Posts Tagged ‘postcards’

An interesting article:



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Dear [sister?] Alice

We were very pleased to hear that you were getting better. We have buried the baby [?] this afternoon and every thing went off very nicely. Give our love to Mr and Mrs Palmer and thank them for their sympathy.

[unfortunately I can’t make out what’s written across the main message]

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I got my own copy of this earlier this month – very excited!

From Sometimes Love Beth: An adventure in postcards

Beth Sometimes

ISBN 9780980637809; 288pp; October 2009; $29.95

From her new home in Central Australia, on the eve of 2008, postcard author Beth Sometimes embarked on a daring challenge: to write a postcard to somebody, everybody, anybody and anything every day for the next year.

Collected in this compendium are postcards to friends, exes, people she’d met in passing, strangers, rivers, mountains and just about anything she wanted to reach out and touch. A combination of handmade and shop-bought and weird and wacky, each contains a piece of writing of some significance; moments in time and personal reflections that create their own poetic narrative.

From Sometimes Love Beth weaves a world of rectangular emotions and cardboarderly camaraderie, where giant ideas roam miniature communiqués and the personal becomes public – just like on a postcard itself.

‘Visual feast of handmade and shop-brought postcards with profound, bizarre and whimsical messages and delightful insights into other people‘s lives. Verdict: stamp of approval‘ – Herald Sun

‘Is this book a pretentious gimmick or an exciting exploration of a new form? Sometimes both, sometimes neither, but there‘s plenty to engage attention and provoke thought – The Age

Info and pic from publishers website http://www.affirmpress.com.au/books.aspx?id=9

You can buy the book directly from there 🙂

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Another postcard blog

The web doesn’t appear to be overrun with blogs about historic postcards – or at least ones that deal with the subject specifically. I’ve found on or two entries dealing with historic postcards, but that has been about it. Today I came across  Vintage Postcards: Postcard blog – this is a blog that is associated with an online shop selling historic postcards. It looks quite interesting from what I have seen so far – for example the blog features a nice example of a roadside motel and gas station and a curious one of 1952 Pontiac decorated folk art style! 

If you’ve come across any postcard blogs or websites let me know 🙂

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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

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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!


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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

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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

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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.


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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

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