Map postcard, 9 x 14 cm, printed in sepia, divided back, postally used with a franked green Edward VII halfpenny stamp. The date is difficult to decipher, but may be July 8 1909. Sent to Mrs Beckham in Cheltenham by her daughter, who says that she thinks her dad will like the card, and describes a visit to the Wood Lane exhibition, possibly the Imperial International Exhibition, at the western terminus of the CLR. Dated to c. 1904 by Andrew Dow (‘Telling the passenger where to get off’, 2005, p. 15) Wood Lane station was opened for the Franco-British Exhibition in 1908.
The CLR produced a considerable quantity of advertising material in the Edwardian period. Other postcards included views of Lots Road Power station and rolling stock, but of particular interest is the schematic map. Other lines are lightly sketched in using a conventional geographic format, but the CLR is shown in bold, and in a straight line which is a step towards diagrammatic presentation.