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The original photograph is the "Royal Sovereign" at the jetty 1894. This is dated by the colours of the funnel of the "Royal Sovereign" at the time. On the right the walk way leading to cold harbour is open. This was damaged during the storm of 29th November 1897 and never reopend, which is a handy thing to know when dating prints., etc. This colour format is the one used on boxes of sweets, rock etc., that were sold as gifts at the time. I think the originals carried "a present from Margate".
A more tranquil time? I doubt it times were hard and poverty was rife a few hundred yards from where this photo is taken were the houses that were subject to Margate 'slum clearance' a few decades later.
It's highly debatable how much of "slums" these really were.
Lovely... and a rare detailed image of Margate's camera obscura :)Now if only the Turner would rebuild this :(
Thanks for the linkback, Michael! Tony, the colours on the print might be deceiving. The print is a photochrom, a color lithograph based on a black & white photograph created in Zurich. The lithographers might've had some information on colouring, but mostly they picked whatever they thought looked good... From the number of the print, 10,282, I'm guessing it was published ca. 1896-7, although the photograph might have been taken earlier. Thanks for the background info on the jetty! Still one of my favorite views...
Nice photo,as an ex lorry driver who has stayed on redenvous car park quite a few times, do any photos exist of the jetty showing the pavillion taken from the rear of the jetty. I have only seen photos taken from land looking out to sea.
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