'The Red Circle'

Entertainers in the 40s

Lent to us by Natalia Solomons (nee Gibson)

A group of youngsters in the forties who would put on shows. They would rehearse at the Haystack, entertaining people at the Haystack, Jellicoe and Monico.

On the back row the only boy is Albert Cakes, third from the right is Natalia Gibson next is Wendy Moorland and the lady on the right is Mrs Levy.

Photo: Illustrative image for the ''The Red Circle'' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the ''The Red Circle'' page
This page was added by Janet Penn on 29/09/2014.
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I don't know anything about the photograph itself but the details of the photographer are interesting as I think this may refer to the bungalow where my grandparents lived. They were called Harry and Alice Harvey and retired to Canvey in the 1940's. I was born there, and as I remember, it was called "Arena" and was number 3, May Avenue. There was a glass-roofed studio at the back with various chairs and props and a small darkroom but was no longer used when I was a child. However, the photographer can't have been my grandfather as he was H J S Harvey. Looking through family records, I have, so far, not been able to find a match. It could be a coincidence but I shall keep looking!

By Dee Weightman
On 30/09/2014

Too much of a coincidence. I will see what I can find out from here.

By Janet Penn
On 30/09/2014

Looking at the photograph again, I think it might have been taken in the back garden there. It backed onto an unmade road (Florence Road?) with trees on the opposite side. The studio would have been on the left hand side of where they were posed.

By Dee Weightman
On 01/10/2014

The initials on the stamp is E H Harvey. You do have an Edward Edwin Howard Harvey.

By Janet Penn
On 01/10/2014

I think you mean Ernest Edwin Howard Harvey but I think he died in 1896 - although I have yet to verify that with a death certificate.

By Dee Weightman
On 01/10/2014

Right it would not be him then. Interesting.

By Janet Penn
On 01/10/2014

I did some more research and found on the 1939 Register carried out just after the start of WW2,  Ernest Henry Harvey living at "Arena", 3, May Avenue, Canvey Island; Married; Occupation: Variety Artiste. Also Sadie L Harvey; D.O.B, 4/9/1895; Married; Occupation: Domestic duties. More delving on Ancestry showed he was from a long line of circus performers and worked as Erno Aguzzi in a double act with his brother. as wire walkers. Their mother Lizzie Aguzzi, and father Billy Harvey were equestrian artistes. Erno later worked as a revue comedian. He died aged 77 at Southend in 1954 and had an obituary in The Stage newspaper. Colourful characters but, as far as I can find, none of them related to my Harvey family!

By Dee Weightman
On 30/08/2017

Great news Dee. Another question answered.

By Janet Penn
On 30/08/2017

Also in Kelly's Directory 1937 Ernest is recorded as being the Secretary of the Garden Club which was situated in the High Street.

By Janet Penn
On 30/08/2017

Wonderful to read about Erno Harvey - he had show business DNA. I have being carrying out ancestry investigations for a few years for my family and my grandfather was William Antonio Harvey, Erno's younger brother and half of the Aguzzi Brothers wire act.   Would any of your readers have any photos of Erno for his time at Canvey Island, or know what happened to his personal possessions as he must have had decades of circus and theatrical memorabilia?  Long shot I know. I don't think he had children.  Any news would be beyond joyous.

Sheila Lidington  04/11/2017

By Sheila Lidington
On 04/11/2017

Regarding the only boy in back row of the photo, there was a boy about that age during WW2 who lived on The Parkway just down from us, however, his name was Albert Gates!! Wonder if it could have been him.? He was a bit older than me and I was about 8 or 9 at that time.

By Gerald Hudson
On 06/11/2017

Memory wise, I have reached back to those times and I now think the boy that I am referring to was named Albert Cates and his nick name was “ Ginger”, as he was red headed and lived opposite the Tye family on the Parkway!  Sorry for the error, but that was a long time ago and may not have any connection to the boy in the picture!!

By Gerald Hudson
On 06/11/2017

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