Evelyn Millard and Lewis Waller


This is Evelyn Millard with Lewis Waller in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, I think in 1905. I wanted to give this a very theatrical appearance so have intensified the contrast to bring out the highlights and shadows and have added a little extra colour to their faces. Click the images to see them larger and in more detail.

Posted on 24th July 1905, in Peckham, London, the back of the postcard is interesting, too, but in a different way. I’ve scanned it as one whole and three other parts, as the sender had written all around it and some of the printing is upside down too.  If you look at the part written at the top (upside down in small handwriting) you’ll read this:

“I count myself in nothing else so happy
As in a soul remembering my good friends”

The quote is from Richard II by Shakespeare, so the sender was obviously a big fan, but I wonder what the relationship was between sender and recipient?

With my bad school French and Google Translate here’s what (I think) the message on the back says:

N’oubliez-vous pas demain au soir, cinq heures et demie n’ect ce pas? J’attendrai pour vois le mercredie au soir a six heures et demie. J’espere que’il fera beau. Je vous remercie beaucoup pour toutes les fleurs que vous m’avez donne. Adieu ma tres chere ami de votre

E.W.C (or B?)

You won’t forget tomorrow evening, five thirty, will you? I will wait for you at six thirty on Wednesday evening. I hope it will be nice. Thank you very much for all the flowers you gave me. Farewell my dear friend, yours E.W.C (or B?)

It’s addressed to Miss Minnie Forster, 149 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, S. E. That’s an address in London, England. A few houses from here, in fact:

(You can click, drag and zoom inside the image. Try it.)

If you’d like to hear Lewis Waller’s voice, there are a few other recordings of him on YouTube, but for now here he is reciting from The Charge of the Light Brigade.

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In other news, I have some more work that you can look at, this time in Karen MacArthur Grizzard’s blog. This is the post: Bringing Old Photographs to Life. My thanks to Karen for giving me the opportunity to colour some of her family photos.

If you’d like me to colour any of your vintage or antique photos, do please get in touch, via my contact form.


29 thoughts on “Evelyn Millard and Lewis Waller

  1. Hi Val.

    You have brought this postcard to life. I can imagine this blown up outside a theatre and can see the customers streaming in to see this gorgeous couple perform. They look stunning!

    I think the translation you’ve made is very good except the “il fera beau”, refers to the weather (it is an idiomatic expression) and means, “l hope the weather will be fine”.

    The hand of the writer looks to me to be that of a very young person. Perhaps this was a first love?

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    1. Thanks, glad you like this. Thank you also for the translation – that did have me puzzled (for a start I couldn’t work out which verb ‘fera’ was – I knew it was a future tense, but that was about all! And ‘beau’ I know as ‘beautiful’ but again, together with ‘fera’ it seemed odd.)

      Yes, it might be a first love… or even a crush.

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  2. The extra contrast really works Val, because it almost feels like they are on stage. It amazing how just adding colour really brings an extra sense of depth and makes me feel like this photo could have been taken today. Another amazing piece of work!

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  3. I do like your choices of color. They really come to life. Lovely. I may have a couple of things for you….I shall think about it. I only have scanned images here in England. The originals are in the States in storage. One was a framed portrait that had been tinted a bit at some point.

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  4. Your coloring choices are so good. The expressions on their faces are far more compelling after your work. Waller reminds me of a younger Bruce Springsteen, c. 1984, in his “Dancing In The Dark” days. And both of them would suit West Side Story perfectly.

    I smiled at the message on the card, too: not the content so much as the way it was written around and around the card. I have several family postcards with the message wandering around into every bit of empty space. For that matter, I remember sending airgrams when I lived overseas, and trying to include as much message as possible, in tiny script that filled every inch. It’s fun to be reminded of the cards and airgrams both.

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    1. I also used to write all round airmail forms in tiny handwriting – had to, so little space!

      They would definitely suit West Side Story. Not sure about Springsteen as I’ve never been a fan, but I see what you mean. Thanks!

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  5. Incredible, Val! I love that you’ve increased the contrast and given the image such drama. In combination with the perfect colouring, it really brings them to life. It would be interesting to know more about the sender of the card (I think it EWC) – I do wish we sent more letters and postcards these days, to preserve these tiny moments in time!

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    1. Thanks, Helena. And yes – I also wish we sent more letters and postcards (though I’m not as good at writing anymore as I used to be, can rarely think what to say anymore, and I was heavily into letter writing for most of my life.)

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  6. How cool! I just love digging into things like this and seeing what comes up, which it seems like you do as well. Just love the coloring on the photo – really a gorgeous job and so dramatic. Very fitting for theatre! 🙂

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