14. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card – Sandown, 1968

378

378

W. J. Nigh & Sons. Copyright, Ventnor and Shanklin. P81271.

Number: 378

This is one of my favourites. When I look at the deck-chair couple, I smile.

The picture shows The Battery Gardens, Sandown, Isle of Wight. Showing the bay with Culver cliffs.

I have never been to The Isle of Wight, but when I think of it, two people come to mind. Billy Connolly and Aine’s John.

Billy Connolly was in that film where he had a thing for Queen Victoria (aka Dame Judy,) with Isle of Wight connections. Mr. Brown. He was good in it. We saw him in the street once, on Skye.

My friend Aine has travelled the world with her husband, John. Wherever they go, it is never as good as The Isle of Wight, according to John.

Anyway, the postcard was posted to Sue in Southend in 1968, by Linda and Janet. This is what they said:

Dear Sue, The weather here in Sandown is rather chilly (?) but went on the beach yesterday. Today we went to Carisbrooke Castle and saw the donkey at the well house. Yesterday we took a bus to Shanklin and walked back along the cliff. My poor feet. Love, Linda and Janet.

Forty-five years later, the postcard found its way to me. I have added the words ‘Love You’, which were cut from old magazines and leaflets.

As usual, it is totally unique and super eco-friendly.

I have used a 1941 Ordnance Survey map of Hexham for the envelope. Someone, has violated it with a pink marker pen. The envelope is more like a wallet, though, as I have no intention of making it seal with glue or stickers. It’s 73 years old. No stickers.

The envelope and card have a combined age of 118 years!

It is a recent addition to my shop.

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

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13. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card -The Lugger Hotel, Portloe, 1969

350

350

PT994. Printed in Great Britain.

Number: 350

This place looks wonderful. The hotel is still there, I’ve just checked, and is a delight. They’ve added a little roof terrace above those wooden doors, but apart from that, it hasn’t changed much. On the outside, that is, all mod-cons inside – spa, and the like.

Bet it didn’t have a spa in 1969, which is when this postcard was first sent. Ten days after man walked on The Moon, to be precise.

Leo and S posted it to Mr and Mrs Derbyshire, Liverpool, 12. I guess they didn’t stay at The Lugger.  This is what they said, it’s great:

Having a glorious time. Farmhouse A1. Some grand beaches, as you know – and the weather has been more than kind so far. Leo is planning on staying another fortnight. Send more money. L & S.

Wonder if they sent more money. No ‘please’.

I have used a 1941 Ordnance Survey map of Hexham for the envelope. Someone, has violated it with a pink marker pen. The envelope is more like a wallet, though, as I’ve no intention of making it seal with glue or stickers. It’s 73 years old. No stickers.

The envelope in the image is upside-down, so that you can read the place names.

As usual, the letters have been cut from old magazines and leaflets.

The card and envelope are totally unique, and have a combined age of 119 years!

I am now going to go through the ordeal of putting it in my shop. This is no disrespect to Folksy, by the way, I’m just not cut out for this stuff. Maybe I should just go to bed.

Don’t know if anyone was lucky enough to catch Robert Elmes today? People, who had grown up in Soho, were ringing in to tell stories. It was brilliant. Going to try and figure out the ‘listen again’ facility on Radio London.

Laters,

Alison x

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12. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card – Churchill Court, Sevenoaks, 1950s

357

357

Published by The Grange Publishing Co. London SW17. Printed in Great Britain.

Number: 357

I imagine Sevenoaks to be the exact opposite of my home town, Spennymoor.

This is a lovely matt postcard of Churchill Court, which looks pretty posh. I’ve just googled it and discovered it became a Grade II listed building in 1990.

Approximately seventy years after it was printed I have added some new bits. I cut out some letters from old magazines and mounted the words ‘Love You’ onto an exhibition advert’ from work. I work in a London gallery, and when an exhibition comes to an end any leftover paraphernalia is put into the recycling bin. Unless I get to it first. If you look carefully beneath the letters, you will see a leaflet for an exhibition about Elizabeth 1. Queen Bess moved over a few weeks ago to make way for David Bailey.

The envelope is made from a 1940 Ordnance Survey map of Anglesey. Actually, it’s more of a wallet than an envelope. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in the post, what with it being 74 years old. The card and envelope have a combined age of 145 years! As usual, I have made no attempt to erase the blemishes left by life.

The card is totally unique and super eco-friendly.

It will be in my shop soon.

Laters,

Alison x

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11. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card – Whitstable, 1960s

358

358

Published by A.H.& S. Paragon Series. K582. Printed in Holland.

Number: 358

I have never been to Whistable, but would love to. It has been on my ‘to do’ list for a pretty long time. Not sure whether it still looks like this postcard from the sixties, but I’d like to think it does, more or less.

Approximately forty-five years after this postcard was printed, it found its way to me. I have given it a new life. The letters have been cut from old magazines and leaflets and then sewn onto the card.

The envelope is made from a 1940 Ordnance Survey map of Anglesey. Actually, it’s more of a wallet than an envelope. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in the post, what with it being 74 years old. The card and envelope have a combined age of 115 years! As usual, I have made no attempt to erase the blemishes left by life.

The card is totally unique and super eco-friendly.

It will be in my shop soon.

Laters,

Alison x

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358

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10. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card – Charing Cross and The Strand, London, 1969

355

355

John Hinde Studios, 6 Rupert Street, London W1. Printed in Irish Republic. Photographer, E. Ludwig.

Number: 355

As London railway stations go, Charing Cross Station is unromantic, but it is nevertheless close to my heart. I have lived in London for twenty-seven years, and for about nineteen of those years this station has been my gateway into town.

This postcard was posted in 1969 by Dick, he addressed it to Mrs. Grundy on The Wirral. He wrote:

Burgess Hill. Dear Jess, thanks for your letter and I am glad you had a nice holiday at Ilfracombe and good weather. I am ok and enjoying the change of air. The Moby Dick pub is originally the West Kipling (?) Hotel. I know it well, I am sure you would like it for a change. I haven’t been anywhere yet, but hope to soon. Charles would enjoy some of the new pubs. Letter soon, love Dick.

Wonder if Charles got to try out those new pubs?

Forty-five years later the postcard found its way to me. I have given it a new life. The letters have been cut from old magazines and leaflets and then sewn onto the card.

The envelope is made from a 1940 Ordnance Survey map of Anglesey. Actually, it’s more of a wallet than an envelope. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in the post, what with it being 74 years old. The card and envelope have a combined age of 115 years! As usual, I have made no attempt to erase the blemishes left by life.

The card is totally unique and super eco-friendly.

Hopefully, it will be in my shop soon.

Have a great week,

Alison x

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9. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card -Bournemouth, 1973

349

349

Harvey Barton, Printed in England. E2J.

Number: 349

My family love Bournemouth, we have had some good times there. The little boy, with his head down in the foreground, reminds me of my son.

In 1973 Bertha and George sent this postcard to Mrs F. Reavley. The address on the card is not far from where my parents live, and indeed where I grew up. We used to have a lovely shop in our town, called ‘Reavley’s’, selling toys and stuff, can’t help but wonder if there is a connection. This is what Bertha and George wrote:

Dovedale Hotel, Bournemouth. Dear G C F, we are spending a holiday here. This is our second week. The weather was lovely last week, not so good this week, but we are enjoying the break. Have been to Salisbury today. Hope you’re both ok. Bertha and George.

People from foreign climes laugh at our weather obsession, they can’t understand it. The thing is our weather is so damn temperamental, that of course it is a constant talking point. It is the main topic of conversation on a postcard, because it can make or break a holiday in the UK. The person you are sending it to needs to know that it wasn’t raining solidly for a fortnight. There are a huge amount of people suffering from seven weeks worth of flooding, as I write. My heart goes out to them.

Forty years later the postcard found its way to me. I have given it a new life. I hope Bertha and George would approve. The letters have been cut from old magazines and leaflets and then sewn onto the card.

The envelope is made from a 1940 Ordnance Survey map of Anglesey. Actually, it’s more of a wallet than an envelope. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in the post, what with it being 74 years old. The card and envelope have a combined age of 110 years! As usual, I have made no attempt to erase the blemishes left by life.

The card is totally unique and super eco-friendly.

Hopefully, it will be in my shop soon.

Have a great week,

Alison x

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8. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card – Lyme Regis, 1984

348

348

John Hinde Original. 3BM83. 9 Rupert Street, London W1. Printed in Irish Republic. Nice to see the photographer getting a mention, too – E. Nagele.

Number: 348

Another glorious sunny seaside scene from the eighties.  Whilst the miners’ strike took a grey centre stage in my home town, things were much more technicolour on The Parade, in Lyme Regis. I love the hip young couple walking towards us in the foreground, and to the right of them the gentleman in the straw hat (and perhaps a bow-tie?). The 16p stamp is great, too, showing the ‘urban renewal of Liverpool’.

In April 1984 Jan and Dave sent this postcard to Mr and Mrs Wiggins in Drayton. This is what they wrote:

Friday. Found a very quiet campsite near here – we were the only ones last night. Saw Ted and Bet yesterday. Today we have been languishing nicely in the heat on the quieter end of Lyme beach. Returning Sunday if it stays fine. Love Jan and Dave.

Thirty years later the postcard found its way to me. I have given it a new life. The letters have been cut from old magazines and leaflets and then sewn onto the card.

The envelope is made from a 1940 Ordnance Survey map (someone, in more recent times, has written on it in pink felt-tip pen) of Anglesey. Actually, it’s more of a wallet than an envelope. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in the post, what with it being 74 years old. The card and envelope have a combined age of 104 years! As usual, I have made no attempt to erase the blemishes left by life.

The card is totally unique and super eco-friendly.

Hopefully, it will be in my shop soon.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend,

Alison x

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