Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Anyone know where this picture is of in Margate, the tidal wave of 1905 and some charabanc photos

 One of my customers brought this print into the bookshop hoping I could identify where the building is, supposed to be in Margate, but I didn't know, anyone got any idea?

Update from facebook comments, Tony is one of the Margate experts

Tony Ovenden Michael the image with the albright sign and telegraph pole up the hill is chapel hill Margate to the right is the orb pub.

Michael Child thanks Tony I'm not much good at Margate I tried to line it up with something on Google maps, photos but not coming up with much

Tony Ovenden The fisherman with the nets is Tom Campany.

Tony Ovenden The group of four are Margate Lifeboatmen. Ted Parker on the far right, Tom Campany on the far left.

 The charabanc photos next, solid tyres and no shock absorbers so 1920s and a bit of woozy ride.
 I don't think they passed many pubs without stopping though
 A later one here with pneumatic tyres

 Not sure where this is either

What are you drinking - the water or the wave?
 I'm not sure what they meant by the tidal wave of 1905, I think they meant a very high tide and a storm, probably a tidal surge storm.

Finally some local fishermen
Margate i think as this is the side of the jetty, isn't it?
And the old (before it was destroyed in WW2) Droit House, isn't it?

A busy day at work here at Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate. I have been improving the winter insulation, which with a very old building takes a very long time. Jerry built over 200 years between 1770 and 1970 just about sums it up, ships beams and louvred windows, what were they thinking of?

The strange business of being one of the very few viable bookshops in the southeast of England is a tricky one. So what do I mean by viable when applied to a bookshop, well I guess any non food shop.

1 I has to have a reasonable range, so you stand some chance of finding some books you want.

2 The prices of the books have to be competitive, by this I mean cheaper than the internet and have a reasonable range of books that are cheaper than a charity shop.

3 Good travel connections, near a car park that you are likely to find a space in, near a bus stop where the bus goes to the station.

4 Reasonable organisation and signage.

5 Something to sit on.

6 No muzac, serious book browsing and piped music are mutually exclusive.

Any thoughts on what we could do to improve things always appreciated.

Link to the photos of the books we put out today

Judging from today's news it seem our Boris is a climate change denier link to article I wonder if he thinks the world is flat too? I guess the next step will be pulling us out of climate change and biodiversity agreements.

1 comment:

  1. The buildings in the background behind Tom Campany and his nets are the kiosks etc. on the Jetty extension. The Droit House would be to the left of where he i standing as we look at it.


Comments, since I started writing this blog in 2007 the way the internet works has changed a lot, comments and dialogue here were once viable in an open and anonymous sense. Now if you comment here I will only allow the comment if it seems to make sense and be related to what the post is about. I link the majority of my posts to the main local Facebook groups and to my Facebook account, “Michael Child” I guess the main Ramsgate Facebook group is We Love Ramsgate. For the most part the comments and dialogue related to the posts here goes on there. As for the rest of it, well this blog handles images better than Facebook, which is why I don’t post directly to my Facebook account, although if I take a lot of photos I am so lazy that I paste them directly from my camera card to my bookshop website and put a link on this blog.