Saturday 29 September 2012

Love at first sight - picture postcards

This set of six postcards published by Delittle, Fenwick & Co, Art and Colour printers of York appealed to me because of the story they tell.

They were all sent to Miss Maudie Anscombe, Ivy Cottage, Guildford during the months of August and September 1903.

Love at First Sight
Posted 17th August, 1903
Message on front reads
Dear Maudie, aren't the above awfully fetching?

26th August, 1903
With Leslie's love

The Proposal
August, 1903
Am expecting a letter from you dear Maudie, Nell

Papa's reply
3rd September, 1903 
Dear Maudie, I hope you are enjoying yourself more than the individual above. Papa!

Married in haste
5th September, 1903
Dear Maudie, do you know Victor or Sara at Brighton Parish? Wish you were here from Nellie.

Repenting at leisure
5th September, 1903.
Dear Maudie, when you go to Brixton look out for "Black Marias" (slang term for a police van)Victor

I thought I might share a few more cards from my collection – what do you think? Is it something that would interest you?


  1. Hi Barbara - I love old postcards and these look to be in such wonderful condition! Its fabulous that you have the whole series - they are so cute and as always the 'story' of the people behind them is so intriguing. If you have more I'd love to see them sometime.

  2. I am definitely interested in seeing old post cards! I always like to get a glimpse into the past. The style of the cards you posted is so different from what we see now. I love mail- so I have always thought post cards are a wonderful way to drop someone a line an let them know you are thinking of them. I think the story that the cards tell is is fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

  3. They are adoreable!

  4. I have never seen postcards that tell a story like the one you have here. They are really wonderful. I collect postcards as well, so I would be very interested in seeing more from your collection.

  5. These are really adorable and unusual! I would love to see more of your collection!

  6. Hello Sharon, that’s all the excuse I needed – more postcard posts coming soon! Thank you for the comment I always look forward to hearing from you.

  7. Oh lovely I'm one of those people who enjoys sharing their hobbies, so I will be delighted to post some more pics. Just promise to let me know when it gets boring! Thanks for calling in.

  8. I agree! Thank you for calling in.

  9. Hi Alex, I don’t think there can be that many that tell a story quite like this. I've got lots of others and am more than happy to share – it’s nice having someone to share them with! Do you collect a particular kind?

  10. Goody I get to share more of my favourite things! Watch out for another postcard post soon. Thanks very much for your comment.

  11. these were so fun and yes - love to see more! :D

  12. The characters look like marionettes. How cute!

  13. barbaraannefisher1 October 2012 at 10:41

    Thanks Joleene, there will be no stopping me now! : )

  14. barbaraannefisher1 October 2012 at 10:43

    Hi Donna, I hadn't looked at them like that, but you’re right they do! Thanks as always for your comment.

  15. Hi Barbara

    I'd like to see more of your postcards. I love postcards because so many tell a story and some give a social commentary from the day, an event, or social customs in a picture or just a few words.
    I'm a nosey parker and love to read the note on the back!
    Do you have any of the funny seaside ones?

  16. barbaraannefisher2 October 2012 at 21:14

    Hi Michelle, sorry I don’t have any of the seaside ones. I’ve always liked them just never collected them. I tend to collect anything to do with children’s book illustration or anything that rings a bell with me.

  17. Barbara, these postcards do tell a story. 'Married in Haste' and 'Papa's Reply' caught my attention most. I'm with Donna, too, the characters look like marionettes!

  18. barbaraannefisher7 October 2012 at 19:35

    Hello Claudine, Papa’s reply is my favourite, and the fact that ‘Papa’ sent it adds to the appeal. I agree about the marionettes – they look as if they could dance.

  19. Hey there! I've been following your blog for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and
    give you a shout out from Houston Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the
    good work!

    1. Thank you! Sending best wishes from Somerset UK to you in Houston.

  20. I could not resist commenting. Very well written!

  21. Highly descriptive blog, I loved that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

    1. Thank you. Not a part 2 as such but there are lots of other postcard posts on this blog - just click on the following link Best wishes Barbara


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