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    Default Liverpool Babies Postcard 1910 -- but where?

    Hi all

    I have just bought the following postcard from an auction site. As you see it was posted in Liverpool on July 19, 1910. The picture side shows a not very happy looking woman, possibly a teacher or the head of a nursery school with ten young children seated before her circa ages 2-4 years but with four older girls standing at the back. It might be a nursery school or an orphage, though the seller thought perhaps it might be a Sunday school class. Two of the older girls have what look like crosses on their white pinnies maybe signaling a church school or church orphanage -- or perhaps that they are monitors, conceivably? The tallest of the four girls has some other badge or emblem on her chest. The back of a building appears behind them and part of an iron outside staircase is visible. I know we had a similar question about a school photograph some months ago. It might be the same school or a similar one. Any ideas, anyone?

    Note that the address side shows that the card was sent my "M. Wylde" to a Miss Johnson, c/o Mrs. Caton, 155 Rosebery Street, Kingsley Road, Liverpool. She sends birthday wishes "from myself and all the 'Babies'" and adds that "the next time I pass your place of business I will call in." We might therefore conclude that either Miss Johnson or Mrs. Caton owned a business or shop. Interestingly I see that Rosebery Street is quite close to Selborne Street, off Princes Road, where Davec decided the boy at the gate was located in the recent picture puzzle posed by Colin Wilkinson. Rosebery Street is also where the Beatles played on June 22, 1957.

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    Can't swear to it? but I'm sure that Rosebery Street went right through to Kingsley Rd that means it went over Granby Street and that is where the high numbers were,there are new houses there now.

    We need a 1900 map to confirm this.

    ---------- Post added at 02:44 AM ---------- Previous post was at 02:38 AM ----------

    I have a suspicion that the building in the background was Granby Street Boarding School?

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    Thanks for your opinion, George.

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    I believe The Quarrymen played on the back of a float in Roseberry street in the 1950's. Yes it goes into Kingsley and over Granby.

    Great photo.
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    Hi Chris,

    Nice to see such an old image and postcard Chris
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    Cheers, Spike and Kev.
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    Thanks for your opinion, George.
    Might not have been Granby Street School,because that was an all boys school,but there was another boarding school that got demolished in that same area and this might of been the Girls school?

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    Thanks for your additional thoughts. Yes it does sound as if the lady (?) who sent the card "M. Wylde" perhaps the lady seated with the kids, ran an institution somewhere close to Rosebery Street so you might be right.

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    There was Toxteth Park Reformatory for girls. But with the Babies in the photo I doubt it?
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    Well as I said,Chris....the high numbers went towards Granby Street and low went by Princes Road,even now it the same on google ie #1 is smack back on Princes Road

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    http://liverpool-schools.co.uk/html/harrington.html

    Maybe? The uniforms look alike. But I suppose they all wore them then?
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    I believe The Quarrymen played on the back of a float in Roseberry street in the 1950's.
    Rosebery St Church Hall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    http://liverpool-schools.co.uk/html/harrington.html

    Maybe? The uniforms look alike. But I suppose they all wore them then?
    Thanks, Spike. Yes I think those white pinnies were probably what all girls wore in such schools in that day.

    My maternal grandfather, George T. Matchett (1892-1987), was a pupil at the Harrington Board School on Beaufort Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, though of course he would have been on the boys' side of course.

    Note also: pinafore Noun/ˈpinəˌfr/

    1. A sleeveless apronlike garment worn over a child's dress.

    -- as in "HMS Pinafore" the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

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    Hi Chris not sure if this is any help? The pic is my Great Grandparents and their 3 boys. My Grandad is in the front holding his dads hand. Notice his outfit ( and the baby's ). Well he was aged about 3 then ( about 1915 ) They were Catholics. But dont think the outfits would have been worn by just Catholics.

    The Postcard message seemed really friendly. My guess is the school or whatever it is was a bit more of a caring place than others?

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    Thanks, Spike. Yes I think that sort of outfit was standard issue for kiddies of the day. Thanks for sharing that wonderful family photograph with us.

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