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    Vintage Bell target crowd

    Closeups from a 1906 postcard showing a bell target comp.
    This used to belong to edbear2 and found it's way onto the 'bay and is now framed on one of my shelves.
    It's been shared before but only quite a low res image, it's absolutely tiny, just over 3''x 5'' so I did a high res scan and thought it might be of interest.

    They make quite a stylish little group, looks like the Post office team up against another club.

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    How times change. Imagine suggesting setting up a works air rifle club now. A quick visit to HR would follow I suspect
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    And as featured in AGW a few years ago:

    https://www.pressreader.com/uk/airgu...82875140592627

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
    And as featured in AGW a few years ago:

    https://www.pressreader.com/uk/airgu...82875140592627
    That's a very informative article, hadn't seen that. I wonder what's written on John's postcard....

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    Very cool.

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    Love the straw boaters and bowler hats.
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    Wonder how many survived WW1?

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    Fantastic pictures and a great link to that AGW article, thanks Geezer
    I just downloaded the magazine from the AGW digital archive and Ill read it later,

    I just can't seem to get enough bell target history it's so fascinating because it was never really a thing up here and it's still relatively unknown/ ignored despite the skill and challenge involved in participation.

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    A fellow wearing a big white hat in the middle of the crowd looks like Donald Sutherland in the top picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptdunk View Post
    That's a very informative article, hadn't seen that. I wonder what's written on John's postcard....
    Hi Matt,

    There are a few lines on the card but they're in German, which I sadly don't understand. The card was sent to a Miss Riches in Uxbridge in 1906.

    Kind Regards,

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    Those were the days when every workplace had a sports club with a target-shooting section. Has anyone in identified the site of that Post Office club and what it looks like now?

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    Fascinating stuff. Thank you, gentlemen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott. View Post
    Fantastic pictures and a great link to that AGW article, thanks Geezer
    I just downloaded the magazine from the AGW digital archive and Ill read it later,

    I just can't seem to get enough bell target history it's so fascinating because it was never really a thing up here and it's still relatively unknown/ ignored despite the skill and challenge involved in participation.

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    A fellow wearing a big white hat in the middle of the crowd looks like Donald Sutherland in the top picture
    There is a book about bell target shooting, called ring my bell. ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by micky2 View Post
    There is a book about bell target shooting, called ring my bell. ,
    Not sure if these are active links but;

    http://www.belltarget.com/resources/...rget_Story.pdf

    http://www.frankspittle.com/shooting.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by micky2 View Post
    There is a book about bell target shooting, called ring my bell. ,
    Quote Originally Posted by edbear2 View Post
    Micky & Ed many thanks to you both for this information, Ive just downloaded the PDF and ordered the book from the links you supplied Ed

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    very nice pics thanks for sharing

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