23 West Smithfield is the former London address of Farringdon Studio. This was the location of photographer Robert Whitaker's first assignment with the Beatles in late 1964. As with Whitaker's later photo sessions in '65 and '66, this one also features an obsession with props. The visual theme seems to be seasons and holidays throughout the year. Wouldn't these photos make a great Beatles calendar? Well, at least it would be more interesting than the bland calendars Apple has put together recently. Since we don't know the exact sequence of the photo shoot, let's proceed with the fantasy calendar theme:
In January, the
Beatles celebrate New Years with a Champagne toast.
February is a good
time for a warm cup of tea.
March is time
for...eh, I don't have a clue really.
April showers bring
May flowers, and the Beatles are ready with their umbrellas.
May is spring time,
so the Bealtes "spring" into action.
June is warm enough
for a nice group shot without those jackets.
July sunshine is
causing things to heat up.
What August and
September (or any other month) have to do with these pictures is
In October, the
Beatles celebrate John's birthday on the 9th with a nice cake.
November is filled
with falling leaves and the Bealtes are kept busy sweeping them
Christmas and presents for everyone.