Friday, 23 July 2010

Vintage postcards of Town Halls

Today's vintage postcard blog theme is Town Halls. Not typically something that would fire my imagination, but these postcards bring them to life. A mixture of artist drawn and printed postcards, with my favourite probably being the one of Cheltenham Town Hall.

Cheltenham Town Hall, published by Photochrom, c.1938

Leeds Town Hall

Ipswich Post Office and Town Hall

Portsmouth Town Hall from Victoria Park, published by Raphael Tuck, c.1905

Portsmouth Town Hall, published by Stengel


Thanks for everyone's comments on my previous blog entries - I hope you like today's as well. As always, vintage postcards like these can be found on my vintage postcards web site

9 comments:

  1. the Portsmouth Town Hall card is interesting too with the town arms overprint. happy PFF!

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  2. I like your series posts. These are all lovely. I appreciate the *old* architecture (wish more did)! Happy PFF!

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  3. They had such grandeur, something a lot of the modern public buildings are lacking.

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  4. My father was a great collector of town halls but I could never see the attraction myself. The one in Portsmouth must have been destroyed in the war.

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  5. Wow that is some post office in Ipswich. Great series of cards, Town Hall architecture is fascinating as social history.

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  6. Cheltenham Town Hall is my favourte too. The others with their towers look like churches. Happy PFF!

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  7. Great cards. Had these been mailed?

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  8. Hi Irene, thanks for your comment. To answer your question, some of the cards have been posted, some not ... the Portsmouth Town Hall (Raphael Tuck) and the Cheltenham Town Hall cards have been posted.

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  9. These are great. I have a lot of old US town halls, and the fascination is the common architetural themes they use and the way they created a place of grandeur for the town's business. Compare to any town hall built recently!!

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