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1: Journey to London & First Impressions.
Hans Richard took a train from Kiel to Bad Bentheim, on the Dutch border, on 21 August, 1954. At the time he was renting a room in Kiel at Nietzscherestr., fairly close to the main Kiel train station and waterfront. En route he changed trains at the Hamburg Haupbahnhof. He used the three hour wait to catch a […]
London Town 54
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2. A trip to Hampton Court Palace and looking for lodgings.
Hans Richard has started his photospread of Hampton Court as “1. Tag” – First Day. The photo of his temporary digs in Atney Road, Putney in Chapter 1 shows a rain sodden pavement. He either took the photo on the Monday (the following day), or the weather has cleared up by the afternoon of the […]
3. Hyde Park, Speakers Corner, Marble Arch & Oxford Street.
Hyde Park. ___________________ Near Hyde Park. Near Hyde Park. Hans Richard glued in two further Hyde Park deck chair tickets, both punched for a Morning session. _______________ Speakers Corner Note the bunch of flowers beneath the speaker’s stool. As will be seen in the next photo, it is a collapsible stool with a carry […]
4. Traffic, Rush Hour, Regent Street & Piccadilly Circus & Cinema
Traffic _________________ Rush Hour “In German: Rasch nach Hause!” ___________________ Piccadilly Although the dress is made of textured material, (see upper back), the faint whirlpool pattern on the mid to lower rear is caused by the photo negative being sandwiched between two small plates of glass in the photographic enlarger. It is known as ‘Newton Rings’, […]
5. Rain, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, Soho, Downing Street & Westminster
“Rain” Despite giving it a page heading – Rain – Hans Richard has pasted in only four photos. Most of his photos in his Scrapbook show a dry, sunny London from late August through to when he left in late October, 1954. The women are often bare armed (summer gloves apart), and sometimes bare shouldered. […]
6. The South Side: Lambeth, The Imperial War Museum, The Royal Festival Hall & Esmeralda
In the middle of the road is a Harrison & Sons ‘General Printers’ van. Despite the lowly moniker of ‘General Printers’ painted on its rear, Harrison & Sons were specialist printers, who printed nearly all the British Royal Mail stamps between the 1930s and up to the 1990s. They also, in their time, printed banknotes for over […]
7. Sport, Regent’s Park, Ceremonial & Military.
Sport. ___________________ “Regent’s Park” Discoloured print. Couple kissing on a bench at Regent’s Park. ______________________ Ceremonial/Military. Map of the Buckingham Palace area, drawn into his Scrapbook in the 1980s. ______ Giles was a nationally known cartoonist who’s cartoons appeared in the Daily Express. Hans Richard’s daily newspaper which he bought whilst he was in London, […]
8. Havover Square, London School of English, The City, St.Paul’s & The Roman Temple
“Havover Square, Lunch Time.” The sign on the right in fact says “Please Keep Off the Grass”. Coming from an ordered German society where keeping to the rules is very important (for emotional as well as practical reasons), Hans Richard would note the relaxed approach of the British to “Orders” and prohibitions. _____________ The […]