Doggett's Coat and Badge Race, River Thames, London
Watermen on duty at the end of Doggett's Coat and Badge Race on the River Thames. They are wearing the livery of the Fishmongers' Company. This is believed to be the oldest rowing race in the world, the competitors being a maximum of six apprentice watermen. It has been held every year since 1715, running between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, passing under a total of eleven bridges en route. The winner's prize is a traditional waterman's red coat with a silver badge, plus a lapel badge. There are also various money prizes given by the Fishmongers' Company. Thomas Doggett was an actor and comedian who relied on watermen for transport -- he instigated the race in 1715, and left instructions in his will for it to continue after his death in 1721.
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LMS Princess Coronation Class 6220 'Coronation'
LMS Princess Coronation Class 6220 'Coronation' - built in 1937, which special livery of Caledonian Railway blue with go-faster stripes! On 29th June 1937, the locomotive set a new speed record on the West Coast Main Line of 114 miles per hour on Madeley Bank north of Crewe. Unfortunately jubilation was to become consternation as the footplate team realised the train was still making 110 mph only a mile and a half from Crewe station. Urgent braking improved matters but the locomotive passed through the stations reverse curves at 57 mph, well in excess of the 20 mph limit; the resultant buffeting alarming the passengers and destroying a quantity of crockery in the dining coach!! Date: circa 1937
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Dunhills for chauffeur uniforms advertisement, 1924
Is your chauffeur smartly clothed? If your chauffeur is to do credit to you, and to your car, he must be smartly and correctly clothed. Advertisement for Dunhills Limited of Conduit Street. Date: 1924
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
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