Another postcard of historical interest rather than for “what’s on the back” – this one is of Paritutu and the Sugarloaves, at New Plymouth. This image also graced an entry from the Cyclopedia of New Zealand. The Puke Ariki website has a story about Paritutu which includes the same picture – and describes the fate of the two small islands you can see at the base of Paritutu. While I am mentioning the fabulous stories on the Puke Ariki website, I might as well add a link to my own story there about iron sand mining as well 😉



Just the shortish of notes on the back. I wonder if Bessie actually got this card, or did it remain amongst Jessie’s belongings – finally ending up on Trade Me decades later, which is where I purchased it. 




Friendship is a lasting joy …

I quite like the idea of  “Happy New Year” postcards …



Excuse P.C. dearest

Another postcard from Joe to Rose, I have another one of  them here.  It’s sweet that he apologies for writing a postcard, as someone has used the writing paper he bought.




Maud Jeffries was an American born actress who ended up living and working in Australia. 

Winnie, the writer of this card is clearly a fan.

The card was sent to Miss Ogilive in Martinborough, c/- Ross Bros.  I wonder if she worked there?

It’s a bit hard to make out, but at the bottom Winnie reports she has “nearly finished my hat”.







This card was a gift from Kathy – I’m not sure where she bought it, so leave a comment with that info Kathy, thanks 🙂

A tale of doomed love ….  honeymoon-pair-ed1











As this may be a tricky one to read I’ve transcribed it as best I can …

Dear Ruth,

When I got this card I thought of you, when you told me you did not like kissing. I believe you don’t, but you are a real sport. You can …… them at sporting times. Well I am glad you and Jim are suited I have been going to introduce you both for a long time now. Only I loved you myself and do now but as I am married and not divorced as yet it would be wrong for me to try to hang on. Any way I am proud. I have been able to make a match with you both and if you ever make a match may it be [up top] like the postcard. I will always love you and remember you as it will be impossible to do otherwise.

Guess where this is from ..

…. 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.

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?

Will call for you about six


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”.


… 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.


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