Friday, 17 September 2010

Sepia Saturday - vintage postcards of Bristol

For this week's Sepia Saturday posting I have quickly scanned in some sepia vintage postcards of Bristol that I came across a few weeks ago. I still have a backlog of some 300 to process but these ones managed to percolate their way to the top. They are quite curious postcards in that when I first looked at them they seemed a bit dull, but the more I looked the more was revelaed. I played around with the scanning process a little to see if I could enhance the contrast of the images but in the ended decided to leave them in their natural state.

All 3 postcards were published by Delittle, Fenwick and Co., York. They date back to 1905 and were all sent from Pollie to a Miss F Coulier over the space of 3 months (September - November 1905). Interestingly the messages on the reverse of the postcards get shorter with the one in November bearing just a few words.

Mya favourite is the Tramway Centre, although the Clifton Suspension Bridge also holds a certain charm.

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, c,1905

Promenade, Clifton Downs, Bristol, c1905

Tramway Centre, Bristol, c.1905


As always, 100's more vintage postcards can be seen on my vintage postcards web site

10 comments:

  1. Night time views are a really interesting category. The tramway centre is great, especially with those backlit clouds.

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  2. Wonderful postcards, I have never seen old night scenes like these, I love the light in them.

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  3. They are impressive images. Though dark they have a certain charm that we don't see in the daytime images. I like all three for different reasons. Thanks for posting them.

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  4. They are indeed very unusual, I have never seen anything quite like them before. Thanks for sharing them.

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  5. Neither have I seen postcards like those. They are wonderfully different. You are so right to leave them along.
    QMM

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  6. These are beautiful postcards! I love that they are all nighttime pictures. The bridge with the moon playing on the water is especially lovely!

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  7. Would be so fun to see the original images they worked with to see them painting in the moon and sky, placing cars and people just so. And how proud were the artists when they saw their work being sold? There's an interesting tale to be told about the people that did this for a living. Lovely cards.

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  8. a little spooky, and fun!!!! but how come i don't see a larger view when i click on them? i'd love to peer over the details.... saving space on your account?

    HUGZ

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  9. They are really interesting looking cards. I don't think I have ever seen anything like them before now.

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  10. I've just found these. I've stood on the spot from where the Clifton Suspension Bridge picture would have been taken. My colour photo is nowhere near as impressive.

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