Valentine White


Ex German submarine U118 ashore in a gale at Hastings

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Emmanuel Road, Hastings. One of several Hastings publishers who issued real photographic cards of the German submarine U118 washed ashore on the town's beach in April 1919. The black and white photographs have white borders and handwritten captions. They are marked in the bottom right corner "V. White, Hastings".

The 1911 census lists White as a photographer. He was 41 and had been born at Portsmouth. His wife, Annie, came from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire. They had a son, William White, who was 16 years old and a grocer's assistant, and a daughter, Florence White, who was 10 and still at school.

Postcard publishing seems not to have interested White for long. He was still living in Emmanuel Road in 1920, but was gone by 1922, apparently having left the Hastings area.

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