By Paul Willetts
Within the heyday of his sleaze empire, Raymond was once for lots of the brash personification of nouveau riche vulgarity. For others, he expemplified the entrepreneurial spirit that enabled a terrible boy from Liverpool to develop into Britain's richest guy. This publication follows him from his strict Catholic upbringing to the isolation and paranoia of his outdated age.
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O PP O SITE ) Fig. 20. (ABOVE) Attached to this postcard is a small piece of seaweed scavenged from the beach at Worthing. This coin arrived at Bray's home on Devonshire Road the day after he posted it. Unfortunately, it F i g . 2 1 . Bray made this postcard from two pieces of a starched shirt collar sewn together. He sent it to Ernest Arnold with 39 appears that he forgot to stick a stamp on the label, so the Post Office charged him 2d. for the unpaid postage. a message on the back referring to his broken arm.
T O P ) The crew featured in the photograph had nothing to do with the Great Lewes Fire, according to this letter sent back to Bray with the Lewes Fire Brigade postcard. F i g . 4 7 . ( O PP O SITE , B O TT O M ) This picture postcard shows the Great Lewes Fire in 1905. 62 challenging items 63 challenging items F i g . 4 8 . Bray addressed this plain postcard to his cousin, G. Forster. ” 64 challenging items his cousin, a dentist named G. Forster. » [F i g . 4 8 ] The following year Bray affixed a railway ticket to the front of a card, asking the Post Office to deliver it to the “Postmasters of ” the departure and destination stations, with a message on the back requesting that the first Postmaster forward it to the second.
Who, after all, would want to keep a rabbit’s skull, and I’m sure that he still had need of his bicycle pump and frying pan. » [F i g . 1 7] Bray considered the rabbit’s skull to be his most gruesome curio. He wrote the address along the nasal bone and placed the stamps on the back. A purse was perhaps his most devious puzzle to solve: he wrote the address and placed the stamp inside before closing and posting it. There was no evidence that it was a letter until the collector opened it (possibly looking for a few coins) and noted the contents inside.