A Maritime History Of Southampton in Picture Postcards
Leonard & Baker
Hard Backed 96pp
In the Middle Ages, Southampton was one of England’s leading ports, a centre for European trade and the embarkation of expeditions to France during the Hundred Years War. In Tudor times Southampton declined in importance (it pleaded poverty in 1588 to excuse providing only one ship instead of three requested by the Crown for the fleet to oppose the Armada) and for centuries the port sustained itself serving only local needs – although it was from Southampton that the Pilgrim Fathers originally set sail in 1620.
From the 1750s the port benefited from servicing the revival and growth of the town in its new-found role as a spa, sea-bathing and residential resort. Besides the mild climate that drew fashionable visitors, Southampton had the added natural advantages of a sheltered harbour and a remarkable, double high-water tide effect which became increasingly significant after the arrival of steamships in the 1820s.
For this book, the authors have selected and annotated a wide range of postcards (some of them reproduced in their original colours), to illustrate many aspects of Southampton shipping and port activities from Victorian times to the changing scene of the Fifties, including the growth of the Docks, both “Old” and “New”, and the ships using them, especially the great ocean liners in their heyday between the wars.
These “floating palaces”, with their elaborately ornate interiors, are well represented by the evocative postcards issued over nearly forty years from 1924 by C.R. and OW. Hoffmann, whose shop bore the proud address “No. 1, The Docks, Southampton.”
They were preceded by the productions of various other lesser-known publishers, many of whose once topical photographic cards
Very well illustrated
Interior clean , Binding tight, Owners name stamp on fep