Thursday, 25 March 2010

Vintage Postcards - Church Parade

Until this week I thought that the vintage postcard I had of Church Parade in Scarborough, Yorkshire, was simply the name of the road shown on the postcard. However, on finding another postcard of Church Parade, this time from Ilfracombe in Devon, I decided to take a closer look at the postcards. I guess if I'd have spent any meaningful time studying the original postcard in more detail I would probably have realised this, but clearly they are actually of a church parade. Each postcard shows hundreds of people in their "Sunday Best".

Church Parade, Scarborough, Yorkshire, c.1907

Church Parade, Capstone, Ilfracombe, Devon

As always, hundreds of vintage postcards for sale can be found on my web site

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Vintage postcards of English counties

It was only recently when my English counties vintage postcards web page was getting too big and I was giving some of the English counties their own web page, that I realised there were a handful of English counties of which I've only ever had only 3 or 4 postcards, and in some cases just 1 or 2. Those where I seem to have the most postcards are Devon, Sussex, London, Yorkshire and Kent, whereas in contrast I have only ever come across 3 or 4 from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Nottinghamshire, and as far as I can tell I've only ever had one from Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire. My assumption is that the more prolific counties were those with a tourist or cultural interest, e.g. seaside towns, historic buildings and monuments, etc. So, a rather long-winded introduction, but today's blog entry is dedicated to those counties from which I have only ever found a small number of vintage postcards.

Pavilion, Victoria Park, Leicester, Leicestershire, c.1911 - 1930

Wingrave Church, Buckinghamshire

Bedford, a Peep on the Ouse, c.1904

Nottingham University and lake, c.1956

You'll find hundreds more vintage postcards on my web site

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Vintage postcards by the artist E.H.Thompson

As far as vintage postcard artists go, I've always stated that Brian Gerald and A.R.Quinton were probably my favourites. This has probably been influenced by the fact that their postcards were some of the first I came across, and seem to appear reasonably often. I've also liked those I've found by Jotter, Arthur de Brianski and Charles Flowers, but it's only very recently that I've really had much chance to consider the Lakeland Artist, E.H.Thompson. I think I've always has a couple of his postcards, but this week I was fortunate enough to come across three more. Those I have are all "art colour" postcards and published by Valentine, dating to the mid 1940's.

Glencoe, the Scene of the Massacre, published by Valentine, number A677

Thirlmere and Helvellyn, published by Valentine, number A441

Grange Bridge, Borrowdale, published by Valentine, number A611

Kirkstone Pass and Brothers Water, published by Valentine, number A445

As always
, these postcards and hundreds of others can be found on my vintage postcards web site

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Vintage postcards - museum sets, c.1925

Today's vintage postcard blog entry covers sets of postcards. I've only recently come across these and don't really know that much about them but thought they were worth sharing. They all seem to date from the mid 1920's, and come in a printed envelope with a descriptive, 4 page insert.

The first on display are from the British Museum and depict precious stones, series number 2, set D4. Postcards all feature drawings by F.R.Mold.

Outer envelope, descriptive insert and 2 postcards: Tourmaline (D23) and Topaz (D21)

Garnet (D24), Opal (D22) and Garnet (D25)

This next set are 12 illustrated postcards in monochrome and colour, from the London Museum of the Stuart Period.

Outer envelope, descriptive insert and 2 postcards: Lady's Costume (F1) and Cromwell's Watch and Bible (F9)

Jewelry (F4), Lambeth Draft (F2), Drinking Vessels (F5) and Needle-work Sampler (F3)

Needle-work Caps (F6), Needle-work Casket (F11), Metropolitan Slip-ware (F8) and Silver-mounted Trumpet (F10)

Inscribed Pewter Beaker (F7) and Glass Drinking Vessels (F12)

The final set, of which I've only included a sample of 2 postcards from the 15 card set, is a set from the British Museum of The English Bible from 1525 to 1611, set 76. Postcards were published by Waterlow and Sons Ltd.

The English Bible, outer envelope, descriptive insert and 2 postcards: (1) Title page of the first printed English Bible, (2) From the Geneva edition of the New Testament

Loads more old and vintage postcards on my web site

Monday, 8 March 2010

Vintage pictorial letter cards

Every so often I've come across vintage pictorial letter cards, but generally they seem to be in fairly poor condition as they are made of much thinner and delicate material than a postcard. However, I found the 2 below in reasonable condition, so have decided to share thm here.

Vintage pictorial letter card of Hythe, Kent, published by Valentine

Inside of Hythe letter card

Vintage, pictorial letter card of Gloucester, published by Frith

Inside of Gloucester letter card

I had planned to scan each picture of the card and document it individually but have run out of time tonight. As always, check out my web site for these and other vintage postcards for sale

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Vintage postcards of outdoor baths and bathing pools

Today's vintage postcard blog topic is outdoor or open air baths and bathing pools. I have encountered a couple over the past few years in Devon and Cornwall, some maintained, others not, but none as spectacular as those on these postcards - I wonder if they're still there.

Interior Open Air Bath, South Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire, c.1931

The Children's Pond, Peasholm Lake, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Bathing Pool and Drake's Island from the Citadel, Plymouth, Devon

Pickie Bathing Pool, Bagnor, County Down, Northern Ireland, c.1957

If you like these vintage postcards you'll find 100's more on my vintage postcards web site.

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