Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Funeral Week

February 1952: The Princess Elizabeth on the way to the funeral of her father George VI.   (Marked up press photo.)  I first saw this haunting image in the recently published  facsimile of Cecil Beaton's scrapbooks.

Here for my uncle's funeral.  London cold and sunny today, New Year's Day.  Chatting with a lady in an antiquarian print shop on Cecil Court: mad as a hatter.  She kept complaining about 'people who didn't understand her shop' and 'didn't belong.'  She had hundreds of old postcards of Marie Studholme --every one that had ever been printed, it seemed.  Alas, I'm afraid I did understand her shop.