Wet winter days allows me the opportunity of devoting more time to some of my many pastimes and hobbies that get neglected somewhat during summer months.
I started collecting Picture Postcards during the 1970s. I used to visit local post card fairs browsing and picking up the odd post card or two that I liked, and then a friend at work gave me a collection of postcards. I used to visit antique shops because they often had an old shoe box lying around with a selection of postcards in it.
In 1902 the post office changed its rules to allow post cards with pictures on one side and on the reverse of the card a message and address could be written. In the early 1900s before the use of the telephone became common place most towns had up to 3 or 4 mail deliveries a day and it was often possible for someone to send a card in the morning and for it to be received the same day. http://www.postcard.co.uk/postcard_history.php
Picture post cards are a very good way of seeing how our towns have changed over the years and the messages on the reverse often give clues to how people lived back then. The great thing about collecting postcards is the variety of subjects that are covered, besides photos of places all over the world you could collect forms of transport, sporting themes, military uniforms, film star or celebrity portraits the list is endless. Most of these postcards you can pick up quite cheaply but others can be more expensive, for instance railways stations or some sporting events can cost you more.
The most expensive Post Card was one sent from the doomed HMS Titanic’s are expected to sell for thousands of pounds in auction.
I haven’t been adding to my collection over the last 15 years or so because there seems to be few post card fairs around Skegness but I have just started adding to my collection of picture postcards of Skegness and area from the many that are on sale on E-bay.
Below are just some of the interesting cards I have in my collection. The most recent of which can be found at the top of the page which shows the launching of the Lifeboat on Skegness Beach, the post mark on the reverse is dated 1918.
I have a collection of postcards produced by Watercolour artists my favourite being by a man often signing is cards ARQ. Watercolour artist A R Quinton was 57 years of age when postcard publisher Joseph Salmon spotted some of his paintings in a London art gallery. Salmon persuaded ARQ to let him print a 1912 calendar featuring Quinton’s English village views. The calendar was a success and, over the next 22 years, Quinton went on to produce more than 2000 watercolours featuring the towns, villages and resorts of England and Wales often travelling around the country on his bicycle.The Quinton card above is of Buckfast Abbey
The card above is a part of a collection I have depicting bus company's and shows some of the popular types of buses in company livery. this card is of Bartons Co and most of the buses I remember well. The cards were taken from paintings by G.S Cooper
The card above is from a series of cards based on popular songs at the time of WWI and were often used to send by the troops back home to wives or sweethearts. Each card has a verse of the song and would often come in sets of four cards. The cards were made by Bamforth's of Holmfirth (where Last of The Summer Wine was filmed) who were renowned for there saucy postcards.