Friday, 6 August 2010

Vintage postcards of London

I must have well over 100 vintage postcards of London, but a new batch I found recently were slightly more interesting and different than most I have. The reason being is that most of my London postcards seem to be of the more common and well known places like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St James' Palace, etc., but this recent batch also included Greenwich Observatory, Waterloo Bridge and the Foreign Office.

Greenwich Observatory, London, c.1904, published by Charles Martin

... and on the back of the postcard, a short but sweet message which reads ...

Dear Kitty,
This is where we get corr
ect time from.
Yours George.

Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House, London, c.1905, published by P.P & P. Co., Croydon

... and I though the back of this one was interesting too, although I'm finding it quite difficult to read what the 1st paragraph says. The 2nd paragrah is about the weather, "Hope you are having better weather than we are, we have had dreadful thunderstorms"; the third possibly reads "Mother & Edie are very queer sent E- home from school".

Foreign Office from St. James' Park, London, c.1913, publsihed by J.W.B. London

Message on the top of the card looks like it says "Yours to a blister. Poor old B".

I almost forgot that I also blogged about vintage postcards of London several months ago

As always, 100's of vintage postcards like these can be found on my vintage postcards web site


  1. Great cards and fascinating messages. What does that mean, "yours to a blister"?

  2. I'm assuming that "Yours to a blister" perhaps refers to the person having been visiting London and having walked around until their feet were sore. But that's just a guess ... maybe it has another meaning completely.

  3. I've just finished a book which might be of interest to you - The Englishman Who Posted Himself and other curious objects by John Tingey. Published by the Princeton Architectural Press.

    Janet in Seattle


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