Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Vintage Postcards for Sepia Saturday

For my Sepia Saturday post this week, I can't claim to be intimately familiar with any of these places but felt these sepia vintage postcards of various English towns were worth sharing. What's interesting is that the degree of "sepia-ness" (pretty sure that's not a word) varies between cards. The first and last postcard are published by Frith, and "very sepia" whereas the two published by Photochrom are still sepia but very much less so, and the one published by Judges is somewhere between the others.

Of the postcards below, I suspect the ones of Penshurst and Lower Slaughter are the least changed today, whereas I suspect the ones of Windsor and Ross-on-Wye are almost certainly blighted by traffic.

Market House, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, published by Frith

Lower Slaughter, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, published by Photochrom

Penshurst, Kent, published by Judges

The Embankment from the Town Bridge, Bedford, published by Photochrom

High Street and Parish Church, Windsor, Berkshire, published by Frith

Hundreds more vintage postcards on my web site


  1. That is a great collection of cards. The different degrees of "sepianess" (if it's not a word it is now) may be a result of differing ages and photographic techniques. The older sepias achieved their tone through the selective fading of the light-sensitive chemicals, but later on photographers created a false sepia tone by chemical dyes. Welcome on board Sepia Saturday.

  2. I am trying to envisage what time these are from. I would same the 1930's or 1940's due to the automobiles. I prefer the the style of buildingd back then to the more modern of today. Wonderful Allan.

  3. great images, thanks for sharing these!

  4. The second card reminds me of the set for the film, 'Went the Day Well?'

  5. Lovely and I think Sepianess is too a word! We use it here. My favorite is the Embankment, with that gondola type vehicle reminds me of Venice!

  6. Love the pictures, I would like to be able to stroll along that bank, and enjoy the sights and smells. I think I prefer the tones in the third card most.

  7. I love the sense of a slow and relaxed lifestyle that these convey. There is no hustle and bustle, the streets looks suitable for a lazy stroll, and people are peacefully rowing in the river. I'm sure there's a dog sleeping in the middle of the road somewhere. nearby.

  8. this encourages me to eventually post those postcards i found at my parents'. they look pretty old too. nice show.

  9. I am taken by the first photo because of the building with the double arches. Does the building still stand? Is there a walkway past the arches with more arches on the side? Where does it lead? I love the quaintness of these English villages. Wish we had such in the U.S.!


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