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"Unleashing the Gentleman: A Timeless Blend of Edwardian Etiquette and Saucy Seaside Fun" Step into a world where playing table tennis was an art form

Background imageGent Collection: Playing Table Tennis - Edwardian - Etiquette

Playing Table Tennis - Edwardian - Etiquette
I am not sure whether it is my turn. (to write the postcard or to serve!!) A smart Gentleman makes a courteous enquiry to his glamorous young female table tennis companion. Date: circa 1904

Background imageGent Collection: Saucy and silly seaside postcard with cheeky caption

Saucy and silly seaside postcard with cheeky caption
A Young man heads out to sea in a small rowing boat named the Saucy Sue - she instructs him: " Mind you don t goo too far, Darling!

Background imageGent Collection: Abraham Edmonds

Abraham Edmonds
ABRAHAM EDMONDS Not only do we have a portrait of this gent, we have a facsimile of his autograph. What we don t have, however, is any information about him. Date: 1780 - 1833

Background imageGent Collection: Gentleman Gardener seated proudly in small home greenhouse

Gentleman Gardener seated proudly in small home greenhouse
A smart Gentleman Gardener seated proudly in his small home greenhouse. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageGent Collection: Sportex poster

Sportex poster
Advertising poster for Sportex mens clothing showing two dapper gents dressed immaculately in plus fours and jackets ready for a round of golf

Background imageGent Collection: Proposal on a leap year

Proposal on a leap year
A woman proposing to her boyfriend on Valentines Day during a leap year - the only occasion by tradition that this is allowed !

Background imageGent Collection: Elderly mans secret reading material

Elderly mans secret reading material
An elderly pipe smoking gent raises an eybrow as he reveals it is not the daily newspaper which is grasping his attention

Background imageGent Collection: Old & New Pipes / Heath

Old & New Pipes / Heath
The old way of smoking a pipe & the new way: an upright Georgian gent smokes his long stemmed clay pipe while a semi-recumbent Regency fop, puffs away on his hookah

Background imageGent Collection: City gent - rowing boat

City gent - rowing boat

Background imageGent Collection: Railway Sleeper - Marylebone Station

Railway Sleeper - Marylebone Station
The Railway Sleeper series - A snoozing post young gentleman propped up against a bollard at Marylebone Station after a wild Christmas party! Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageGent Collection: Carnival Party 1906

Carnival Party 1906
The champagne seems to be taking its toll at this carnival party as a pretty young woman gazes wistfully, eyed by a monocled gent behind her. Date: 1906

Background imageGent Collection: Alec ( Sir Affable ) Knowles - Theatrical Journalist

Alec ( Sir Affable ) Knowles - Theatrical Journalist
Alec (" Sir Affable" ) Knowles (1851-1917) - Theatrical Journalist and member of Londons notorious Pelican Club

Background imageGent Collection: St. Niklskerk (St. Nicholas Church), Ghent (Gent), Flanders, Belgium, Europe

St. Niklskerk (St. Nicholas Church), Ghent (Gent), Flanders, Belgium, Europe

Background imageGent Collection: city lights

city lights
Urs Zimmermann

Background imageGent Collection: Gentleman in Black Tie attending a Private View

Gentleman in Black Tie attending a Private View
A smart Gentleman in Black Tie attending a Private View of an Art Exhibition - unknown shoot/client. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageGent Collection: Client: Woollands Brothers - black cocktail dress

Client: Woollands Brothers - black cocktail dress
Client: Woollands Brothers - Model in black cocktail dress with long black leather gloves and handbag and gentleman seated in evening dress, smoking a cigarette - September 4, 1957 Date: 1957

Background imageGent Collection: Woollands Catalogue shoot - Evening wear

Woollands Catalogue shoot - Evening wear
Two young ladies in pretty evening dresses acompanied by a youthful gent in full evening dress - possiby a Woollands Catalogue shoot. Smart interior. Date: circa 1958

Background imageGent Collection: 13131471

13131471
Fawn Pug Dog, wearing monocle and top hat glasses Date: 21-03-2014

Background imageGent Collection: The River Leie and Graslei Quay, Ghent, Belgium

The River Leie and Graslei Quay, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Ghent clock tower and the Vrije Schippers Guildhall, Graslei quay, Ghent, Belgium

Ghent clock tower and the Vrije Schippers Guildhall, Graslei quay, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Graslei quay and the Leie River, Ghent, Belgium

Graslei quay and the Leie River, Ghent, Belgium
Graslei quay and the Leie River with medieval buildings including the Vrije Schippers Guildhall, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: The Belfort van Gent, the Belfry of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

The Belfort van Gent, the Belfry of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
The Belfort van Gent, the Belfry of Ghent medieval tower, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: A couple standing together - reverse silhouette

A couple standing together - reverse silhouette
Interesting reverse silhouette card from The Netherlands - this card set within an oval - shows a couple standing together - clearly much in love. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageGent Collection: Picture No. 12479911

Picture No. 12479911
Fox, sitting wearing bowler hat bow tie and monocle Date:

Background imageGent Collection: Gravensteen Castle, Ghent, Belgium

Gravensteen Castle, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Belgum, Vlaanderen (Flanders), Ghent (Gent). Het Gravensteen castle on the Leie River

Belgum, Vlaanderen (Flanders), Ghent (Gent). Het Gravensteen castle on the Leie River

Background imageGent Collection: View of Town Hall and historic centre, Ghent, Flanders, Belgium

View of Town Hall and historic centre, Ghent, Flanders, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Belgium, Flanders, Ghent (Gent). Sint-Niklskerk (Saint Nicholas Church) and Het Belfort van Gent

Belgium, Flanders, Ghent (Gent). Sint-Niklskerk (Saint Nicholas Church) and Het Belfort van Gent, 14th century belfry, at night from St. Michaels Bridge

Background imageGent Collection: To the top

To the top
Jef Van den Houte

Background imageGent Collection: Passionate reader

Passionate reader
Susanne Stoop

Background imageGent Collection: Roof of church

Roof of church
Xun LI

Background imageGent Collection: 13131485

13131485
Bulldog, wearing top hat monocle and bow tie glasses Date: 11-09-2018

Background imageGent Collection: John Gilbert - American actor, screenwriter and director

John Gilbert - American actor, screenwriter and director
John Gilbert (1897-1936) - American actor, screenwriter and director. Gilbert ose to fame during the silent film era and became a popular leading man known as The Great Lover. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageGent Collection: Ghent clock tower and traditional buildings, Ghent, Belgium

Ghent clock tower and traditional buildings, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Graslei quay street sign, Ghent, Belgium

Graslei quay street sign, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Traditional building and houseboat on a canal, Ghent, Belgium

Traditional building and houseboat on a canal, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: The Dulle Griet red cannon also known as Mad Meg in Grootcanonplein, Ghent, Belgium

The Dulle Griet red cannon also known as Mad Meg in Grootcanonplein, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Traditional architecture of buildings on the Vrijdagmarkt, Ghent, Belgium

Traditional architecture of buildings on the Vrijdagmarkt, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Gravensteen medieval castle and moat, Ghent, Belgium

Gravensteen medieval castle and moat, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Statue of Jacob van Artevelde in the Vrigdagmarkt market square, Ghent, Belgium

Statue of Jacob van Artevelde in the Vrigdagmarkt market square, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Rooftops of Saint Michaels Church, Ghent, Belgium

Rooftops of Saint Michaels Church, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Tram in the Gent Korenmarkt, Ghent, Belgium

Tram in the Gent Korenmarkt, Ghent, Belgium
Tram in the Gent Korenmarkt or Wheat Market, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Saint Nicholas Church, The Dulle Greit red cannon also known as Mad Meg in Grootcanonplein, Ghent

Saint Nicholas Church, The Dulle Greit red cannon also known as Mad Meg in Grootcanonplein, Ghent, Belgium, Ghent
Sint Niklskerk, Saint Nicholas Gothic style Church, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Sint Niklskerk, Saint Nicholas Church, Ghent, Belgium

Sint Niklskerk, Saint Nicholas Church, Ghent, Belgium
Sint Niklskerk, Saint Nicholas Gothic style Church and Sint Baafs Plein sign, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Traditional architecture on the roofs of houses, Ghent, Belgium

Traditional architecture on the roofs of houses, Ghent, Belgium

Background imageGent Collection: Canadian Gent with a fine moustache - Studio Portrait

Canadian Gent with a fine moustache - Studio Portrait Date: circa 1890

Background imageGent Collection: Advertising Russian Pneumatic Tyres in Belgium

Advertising Russian Pneumatic Tyres in Belgium
Advertising - Provodnik Russian Pneumatic Tyres in Belgium - " This is what I need to prevent skidding!". Date: circa 1910

Background imageGent Collection: Slightly Tipsy Rakish Cad attempting to play billiards

Slightly Tipsy Rakish Cad attempting to play billiards, but likely to only succeeding in spoiling the baize. Date: circa 1908



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"Unleashing the Gentleman: A Timeless Blend of Edwardian Etiquette and Saucy Seaside Fun" Step into a world where playing table tennis was an art form, as gentlemen showcased their refined skills with grace and precision. In the Edwardian era, every movement was executed with impeccable manners, creating an atmosphere of sophistication that still captivates us today. But don't be fooled by their polished exterior; these gents knew how to let loose. Just like a saucy and silly seaside postcard with a cheeky caption, they embraced moments of laughter and lightheartedness amidst their dignified lives. One such gentleman who embodied this spirit was Abraham Edmonds. Hailing from Belgium's enchanting city of Ghent (Gent), he reveled in the historical beauty surrounding him. From the 14th-century belfry known as Het Belfort van Gent to the majestic Stadshal, his heart belonged to this medieval wonderland. Sportex posters adorned his walls, reminding him of his passion for sportsmanship and perseverance. And it was on one leap year that he mustered up all his courage to propose, defying societal norms in pursuit of love. Behind closed doors, hidden away from prying eyes, lay Abraham's secret reading material – a collection that revealed his youthful spirit despite being an elderly man. It transported him back to times when life seemed simpler yet filled with endless possibilities. As he enjoyed his old and new pipes while strolling through Heath's serene landscapes, Abraham embodied both tradition and progress. He understood that embracing change didn't mean losing touch with one's roots but rather enriching them further. In true city gent fashion, Abraham embarked on adventures beyond land too. Rowing boats became his escape from bustling streets as he sought solace amidst calm waters – finding peace within himself amid life's chaos.