Monday, 15 July 2019

Ramsgate High Street in 1974, Margate High Street in 1951 and various archive photos of both High Streets

So first with kind permission from Kelly's Directories
Ramsgate High Street in 1974






Next Margate High Street in 1951








For many years Ramsgate and Margate were two competing shopping centres and I think in today's world where most scientists agree that traveling by some sort of vehicle to do shopping has a negative effect on climate change and produces particulates which kill people and result in the early onset of dementia, we may benefit on the mortality front, from walking down into the town to do our shopping.

Most of the existing problems with Ramsgate and Margate shopping centres relate to the arrival of the great WC at Westwood. The future problems will relate to internet shopping and of course the people who don't try to use local shops.

My family have run bookshops for a long time, longer than I have been alive, so the ups and downs of retail have been in the background all my life.

I think one of the major problems we have as a society is that our towns were formed as trading centres and it is the buying and selling that make these towns what they are and to an extent what we are as people. 

Here in Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate we are doing our best to buck the trend, this is mostly achieved by being cheaper than Ebay and Amazon.

Link to the photos of the books we put out today

If you enjoy old Thanet directories we have quite a few here at the bookshop in Ramsgate, we also publish affordable reprints, I strongly recommend coming to the shop and giving them a browse.

However if you can't here's the link 

















Sunday, 14 July 2019

Archive Ramsgate, Margate Thanet photos click to expand them, my day Canterbury photos

 Starting with The Golden Eagle paddle steamer
 A Thanet tram
 Margate Lifeboat slipway construction

 Milton Sq Margate

 Urchis
 Margate Jetty




 Thames steam Yacht 1815, this was the time that they first ran from Tower Bridge to Margate


 Digging out for building Margate Winter Gardens
 Margate Lighthouse leaning after the 1953 storm, before it was demolished and rebuilt




 This is Ramsgate Town Hall built in 1839 I think it says 1846 Queen St on the right
 This is a photo of the same town hall
I think this is the town hall before 1836







 I think think may be the market under Ramsgate town hall



Book-shopping in Canterbury for Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate today, Chaucer Bookshop, Catching Lives Bookshop, Oxfam Bookshop although Burgate Bookshop was closed for some reason, and I didn't get to Waterstone's on time thinking it closed at 5 when it is actually 4.30 on sunday.

link the photos of the books we put out in the bookshop yesterday

  I did a little bit more to this watercolour sketch over lunch in Chocolate Cafe took some photos
link to today's Canterbury photos