Indelible Rough Sea At Scarborough

A lovely old early twentieth century picture postcard of Scarborough, showing, if nothing else, that extreme weather conditions are not just a twenty-first century phenomenon. I have managed to find a large number of vintage postcard views of rough seas at Scarborough - but not this precise photograph, so dating it is more difficult, especially … Continue reading Indelible Rough Sea At Scarborough

Fowler’s Cards: 5. Knaresborough

"Been boating on this river on which were several couples affected with the "Spring Complaint". The trees were covered with blossom making it an ideal and quiet rendezvous. Should not mind a visit to Silloth. No reply Carlisle. AP" Like any half decent mystery, the more you delve into Great Uncle Fowler's postcard collection, the … Continue reading Fowler’s Cards: 5. Knaresborough

From Novels To Nuptials To Turkey Red Twill

The reverse of this picture postcard of the thoroughly splendid Belle Vue in Halifax contains one of the very earliest examples of an on-line shopping order. “Please get me half a yard of Turkey-red twill” writes Lucy. Belle Vue is a building that many Halifax people of a certain age will be familiar with, as … Continue reading From Novels To Nuptials To Turkey Red Twill

Friendship Abides At Victoria Hospital, Keighley

The 5th of Fowler Beanland’s old picture postcard provides us with a view of the old Keighley Victoria Hospital. The message on the reverse doesn’t advance our understanding of Fowler Beanland all that much, other than to remind us that friendship abides if distance divides. We have reached the fifth of Fowler Beanland’s postcards and … Continue reading Friendship Abides At Victoria Hospital, Keighley

Fowlers’ Cards : This, That, And The Clans Of Scotland

Not all of the vintage postcards in my Great Uncle Fowler Beanland's collection are pictures of northern towns, moors, and glens. Like all collectors, Fowler cast his net wide, and exchanged cards with fellow enthusiasts. This particular card came from Scotland and is one of several in the collection which depict the tartans of the … Continue reading Fowlers’ Cards : This, That, And The Clans Of Scotland

Fowlers’ Cards : The Longtown Connection

With a few exceptions, the majority of the hundred or so postcards in the collection put together by my Great Uncle Fowler over one hundred years ago, fit into three distinct geographic categories: East Lancashire where Fowlers' sister Eliza was living at the time; Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire where the family originated … Continue reading Fowlers’ Cards : The Longtown Connection

Fowler’s Cards : Keighley Mechanics

The second of the cards from my Great Uncle, Fowler Beanland's postcard collection shows a view of Keighley Mechanics Institute, which is quite appropriate, as the Beanland family were rooted in Keighley and they were mechanics of one sort or another for generation after generation. The Mechanics Institute was a fine building that stood at … Continue reading Fowler’s Cards : Keighley Mechanics

Fowler’s Cards : John Bright

If I've inherited my love of collecting things from anyone, it must be from my Great Uncle Fowler Beanland. Uncle Fowler - whose name was always pronounced "Fooler" within the family - was an avid collector of picture postcards during the early years of the twentieth century. His collection of cards was housed in a … Continue reading Fowler’s Cards : John Bright

Roadworks On Salterhebble Hill

I have just added a new vintage postcard to my collection which shows "St Luke's Hospital and Salterhebble Hill, Halifax" The card was posted in May 1917, but I suspect that the photograph dates from at least a decade before that. St Luke's Hospital was the original name for what later became Halifax General Hospital, … Continue reading Roadworks On Salterhebble Hill