MAGDALEN BRIDGE, Oxford, Oxfordshire. The Halls Brewery drays at front of the Oxford May Day processions in 1912. The procession has just passed over Magdalen Bridge and the 15th-century tower can be seen in the background. Photographed by Henry Taunt in May 1912
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print captures a moment frozen in time - the May Day procession in Oxford, 1912. As the image unfolds before our eyes, we are transported back to an era of tradition and celebration. The scene is set on Magdalen Bridge, where the Halls Brewery drays take center stage at the forefront of this grand spectacle. The atmosphere is alive with excitement as horses adorned with vibrant floral decorations lead the way through the streets. Crowds gather along the route, eagerly awaiting their turn to join in on this joyous occasion. In the background stands a magnificent 15th-century tower, reminding us of Oxford's rich history and architectural splendor. Henry Taunt skillfully captured this remarkable moment in May 1912, preserving it for generations to come. His keen eye for detail allows us to appreciate not only the grandeur of this event but also its significance within Oxfordshire's cultural tapestry. As we gaze upon this photograph, we cannot help but be captivated by its timeless charm and nostalgic allure. It serves as a testament to our enduring human spirit - one that revels in tradition and finds solace in moments of communal celebration. This print by Henry Taunt offers us a glimpse into a bygone era when horse-drawn carriages paraded through town squares during festive occasions like May Day processions. It reminds us of our shared heritage and invites us to reflect upon how these traditions have shaped our present-day celebrations
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