More postcards

First postcards i’ve bought for ages now. I’ve decided to collect ones of Herne Bay in Kent. We have friends who live there and I’ve only visited for the first time recently and fallen in love with the town.

Its full of original old Georgian terraces anong other great architecture and has the best seafront too with the huge (77ft) clock tower, beach and Neptunes Arm. A breakwater built in the 1990’s to help prevent flooding which is great to walk along, you get a fab breeze and great views out to sea too.

I’ve bought 5 in total but only 3 have arrived so far

I love the rough sea images, must have been scary but very invigorating to watch (from a safe distance of course)

I’ve had a look at the messages on the back of course but havent been able to find them on census returns sadly.

One is dated 1906 which is right in the middle of the censuses so they could have moved by the 1911 and another is dated 1927 which is 12 years before 1939 Register where i may have found them. When you think about it, unless the person has lived in the same house for decades it is hard to trace them between censuses.

Messages are nothing special just holiday talk as I imagine most of them were.

They make a great start to my collection though

Madge and the mysterious message

magic colour changing postcard image

I bought this postcard from my reliable seller and friend over at OldPostcards4sale Do check them out, they have a wonderful variety of cards and a service thats second to none.

I bought it mainly because it was advertised as a card that changed colour when you held it up to the light! It really works too. Its very faint but you can see the blue of the water and the red roof top.

My clever hubby has scanned it for me on the negative setting of our scanner so you can see what it looks like. Isnt it clever stuff?

The card is posted to a

Sister M. Regis, 22 Montgomerie Crescent, Saltcoats, Ayrshire

Its sent by Madge who has written this very mysterious message.

Hoping you are enjoying yourself. Delia never told I was not in Rothesay. My scheme worked wonderfully well. Nobody knows.

Don’t allow “somebody” to appear too important in her new sphere.

Love & best wishes


Now what does that all mean? Is it just a joke do you think or is it a real message and what were they planning?

In the 1901 Scotland census, 22 Montgomerie Crescent seems to have been a normal home with a regular family. This was posted on November 13th 1905. I have read that the Franciscan sisters used this house as their Summer home because it was warmer than the building they used the rest of the year but, I have no idea when they first began using it. Articles only seem to mention the building from the Second World War onwards.

If anybody lives near there or knows anything about it please leave me a comment or email me (link in sidebar)

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Woolwich Garrison church

Welcome if you’ve come to this page from my Twitter link. I share one of my vintage postcards everyday there.

I’ve decided to blog about this though as I have more to say than a Twitter post can handle.

This is one of my special postcards in my collection as my Grandad Harry left home in 1901, walked to Woolwich and joined the army. He was unhappy at home as his mother had died in 1899 and his father remarried. His stepmum doesnt seem to have been liked by many of his siblings sadly.

This postcard showing the Garrison church and parade ground was posted in 1903 and is an early card with undivided back dating before 1902. I love the idea that this is what Harry would have seen when he arrived there. I like to think that he would have paraded around the grounds here and maybe attended church services, who knows.

He was stationed there before being posted to Kempston Barracks in Bedfordshire where he appeared on the 1901 census. He fortunately survived WW1 and lived to the age of 74.

The message is short and sweet, saying just ‘Thanks for the letter, All well at home.

No idea of sender but recipient was a Mrs Roberts of 65 Burton Road, Brigton. I think this is a mis spelling and could be Brighton as neither Google nor Ancestry recognise Brigton.

Can anyone help though with some letters on the front beneath the date on the left.

They look to me like C.O.Y.M

I know COY means Company normally but not sure of the M?

Any ideas welcomed, thanks

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Salisbury Postcard Research

Minster Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire Posted 1915
Sent to Mrs Hodgson

This is one of three postcards i bought the other day from a dear friend of mine who runs OldPostcards4Sale online.

It depicts Minster Street, Salisbury and is sent to a Mrs Hodgson of 49 Sunny Bank, Lancaster, Lancashire

She was Ellen Hodgson married to James Hodgson though I cant find a marriage record for them despite having an approx date of 1873 based on the 1911 census where its recorded that they have been married for 38 years.

They had 6 children; Rose, Margaret, John, James, Alice and Thomas

The postcard was sent by someone who signs themselves BH? Its not terribly clear. Its not addressed to anyone though so im guessing they knew them well. However i dont thinks its one of their children unless the B is a nickname?

Message reads:

Had our tea at the Haunch of Venison shown on the other side. The erection on the right hand corner is very ancient its something like that on Kirkby Lonsdale Square. I see that the 1/2 d postage is not to be cancelled. The Cookhouse cat has just paid us a visit. It is like our big one only brown in colour, its a great favourite – follows fellows like a dog. The washing came back this afternoon after being away nearly 3 weeks. We all got our own, which was more than i expected. Will send some home this weekend to stay. See Horace is in the prize list + that Sam Carey (?) has been hit together with Middleton and others. Will be writing this weekend BH (?)

A really lovely chatty card to someone they clearly feel comfortable with.

I love that the card features the Haunch of Venison where they had tea too, it justs adds a lovely personal touch

I’d love to be able to attribute it to one of their sons but I’ve drawn a blank. A great card to add to my collection though

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Do you know Alice Berry?

This postcard is one of a group i bought at a bootfair simply because i loved the photo. It is not postally used but simply has the name Alice Berry written on front and back of the card.

I’m no expert on period clothes and without a rough date to go by, searching for her in census returns could be tricky.

I think she has such a sweet face. In her twenties maybe and could even be a teacher with that book open on her lap? Its all guess work.

If you have any information on this lady or possible family connections then i’d love to hear from you.

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These postcards are going home

Written from and too members of the Pool family

I bought these three postcards many years ago now because I love collecting postcards that are written on and especially if they are part of a collection which has all been sent to or by the same family.

Today i saw a thread on Twitter where two lovely people I follow were discussing some postcards which i wondered may have had a connection to this family and the fact that a descendant of the Pool family had got in touch and the postcards were heading back to their rightful home.

See Lynn’s fascinating blog for the whole story which is written much better than I ever could Lynn’s Waffles

So, i dug these ones out and after many Tweets and emails found that they are part of the same family and that the descendant would love to have them, as indeed i would if i came across postcards/photos/documents etc written by my ancestors.

I have just returned from posting them off and i’m so excited to think that they will be back where they always belonged 112 years after they were posted!

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Postcards of Edward VII 1901 – 1910

A couple of postcards of King Edward VII that I acquired recently. This for me is what a King should look like. Regal and very impressive. The first one has a lovely message on the back.
Edward VII
back of postcard
This card was sent to a Miss Coles, c/o Mrs Buxton in Surrey.  I love the part of the message when it says
“I thought you might like one of the dear old chap”
What an affectionate term and its nice to know he was a popular King. The second card is very special.
Edward VII
This card is to commemorate the King after his untimely death on 6th May 1910. His funeral was held on 20th May, this card was sent on 21st May and the sender mentions going to see the funeral and that they had a fairly good view. Its sent to a Miss Allaway in Victoria, London The funeral was the largest gathering of European Royalty ever to take place, with representatives of 70 states, and the last before many Royal families were deposed in World War 1 and its aftermath.  Imagine seeing all those European Kings and Queens, what a sight it must have been. I think that makes it so special and its made this card top of my Royalty pile.

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Edwardian postcard – The Lovers Seat, Hastings, Sussex

I recently bought this postcard to add to my ever growing Edwardian postcard collection because of the amusing message on the back and the intriguing picture on the front. All those prim and proper ladies!

When it arrived I felt drawn to investigate the writer and subject matter further.

The writer, Harold describes the ladies sitting on the ‘lovers seat’ as being ‘Giddy Old Kippers’ which made me laugh. I immediately liked Harold’s sense of humour so had to know more about him.

But first, the ‘lovers seat’ mentioned was on a cliffside in Hastings, Sussex UK. I found two websites with lots of information about it.

My postcard was posted in 1905 but in 1910 there was a landslide and the sloping rock and a lot of ground disappeared down to the sea below.

A fence was then erected for safety but over the years that too fell down and later photos show it without any protection once again.

Its interesting to see it from a different perspective and appreciate the view and why they liked to sit there.

I’m borrowing this from a post on the 1066online forum for Hastings.

1851 – Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt painted his greatest landscape, Our English Coasts, later known as Strayed Sheep, looking west across Fairlight Glen from ‘Lovers Seat’.

1910 – A land slip took away a large section of cliff including the large reclining rock shown in many images. After this the edge was mostly fenced off.

1932 February – Lovers Seat (wooden) was heavily vandalised and had to be replaced.

18 December 1960 – A landslip carried away the terrace on which the Lovers Seat (wooden) stood.

1961 February – The actual seat finally also slipped over the edge.

1961 Feb – The Lovers Seat ‘stone’ fell down the cliff in a landslide. A crane pulled it back up.

1980/81 – A major landslide completely destroyed the famous sandstone Crag at ‘Lovers Seat’.

Anyway, back to the writer and recipient.  It was sent to a Miss Fricker in Hornsey, Middlesex by someone called Harold.

After some digging I discovered that Miss Fricker was Lucy Fricker, born 1885 in Brentford, Middlesex to Arthur Fricker and Annie Baggallay.  Harold was Harold Burnett Smith born 1885 in Crouch End.

He begins the postcard Dear Sis, which led to me to think that he was Lucy’s brother but I found that Lucy brothers were both younger than her and called William and Arthur. It may have been a nickname of sorts i’m guessing.

The address on the card is 97 Turnpike Lane, Hornsey. Lucy and her family are listed as living there in 1901 & 1911 census.

I then searched for Lucy in the BMD records and found a marriage record in 1911 alongside a Harold B Smith. Could this be our Harold?

After some searching for Harold I found his occupation (stationers assistant) and parents details.

I later found a Church of England Marriages and Banns record which showed that Harold’s middle name was Burnett. The parents details matched up with what i’d found for them. They did indeed get married on 24th April 1911 in Hornsey.

They went on to have two children, at least thats all I could find.

Joan Kathleen Smith in March 1912 and Joe W.A Smith in 1914

Harold joined up during World War 1 and served as a rifleman in the Queens Westminster rifles. Sadly the story does not end well as Harold was killed in action on 30th November 1916. He is buried at Cambrai in France and is listed on Panel 12 of the Cambrai memorial

I haven’t been able to find any service papers for him but i’ll keep looking.

Its amazing what you can find from just a short note on the back of a postcard written over 100 years ago.


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Friday Smiles – week 263

Morning all, its a lovely early spring morning here with blue skies and sunshine but more snow is forecast for Saturday and Sunday here!  Its only meant to stay briefly though so i don’t mind that.

It great to be able to join in with Annie’s Friday Smiles again and I have a couple of things that have made me smile this week.

Firstly, it was Mothers Day last Sunday in the UK and i was lucky enough to get this from my son

He knew i needed a new mug as my old one was so chipped so he bought me this beautiful one which came with a matching teddy. I firmly believe you are never too old for a cuddly toy!  he also bought me a gift card to spend on my other passion, books. I am truly blessed in the mum department of life.

The other thing that made me smile and even chuckle a bit was this postcard I bought the other day. I collect Edwardian postcards but only one that have been written and posted. I am nosy and love reading the messages on the back, so when I saw this I knew I had to have it.

It shows a group of ladies sitting on whats known as the ‘lovers seat’ in Hastings, Sussex, UK I love the way they all look so severe and prim and proper but the message on the back is the best bit.

The writer of the card, Harold refers to them as ‘Giddy Old Kippers’ What a wonderful phrase! Has anyone heard that expression before?

I sometimes do research on these postcards to try to find out more about the sender and recipient and this one has been really interesting to delve into.  I’ll be posting the story on my blog tomorrow.

Well that’s me for this week. Enjoy your week and stay safe if you’re in a snowy area.

Gill X


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