Smith is last listed at Hastings in Pike's 1912 Town Directory. In 1913 the business was once again being run by Foster & Son. In the meantime Smith perhaps had returned with his family to London. While he was at Hastings, he sold some good quality, sepia-tinted real photographic cards of the town, with captions entirely in capitals. These were labelled in green on the verso "S. H. Smith, Castle Library, Hastings". 1909, 1911 and 1912 postmarks have been reported. The cards have 5 digit serial numbers (e.g. 13336), which suggests that they were supplied by a large volume printing firm. In addition, Smith also sold collotype cards of Hastings, with backs printed in brown. The cards were not numbered and the captions employed lower case as well as capitals.
Further research is needed to establish just what role Smith had in the production of these cards. Conceivably he was just a proxy selling on behalf of an anonymous publisher.
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