|Bearing the inscription: "With all good wishes and thanks for making our visits to Coventry so pleasant. Your sincerely,
Morris & Cowley" this photograph seems to have been given to someone in show business since the inscription implies
multiple visits to Coventry, England.
I have not been able to find any in depth references to Morris & Cowley. In fact while doing an online search for information
on this musical/comedy duo I came across more people looking for information on them that actual fact concerning them.
What little I have found includes that they were real life brothers Harry and Frank Birkenhead who also went by the name of
The Vesper Brothers. Their career began sometime around 1918 and continued into the early days of television in the 1950s.
They seem to have preferred to play old men in their acts with one of the more frequently played was that of two old Chelsea
Pensioners - appearing as these characters no less that 13 times at the Hippodrome theater in Bristol between 1926 and 1967.
As one might guess their "Morris & Cowley" stage name was a parody of the car.
Unmounted Publicity Photograph
5 Inches by 4 3/4 Inches
(15.5cm x 12cm)