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Bob Godfrey

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Unless Speedwell is the publisher, this could be an amusing (and rather naughty) play on words. In the language of flowers, the speedwell symbolises female fidelity - but the word has other connotations if this is a lady and her chauffeur!
 
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Never mind any of that old speculation. What on earth is she wearing on her arms / hands? As a muff? It looks like a fairly large dead bear with dangling paws. And if he fancies her, he's an idiot. She'd kill anything for fashion.
 

Bob Godfrey

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Don't be a hypocrite, Mon. From my extensive collection of historical photos of yourself, here's one I snapped back in 1927. And don't plead necessity - that was an August Bank Holiday at Clacton.

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Dave Gittins

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There are several places called Speedwell in the UK, the USA and elsewhere. I'd say it's a generic postcard that's been overprinted with the name of the place in which it was sold. This practice is still common.
 

Chad Goodwin

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Bob I love that pic....Most people cringe at the thought of wearing an animal like that.....But back then it was nothing to wear a whole animals skin......and no animal was left out......I have a monkey fur cape with jet beading circa 1890-1900....squirrel,muskrat,ocelot, and even whole birds were used
 

Dave Gittins

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In Australia, as late as the 1940s, I recall seeing women wearing fox capes, made of the complete fox.
 

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