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Edwardian Post Card Album

In 1st world war, Buckworth, Cork, Edwardian, Peterborough, postcards, Thorney on May 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm


I am in the process of scanning around half a dozen post card albums and in so doing exploring any socal history I can discover from the back of the cards. I have finished the 1st album and posted this on to flickr
The first album is an Edwardian postcard album containing 74 cards. Most of the cards have Edwardian halfpenny stamps and have been addressed to Wisbech Road, Thorney Near Peterborough, England. A photo of Wisbech Road at Thorney can be seen herewww.thorney.org/about_thorney_mod.html . This would appear to be a 19th century model vilage with properties built for the agricultural workers by the Duke of Bedford. The postcards are mostly addressed to Miss Marie Buckworth. Although others are addressed to Master Francis Buckworth, Mr Rowland Buckworth, Mr Leonard Buckworth and a Miss H R Brodie. For this reason this appears to be an intact album of postcards and not one made up off odd postcards by a dealer. The postcards have been sent from Daddy, Mother, Auntie Laura Collen, Auntie Ellen, Auntie Ede, Auntie Hettie, Uncle Frank, Connie and Herbert. Most of the cards appear to be addressed to Marie Buckworth and this appears to be her postcard album which she has collected and added cards from the rest of the family. Most of the cards date between 1906 and 1914 though some are earlier to around 1903. Whilst many are seaside post cards from various holiday destinations there are a handful of cards which are photo portraits. Carte-de-visite and cabinet cards gradually went out of fashion from 1900 onwards due to the arrival of a cheap alternative that could be posted namely the photo postcard.

The portrait of the lady in the studio standing holding the back of a chair could be Mrs Buckworth but as the postcard isn’t named this is pure speculation.

The last of the postcards with a date stamp seems to be 1914 just at the time of the out break of the 1st world war. There are a handful of photo portraits such as the young soldier. Again the postcard doesn’t indicate who this is but could well be Mr Buckworth prior to the outbreak of war.

One of the cards from Cork sent in 1907 refers to an explosion and the death of some sailors. I have yet to find if this event is recorded anyway on the internet?

You can view the entire album on flicker here