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…. somewhere in New Zealand, Australia maybe. Could be a tropical destination? Yes you are getting warmer (no pun intended) … Fiji … almost …

Swimming pool Honiara Hotel, Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands

Swimming pool Honiara Hotel, Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands

… yes that’s right, you go all the way to the Solomon’s and send back a postcard of a swimming pool. Or maybe not … this postcard was never sent, so maybe it was deemed just a little dull, or perhaps the purchaser really wanted a memento of the facilities. But now we can enjoy this scene in all its retro glory, complete with a “pale but interesting” young woman, and a cool dude with walk shorts, socks and shoes! Hmmm… is that guy in the pool talking to this bloke – so is it his dad or ….

If you were intrigued as I was to contemplate the history of holidaying in the Solomon’s there is a bit of a history about it here . The use of the name British Solomon Islands dates the production of this card to before mid-1975 but retro buffs out there may be able to provide a more exact date.

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Greetings from Foxton, with an inset of the Main Street of the town

Greetings from Foxton, with an inset of the Main Street of the town

I originally purchased this postcard because of the Foxton subject matter, but it’s what’s on the back that is really intriguing. 

 I originally thought that the vaccination might refer to influenza, but the major outbreak wasn’t until 1918. Based on some web searches I’ve done it seems likely that the vaccination might be to do with smallpox.

 The 1918 influenza pandemic was an anomaly in New Zealand and the world’s experience of influenza. New Zealand experienced intermittent outbreaks of influenza throughout the 19th and early part of the 20th century. But since a serious outbreak in 1907 the rate of death had steadily declined. By 1913 other infectious diseases, such as smallpox and tuberculosis, were of greater concern to health authorities. (Source New Zealand History Online)

Other sources talk about an outbreak of smallpox in 1913. Had the Mr Gray mentioned on the postcard caught the disease and now had smallpox scars, hence the question “has he decided about his face yet?”. Whatever the dangers Mrs Gladsome doesn’t appear to be keen on the idea of vaccination. She also makes an interesting comment “there is such a lot back here from the effects of it” – does she mean people returning to the area to escape the outbreak elsewhere?

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Another meeting arranged by postcard – I presume this was hand-delivered (I wonder if it was in an envelope or not, put in a letter box or not?) as there is obviously no address or stamp. Whoever wrote the card for Ruth has noted in the top left-hand corner “Have a bad cold dont feel like walking home”.

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… Verner (?) would help but he is having a “hog killing time”if-nothing-unexpected-happens-2

And what unexpected things might happen on a train? The chap on the front of the card looks like he’s about to get up to some serious mischief.  Seems like a suitable card for a couple of blokes to be sharing.

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A gift from Kathy, purchased on her visit to Melbourne, 2008.

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I’m not sure how serious the author of this postcard is – but if you read it taking it at face value she seems mighty annoyed! The word “love” has been crossed out and replaced by “your” in quite an emphatic way!

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Purchased from an antiques store in Tirau, New Zealand, December 2008.

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Oil storage tanks, Curacao

Oil Refinery Tanks, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Oil Refinery Tanks, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

 

What better momento of your trip to Curacao in the Caribbean, than a postcard of the oil refinery!

Purchased in an antiques store, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North, New Zealand in 2008.

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A greeting from Avonmouth

A greeting from Avonmouth

I purchased this card in an antiques store in Tirau, New Zealand over Christmas. There was a whole collection of postcards from Joe to Rose. I only had time to grab a couple of them unfortunately! This one is the old fashioned equivalent of a text message – arranging a meeting either at the chapel or the “usual place”.
Back of A greeting from Avonmouth

Back of A greeting from Avonmouth

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