Off to the Races

This remarkable photograph shows George V being taken to the Derby at Epsom in 1920. It shows a man, with medals on his chest, trying to seek a donation of some kind. What is so interesting about this photograph is the complete and utter lack of security in any form and the relaxed manner of those in the carriage. It also shows that the King was still hanging on to the traditions of the pre-war period in an era when cars were becoming increasingly the norm - and certainly for the well off. It also shows that the coachmen's clothes was from an even earlier fashion which was done deliberately to differentiate the servants from the masters.


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by Stephen Luscombe