Thursday, 31 March 2011

Theme Thursday: Silly

Struggled a bit for this week's Theme Thursday, but here's something to fit ...

Vintage postcard published by Appleby, c.1948

More vintage postcards on my web site

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

More vintage postcards by Seppings Wright

As promised a few weeks ago, here is the 2nd installment of my recently acquired Henry Charles Seppings Wright postcards. I did think I had posted the 3 best ones first, but these next 3 are as good if not better. All 3 postcards were published by S.Hildesheimer and date back to 1904. All are addressed to the same person with a great Westgate-on-Sea duplex postmark. Seppings Wright was a painter who lived from 1850 to 1937, and captured many battles and naval scenes.

As usual, 100's more vintage postcards can be found on my web site

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Sepia Saturday 67 - Barnstaple Long Bridge

I've not been a Sepia Saturday 'themer' for a few weeks now, so thought this week I'd try and stay on topic. Here's a vintage postcard of the Long Bridge, Barnstaple, Devon. A beautiful part of the country if you've not been. Last Easter we spent a few days nearby and managed a great family bike ride along the Tarka Trail, taking in Barnstaple en route.

Long Bridge, Barnstaple, Devon

More vintage postcards on my web site

Friday, 18 March 2011

Vintage postcards of ships by the artist Seppings Wright

Anyone who's read my previous blog entries will know that I'm a big fan of the publisher S.Hildesheimer, and also artist drawn/signed vintage postcards, particularly when I discover a new artist. Well, the batch of postcards which arrived this week included several of both!! I'm in a bit of a rush but thought I'd just share these 3 with you for now. The artist is Seppings Wright and all the postcards are of sailing ships, dating to around 1904.

I have another 3 postcards in the same series which I'll try and post later in the week, but in the meantime I hope you all enjoy the 3 above.

As usual, 100's of vintage postcards on my web site

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Theme Thursday - Luck

Well given it's March 17th, St. Patrick's day, 'Luck' was a great theme to chose for this week's Theme Thursday. Unfortunately I do not have anything Irish to share, but I do have some items related to 'luck'. Here are some vintage postcards featuring a good luck greetings. I normally don't take much notice of the fairly bland multiview ones, but on scanning in the first postcard was quite amused by the facial expression of the cat - looks like he's had some kind of shock.

Good Luck from Aberdeen, c.1959

Best of Luck from Newcastle-on-Tyne

 Good Luck from Ramsgate, c.1954

Cheerio! Good Luck from Inverness

Hundreds more vintage postcards can be found on my web site

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Sepia Saturday 66 - Rosslyn Chapel (da Vinci code)

Once again I'm not "theming" for this week's Sepia Saturday, but thought this vintage postcard was worthy of a post. It's of Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, Scotland. A beautiful looking chapel, with no need for embellishment, it was however made even more well known through Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code book and film. Some interesting information here separating some of the fact from fiction.

Roof of Chancel, Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, Scotland

As usual 100's more vintage postcards can be found on my web site

Friday, 11 March 2011

Vintage Postcards by the artist Jotter

Jotter is one of those postcard artists whose postcards seem to turn up infrequently, but when they do they are usually quite special. I have only a handful or which these 3 are probably my favourites, with the one of Cambridge being my absolute favourite.

St. John's College. Cambridge, c.1909
Bray Head, County Wick, Ireland, published by Raphael Tuck
Flatford Valley Farm, Suffolk, published by Wildt and Kray

As usual old postcards like these and hundreds of others can be found on my web site

Sepia Saturday 65: vintage postcards of Cirencester hospital

I'm always curious when I come across postcards which are not what I'd consider to be 'attractive' postcard subjects. For example my recent blog post on Barnsley Cemetery. I recently came across these 2 of Cirencester Hospital, Gloucestershire. Admittedly they are of more architectural interest than most modern hospitals today, and neither really look like a hospital, and also steeped in history dating back to Henry I, but still strange to have a postcard of them. I also have a few of convalescent homes which perhaps I'll devote a future posting to. Don't forget to visit other people's Sepia Saturday postings.

St. John's Hospital, Cirencester
Hospital Gate, Cirencester

As usual 100's more vintage postcards in my web site

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Great Yarmouth Pavilion and Bandstand

Today I thought I'd share a vintage postcard of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, c.1906. I think in the past I blogged about bandstands and pavilions, and these are great examples of them, both of which still seem to be standing and in active use today.

Great Yarmouth, Wellington Gardens and Pavilion, c.1906

As well as the great view on the front of the postcard, it also has a squared circle postmark from Melton Constable one. I assumed Melton Constable must have been a fairly small place as I'd never heard of it before. A bit of research showed that it had a population of just 518 in 2001 but at its heyday in 1911 had a population of 1,157. Once the junction of 4 railway lines, which is how the village grew, it now has no railway at all and even the station has been recently demolished. On a more positive note however, I have just read that it may be re-opened as part of the Norfolk Orbital railway, which would be great news indeed.

Melton Constable squared circle postmark

As usual 100's more vintage postcards can be found on my web site

Friday, 4 March 2011

Sepia Saturday 64: Cattle

Thanks Alan for giving me an albeit tenuous link to the Peak District in his latest Sepia Saturday posting, but instead I'm going to stick with the cattle theme. I seem to have accumulated quite a few of these type of postcards over the years. Whilst not sepia, theyseem to fit.

Highland Cattle, Olio postcard, c.1926

Mountain Solitude, by the artist Sydney Hayes

River Scene, published by Photochrom

The Calm Pleasures of the Pasturing Herd, Wildt and Kray postcard, c.1910

Ellen's Isle, Loch Katrine, by artist Ernest Longstaffe

A Mountain Pass, Ben Venue, published by S.Hildesheimer, c.1906

The Road to the Isles, published by Valentine

Glendalough, Conemara, published by S.Hildesheimer

Noonday Heat, by artist Ernest Linzell, c.1908

Sorry if this was a lot of postcards in one hit but I couldn't choose which of them I liked best so decided to share them all.

As usual loads of vintage postcards can be found on my web site

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