Friday, December 28, 2007
This card was posted in August 1899, it’s not often we come across postcards before 1900 so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s not in the best of condition but is interesting because of its age
The statue is of Cardinal Granvelle (1517-1586) who was an influential French statesman and a famous collector of art.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
When I choose postcards to display here I prefer to have cards which I really like. This is why I haven’t added a card for a while.
Recently we bought some more postcards in and I’m starting to sort them into some sort of order. This is one that is going up for auction this evening. At first I thought that the two men might be playing chess, but looking at the card through a magnifying glass I’d say that they are having an animated discussion. The card was sent in 1904 and is in excellent condition. I can almost feel the warm sunshine…
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The first thing I needed to know when I first set eyes on this card was “What does the 75 mean?” It didn’t take long to find out that it was the canon. This canon, first made in 1897, was used from the beginning of the first world war and was legendary for it’s technical excellence. Souvenirs and postcards were made, poems and books were written about this famous canon. In fact it soon became too cumbersome to use in the conditions of battle but it remained a symbol throughout the war. This card was sent at Christmas 1914.
Friday, November 16, 2007
This was in the pile of cards Rob had chosen to be scanned this morning. I really love this one, I imagine hobbits would like to live here. I managed to find a picture online of the inside, but the site of the Ministère de la Culture doesn’t work properly – that figures…
Sunday, November 11, 2007
An extract from ‘Spring Offensive’ by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) written in 1918 – never fully revised by Wilfred who was killed one week before the armistice. He is one of my favourite poets.
“Of them who running on that last high place
Breasted the surf of bullets, or went up
On the hot blast and fury of hell’s upsurge,
Or plunged and fell away past this world’s verge,
Some say God caught them even before they fell.”
Friday, November 09, 2007
This is where I’d rather be today. Although it’s sunny here, it’s rather cold and I’d prefer a warmer climate. This card was sent in 1927 from a teacher to a pupil she was obviously fond of who had sent her a letter from Paris. I think the card dates from a lot earlier than 1927 looking at the lovely hats and parasols and the length of the ladies dresses.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Two cards of Nice, where I’d very much like to be this morning as it’s cold here. The Promenade des Anglais and the Quai des Etats-Unis (United States) are the places to walk, showing off your ‘hat’ and smart clothes.
Several years ago we had a student who came to the house for English lessons, he was retired and used to be head of the toy department in Galeries Lafayette in Nice. He talked sometimes of the rich and famous customers who would come to buy toys for their children and grandchildren. One of these was Princess Grace who he told us insisted on standing in the queue to be served, just like everyone else. He also saw David Niven sometimes and he was every bit the English gentleman as you would imagine.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I received this card in the post this morning, it was from my sister – a lovely surprise! ‘Auntie Elsie’ sent it to her naughty niece, Rosie in 1922, she wrote:
“ I am right down ashamed of you if this is the way you are carrying on”
I phoned my sister up later and we wondered what Rosie could have done to deserve such harsh words from her aunt who continued in the very next sentence;
“ Glad you are having nice weather”.
Friday, October 05, 2007
CJB very kindly sent photographs of Gwynedd Rae and has allowed me to include them here (see below)!
These two cards are a little out of keeping with my usual choice. They are of the Café-Restaurant Zytglogge in Bern around 1947. Rob chose them and gave them to me to prepare, asking me “Where on earth is Bern?” I know where Bern is. Bern is a very special place to me although I’ve never been there. There used to be bear pits in Bern and a very special bear called Mary Plain lived there until one day the Owl Man took her in his car to live with the Fur Coat Lady. If you know Mary Plain you will know what a svisit is. Mary Plain was written by Gwynedd Rae, the book I read came from my grandmother’s house and I loved it dearly. My mother leant it to someone and we never got it back. The books are out of print today and you have to be very rich, like the Fur Coat Lady, to buy a copy.
I’ve spent a very enjoyable morning looking up Mary Plain thanks to those cards. A question for Peter: Was Mary Plain Swiss? I haven’t been able to find much out about Gwynedd Rae.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I’d love to be able to dress up and wear a hat like this one. I wonder if it was heavy? Ladies in 1909 would be looking at this kind of creation in the shops and wondering what excuse they could give their husbands for buying yet another hat. The inscription on the back is actually dated 1915, I wonder where the card got to for six years?
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I always enjoy looking at how people were dressed, so I was pleased to find this card amongst a lot we bought at auction. I noticed the signature under the chair when I was scanning the card and looked it up. The photographer was Henri Manuel (1874-1947) who was famous for his work and you can still buy posters today. I haven’t been able to find a biography of him though.
On Saturday we’re off to another auction in la Rochelle. I can’t wait to see what interesting cards we come home with.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
A different type of card today. This postcard was based on a poster for Air France around 1948, just when the world was opening up again after the Second World War. I love the colours, I wonder how many people were inspired to travel by it?
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Years ago I read 'The Shell Seekers' by Rosamunde Pilcher. It’s a book I’ve revisited many times. I was delighted to find this card, that in my imagination at least, represents the painting around which the book is written.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Unfortunately, although interesting, the postcard is in a very poor state. The stamp has been torn from the front of the card and there are lots of creases.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
I mentioned to Peter the other day that I didn’t have any cards of Chillon castle. Well now I’ve come across two while sorting out the cards from last months auction – yes, I’m still working on them!
The coloured card is pre 1903 and I presume the flowery attachment would have been artificial edelweiss. The black and white card I would describe as semi-modern which would be after 1945 - I could be wrong.
Friday, June 22, 2007
This isn't really in the baby series I wanted to show you but I couldn't resist this one. I wonder if they had many offers? I'm not sure whether is was sent in 1914 or 1924 the post mark isn't very clear.
Talking of babies, congratulations to Titania who is looking forward to being a Grandmother!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
This is a card from one of the lots we bought. The artist was A Schlomka, I haven’t been able to find out more, except for another postcard online dated around 1911. I was touched by this one because as a mother of three children and having two sisters and a brother myself, I know that co-operation between siblings is rare.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
This one is a ‘semi modern’ card sent between friends.
Friday, May 25, 2007
This card is semi modern and was posted in 1954. There is a franking on the back: Europäische Fernsehwochen television?
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I think the album had been kept by a young lady called Francine. Someone wrote to her at the end of the thirties saying that they hoped she would soon be a bride as she was now old enough and they had heard rumour of a young man. I found some cards from ‘the young man’ who was a soldier. They stopped shortly after the war started. There weren’t any more cards from young men after that. I hope that Francine found someone after the war.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Later on, some of the ladies of La Rochelle were to become famous amongst sailors and ships crews from all over the world….
Sunday, May 06, 2007
This is just one card from a set that was in an album. We don’t usually bother much with fantasy cards, but I like these. It was printed in Berlin and sent in 1905 to wish someone a Happy New Year.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
This card carried bad news, the sender’s house had been burgled and she was sleeping badly because of it.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I was pleased to see a comment from Alec Millard of Cherryland Postcards. He’s got a lovely postcard site with very different cards to mine. He’s chosen the same blogger background as me - a man of taste.
Friday, April 20, 2007
This card was sent in 1910 and was part of correspondence between friends made at someone’s wedding. An invitation to pass a Sunday together…
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
What had he done to deserve such an end? He was a member of the notorious Bonnot Gang a band of anarchists who make Bonnie and Clyde look like angels. They were also the very first gang to use a getaway car! I got all of this information from Wikipedia so if you’d like to read the story in depth read Jules Bonnot and the Bonnot Gang.
Friday, April 06, 2007
If you would like to see them in more detail just click in the image.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Henry sent this card to his nephew in 1916, it was written in pencil and must have been sent in an envelope. He was looking forward to seeing his nephew the following Sunday, perhaps he had some leave coming up?