Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Postcards from my Collection, Newly Listed Stock and a Short Pause.

I’m going to be away from my blog for a while. Thanks for being such lovely friends, I will miss you!

Very pretty postcard sent to Dear Uncle Ted from Joan. Undated, printed in Saxony.


Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. Illustration by May Smith, published by The Medici Society. Sent from Cherry Ripe Cottage, Danehill, Sussex in May 1940.

 I tried to find Cherry Ripe Cottage on Google Maps but had no luck. I can only assume the cottage has been knocked down or the name has changed.


Just a little bit independent by Bessie Pease Gutmann
I couldn't resist this one even though the corner is damaged. I love the picture and the caption.


Caught by the siren by Madge Williams.
Sent to Virginia from Mummy on the 5th June 1941.

A pretty card with a serious message. During World War Two, the British government believing some form of poison gas would be used on the civilian population issued 38 million gas masks. Children under five were issued the “Mickey-Mouse” version in pink rubber with a blue nose piece and round eye-lenses. The masks were stored in cardboard boxes worn over the shoulder; the little girl on the left has obviously left hers at home.


This is the only sepia card I have in my collection. Posted on the 23rd December 1921 in Streatham, London the message reads With Christmas greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year from F. Sharp with love to Freda. How formal things were back then!


May you find, when you are drest,
washed and brushed and all the rest,
letters kind and present fine,
and loving words-like this of mine.
Illustration by Lilian Govey
Message on reverse reads With ever so much love & kisses xxx


The bride - God Bless Her!
The bridegroom - God Help Him!
Pretty Mabel Lucie Attwell card published by Valentine's


This makes me smile every time I look at it. I love the expression on the face of the baby and the smiles of the other children. 

And just before I go a quick glimpse of some newly listed stock;


All the books featured here are available (unless previously sold) to view or purchase at March House Books please use the quick search boxes at top left of the home page or just enjoy a browse.

Pookie's Big Day, Good Manners, Shirley Temple through the day, The Pratchett Portfolio, Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone,  Pookie in search of a home, When the moon is new, Where's the Bunny and The Good-Luck Horse are now sold, thank you for your interest.

The postcards are from my own collection and therefore, not for sale (sorry!)

If you have a few minutes to spare, please visit the lovely Catherine at An Angle in the Garden she has one of the prettiest blogs I know and her recent post about Dr. G. Nome of Toadstool House is absolutely beautiful. I was thrilled & delighted when Catherine asked to use one of my images on her blog. Pop along if you have the time I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

Thank you for visiting I hope to see you all again in December.

Update July 2016: All the books featured are now sold. March House books closed on my retirement in 2015, but I am still happily blogging here at March of Time Books. Your visits are always appreciated.

33 comments:

  1. I GREW UP seeing Bessie Pease Gutman's work all around me! I LOVE THIS COLLECTION! Barbara, I will miss you greatly; please don't be gone too long, for I enjoy this nook and corner of your world. LOVE! Anita

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  2. Wonderful postcards and books. I hope all is well and look forward to you coming back whenever you can.

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  3. ... and we shall all miss you! Enjoy whatever you are doing. M x

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  4. Thank you for letting us know you won't be blogging for a while, we shall of course miss you.

    Wonderful collection, I especially loved that Pretty Mabel Lucie Attwell card published by Valentine's

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    1. Dear Anita, Alex, Vintage Jane and Tracy, thanks for all your lovely messages. I've just got back and am looking forward to catching up with all your posts. xxxx

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  5. Darling Images Barbara! I understand about the short pause, thinking of doing the same thing! I always appreciate your visits my way! Take care - Diane

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  6. Lovely cards, so cute , hope you will come back soon :)

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  7. I love this collection of delightful postcards. You will be missed. I hope you have an enjoyable time away from blogging. Look forward to your return.

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  8. what a lovely collection to leave us with,
    whilst you are away.
    what more can I say? oh yes!
    Be happy,be careful and return to us one day.
    I just love your site.agman

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    1. Hi Diane, Aunt Mary, Darlene and Terence, you all make my life so much brighter. Thank you for your lovely comments. Barbara xx

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  9. Such a beautiful selection of postcards.
    I do love your new shop additions too.
    Don't stay away too long :)

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  10. Hello dear friend, you are such a treasure! How sweet of you to mention me & the Dr.G. You have no idea what an utter delight your comments are & what joy they bring to my soul...thank you SO much. I hope that you enjoy your break...busy time of the year isn't it. Your postcards are so much fun..I am giggling away to myself-imagine having the verse written in a birthday card..May you find, when you are drest,
    washed and brushed and all the rest...very funny. Interesting spelling too.
    See you when you return. We'll be keeping an eye out for you.
    Much love Catherine x0x0x

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  11. Oh! When I saw the first card I fell in love...but then more and more...all of them so sweet and lovely! I fully understand why you do not want to sell them :)
    Good luck in whatever you do during this break but come back soon! We'll miss your wonderful posts.
    Besos!

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  12. What beautiful postcards. Such fun to see the different cards that have been sent through the ages. The one about the boxes with the masks is very interesting- I had no idea about the masks! I always learn something new and fascinating here. Your postcard collection is always a treat. :)

    We will miss you while you are away- but enjoy your time! :)

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    1. Thanks to Stephanie, Silvina, Catherine and Yvonne - you are all such lovely friends. I can't wait to catch up with all your posts. Barbara. xxx

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  13. beautiful wee collection. I hope your ok and will be back soon!

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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  14. beautiful wee collection. I hope your ok and will be back soon!

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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  15. These are all so lovely, although I favor the first one. All the children are so darling.

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  16. Lovely postcards :)

    Seeing the Terry Pratchett book - funnily enough, I've just reviewed the first book in his Discworld series!

    And Orville... He's from my childhood! :)

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  17. Hope you enjoy your break from the blog, and that you are ok. Thanks for sharing these, they are so vibrant, stunning.

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  18. Of course I love, love love the postcards. I used to love that little bit independent picture and thought it was just exactly like me. Thanks for the cuteness and we will miss you.

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  19. We'll miss you!! Hope you aren't gone too long!
    I was thinking of you yesterday. I bought 2 of the sweetest antique children's books (one from 1915 and the other possibly older).
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. Dear Jamie, Eve, Lindsay, Nikki-ann, Donna and Lainy, forgive me for not replying to each of your comments one but one I always love hearing from you but have a lot to catch up on. I will be over to visit each of you just as soon as I can. Barbara. xxx

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  20. Hi there..... am too busy to read the posts fully but am following you, saving all for a later read... the pictures are so BREATHTAKING ...the whole collection awesome...mmmmm .... am loving it!

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    1. Hello Kokila, how lovely to meet you! I think I am already following your blog but will check and if not I will. Barbara.

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    2. Thanks Barbara ji for replying and following.. am humbled that you like what you saw on my blog.

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  21. All postcards are AMAZING .....gems <3

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  22. Love the beautiful pictures of the children, don't think I've seen those before. I've seen Mabel Lucie Attwell of course, I used to love those when I was a child.

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  23. Hi Barbara,

    I've been away for a while, too, so thought I'd drop in and see how you're doing. These postcards are lovely! I especially like the one with the little chicks.

    See you soon! <3

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  24. Thanks for sharing your postcard collection with us. Enjoy your blog and seeing your comments on mine. I will be awaiting your return. All the best. :)

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    1. Hi Stacey, Sophie and Campfire, thanks for your comments - I will be over to visit with you all soon. It is always such a pleasure to hear from each of you. Barbara xx

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  25. Hi Barbara, don't know if you've returned or not, just to let you know I sent out a small parcel last Friday and it should reach you in ten days. Hope you're having a glorious holiday and can't wait to catch up with you soon!

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    1. Dear Claudine, how lovely of you - I'm so excited to see what you've sent! We arrived home on Sunday morning, and I'm just starting to get back into the swing of things.
      I am missing my family, but having such sweet blogging friends (like you) makes everything so much better. xxxx

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