This picture-postcard caught my eye: not so much for its depiction of the Palace Pier, more for the clear and very wonderful view of the goat stand. Early views of the area around the entrance to the Palace Pier have often shown horses and carriages. For a number of years, there stood a stone trough. … But what can be said of the goats? Can anyone remember this past feature of the seafront, or tell something about it?
Date of the photograph
The clock tower immediately dates this scene from 1930. I think the facade of the Palace of Fun looked this way until around 1955; these clues (and others) give at least some idea as to the time of the photograph. “September 1945” is written on the back of the postcard, but I can’t help wondering if the picture was taken significantly earlier. The publisher isn’t stated.
Look of a bygone age
By the time this picture was taken, hadn’t horse and carriage become old-fashioned and a far rarer form of urban transport? The bath chair (to the right) also has the look of a bygone age. What few, limited years must have remained for the allotted road space, in an era of rapidly increasing motor traffic?
I look forward to learning more – post a comment below if you can help.