Friday, 17 June 2011

Vintage postcard of Barra Head, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

When I first came across this postcard, I assumed it was just anouth 'rough seas' postcard of somewhere like Brighton, Blackpool or Hastings, of which I have several. It wasn't until today when I started to enter my latest batch into my database that I realised that this one was a bit different, and of somewhere that I'd never heard of before. A quick internet search surprised me even more, in that this postcard was of somewhere in the Outer Hebrides, an island chain off the west coast of Scotland.

The written greeting is also quite unusual and it reads, 'Dear Old Woman, What a pity that when you swept the sky you did not sweep the rain down, when are you going again?. I have absolutely no idea what that means.


Vintage postcard of Barra Head, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, by the artist G.E.Newton, published by Raphael Tuck in the 'Scottish Rough Seas' series, number 257

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

    

7 comments:

  1. Uau.
    That's beautiful. And the written thing makes me think a lot. Who bought it? Who was that for? What were their lives like?
    Thank you for this blog and I wish you a nice weekend :-)

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  2. The postcard makes me think of GB, who's a Hebridean who lives in New Zealand during Scotland's winter.

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  3. Interesting card and interesting message. Wonder what the story is??? Happy PFF!

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  4. Beautiful old postcard.
    I think I'm going to browse your vintage postcards site.

    Postcards Crossing

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  5. What if you posted the below as your Facebook status and challenged your various poet, artist, writer, dancer, knitting friends, etc., to use it as the starting point for some sort of creative project? It is provocative.

    'Dear Old Woman, What a pity that when you swept the sky you did not sweep the rain down, when are you going again?'

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  6. I was already lost in the 'Dear Old woman' part-- that's rather ironic. I think. Or is it just me? And the verses that follow... wow, WHO IS this old woman? haha

    And I will do what Man Price suggested ;)

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  7. That's a daunting shore line. I wonder is that a line of poetry?

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