Who was Pearson in this postcard from the past?

SOCIAL GATHERING ... but who was Pearson?
SOCIAL GATHERING ... but who was Pearson?

OH Pearson, I do like the cut of your jib!

Very much the young Edwardian man about town, but who were you?

BOY, WHAT STYLE ... but who was young Pearson, who aspired to such elegance?

BOY, WHAT STYLE ... but who was young Pearson, who aspired to such elegance?

Isn’t he a smasher? Albeit a ghost of generation that went on to be shattered by the First World War.

This card has lately been a find of Kevin Blair’s and was posted in South Shields early in the new year of 1906.

The young man, who signs himself just ‘Pearson,’ had obviously been invited to a social gathering of some sort at the home of friends (?) Tom and Lizzie in Stanhope Road, and was accepting with decorous enthusiasm.

I like that final flourish on the last letter of his name.

Of course, we’re assuming that Pearson is actually the lad in the photograph.

Is it him, or just someone he aspired to be?

I’m intrigued, though, by the belt, tie and cap he is wearing, and would love to have known if they were in the colours of the old Boys’ High School in Shields, which could explain why the picture had been taken, if he had just ‘gone up’ there, as it were.

Does anyone recognise our stylish young friend from their family album?