Sunday, September 24, 2006


Imagine going off skiing dressed like this! This postcard was sent in 1913 and I think that the piste would probably be much busier nowadays. Some modern climbers actually went off climbing in old fashioned clothes and they weren’t as uncomfortable as you think they might have been. I remember hearing a radio interview and the climber said that the old fashioned clothes weren’t as bulky as modern ones.

Friday, September 22, 2006


I'd like to post another postcard but I can't because I have a new computer and all I get is a picture of the postcard onto one side. To make matters worse, it's all in French so I don't really know what is what when I try to get help. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Thank you.

Monday, September 04, 2006


Rob bought up a load of cards at an auction. When I was sorting them into some sort of order I started to notice that the handwriting was the same on the back of some of them. It seems that some photographers would take photos and turn them into postcards. That’s how I came across Henri. I would say that he was a reluctant subject and couldn’t wait to get away from the scrutiny of the camera. There is a photo of him with has comrades too, so I presume they all got photographed on that day. I get the impression that, although he fought in the first world war, Henri was a career soldier and was serving well before. He wrote home regularly even though he was a man of deeds rather than words. His family must have been so grateful for that at the time.