Elmer Keene, British (1853 - 1929)

Ezra ‘Elmer’ Keene was born in 1853 in Nottinghamshire to a Quaker family. During the 1870s he switched from being a miller and baker to being an artist and photographer. Elmer married a Yorkshire girl Eliza Darlow and they had 11 children, four of whom became artists. The family moved to Leicester in 1901; Elmer died there in 1929.

He was known for producing card-friendly images in coastal and rural places, often moonlight scenes. The Rhyl postcards above seem typical of his work. The Foryd Harbour card is undated; the next one, Pavilion and Sands seems exquisite and was posted September 1918 in Kinmel Park Camp near Bodelwyddan from Maggie (a nurse?) to folks back home in County Down.

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