Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Lodge, Walsworth Road, Hitchin

Ernest Bedwell, of Bedford, published a large number of view post cards in the early 20th century. While most of them are of Befordshire, quite a few were of Hertfordshire, including this view looking along Walsworth Road, Hitchin, posted in 1904.  
The Lodge, Walsworth Road
It would seem that over a short period he published about 1000 different views, but then stopped completely. There is increasing evidence that similar things happened with other early local post card publishers who started well. The problem could well have been competition from the many national post card publishers who rapidly moved into the market. This left any the local publishers of printed cards with large stocks which did not sell well. More information is needed to establish this and if you have post cards by local publishers which can be dated and which have nother clues - such as series numbers - I would be interested to have details.

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