Victorians and Edwardians at Play (Shire Library, Volume by John Hannavy

By John Hannavy

An image can say 1000 phrases and the photographs stuck on digital camera through the Victorian and Edwardian classes supply a desirable perception into the lives of Britons in this time. Take a step again among 1840 and 1910 and discover the pursuits, spare time activities, activities and different entertainments loved via the Victorians and Edwardians during the wealthy number of pictures and classic postcards during this attractive album. an international we often see in monochrome or sepia is gifted right here in vibrant colour, bringing the Victorian and Edwardian humans a bit toward us. 128 pages are filled with pictures of individuals at the golfing direction, enjoying croquet and tennis, activities days and soccer fits. We see visits to the zoo, cruises on river boats and paddle steamers, fairground and enjoyment seashore tours, days on the races and different, more odd objectives, all of which inform the tale of social lifestyles a hundred to a hundred and sixty years in the past. pass on, have a look!

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