An intrepid NZ traveller writes home to Mum and Dad.

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One of a group of postcards with a cat theme, purchased off Trade Me, 2009

Posted in honour of Kathy’s birthday today 🙂

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Purchased off Trade Me 2009

DigitalNZ  is a search engine that covers digital content from the likes of government departments, libraries, community organisations and individuals. I tried some searches for postcards and came up with some great results. Here’s part of the search results screen for a simple search on postcards foxton

Search results screen from DigitalNZ

Search results screen from DigitalNZ

This was amongst the postcards I got from a TradeMe auction – all the cards had a cat theme – this one is a “treat” whatever side you read 🙂



Dear Madam,

Being aware of the “Cat-astrophy” that occured last Sunday thought this illustration would be reasonable.

An Old Tom

Main street of Foxton, New Zealand, 1906
Main street of Foxton, New Zealand, 1906

I got this card as it was a historic view of Foxton.  Most of the card is taken up with the writer explaining they were too busy to write earlier … a common starting theme in many forms of correspondence I think (including my own!!)

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Oh what a difference!


I’m not quite sure what relationship Frank is to Miss E. Barltrop – I have another postcard that makes me think he’s a relative. Apart from the cheeky subject matter I was also intrigued the recipient lived at the Cape Pallisser Lighthouse!


Stayed here

The garden of the Hotel Regina, Stockholm. What a lovely courtyard! Can’t find this hotel online, so I guess it has changed its name.



Purchased from Ethel Anne Antiques, Hawera, March 2009


Ward C.6.

??? Hospital

Dear (Fanny, Family?)

Just a few cards to let you know that I am doing alright again, and will be out of this shortly, at least I hope to be. No I did not have to go to church in France. We very seldom had church over …

There is a #1 in the top corner of this card, so it’s a letter written on several postcards. I wish I could make out the name of the hospital – couldn’t find anything remotely like it when I searched for war hospitals in Belfast.

Information on the City Hall can be found here.


Purchased at Ethel Anne Antiques, Hawera, March 2009

This is a postcard of “Norian”, The Beehive House, which was built by Edgar Roy Brewster in New Plymouth in the 1940s. It was dismantled in 1966. Brewster opposed right angles with a religious fervour, and apparently cut the corners off all of his photos. I realised when I took the postcard out of its plastic sleeve that this too had had its corners snipped! There’s nothing written on the back of this card. Puke Ariki have a great article on Brewster and the Beehive House.


Your’s Badger + Frosty

Something tells me these Kaponga lads may have been a handful!


This puts us mind of you on your way home from church


Won in a Trade Me auction March 2009