Author Topic: Frank Rowe - super-fast postcard man.  (Read 862 times)

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Frank Rowe - super-fast postcard man.
« on: October 21, 2017, 12:22:29 pm »
The two images below are taken from a postcard which was issued by Frank Rowe in 1911.

The first picture is a detail taken from the front of the card, which shows a Bleriot monoplane flown by Leiut Jean Louis Conneau (known as 'Beaumont') landing at Shoreham aerodrome.
The occasion was the Dover to Shoreham leg of the Circuit of Europe air race which took place on Monday 3rd July 1911.
We know that the first competitors to land (including Beaumont) arrived shortly after 7 am.  They were all surprised, and probably disappointed, by the lack of spectators - possibly because most people were expecting them to land later in the day.

The second picture shows the stamp and postmark on the back of the same postcard.
As can be seen, it was postmarked at Shoreham at 6.30 pm on July 4th 1911.  Which was the very next day after the event !

This means that this postcard was photographed, developed, printed, sold, written on and posted all within a total time of less than 36 hours.   Amazing !


 
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Re: Frank Rowe - super-fast postcard man.
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 12:51:15 pm »
Nicely spotted. Surprisingly quick work for those times wasn’t it.  Another example of the same photographer’s work is on a postcard sent by Frank Rowe’s wife Ethel to her sister. Taken during the aftermath of a storm of 22nd March 1913 when part of Worthing Pier was destroyed Ethel wrote on the reverse 'We have printed 2,000 copies of this' then added another comment as shown on the front which suggests husband and wife sometimes worked together.
All those copies and his other cards were produced within the confined space of the small cellar of his shop on the west corner of Church Street with the High Street probably using a letterpress machine that was popular at the time.

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Re: Frank Rowe - super-fast postcard man.
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 03:30:26 pm »
There were events held at the aerodrome on the 4th and 5th July as well.

If he was going to go all the way over there with his camera, then he would most likely have taken a bundle of postcards to sell as well.
I would imagine that with a captive audience they would have sold like hot cakes !
« Last Edit: October 22, 2017, 03:32:46 pm by Lofty »
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