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┬ácan be just as fascinating. Recently, inspired by the acquisition of a collection of ‘Clumber’ series postcards published 1904-8 by Nottingham music & gift store owner Albert Hindley (he named the series after the street where he worked), I resolved to publish a book based on them. A local photographer friend and I visited 125 locations in Nottingham and the surrounding area and took photos from as close as possible to the same vantage point that Hindley had used. His photos were hand-tinted before being printed and they give that Edwardian past a more real-life feel. Now we’ve published the resulting book, Edwardian Nottinghamshire in colour. The project took less than six months from concept to┬ádelivery, and it was great fun – and a big challenge – to do.Clumber Street postcard Hippodrome postcard Sherwood rly stat pc.