LBSCR R. J. Billinton B4 class 4-4-0 no. 60 Kimberley adorned with the Prince of Wales's royal regalia passes southbound through Mitcham Junction station. However .......... What can viewers tell me about this image please?
The auction house notes on the negative's sleeve are, as ever, as useful but less accurate than if IZAL was the text for those of us who recall the joys thereof. Those sleeve notes are, for those sho enjoy cringing, 60 MITNCHAM KING DEMARK ROYAL VISIT and that's verbatim. There is text penned in green ink at the botton left corner of the celluloid (not glass as I had originally stated) but most of it becomes illegible when scanned as film because it simply becomes part of the background which is gravel on the platform. However, one had a bright idea (sic): if the text is penned onto the surface then it might be possible to read it if the film is scanned as a document and that proved to be the case albeit with a little graphics program help and here it is:
PRINCE of WALES
ENGINE No 60
Sadly, no help at all but at least we now know what the photographer wrote.
I think we can discount any idea of the King of Denmark being on board as there is no historical indication that his visit to London in 1914 would have taken him anywhere near Mitcham.