|Hampton Guard (Cocker Spaniel) - posted in Ware 1909|
I spotted this card on eBay and decided it was a good example of a business post card to display on this site. Once I started to research it I ended up looking at two different genealogy stories. Richard Lloyd (1847-1906) spent much of his life working for the Ellis Family at a pub in Ware called the Punch House (which still exists), and if you just look at the standard genealogical records you would not think to look further. But on the side Richard was a dog breeder who won an award at the first "open to all breeds" Cruft's Dog Show, in 1891. His son Herbert Summers Lloyd (the signature on the above card) later won "Best in Show" a record six times, and his granddaughter was still showing dogs at Crufts as late as 2011.
And of course the dogs were pedigree - although I did not have time to research their family tree in any detail.