Dr Johnson’s Statue, Market Square, Lichfield

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Description:A postcard view of the Statue of Dr Samuel Johnson in the Market Square, Lichfield. It is by R.C. Lucas and was erected in 1838. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), lexicographer, critic and poet, was born on 18th September 1709 in the house facing the statue, which around 1900-1901 became a Museum dedicated to the life and works of Samuel Johnson and currently (August 2020) it is known as the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and Bookshop. He is most famous for writing the first comprehensive English Dictionary, but was also known for being a great wit and conversationalist.

On the left is the Minster Café, this along with several of the other buildings on the left have been demolished and replaced by retail and finance premises. In the distance on Conduit Street most of the buildings remain including Lloyds Bank. In the centre and below the ‘P’ for parking sign there is a van with the name J. Ivison and a catchphrase “say it with flowers”. Ivison’s became established in Lichfield in 1932 and their florist's shop is now (August 2020) located nearby in Bird Street. Further along there is a kiosk or cabin advertising Stormont’s Teas and Snacks.

This postcard was published by Francis Frith & Co., Ltd. Reigate. It was franked in Sutton Coldfield on 4 August 1957; there is also a second franking mark which records the occasion of the World Scouts Jubilee Jamboree which was held on several days during August 1957 in Sutton Coldfield. The postcard was sent to an address in Plymouth.

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