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Category: Postcard

A.Lami Etienne Restaurant

I won this postcard on a well know auction site. Some of the subjects are eating, wearing napkins and/or holding items. I love the worn out building, the clothes the subjects are wearing and that their pose isn’t too formal. Although there is no information on the reverse, the photo itself provides information on the business name and that the building is a corner plot. I discovered a business with a similar name and shape (Cafe Etienne) in Paris. Although the physical structure of the building must have had a facelift it could be the same location. What do you think?

Dear Mrs Fisher

I bought this postcard in a charity shop in Cheltenham a few months ago. It doesn’t have a postmark so must have been sent in an envelope. It reads ‘Dear Mrs Fisher, It was very kind of you to remember us this Christmas. This is a photo of the Morris dancers on club day. It is not very distinct because they were moving. I have put a mark under Alice for fear you can’t find her. Wishing you a very happy & prosperous new year with Love from Nellie‘ The movement in the photograph was what drew me to it, almost everyone in the image is out of focus!

Taken on the Telde

This postcard was found on a well known auction site and reads ‘Taken on the Telde on the way to Morocco. Observe her smile!!’ written vertically alongside the image. The postcard is only blue on the side of the image, I’m unsure if this was intentional or if the colour has transferred from another surface. The postmark is Bangor 8.15 pm July 15th 1901 and the address is Mrs Hunt, Ross Bank, Bare, Morecombe.

Dear Old Pal

I bought this postcard from a car boot but I can’t remember which one. It has taken some deciphering with help from my Mum. The message on the reverse is long, with very little punctuation. Some, but not all of it makes sense!

It is post marked Bishops Castle (in Shropshire, England near where I live) 6.45pm Sept 11 1911. It is addressed to A.Benbow Police Station, Burslem, Stoke on Trent. The flower show mentioned must be the Shrewsbury flower show which has been running for over a century.

Dear Old pal, hoping these few lines will find you well as it leaves me alright at present and also thanking you for good food think it is a good one of you it looks a smart chap but if they knew him as well as I do they would know a bit too much of him. I have not seen old Lil for a long time not since the coronation I never saw you at the flower show when you come again the Parson will be here there’s one thing if we don’t hear much up to BG he will hear plenty her it is getting more likes if every day are you next week for water for there is none here a drop in at the public where there will always wants. What say you I did not your name at the sports at 8 yours I don’t think.

The football match

Found photograph, posed footballers formal early twentieth century

I bought this postcard from an antiques fair several years ago and thought I better post before it completely fades away! Not sure of the year although the boots and football suggested early 1900s. The team are in the foreground with the fans behind which is quite unusual and no ladies to be seen.

31 Mrs Eddershaw

I bought this postcard online, no information on the reverse but we have Mrs Eddershaw’s name and house number within the photograph. I liked the composition, the two couples & the chap at the top of the steps. The ladies and gentlemen also have matching shoes.

Four Men, a driver and dog

Four men, a driver and a dog

Another postcard found and purchased online, no information on the back of the card. The photograph is posed but not in a formal way and the dog is doing it’s own thing. The shadows of the car wheels, bicycle, house and the mysterious driver all add to the image. It looked American to me when I first saw it but I’m not sure. The number plate might provide clues to the location, there are smaller numbers to the left of the main number plate (they looked like 1908 to me under a loop) and a symbol or crest of some kind. It isn’t an early British number plate as they started with letters followed by numbers. US plates vary from state to state but this could be American as they often had symbols to identify the state.

Old school social distancing

Social distancing old school

I bought this postcard a few years ago, sadly no information on the back of the postcard.  Their distance from each other is unusual but topical. Perhaps neighbours and not relatives which would explain the distance, the two doors on the photograph could be to separate properties.

To Mother & Dad

To Mother & Dad

I can’t remember where I found this postcard but it made me smile. We are unable to visit the seaside at the moment, staying safely at home because of Covid19, so I thought I would bring the seaside to you. I liked the informality of this family portrait, the deck chair caught by the wind and everything else going on in the background of this image. It was taken in Teignmouth by Holiday Snaps and simply reads To Mother & Dad Aug 21/8/30.

Ajaccio July 31

Ajaccio July 31

The crate digging has been paused because of the Covid-19 crisis so this postcard was found through virtual digging on ebay. It was delivered by one of our key workers from the Royal Mail together with three other images to follow… A simple but beautifully posed image; on the reverse, written in a stylish hand is the location and date the photograph was taken Ajaccio July 31. I think the gentleman is holding a pipe in his hand.