Friday, 28 September 2007

Vintage Postcards

I thought it was about time that I showed some pictures of some of the lovely things I have managed to get at my local car boot. I have been very fortunate to discover some real treasures and have also come to realise that where I live only a very few people must look for the same things as me. We never normally get to car boots before 9.30 which is when most of the keen bargain hunters are leaving (I too was one of these prior to having Ella.) I see people walking past with general house hold things and toys but never anything I would buy, but yet it always surprises me when I come across what I see as vintage treasures, normally the best things I have found have been bought during the end of a car boot and I'm always amazed that some one else has never snapped them up. My best find so far has been this amazing collection of 1900 postcards. I spied some old albums and casually had a look as I was expecting it to be filled with the usual scenic postcards, but imagine this, on opening one album I casually asked the stall holder if there were any floral cards to which his reply was 'oh yes there are quite a few' well that was it, my instincts kicked in... I grabbed another photo album while Jeremy started to look through the other three. I had to contain my excitement when I came across the first page filled with beautiful floral post cards, I was expecting the man to be selling the albums filled so when I asked him this his reply was 'Oh I'm just selling the post cards individually for 50p, now can you picture my amazement... sad I know but there is just something so appealing about them and its even better if they have been written on. Needless to say I bought every single floral card he had (about 35) and then was very cheeky and asked if he would sell me one of the albums, which he did. That day I was so ecstatic.. lol. I often look for floral post cards so was aware of how much they can cost. I was surprised to see other people look at the albums then walk off when told the price.. strange! Once home I had a lovely time reading each one, they were all part of a collection from one lady dated from 1904 to 1906, it felt like reading her diaries, it really struck home that in our age of computerising everything what treasures of our everyday lives will there be for future generations to read about. I can't actually remember the last time I wrote a letter to a friend or sent a post card, does any one else feel this is a shame? I suppose that is why I love vintage post cards so much, they are like a little gate way to a time that was, when if you wanted to meet up with a love one, a card would be sent detailing the time and place, abet some cards expressed sadness that they had not met (the postal service was just the same then I suppose.) Can you imagine sending a card now a days to a friend or family detailing when and where you were to meet, well going by royal mail standards you would constantly miss each other due to the delay of you post.. . lol. So today I have decided to write a few letters... well that is when I can find some writing paper.

Please let me know if you feel this way too... or is it just me???

More picture of my finds to follow soon, I got a little carried away when writing about the post cards (I have an inability to stop once I actually do start writing.) So I thought it was best to save the other things for my next post.



julia said...

What fantastic finds, I love them! I was looking at old postcards in a local antique shop recently and they were really pricey!

Have a great weekend

Julia x

Claire said...

Those are lovely. I managed to get some very kitsch 50's ones last week when I was in London - I am going to use them in some designs I have for handbags. Rach bought me a lovely embroidered one for my birthday a few years ago - I still have it propped up on my bookcase. I am lucky that my friend Angela was without email for a while, and she would send me lovely postcards and often letters with bits of things she found, like doilies or embroidery transfers, and it was like christmas when I saw an envelope or parcel for me.

Take care xx

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I LOVE old postcards too, and yours are quite lovely!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

What a find-they are so lovely! Bet you were delighted with them!xx

Regina said...

Your old postcard are very beautiful,
I love them.

jessica daisy said...

The postcards are gorgeous, I've only got one, given to me by my dad, it's got 'Jessie' on the front and posted in 1905, I'll have to blog it this week to show you.
I agree with you, It's such a shame we don't write real letters anymore, although I still send thank you cards (it was instilled in me from a very young age, but my husband thinks it's over the top). Maybe I should write a letter and send some little bits and peices to my sister at uni!