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.
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.
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.
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.
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.