Post Cards of the White City.

Part 37.

by Bill Tonkin

Type 24.

A close up of two ladies, one seated looking down from the balcony at the lake. They are on Congress Bridge behind the cascade which can be seen over the standing lady’s shoulder.

Court of Honour, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

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

 346 Title in one line at top left.

Sepia R/Photo, black ‘X L’ back type FB 11.

346 Title in two lines at bottom right of centre.

Title altered to, Court of Honour from Congress Bridge, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

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

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

Title altered to, Court of Honour, from Congress Bridge, Franco-British Exhibition, Xmas, 1908.

Sepia litho view in coloured Christmas Card border type FB Bo 2, red ‘F B seal’ back type FB 1.

346. Title in two lines at bottom centre Vert left.

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

Type 25. A vertical card with two ladies and a small child in the foreground, the lady in white holding an umbrella, while the other lady is in black.

In Court of Honour, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

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

347 Title in one line at top centre.

Sepia R/Photo, black ‘X L’ back type FB 11. Vert right.

347 Title in two lines at bottom right.

Type 26. Looking from a central position straight down the lake towards the cascade. There is a motor boat full of passengers at bottom right of centre heading towards the bridge.

The view of the Court of Honour on card No. 484 is known in four states, and these are listed. One difference between them is in the water of the cascade. The first type is from the original negative, the water of the cascade is shown with a few white waves as it tumbles down, this is listed as ‘view with little water in cascade and with bridge over the lake’ the second type shows the cascade with more water, and is listed as ‘view with half flow of water in cascade and bridge over the lake’, The second type was used only on the Japan-British Exhibition litho postcards. The third type has lot more water added and is shown as a solid white mass, it is listed as ‘view with white water in cascade and bridge over the lake’.

The fourth type was used only for the Latin-British Exhibition cards. Originally from 1908 to 1911 there was a bridge across the lake in the Court of Honour, listed as ‘with bridge’. For the Latin-British Exhibition in 1912 the bridge had been dismantled and Valentine’s have carefully taken out the bridge across the lake. They have not however removed the reflection cast on the water by the bridge, and this can still be seen, this is listed as ‘view with little water in the cascade and without bridge over the lake.’ This last type was also used for Valentine’s Anglo-American Exposition cards published by Gale & Polden. These are listed under Gale & Polden. Only the first type was used for the Franco-British Exhibition cards.

Court of Honour, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

Sepia R/Photo, view with little water in cascade and with bridge over the lake, black ‘X L’ back type FB 11.

484 Title in two lines at bottom left of centre.

For other post cards of this view see in The Great White City section, under ‘Court of Honour’, the Imperial International Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour’, the Japan-British Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour’, the Coronation Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour’, and the Latin-British Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour’. It is also included in the main list under Gale & Polden.

Type 28. The bottom and left is taken up with a pathway full of people well spaced out. On the right there is a group of people waiting to board a boat, with an electric launch heading towards the bridge. Although this card for the Franco-British Exhibition is not numbered, the same view on cards for other exhibitions is numbered 488.

Court of Honour, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

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

N.n. Title in one line at top right.

Title altered to, Court of Honour, Franco-British Exhibition, Xmas, 1908.

Sepia litho view in coloured Christmas Card border type FB Bo 2, red ‘F B seal’ back type FB 1.

N.n. Title in one line at bottom centre

For other 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 ‘Court of Honour’, the Imperial International Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour’, the Japan-British Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour’, and the Coronation Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour’.

There are three different views published under the title ‘Court of Honour at Night’, as they are not all numbered a brief description is given to enable them to be identified, they are listed as type 1 to 3.

Type 1. A night scene looking towards the bridge in the Court of Honour with a pier jutting out on the right and a swan boat heading towards the bottom left corner. In the Court of Honour illustrations this is listed as type 17.

The B/W litho cards started out numbered 191, an attempt to erase the number was only partly successful and left a feint 91. A second go resulted in the number being erased by scratching it out, this mess can be clearly seen as no attempt was made to obliterate the white scratch marks. A third attempt was successful and the white scratch marks disappeared.

When the B/W litho card was published for the Great White City, it had 91 on it, but for the Imperial International Exhibition the complete number was re-engraved in a much heavier style and in a slightly different place.

One can only wonder why Valentine’s felt it was so important to go to such lengths over the number on this card.

Court of Honour at Night, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

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

191 Title in two lines at bottom left of centre. ‘Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.’ measures 56 mm.

91 Title in two lines at bottom left of centre. ‘Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.’ measures 54 mm.

Scr. Title in two lines at bottom centre. ‘Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.’ measures 55 mm.

N.n. Title in two lines at bottom left of centre. ‘Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.’ measures 54 mm.

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

91 Title in two lines at bottom left of centre. ‘Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.’ measures 54 mm.

Scr. Title in two lines at bottom centre. ‘Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.’ measures 55 mm.

N.n. Title in two lines at bottom left of centre. ‘Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.’ measures 54 mm.

Note, the manuscript titles on the B/W litho cards have been written at different times or by different people as they vary in detail. they also vary in measurements and these have been given.

Sepia R/Photo, black ‘X L’ back type FB 11.

N.n. Title in two lines at bottom centre. There are two types of manuscript title on this card, and while all the letters are slightly different, the capital ‘N’ to ‘Night’ is particularly so.

Title altered to, Court of Honour from Congress Hall, Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

Coloured, Although the title on the front is the Franco-British Exhibition, the card has a red Great White City ‘J V seal’ back type WC 1. An artist has been at work on this card, and visitors standing on the short pier on the right, have been painted in. There is also extra detail on the boats moored under the bridge.

N.n. Title in three lines at bottom left, with the top line curved.

Title altered to, Franco-British Exhibition, Court of Honour, Night Effect.

B/W photogravure on cream, black ‘Throughout the World’ back type FB 2.

191 Title in two lines at bottom left, left edge rouletted.

B/W photogravure, matt surface, black ‘Throughout the World’ back

type FB 2.

191 Title in two lines at bottom left, left edge perforated.

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

N.n. Title in one line at bottom left.

For other post cards of this view see in The Great White City section, under ‘Court of Honour, Illuminated’, the Imperial International Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour by Night’, and the Coronation Exhibition section, under ‘Court of Honour’.

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