From the fascinating Plunketts website, which is well worth an hour of your time, a colour image of Norwich City’s then brand-new stadium at Carrow Road in 1935.
There are some surprises here – at least, they would come as surprises to the good-old-days crowd, but I doubt that anyone who visits here would count themselves such. A full car park; the contrast between the “modern” stand and the crude embanked terracing; the piece from a steam locomotive cab dumped against a lean-to in the right foreground. Less surprising is the uniform browns, blacks and greys of the fans’ clothing.
That last point is of course merely a function of the most widely available cloths and dyes of the time. But it’s one thing that seems to carry over from the more familiar black and white photography of the 1930s.
Practically all that we have left of the period now is black and white. So it can be strange to reflect that, in the 1930s, only film and still photography, a tiny corner of most people’s lives, were monochrome. Absolutely everything else was in colour, and that all of the time.