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Victims of our own success (600+ Members), we have run out of stock of Member cards featuring a design from 2013.

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And here is the previous generation design from 2011. Gorgeous: my favourite.

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What this means is we now have an opportunity to do a brand new Member card featuring a historic London vista. Like the above examples it would probably include the Thames but this is not a set-in-stone stipulation. What is important is that it has sufficient space of sky, or possibly water, for the London Historians logo and “MEMBER” to stand out without unduly interfering with the image.

We need to act quickly and we’d love to hear your suggestions.

If you’re not familiar with the LH Member card, it’s printed on credit-card type plastic and personalised on the reverse. A quality item. If you’d like to join us as a Member and be the first to receive the new card, you can do so here.

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“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” as Joni Mitchell once warbled. This is certainly true of lamp posts if you look at the hideous modern ones and compare them with their predecessors. A few years ago a local residents pressure group succeeded in preventing the council from ripping out the last of the old Victorian lamp posts around Ealing. There is one that would have been safe in any case because it is listed. Dating from 1895, it’s on the corner of Aston Road and Woodville Road a tad north of Ealing Broadway, and it’s a beauty.
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ealing lamp post

ealing lamp post

ealing lamp post

ealing lamp post

What puzzles me, though, is a photo from the LMA of the same post, taken in 1976, apparently. The cars would indicate that this is roughly correct. But the lamp design at the top is entirely different and must have been replaced at some stage in the past 35 years or so. But the existing lamp appears a much older design than 1976, so what’s going on? It seems that the old lamp was replaced with another old lamp, possibly of similar vintage.

Anyone know?

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* Hat-tip to the Queen of the Rat-run, Fiona Pretorius, aka @missysun for drawing my attention to this.

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