I was asked to try and locate a Snaps photo of a Pekingese dog recently, which the firm had taken stood on the sea wall seats at Bridlington in the 1920s. I had seen the postcard for sale myself and been tempted; it’s just nice to think the photographer approached the owner to take a walking photo, after which she then asked if he could snap her pet as well! Anyhow Pippa bought the card and explained she collects postcards which feature Pekingese dogs, which often feature in studio photographs. “Pekingese were introduced to the country in 1860, but reached their heyday in the early part of the 20th century. They are now something of a rarity. My grandmother always had them, so I remember them from the fifties, and have always kept them myself. My collection of postcards featuring them is enormous, and in quite a few cases i have managed to find interesting facts about the pictures, and have identified the owners.” So if anyone out there has anything which Pippa can add to her collection let me know. In the meantime she sent me this postcard above which is a Charles Howell studio portrait. Howell operated a studio in Blackpool for decades, and often featured distinctive painted backdrops and a series of recognisable props. I like this as it features one of those pieces of rustic wooden furniture so many photographers had in their studio from the late 1800s onwards. Together with the woodland or countryside backdrops, these added to the rural idyll they were trying to conjure up in deepest Fulham or wherever, with women (mostly) stood behind them. But this is the first table I’ve seen, and so I thought we’d show it here. Needless to say the Pekingese is sat in pride of place in the centre!