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Dear Times reader . . .

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Elegran Thu 27-Jul-17 13:19:14

I started another thread with a vintage Times letter about railway concession. Having read further into the book, I keep seeing other posts to bring to your modern eyes. Here is one:-
Side-Saddle Riding (1924)
Sir, - A woman sitting on a side-saddle, and sitting well, is beautiful, and she does not wring her horse's back. a woman who sits askew is not beautiful, and she hurts her horse's back. A woman sitting astride is ugly, because round thighs do not allow the astride seat to suit her figure.
Mr Uvedale Lambert. South Park Farm, Bletchingly, Surrey.

grannysue05 Thu 27-Jul-17 13:26:36

Oh that brings back memories.
I learned to ride when I was eight years old. My paternal grandmother always rode sidesaddle.
She was aghast when she found out that I sat ASTRIDE a horse. So ungainly!
I don't think she ever got over the shock.

rosesarered Thu 27-Jul-17 14:03:02

How times change! grin and Mr Uvedale Lambert must be spinning in his grave.

rosesarered Thu 27-Jul-17 14:03:30

More please Elegran smile

Jalima1108 Thu 27-Jul-17 14:48:24

I am intrigued by his name! Uvedale (how is it pronounced and whoever thought that was a good name for a baby?).

Elegran Thu 27-Jul-17 16:00:43

I've searched for Uvedale Lambert in the indexes to registered births. He did exist and was born in Godstone between March and June of 1909. So he was a pompous little so-and-so of 15.

I'll find more gems and post them later.

Elegran Thu 27-Jul-17 16:02:11

Or possibly it was the school holidays and he didn't have an Ipod to post on GN.

MawBroon Thu 27-Jul-17 16:03:44


Jane10 Thu 27-Jul-17 17:11:36

Ooh yes more please Elegran!

Elegran Thu 27-Jul-17 17:44:08

I am bookmarking likely ones so that I can find them again when I need them. Here is one from 1914:-

Old socks wanted
Sir, - Mittens are wanted badly by the troops and they are scarce. A sock only wears out in the foot part, and if this is cut off (thrown away) and a hole made in that other part for the thumb to go through, an excellent mitten can be made without expense. I am paying unemployed typists to sew them over, but in three months I have exhausted my circle of friends. May I ask your readers to send me all the old (clean) socks they can collect, in order in this way to provide more work and more comforts without cost and without interfering with the living of any other class?
Geo Pragnell, National Patriotic Association, St Paul's Churchyard

A bit like who will turn your old cashmere sweater into fingerless mitts. Well, maybe not VERY like.

Ana Thu 27-Jul-17 17:50:38

I wonder why he only paid 'unemployed typists' to do the sewing...?

Elegran Thu 27-Jul-17 17:54:53

So that he wasn't "interfering with the living of any other class"? Maybe he has access to the typing pool of some defunct organisation? Maybe they were his wife and daughter?

Elegran Thu 27-Jul-17 21:33:06

Sir, - I should like to draw your attention to the increasing habit of business firms misusing the telephone by calling up subscribers for the purposes of advertisement. Twice durng the last week I have been called up by the same firm in this tiresome manner. It is bad enough to have wardrobe dealers and hawkers ringing the bell all day without being pestered on the telephone. Surely respectable business firms wil realise that this sort of advertisement is not only annoying but not likely to lead to business.
Mr Ernest Bulstrode, Sheringham, Surrey.

Twice in one week? Shocking!!

rosesarered Thu 27-Jul-17 22:40:36

Bulstrode was ahead of his time....he just knew what that pesky telephone would lead to!

Jalima1108 Thu 27-Jul-17 22:46:32

I think that Uvedale Lambert's daughter is (or was) Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.

I wonder if Uvedale is a name that is carried on through the generations?

Elegran Thu 27-Jul-17 22:55:33

It's not exactly your run-of-the-mill label, is it? I can't imagine Mama yelling "Uvedale! Get yer effing butt over 'ere or I'll clout yer round the ear'ole!" But you never know, it might top the list for next years crop.