Thursday, 25 March 2010

Vintage Postcards - Church Parade

Until this week I thought that the vintage postcard I had of Church Parade in Scarborough, Yorkshire, was simply the name of the road shown on the postcard. However, on finding another postcard of Church Parade, this time from Ilfracombe in Devon, I decided to take a closer look at the postcards. I guess if I'd have spent any meaningful time studying the original postcard in more detail I would probably have realised this, but clearly they are actually of a church parade. Each postcard shows hundreds of people in their "Sunday Best".

Church Parade, Scarborough, Yorkshire, c.1907

Church Parade, Capstone, Ilfracombe, Devon


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12 comments:

  1. I never heard of church parades before. I looked them up in Google and still don't understand them.

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  2. Church parades. Interesting!

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  3. New York City has an Easter Parade every year I think. I bet that was originally kind of like a church parade.

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  4. This is absolutely new to me!

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  5. Each year on the feast of Corpus Christi the church does a walk, I'm not sure it's called a parade but the congregation walks through the neighborhood with banners of the various groups, i.e. the Legion of Mary, The Rosary Apostolate etc. the neighborhood homes often erect alters at which the priest stops with the Blessed Sacrament and recite a prayer, The priest and the Blessed Sacrament are followed by the children who have that year received their first communion, the boys have bells to ring and girls sprinkle flower petals. By the end of the day the streets are covered with petals. It's quite lovely.

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  6. An interesting idea, even if just an excuse to dress up and show off!

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  7. Hmm, 1907, I think that is tantamount to the Sunday drive --- I could see my great grandmother dragging her husband off on a Sunday Church parade --all sorts of benefits, a show of , good works, belonging, and of course, the new bonnet.

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  8. Interesting - I had not heard of church parades. The very little bit I read after googling indicates a military connection to the parades.

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  9. I've seen the Church Parade street name but did not associate it with an actual procession. Religious ceremonies like this can have a long history that may go back to the early church or even pagan times.

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  10. A stunning day out, and worthy of a postcard photograph. I'm sure the photographer sold lots of copies.

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  11. I googled it too and found the military connection.

    Interesting that both of us misread something important to understanding our chosen pictures this week. Wonder how often that happens to me and I never realize it.

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  12. What a wonderful idea to get people together on a Sunday!

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