The card is in OK condition with wear. The back is a little stained in parts. The corners show signs of wear and there's a tiny tear on the middle on the right side. Very, very small though. Someone has tried to X out the handwritten part, but it's still readable. The stamp is a red 1d stamp. The postmark says: Romford, Essex, 10:30PM, 9 JL, 1938. The card was printed/published by Valentine's.
Printed on the back of the card is:
'Big Ben, Westminster, London - The Clock Tower is 316 feet high and 40 feet square. the Clock has four dills, each 22 feet in diameter, the minute hands 14 feet long, the hour hands 9 feet. The hours are struck on the famous bell 'Big Ben," which weighs 13 1/2 tons, and whose resonant note is broadcast throughout the world.'
Handwritten on the back of the card:
'55 Rosedale Road
July 9 - 38
Well you will see I have safely arrived at Edie's on Friday, had a nice time at mary's, seen our dear Frank (?) sorry to say no letter. (?) Mary Ann is very well + all the others. I had a nice look around London. One day our (?) little girl in the Middlesex hospital from (Midhurst?) - very ill, we saw her Friday. She came up last Monday + her mother + father is coming on Saturday. She will stay with Mary for a few days. All send kind love to you. Yours, W. Batchelor'
The card is addressed to:
72 Reginald Road
On Sea Sussex'
The Clock Tower, on which is Big Ben, will be/was renamed The Elizabeth Tower for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. Some parts of the Clock Tower are only available to UK residents. The Clocks were completed in 1854. The Clock Tower is famous for its keeping of the correct time.
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