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It was posted in 1916, and from the vegetation is several years later than on taken in about 1908. Clark, High Street, Royston" but the highly decorated back (below) shows that it was printed in England by Radermacher, Aldous & Co., who published many cards for other people. As more phones were connected more lines were needed - and more cross-bars were added to the poles.

Old Royston Volume 1The above card, showing the Royston Crow and a view of London Road, Royston, was printed in Saxony and has a simple back, suggesting a later date than the previous cards. The number is unreadable - but is at least over 500, as the first digit could be 5,6,8, or 9. This photograph shows 4 larger cross-bars on each pole and seven shorter ones.

This makes the photograph quite a bit later than the photograph of Kneesworth Street in 1907 in Old Royston Volume 2 which only has the 4 longer cross-bars.

Simple back - posted 1922 A copy of this card has been seen, posted 1980, presumably using up old stock, with a stamped message : R.

A card of the Fox and Hounds, Barley, with an early divided back was posted 1st January 1905. ) cards are of Ashwell Spring, Dalnyveed, Barley, and Chipping Another early card of his shows Nuthampstead Village (q.v.).

It is not numbered and the back would appear to be of a similar age to the above but of different design, and the title is in script. A card with a later back, printed in Saxony (so presumably before World War 1) is numbered 505 and shows the Royston Home for Little Girls (q.v.). The above photograph of Kneesworth Street illustrates a way of comparing the date of photographs by the telegraph poles.

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There are minor variations on the back, and all were printed in Germany or Saxony.

An earliest date of about 1904 is not unreasonable.



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