Posts Tagged ‘brightoniana’

Brightoniana: Is this Brighton?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

I have a modest but growing collection of Brighton and Hove ephemera that includes documents, postcards and now a stereo card. It was an inexpensive purchase on eBay and I must confess to being slightly unsure it is Brighton at all. What do you reckon?

brighton(Click to embiggen.)

Some facts. There are no marks on the card itself that would indicate location. The seller says that he got it in a batch of Brighton cards and thus listed it as such. In terms of date, it can’t be before 1850 and is likely from the 1860s or 1870s which saw the peak of stereo card popularity.

As for the image itself. I thought at first that the chalk cliffs heading off could be the seafront looking east before it was developed and the cliffs covered and Madeira Drive laid out. But post 1850 would be a bit late for that, I think. There would be building up there by then. And doesn’t the geography look just a little too steep? Another thought is that it could be Rottingdean?

Anyhow, have a gander and give me your thoughts.

Brightoniana: Aubrey Beardsley

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

I’d never seen this plaque on Buckingham Road before yesterday. It’s commemorates the all too brief life of the artist and illustrator, Aubrey Beardsley who was born at number 12.

It’s such a shame that it has a spray can squiggle on it. Not least because such artlessness seems totally at odds with Beardley’s own work.

Brightoniana: Some links I’ve enjoyed

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The Argus is the first for news. I particularly enjoyed this picture of the Mayor last week. What IS he doing?

How to be a Retronaut is a superb compendium of old snaps and views. It’s required reading in my personal blogosphere. Last week The Retronaut people published some really rather wonderful pics from Brighton Beach in 1906 that live here. Take a look.

On the topic of Brighton past, I must also commend you to Brighton Bits. It’s a lovely little local blog with a yen for local history.

Back to the present, Brighton’s a hub for new music and up and coming bands. And local band, the Muel, released an album last week. They’ve posted some tracks on MySpace. I particularly like the second track, Roller. Incidentally, yes. That is the steel drum you hear.