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High Street, New Brentford, early 1900s

Howard Webb has provided this Wakefield's postcard postmarked 1906. The original is sepia, I have used Howard's high resolution scan with stronger contrast to bring out more detail. Howard adds 'The only sign I have been able to make out is one for Jaeger clothing on the left.'
Four open top trams, nose to tail

The sunny side of the High Street is to the left suggesting this is the south side and on this side is a distinctly shaped lamp, which also features in a photo in 'Brentford As It Was' page 20. This pinpoints the location to around 108 High Street onwards on the left.

The Three Pigeons on the western corner of Market Place is visible in the distance between the fourth and third trams.

The nearest tram travelled between Shepherds Bush & Hampton Court. Adverts for Van Houten's Cocoa, Horlick's Malted Milk and Robin Starch are carried by the trams, which carry many passengers. It looks to be a summer's day and there are a couple of umbrellas or parasols on the top desk of the second tram protecting ladies from the sun's rays.

Back of postcard
The back of the postcard shows it was posted in Brentford in 1906 and was sent to a Mrs ? Ashby of Queens Mead Road, Bromley. The message starts '7896...'. not sure what is going on here, please get in touch if you know the code!

Published March 2011