Saturday, 17 October 2009

Vintage postcards and social history

Social history is another great reason for collecting vintage postcards. Even the simplest street scenes from 50 years ago can be fascinating, but the real beauty for me is the more detailed ones showing something that was so typical and usual in the early 20th century, but long forgotten now.

vintage postcard of Dinner Hour at the Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Factory, Reading, Berkshire

And the social history is not just restricted to the postcard itself; many postmarks contained slogans relating to the war effort, recommendations to post early in the day, etc. Also those with a political message, whether supporting the war effort or more directly linked to a political party, offer a fascinating glimpse back into the past.

Aesop's Fables Up to Date, the Fox and the Grapes, a vintage postcard by the artist F.Sancha ->

If you like these postcards then be sure to check out my vintage postcards for sale.

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