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Seeking the ‘postcard’ heroes
SINCE publishing my letter on January 20 regarding the King’s Book of York Heroes, a further mystery has arisen.
I have had two phone calls from local collectors of postcards asking if the photographic portraits contained in the King’s Book could be the work of Arthur William Outhwaite, a York booksellers/stationer at 35 Market Street.
They say that many of the miniature portraits book have a similar look to those which Outhwaite took prior to and during the war to create his own series of postcards, “Heroes of York who have Fallen”.
Mr Outhwaite had four sons, three of whom went to war and fell in service of their country, one during 1917 and two more in 1918. It appears that he had started a series of postcards which remembered men of various streets and areas in York who had also fallen in the war.
The card here is from Series 22 and is of the “Patriots of St. Lawrence, Hull Rd. – heroes from the streets in the parish. No.1”. It has kindly been provided to me by Mr R Peacock.
I am now looking to make contact with any relatives of the Arthur William Outhwaite family, especially those from the second and surviving son, Arthur Calvert Outhwaite, who died in his 80s in Scarborough in 1977.
Peter Stanhope, Cyprus Grove, Haxby, York.