1. Men’s Stuff Postcard – Caravans

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“Last year Manchester United footballer, Rio Ferdinand, 31, shocked fans when he decided against jetting off to the Caribbean or Dubai for his annual break and booked his wife and two young sons into a caravan park in Prestatyn, North Wales.” Liz Hull, for MailOnline.

This is the first square of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

The square was cut from a postcard (I have used the actual postcard, not a copy) I purchased in a charity shop. I have hundreds of postcards and this is the only one I can recall that does not mention the weather.

It was posted on 3rd June, 1968, by Mary and Tony, to Mr. Wilkes in a hospital in Derby.

“Dear Pop, had a good trip down just 4 hours and 20 minutes. Been on beach all day and been in the boat with John. A lovely change. See you. Love Mary and Tony”.

The caravan park in the picture (Fach Farm in Abersoch) still exists, and looks lovely. The hospital, a former workhouse, closed in 1988 and was demolished in 1992.

The postcard was published by Francis Frith and is numbered ACH608.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.

The caravans in Abersoch have come a long way since 1968. Take a look at Liz’s full article here.

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4 thoughts on “1. Men’s Stuff Postcard – Caravans

  1. I think it would be fun to camp in an RV or trailer like this, myself. I have friends who drove from PA to Florida this winter in a largish RV (not a trailer, all one piece) and camped at state parks along the way. They had a great time and the in the pictures the whole thing looked relaxing and cozy.

    I do not ever want to drive a camper, RV, trailer, or anything of the sort myself. Just to let everyone know.

    I am also interested in the workhouse information you added.

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