Above is a scan of a postcard from a collection owned by Brian Sands. It is one of only two colour illustrations of pre-war Marsh Daisies that are known and depicts a pair of Wheatens owned by Francis J. Hemelryk, Old Mill House, Partridge Green, Sussex.
It was, presumably, produced by Mr Hemelryk for advertising purposes and is extremely rare. The cock won 1st and the Moore Cup for the Best Marsh Daisy at the Breed Club show at Crystal Palace in 1927. The hen was the one that laid 213 2 5/8 oz eggs in 48 weeks on the 1926 National Laying Test; she appears in most of Mr Hemelryk's advertisements.
There are black & white photos of the same two birds in the 1929 Feathered World Year Book. A rare opportunity to see the correct type and colours for the Wheaten male and female very clearly. A big thank you to Alan Cheese who sent us the photo. Alan bred Marsh Daisies from 1978 to the late 1980s, when there were only Buffs and some Wheaten males (then called Red Wheatens), and is presently gathering information on the history of the breed.