Postman, Sutton High Street: 20th century
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Postman, Sutton High Street. In the early 1930s, postmen wore a dark blue uniform with red piping on the trousers. The 'shako' peaked cap, with a badge on the front declaring 'General Post Office', was replaced in 1932 by a flat peaked cap. The unknown photographer who captured this image used a 35-millimetre camera, and produced hundreds of photos of individuals walking along Sutton High Street. The photographer usually waited until the subject became aware of the camera before seizing the portrait.
1931 AD - 1935 AD