A light sprinkling of snow covers the roof tops in the Dale as well
as the tops of the walls and snow has also settled on the road.
On the skyline is the Victoria Tower and the slopes of
the Heights of Abraham below the Tower haven't escaped a dusting,
yet there was none on High Tor.
In Victorian and Edwardian times children were often photographed
with hoops. The three
young boys here are standing at the bottom of St.
John's Road. The boy on the left,
lolling against the wall, is holding a short stick which would
be used to trundle the hoop along. The boys had been
playing for a while as, when the picture is blown up, you can see
the hoop's tracks in the snow. By going up the slope they would
probably get up quite a speed when they rolled it back downhill.
Hoops of assorted sizes, made of either wood or metal, were popular
with both boys and girls and they also used them for skipping.
The hoop was to re-emerge as the hula-hoop in the 1950s and 1960s
when the skill was to keep it circling one's waist for as long
"The Dale, Matlock Bath", Boots Cash Chemists "Pelham" Series.
Although this card was not posted, another of the same scene was posted
on 4 Aug 1807 at Matlock Bath and sent to Miss Corby at Great Yarmouth.
Message not relevant.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ray Ash.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
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