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Strand on the Green, early 1900s

Christmas Greetings postcard Strand on the Green is on the eastern side of Kew Bridge, a few minutes from the eastern end of Brentford, I think the Thames is to the right.

The card was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, as part of its 'Picturesque Counties' Middlesex Series 1. It is an 'Oilette' and a Google suggests this dates it to 1903 at the earliest.

The text 'Strand-on-the-Green, with its picturesque old houses, is situated on the Thames near Chiswick, a few minutes walk from Kew Bridge. It is a quiet, attractive old place, and one that is generally overlooked by visitors to the greater attractions at Kew'.

The card was posted to Mr J W Bates & family, Yaxley, near Peterborough and was sent at 5.15pm on 23 December 1906 - no doubt it got there on time!

The message 'Just a Christmas Greeting to you all hoping that you will all spend a very Happy day together my thoughts will be with you all. With Best Love and heartiest Wishes to all. hoping all are well. Your Loving (followed by an initial which could be an 'A')

A note added upside down 'I've received a Surprise packet from H. but don't be jealous Nellie'.

Published December 2011