Post Cards of the White City.

Part 32.

by Bill Tonkin

 

 

                The view of the cascade on post card No. 433 was one of Valentine’s most popular cards. It was used by them from 1908 to 1912, and the title was altered many times, 18 times in fact, (if the exhibition title is included) sometimes titled the ‘Cascade’, sometimes ‘Congress Hall’, and sometimes to make sure they got it right the ‘Cascade and Congress Hall’, or even the ‘Congress Hall and Cascade’.

                The view is known in two states, and these are listed. The difference between them is in the water of the cascade, in the original negative, the water of the cascade is shown with a few white waves as it tumbles down and is listed as ‘view with little water in cascade’. Later touched up versions shows the water of the cascade as a solid white mass, with a touch of green in the coloured cards and is listed as ‘view with white water in cascade’.

Congress Hall and Cascade, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

                B/W R/Photo, view with little water in cascade, black ‘X L’ back type FB 12.

                                433          Title in two lines at bottom left.

Title altered to, Congress Hall, Franco-British Exhibition, Christmas, 1908.

                Sepia litho view with white water in cascade, in coloured Christmas Card border

                                type FB Bo 2, red ‘F B seal’ back type FB 1.

                                433          Title in one line at bottom centre.

For other Christmas post cards of this series see under Border FB Bo 2.

For other post cards of this view see in The Great White City section, under ‘Cascade, Court of Honour’, the Imperial International Exhibition section, under ‘Cascade and Congress Hall’, the Japan-British Exhibition section, under ‘Cascade’, the Coronation Exhibition section, under ‘Congress Hall’, and the Latin-British Exhibition section, under ‘Congress Hall’.

 

                This card is known in two states, in the second several long ladders leaning against a pavilion on the far left were removed, the cards are listed as ‘with ladders’ or ‘without ladders’

Congress Hall from Gardens, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

                B/W litho with ladders, grey ‘Throughout the World’ back type FB 2.

                                N.n.         Title in two lines at bottom left.

                B/W litho with ladders, greenish grey ‘Throughout the World’ back type FB 2.

                                N.n.         Title in two lines at bottom left.

                Coloured without ladders, red ‘F B seal’ back type FB 1.

                                281          Title in one line at top left, top and bottom edge rouletted.

                Sepia litho with ladders, black ‘Throughout the World’ back type FB 2.

                                N.n.         Title in two lines at bottom left.

For other post cards of this view see in The Great White City section, under ‘Congress Hall from Gardens’, the Imperial International Exhibition section, under ‘Congress Hall’ and the Japan-British Exhibition section, under ‘Congress Hall’.

 

Congress Hall from Lagoon, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

                B/W litho, grey ‘Throughout the World’ back type FB 2.

                                N.n.         Title in two lines at top centre.

                B/W litho, bluish grey ‘Throughout the World’ back type FB 2.

                                N.n.         Title in two lines at top centre.

                Coloured, red ‘F B seal’ back type FB 1.

                                280          Title in one line at top centre.

                Coloured ‘GIANT POST CARD’, grey ‘Throughout the World’ back type FB 17.

                                280.         Title in one line at top centre.

For other large sized post cards see under Giant post cards.

For other post cards of this view see in the Imperial International Exhibition section, under ‘On the Lagoon’, the Japan-British Exhibition section, under ‘The Lagoon’, and the Latin-British Exhibition section, under ‘The Lagoon’.

 

Corridor, Palace of Music, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

                Sepia litho, black ‘Throughout the World’ back type FB 2.

                                N.n.         Title in three lines at top right.

For other post cards of this view see in The Great White City section, under ‘Corridor, Palace of Music’.

 

© Exhibition Study Group 2005

 

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