Following the previous post, which featured an early view of the Post Office, this postcard shows the same parade of shops from the opposite direction. Fairly recently built at the time, the Leven Road shops still lack proper pavements in this c1905 view. There is even some vegetation growing at the lower right of shot. Although the postcard is entitled 'The Hotel', I find the detail of the surroundings more interesting. To the left, the wooded park looks much more inviting for a stroll than it does today. The row of shops on the right are pristine and uniform. The butcher and grocer have had matching styles of signage installed and both premises have a proud member of staff standing outside to pose for the photographer. The indentation in the earth walkway (where the gated passageway is between the two sets of people) indicates the movement of carts through the row of businesses, into the rear courtyard, for the loading of goods into the back-shops and cellars.
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