Author: Brian Lund

The past in colour

Most topographical postcards of the Edwardian period show a Britain in black & white or sepia. Indeed, these are the ones collectors like best, especially the pin-sharp real photographs produced by local publishers. Coloured postcards are rated less and are generally cheaper to acquire, but can be just as fascinating. Recently, inspired by the acquisition of Read More …

Daisy, Daisy

Cycling has come a long way since the era of the song about a tandem bike. And at last, on 8th September 2018, the Tour of Britain came through Keyworth, Nottinghamshire. Impossible to let the occasion pass without publishing some postcards, so here they are. Postcards of events are so much rarer now than they Read More …

Messing about on the river

Messing about on the river A postcard collection can have many ways of being organised – by places, subjects, artists, publishers – or by an individually invented theme that can straddle all those parameters. I’ve often thought of starting a collection based on the A1 road, for instance, and including postcards of characters and towns Read More …

Here comes summer

Anyone  needing proof of the continued popularity of picture postcards today need look no further than the holiday destination Center Parcs, which has five locations in England and a sixth soon to open in Ireland. Sister company Center Parcs Europe operates 23 sites, in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Each centre has a stack of Read More …

I predict a riot

If you watched Lucy Worsley’s recent TV programme on the Suffragettes, you’ll have spotted the generous use of, and reference to, old postcards. A selection of anti-Suffragette comics was featured, along with some amazing real photographs inside the WSPU headquarters     Picture postcards often feature in television documentaries, especially those with a transport theme, Read More …

Send me a postcard

According to a recent poll (who does these things??!!) 23% of young people (10-25) didn’t recognise a picture postcard, one of a number of items they were asked to identify. Now while it’s no surprise to learn that teenagers don’t use postcards (they have quicker ways of communicating), I was shocked to find such a Read More …

Missing you

The recent deaths of postcard dealers and personalities Christine Booth from Bristol and Ken Hassell of Glossop will leave a big void in the postcard world. Christine was a generous and knowledgeable lady with over 40 years experience in the hobby, beginning with the lovely specialist postcard shop she ran in Barnstaple’s Cross Street. She Read More …