This blank card features the now-disappeared Daddy Long Legs and is the perfect gift for anyone who loves Brighton history.
Designed and built by Magnus Volk, the ‘pioneer’ or ‘Daddy Long Legs’ as it was popularly known served the Brighton and Rottingdean seashore electric railway between 1896 and 1901. Propulsion was by electric motorand due to regulations then in place, a qualified sea captain was on board at all times, and the car was provided with lifeboats and other safety measures.This was a proposal by Magnus Volk for a railway that ran along on rails underneath the sea for about 50 to 100 yards offshore, from where his existing electric railway finished all the way to Rottingdean, where it was connected to a pier. The tramcar ran on stilts that were about 24 feet above the sea bed.
The railway was fairly short lived. It opened in 1896, but ceased to operate in 1901 when the council were introducing more sea defences along the coast and wanted to build groynes out into the sea. An agreement was reached whereby the track was removed and Magnus was given as compensation an addition to his existing land-based electric railway.
The design is digitally printed on to 300gsm FSC certified card and comes packaged in a recyclable cellophane wallet.
Each card is left blank inside for your own message.