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Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500

Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500


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Filename: op04500.jpg

Size: 3849 x 4901 (4.8MB)

Date: 22nd January 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500

HARNHAM, Salisbury, Wiltshire. View from the Old Mill at Harnham, looking across the water meadows towards Salisbury Cathedral with a postman pushing his bicycle along the Town Path in the foreground. Photographed by John Gay during 1950s - 1960s

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Media ID 1379191

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Bike Cathedral People Rural Shadow Transport Work


FEATURES IN THESE COLLECTIONS

> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Towns and Cities > Salisbury

> The way we were > Leisure > Cycling

> The way we were > Work


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, titled "Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500," captures a moment in time during the 1950s or 1960s in the picturesque village of Harnham, located in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. The scene unfolds along the Town Path, where a postman, dressed in his uniform, pushes his bicycle laden with mail through the water meadows. In the distance, the shadows of Salisbury Cathedral's iconic spire and towering walls stretch across the tranquil landscape. The rural setting is dotted with trees, their leaves a vibrant green, and the water meadows, a rich tapestry of various shades of green, reflect the clear blue sky above. The postman's bicycle, a common mode of transportation during this era, adds a sense of nostalgia and underlines the simple, yet hardworking nature of the scene. The photograph, taken by the renowned British photographer John Gay, masterfully captures the harmony between the natural beauty of the water meadows and the industriousness of the postman, who, despite the idyllic surroundings, remains focused on his task. The image invites us to pause and appreciate the simple pleasures of rural life, where the passage of time is marked by the daily routines of the people who inhabit it. The photograph is a testament to the rich history and charm of Harnham and Salisbury, and serves as a reminder of the simpler times when life moved at a more leisurely pace. It is a visual narrative that speaks to the human spirit and our connection to the land, and is a must-have for any collection of British rural photography or postal history.

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