Thursday, July 31, 2008

The story of a little girl and her teddy bear

I was preparing this card for eBay the other day when something about the little girl’s knitted dress reminded me of perhaps another postcard...

I went through my ‘children’s section’ and was pleased to see that my memory had served me well. Two more cards from the same set!

I think that she was told to wait before she picked teddy up.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Don't move!

I’m always intrigued when I see children on the old postcards. I’m sure that the three on the steps would have been pleased to obey the instructions given by the photographer. They would have been so excited to see a man arrive with his camera and to be part of a postcard.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Restful place

As usual I was reading the backs of my postcards when I came across this one which struck me as interesting. The house is lovely too. Here is the story behind it:

In 1914 a soldier was injured on the front and was fortunate enough to be sent here to convalesce. The owners arranged for him to be picked up from the station somewhere in Brittany and taken to the house. He indicated his room with a little cross – ground floor on the right. The owner and his wife are the couple standing on the left side of the picture. (Click on the image for a better view)

The young man also wrote that he was looking forward to meeting up with his friends on the front again….

Friday, July 04, 2008

The Somme

The 1st July was the 92nd anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme which lasted for several months. Albert was a town which suffered a lot of damage. I came across this folding postcard by coincidence and thought it appropriate. The Basilica was bombarded on the 17th January 1915, several months before the battle. This must have appeared to be a miracle – a sign of better times to come when the people of Albert saw this:

If you click on the image you will see that the Virgin and Child remained intact