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Our Collection The social media of their day, vintage picture postcards offer a unique view of places and their public.  The UK Post Office’s agreement to accept larger private postcards with adhesive rather than pre-printed stamps in October 1899 gave the general public a new, quick and economic way to keep in touch.  Whether scribbled in pencil […] Read time: < 1 minute Read more

Our Collection Keeping up morale Read time: 3 minutes Read more

Our Collection Date sent: 27.02.1900         Sender: N/A  Recipient: Mr André Strohl, 27 bis Allées de Chartres, Bourdeaux, France  Transcription: Ces effets de couleur n’existent pas, car il y a toujours du brouillard.  However dire the weather when they visited, this anonymous French tourist certainly chose a charming picture postcard to voice their complaint. Tower Bridge rises majestically above the Thames amidst a selection of working river […] Read time: 2 minutes Read more

Our Collection Date sent: 9 FEB 1908    Sender: N/A  Recipient: Miss Mallon, 74 Jeffreys Road, Clapham, London.  Transcription: F is still improving but still weak.  Expecting Dr tomorrow will give you his report of her in my next Kindent  Love from F and Loo and myself mats.  In 1908 private telephones were still the preserve of the wealthy, but the halfpenny rate […] Read time: 2 minutes Read more

Our Collection Definitely not the seasonal view we’ve come to expect.  Postcards as the social media of their day were just the job for last minute posts. Perhaps Ade could have been a bit more generous and sent wishes, but perhaps hoped a single one would speed the journey? The view of the Tower from the Thames […] Read time: 2 minutes Read more

Featured Origin and legacy of a movie design classic Read time: 5 minutes Read more

Featured Funeral gun of Queen Victoria and Edward VII Read time: 6 minutes Read more

Field of Cloth of Gold A redundant armour? Read time: 6 minutes Read more

Our Collection How a famous toy maker joined the war effort and made guns during the Second World War Read time: 4 minutes Read more