On a recent visit to my grandparents’ house, my grandfather showed me another box of old postcards and photos he had dug out the attic. What caught my eye were the holiday postcards, dating from the 1930s to the present day. I’ve split these into three blog posts and will kick off with the oldest, dating from 1931 to the 1950s. You can click on all of the images to make them larger.
Posted from Bognor Regis, 1931.
In the photo you can just make out the name of the beach hut – Linga Longa. This was sent by my great grandmother to her husband. She writes, “I went to see the lady yesterday she let me have it for a pound a week as we seem such nice people.” Presumably she was writing about the rental of this hut.
St Osyth Beach, Essex, August 1939
This was sent to my great grandmother’s family by friends, less than a month before the start of the Second World War. They were “having a lovely time here very little rain”. No British holiday postcard is complete without mention of the weather.
Lulworth Cove, posted 1955
This was sent by my great grandmother to her son, John (my great uncle). I didn’t find postcards from the 1940s in the box – presumably holidays were interrupted by the war. My great grandfather was too old to fight but their son – my grandfather – trained to be a fighter pilot in South Africa.
The Old Mill Camp, St Helens
This postcard was never written on or posted. It looks to be from around the 1950s and kept as a souvenir of a holiday to St Helens.
The Luck, Gurnard, Isle of Wight
Another postcard not written on or posted that looks from a similar era – the 1950s. My grandmother was a great cyclist and would regularly cycle from London, where the family lived, to the south coast and Isle of Wight for holidays. It would take a whole day to make the 80-mile trip.
The sailing beach, Hayling Island
After so many holidays spent on the south coast my grandfather eventually moved there after the Second World War to raise a family. My mother and I were both born less than 10 miles from the place on this postcard.
If you’re trying to date a posted postcard and can’t read the postmark, this is a good website listing the dates different stamps were used to help you pin it down.
The next blog post will look at colour postcards from the 1960s.