The People of Gibraltar
1930s - Lucien Roisin Besnard - La Casa de la Postal

Lucien Roisin was born in 1884 but lived most of his adult life in Barcelona. He set up shop - La Casa de la Postal - in the Rambla de Santa Mónica and - as the name of his shop suggests - specialised in publishing postcards. Although he employed many different photographers he seems to have insisted that all his postcards should show a slightly different perspective to those normally shown by other publishers. 

Some of those for Gibraltar are very appealing as they contrast nicely with well known versions of the usual subject matter - the Rock from various angles, the Alameda Gardens, the Moorish Castle and so forth, all of which had long been done to death by copying the work of other excellent photographers of the late 19th century such as James Hollingworth Mann (see LINK) and Francis Frith. (See LINK

The business continued right up to 1962 and today the Institut D'estudi Fotographics de Catalunya holds a collection of over 77,000 images. Here are just a few of the ones that refer to Gibraltar. I have also added some examples of actual postcards published under his name. Dating is difficult but the probable range is from the 1930s to the 1950s.

The Road to Spain

Entering Casemates from Waterport

Humphreys Estate from the Alameda Gardens

 Main Street

Main Street - Tabaqueria Montecristo and the Restaurante Universal

Road to Spain looking south, running through the Victoria Gardens

The Rock from the Victoria Gardens

View of the Galleries

The Devil's Tooth

The South


Humphrey's Estate - Alameda House, where my family lived for many years after the War, is just off the photo on the right hand side

View of the town from the Commercial Mole

The Garrison Library with the Ball Alley (el Balali) leading up from the steps on the right. Children from the Sacred Heart Grammar School - which was further up the road from here - would race their Dinky Toy cars down the gutter on the left hand side of the Ball Alley. Mine, a heavy duty truck, remained champion for many weeks until it was beaten by an even heavier truck.

The Rock from la Playa del Espigon

The Rock from a Spanish Beach 

Calle San Juan Bautista - La Linea