t tell. I really need to get a ‘Then and Now’ picture of this, with the ever-growing university buildings on the left, Cafe Rouge on the right.
But the reason I love this postcard so much is the message on the back:
In case you can’t quite make it out, it reads:
From the most disagreeable girl in the world. Don’t forget the grease.
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