Thursday, March 05, 2009



We acquired a new album from an (real) auction. I’m already piecing together the story of the family that owned it. I’ve concluded that the couple were married not long after the First World War. Madame X could have been a widow with a daughter called Alice as Alice has a different family name. Perhaps Alice’s father was killed during WW1?

The master of the house worked for an insurance company and was later promoted to a post in Paris as head of department. Most of their postcard sending friends had the annoying habit of sending the postcards in envelopes and not marking the year if they dated the cards at all. The family however, carefully collected their postcards and put them into an album so that they are still in very good condition.

The bridge you see on this postcard was built by the Romans and is still there today

10 comments:

suffonsifisms said...

Anji!! What a great collection to have and to be able to piece together a little story...priceless! I always look forward to your posts! Isobel

Anji said...

Isobel: Thanks, I spend way too much time reading the backs of the postcards!

alan said...

I could be very happy just to see either of the places on these last two cards...

An amazing story you are putting together!

alan

Anji said...

alan: How's this for a quick reply? We have quite a list of places to visit one day too. We'll take copies of the postcards along so that we can compare.

Peter (Worldman): said...

It is interesting to try and to trace the family history. Because every postcard has a history.

Anji said...

Peter: I agree. I discovered this afternoon that Alice had a little sister, Jacqueline!

Sue DeAngelis said...

Very interesting -- nice blog... stay in touch. Sue

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Chandira said...

There are many little Roman bridges like that in England. That one is a big one, and a lot rarer than the little 'pack horse' bridges the Romans built all around where I grew up.
Yes, what progress we've made, with how long things last nowadays.. ;-)

That's a great card!

Anji said...

Sue: thank you for your comment

Chandira: The Roman remains will be still here after we've all gone, I think.

A Lady's Life said...

I love post cards.Especially the old ones.
I love everything old it seems lol
Thanks Nice
I think the lace must be bought.
It looks too thin to be made.