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Hull Fair Cards 1900-1907 from the Braithwaite Collection. Part 1
The Braithwaite Collection
David Braithwaite is perhaps best known for his two seminal works Fairground Architecture and Savage of Kings Lynn. He was born in Luton, Bedfordshire on the 6th of October 1932. Brought up in Northampton he developed a love of fairgrounds. In his later life he was a successful architect working on, amongst other projects, the Hall of Mirrors at Madame Tussaud's in London. In 1975 he was a prime mover in the rescue of the Savage Company Archives from King's Lynn. During the 1970's he aquired the Orton and Spooner Archive which formed the basis of a book he was preparing to write at the time of his untimely death on July 4th 1982. His collection of fairground related material has recently been donated to the National Fairground Archive by his widow Joanna and daughter Naomi. This wonderful collection is made up of 1000s of images reflecting his research into the Orton and Spooner Company as well as photographs and plans from the works and accounts from the 1880s and 1950s. The collection as a whole will not be available to the public for the next three years or so as it is in need of extensive restoration and conservation.
The images displayed on these pages have been culled from an extensive collection of postcards and photographs given to David Braithwaite by W.H. Keating to help his research.
It is hoped that they will prove interesting to Hull Fair enthusiasts. The images have been spread over three pages.