There is nothing like a postcard to raise a smile. An escape from the mundane bills falling onto the door mat.
These days you only really receive a postcard when a friend or a loved one goes on holiday, sharing their adventures and obligatory “wish you were here” statement – which don’t get me wrong is lovely! But I can’t help thinking how refreshing it would be to receive the odd note in the post on a pretty postcard for no particular reason – other than to communicate good wishes or updates on daily life.
Traditionally when postcards were first issued in Britain in 1870, they became one of the main forms of communicating, with postal services much more regular throughout the day – postcards were sent to communicate messages and arrange events, for instance
“meet me off the 4.30 train”
Postcards were beautifully printed and were often sent as a gift or to express birthday wishes.
This weekend I came across some beautiful vintage postcards at The North London Vintage Market, whilst reading the messages yesterday morning I recalled Katherine Sorrell’s observation in Home & Antiques Magazine a few months ago – that postcards are
‘a part of history and a snapshot of life’
They most certainly are an insight into a different time, a time when pace was slower and when people’s only way to communicate was through hand written words on the back of a pretty image. Granted plans are much easier to make these days, but perhaps this makes them equally easy to break….
I don’t know about you but I am certainly going to embrace the sporadic sending of a pretty postcard to brighten up some door mats.
My postcard finds at the weekend and in Jonathan Edwards'(owner of a vintage postcard shop) words…
“A fascinating window on life”
Take a peak at our Browse Items page
and for some more postcard inspiration I got abit carried away pinning ..