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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

My Great-Grandmother's Vintage Postcards

I recently learnt about a collection of postcards (still in existence) that were sent to my great grandmother in the early 1900's.
My grandmother (who was her daughter) was about to burn them with the rubbish and my aunty saved them from the fire.
She has had them for decades
I had never heard about them until 12 months ago.
I have been trying to scan them so I have them for myself forever.
They have to go back to my aunty as soon as I get this job done
I'll admit I like having them close to me.
I have received so much pleasure from reading them and
gaining a little insight into how much my great grandparents
must have loved each other.
Many of them were sent to my Great-Grandmother by her future husband.
They are indeed very lovingly written.
I never knew anyone related to me could be so 'smooth with words'...LOL
I love the way so many of the postcards were addressed...
seemingly so loosely,
as though everyone knew who lived in the district,
which indeed they did.
I'm talking about country folk.
My relatives were not big city people.
Simpler times and simpler lives.
My great-grandmother's name was Anna but this was only discovered when her death certificate was sighted.
All her life she went as Annie.
Annie is also one of my nicknames.
This postcard was from my GG's cousin Rachel in 1911
Rachel was trying to organize meeting up with my GG
and suggested they may meet up at the local country show.
It must have been hard with no phones etc when you lived a good horse ride apart from each other.
Love's Victory...a postcard
from my great grandfather William known as Bill,
 to his future wife, Annie.
I love the address on this postcard
Miss Emma Janke
C/o Mr Janke,
The bootmaker it!...
Don't know how my GG had this one, maybe she never got to post it
she collected her friend's used postcards.
Who could blame her?  
They're so lovely.
To Greet You on Your Birthday
Best wishes for your birthday
Here again not sure why she had this postcard in her collection
maybe she had a friend called Annie, maybe she never posted it
We'll never know now.
Christmas card by Beagle's Postcards
from my GG's friend Mary Jessop
Dear Annie
Hope you've enjoyed looking at some of my family history
beautiful old postcards
that are now mostly just over 100 years old.
I knew my Great grandmother well.
She died when I was 20.
I never knew my Greatgrandfather as he died before I was born.
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