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11. The East End, Kensington Gardens, Mothers & Babies.

  By holiday Hans Richard means a day of  not working, although Saturday morning work would be usual.  August Bank Holiday had been and gone by the time he arrived in London for his English Language course. It may be an oblique or ironic reference to the Docker’s strike (see further down).   He is perhaps […]

13. With the Day Trippers at Southend on Sea, the Carnival & Wendy.

        Hans Richard has carefully cut out – from a magazine beer advertisement – a look-a-like Oliver Hardy, of Laurel & Hardy. The glass being raised is Double Diamond pale ale, part of a 1954 advertising campaign by the brewers.  He reprises the tag line “A Double Diamond Works Wonders” in his spread on the […]

14. Woolwich Docks, Tilbury Docks & the Iberia.

“Woolwich Docks.” M.V. Corromandel.     M.V. Durham. M.V.Brittany.   M.V.  Freemantle Star. M.V. Port Brisbane.       _________________ “Tilbury.”   P & O liner Iberia, seen from the City of London ___________ “P & O Liner Iberia“ M.V. Iberia background, City of London with Roleni, his Indian pal, foreground.         […]

15. The Town & ‘Insular Differences’

“The Town.” “Fassenden.”   Facades.   Hampden Cresent, Westbourne Park, London W.2 no longer exists.  It was demolished and bulldozed to make way for the construction of the Westway dual carriage way (the A40), which began in 1964.  Hampden Crescent was a cul-de-sac, and Izis has taken his photo at that end, looking back down […]

16. A Trip to Portsmouth & Southsea

“Fahrten nach Portsmouth und Southsea”  Trip to Portsmouth and Southsea From Hans Richard’s captions in his Scrapbook we know that he first visited Portsmouth on 15 September (Battle of Britain Day), and then again on 12 October. This is Waterloo Station, London. This photo was taken by Herta.  Later in this section on Portsmouth, Hans Richard pastes in two […]

17. Greenwich.

Hans Richard visited Greenwich, the Observatory and the Maritime Museum, on 10 October, 1954, a Sunday.  Herta was with him, and took a photo of Hans Richard.  Although they travelled to Portsmouth two days later, on the Tuesday, Hans Richard has put the visit to Greenwich in his Scrapbook after his Portsmouth and Southsea section. […]

18. The State Visit of Haile Selassie.

          14 October, 1954 was a Thursday.  Hans Richard was at Greenwich on the Sunday, at Portsmouth on the Tuesday, and now in Central London on the Thursday, with two days to go before he travels back to Germany on the Saturday.   A bolting police horse.   __________________ “The Guards.” __________________________ […]

19. The Journey Home.

“Die Ruckfährt.”  The Return Journey. Unlike his journey out to England, via Hook of Holland to Harwich and the train to London Liverpool Street station, he returned home via London Victoria Station, and sailed on the Dover – Ostend boat, and then on through Belgium, back to north Germany. Hans Richard had been at Victoria […]

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