Thursday, 2 May 2013
The detective works begins.
I must admit there hasn't really been anything going through that is of real concern. However when this potrait postcard appeared on eBay I felt this excitement. Without any hesitation I knew who it was, who took it and where. The subject being Una Hoare taken by her father George Philip Hoare at Goodman's studio Fort Road Margate.
The reason I now this is because in 1998 the Margate Charter Trustees donated an old photograph album and wartime scrap book to the Margate Museum.. The album once belonged to a former Mayor George Philip Hoare (1940). George Hoare was a commercial photographer and the album was full of family and local photographs including wartime views.
Unfortunately as it stands today most of the photographs including family portrait postcards are missing. So when this photographic postcard appeared I bought it and then asked the seller for any provenance. The seller was very helpful and explained it came from a job lot of mixed photographs she bought in Norfolk this included views of the villages on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. She mentioned one village called Acle and that was when I realized that in the album at the Museum are holiday photographs of the Norfolk Broads taken by George Hoare and Acle has a mention. So with this connection I am assured that this photograph is legit and has not originated from the TDC collection.