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.