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14 January 2019

1890s album

Although not in itself particularly noteworthy, this excellent quality photograph of the Weighbridge in the 1890s has been chosen as our feature picture because it comes from an album assembled in 1899 of photographs of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Saint Malo, Dinard, Dinan, Mont St Michel, Granville and Paris. We have included over 60 photographs from the album in a new gallery - An album of pictures of Jersey and France in 1899. The majority of the images in the album are of similar quality to this one, and provide a fascinating insight into the life of the Channel Islands and nearby French towns, as well as the French capital. Such is the quality of these images that it is difficult to believe that they were taken 120 years ago. By way of comparison, the picture below shows the same area from a higher viewpoint in 1975. The beautiful gardens surrounding the statue of Queen Victoria, with carriages available for hire, replaced by a bus station, and every conceivable open space filled with cars. The single storey railway terminus to the left of the upper picture was not replaced by the two-storey granite building in the centre of the lower picture, which still stands today, until 1901.

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