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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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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Royal families

Up to now I have been collecting Edwardian postcards based on a message on the reverse of the card, I don’t trust the authenticity of a card unless it has been clearly postmarked plus I love reading the message and maybe doing some research on the people mentioned.

I am not much bothered by the image on the front although I have collected cards of places and buildings local to me and Edwardian actresses. However I now have a new interest in Royalty of the period.

I saw this card for sale

King George V with his children

It grabbed me straight away because I have always been a life long Royalist. This depicts King George V with four of his children David (Edward VIII), Albert (George VI), Mary and Henry. I love the poses of the little Princes and Princess, its a perfect image.

It made me go searching on ebay for more (always a costly business) and I came across this one

The Czarewitch of Russia

It shows the youngest child of the Tsar of Russia, one of the Romanovs who were sadly massacred in 1918. I have always been really interested in their story as my Grandfather was involved in the Russian Revolution in a small way. He went to Russia with the North Russian Expeditionary Force in late 1918 to help shore up the allies fighting the Bolsheviks there.
There are quite a few great postcards out there but the prices being asked are a bit too high for me plus most of them weren’t postally used which for me means its a waste of money in case they are later reproductions.
I shall just have to keep my eyes open at bootfairs for some.

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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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