P. P. Series


Castle Street, Hastings (1924 postmark)

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The publisher of this series of real photographic cards of Sedlescombe, Winchelsea, Hollington, St Leonards, Hastings, Rye and other places in East Sussex has not been identified. The pictures clearly date from the early 1920s, and 1920 and 1921 postmarks have often been recorded.

The photographs are all labelled "P. P. Series". Originally black and white, they have tended to yellow with age and acquire a sepia cast. They lack borders and have handwritten captions. The handwriting in most cases resembles that on cards of many parts of Britain that were supposedly produced by Bender and Co. of Croydon, mostly about 10 to 12 years earlier. However, the caption on a card of the submarine stranded on Bulverhythe beach on January 9, 1921, has clearly been written by a different hand.

Many P. P. cards are numbered - the highest number noted is 104 on a Sedlescombe card.

One possibility needing investigation by collectors is that the future proprietor of Potter's Photo Stores of Hastings marketed the "P. P. Series" cards, intending the name to be shorthand for "Potter's Photo Series".

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