Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thames (NZ): Early coloured postcards

Many of the c1900 postcards of Thames can be seen in black and white, and the same scene coloured.
The richness of the colours remains today in these beautiful old cards.

You can use the cards to identify changes in the town, and for making estimates of when the photo was taken. This card was posted 1907, but the photo for the card may have been several years before that. The Cornwall Arms Hotel, on the corner of Pollen and Cochrane Street is enlarged in the bottom photo. Renovations and tenders were called for on 29 September 1906 by Mr Currie architect of Auckland. Repairs to the hotel were undertaken and a second-story added.

What else can you spot in the way of landmarks? The Curtis wharf at end of Albert Street on the left and Burke Street/Thames Wharf at the end of Burke Street centre right. Waiokaraka/Central School in the middle and the Saxon Mine Shaft further right. Pumphouse and chimney in the foreground.

The Cornwall Arms Hotel (pre 2nd story)