Saturday, December 05, 2015


Two portraits of a little girl.  I can't read the dates on the postmark but my guess is between 1905 to 1913.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 11th

Searching through postcard images on my computer for today 11th November I found plenty: Pictures of soldiers, pictures of ruins, pictures of cannons, pictures of battlefields, pictures of graves… Here are just a few:

Soldiers dream
 I dreamed kind Jesus fouled the big-gun gears;
And caused a permanent stoppage in all bolts;
And buckled with a smile all Mausers and Colts;
And rusted every bayonet with His tears.

Wilfred Owen

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I'd keep these!

If I had the choice, this is a pair of postcards that I would keep for myself. I love the way in which they've been coloured. Such a pretty little girl too.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Posted before 1900

Two postcards from Paris posted before 1900. There aren’t many postcards that have survived this long.

The Moulin Rouge opened in 1889, just 10 years before this postcard was sent. The second postcard of  Les Invalides was posted in 1898.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Celluloid postcards

Four celluloid fantasy postcards. These are quite common, as objects made from celluloid were fashionable for a while. They seem to have been quite versatile. Here we see gold printing, collage, glitter, scalloped edges and the card in the bottom righthand corner looks to be very skillfully hand painted.

Celluloid is considered as the first plastic and was widely used as an ivory replacement. It was used in the film industry until replaced by acetate films in the 1950s. Table Tennis balls are made of celluloid!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Vincent goes to Summer Camp

The title of the card is; "Nothing will stop these boys from Pine Island Camp"

I imagine that Vincent wrote to his parents in the early 60s. He hasn’t put the date on his card. He’s enjoying himself a lot in the Island, despite not speaking English very well. He’s managing to get by and anyway there are plenty of sports to join in with.

Pine Island Camp in Belgrade Lakes, Maine is still running and Vincent would have been in the care of the family of the present director who was a child at the time. The camp for boys aged 9 to 15, is over 100 years old and has been run by the same family since the beginning.

This is one of my favourite parts of my job; finding out about a postcard. I found the Pine Island Camp website and really enjoyed my visit. My boys are grown up now; I think they would have enjoyed themselves there too.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Old Curiosity Shop

Not my favourite Dickens’s novel; I felt like strangling the Grandfather throughout the book. However it does include one of the best descriptions of life in an industrial town written at the time.

Postcards of the shop are quite common, but this one is slightly different. Can you see the policeman standing to the left of the shop?

The shop is probably one of the oldest shops in Central London. It was made from wood from old ships and survived the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Café des Tribunaux

These two pictures were taken about 100 years apart. The Café des Tribunaux is in Dieppe in Normandy.

The up to date image comes from Google Earth.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Children paddling on the beach

In 1903 little children timidly enjoy the waves, the girls careful not to get their summer dresses wet. I wonder what happened to them as they grew up. They could have lived through two world wars.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A real gem!

We went to a auction in Bordeaux last Friday. It was a really good day. We managed to get some good lots and amongst the postcards was this one. There were two postcards made of the artist, Alfred Renaudin, at work on the banks of the river Moselle in the Lorraine region of France.

This is the rarer of the two. Alfred Renaudin (1866 – 1944) was a French landscape painter who was most active between the wars although this postcard was sent in 1905.

I looked on the internet to see if I could find the final painting, nowhere to be seen. Perhaps it’s in a private collection.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A stroll by the beach

Around 115 years ago Royan would have looked like this. Most of it was destroyed by the allies in WWII. I can’t help wondering if the ladies talking their walk would have been affected by the train passing so close just above them. It would have been very noisy, to say the least.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Happy Easter

Hot on the heels of St Valentine's day comes Easter.  Where does the time go?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The happy father

Even in the dark times of war there is a glimpse of hope and light. A happy soldier on leave holds his baby. The drawing on the postcard was made in 1917 by Luchard. I haven’t been able to find anything out about the artist.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Annette Poulard

Monsieur et Madame Poulard ran a Hotel at the Mont Saint Michel. Annette Poulard became famous for her omelets, so famous, that she put up a notice warning people to avoid copies of her recipe. Her omelets were eaten by thousands of people including King Léopold II of Belgium. Georges Clemenceau was a regular visitor.