NOT everyone would be pleased to be given as a Christmas present an old postcard of an old man being shaved, but it was a perfect gift for former Bishop Auckland mayor Barbara Laurie.

Stamped on the back are the words “Auckland Chronicle. Copyright photograph”, and then for good measure someone has added in hand: “Bishop Auckland”.

It is a splendid photograph. “It’s such a striking contrast between the working men being shaved and the room with its long curtains and huge gold-framed picture.”

The big question, of course, is where was it taken: can you help?

Any clues or ideas or names to faces – lathered or unshaven – would be very welcome.

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