Herr Blomé's Berlin Meister Orchestra
18 July 2010
Posted by Mike Brubaker
In 1893 the Victoria Pier (later renamed South pier) was opened as the third amusement pier along Blackpool's Golden Mile promenade. One of the featured musical groups was Herr Blomé's Berlin Meister Orchestra. They probably played popular songs and dance tunes and may have assisted in larger musical events. The Victoria Pier was marketed as being more upscale in its entertainment with concerts of symphonic and choral music. But the dance floor music was undoubtedly the draw for many holiday-goers.
The Canadian Encyclopedia - George Stewart
These postcards include no written identification and were never posted. The photographer was Y. Burns, The Studio, Victoria Pier, Blackpool. But two postcards have a curious divided back with the instruction on the left side: "FOR INLAND POSTAGE ONLY THIS SPACE MAY NOW BE USED FOR COMMUNICATIONS". The postal rules for the first postcards did not allow any message to be written on the back except the addressee. This was called the undivided back. In 1902 the rules changed in the UK to allow a message on the left side (in the US it was 1907), so a postcard with a printed instruction like this would have been produced probably in the years 1902-1905.
By 1914, and the start of WWI, Herr Blome's successful ensembles must have rushed to change their names. Even the British Royal Family changed from Saxe-Coberg to the House of Windsor. Perhaps Herr Blome changed his name too.