Saturday, August 13, 2022
From Bristol to Beirut
Let's do some armchair time-traveling with more of the old postcards I bought at Covent Garden several weeks ago.
First is this colorful card from Nice, mailed in 1936. Like several of the cards in this group, it was sent to a Virginia or Ginny Lees, who lived at different times in Bournemouth, Christchurch and London.
"Hope you are looking after the Siamese kitten and teaching him to be good. He must be very nice. I am looking forward to seeing him. Love, Daddy"
Here's the stylish Presto Bar Automatique at 14 Boulevard des Italiens in Paris. There's no writing or date on the card. At first I thought the bar was a freestanding structure, but I think it's actually a corner shopfront.
Here's roughly the same location in 2014. That gigantic building must have come later.
This looks like a tour group photo that was turned into a postcard. It was never mailed. On the back it says, "Versailles -- 21 Juli 1931."
Mailed from London in 1933: "To dear little Virginia with best love from M. Chappuis."
The Hospice du Grand St. Bernard is a former monastery and haven for travelers in Switzerland, and the origin of the St. Bernard breed of dogs. The Pain du Sucre (rough translation: Sugarloaf) is a mountain in the Alps.
"To wish little Ginny many happy returns of the day. Love, Daddy"
Saint Jean de Luz is in the Basque country of southwest France, near the border with Spain. I can't read the postmark so I'm not sure when this was sent.
This was written to J. Hornsby at the Chief Accountant's Office for the LNER (London Northeastern Railway) in Barnet, North London, but it has no stamp or postmark so must have been mailed in an envelope.
"Having a lovely time. We are all getting nice and brown. Keith is on the beach all day. Have you had any storms? We had quite a nasty one on Saturday evening. It's very peaceful here and the food is very good indeed. Don't work too hard! We are just off to the beach so cheers for now. Betty"
The Killacourt is a park overlooking the sea in Newquay, on the north coast of Cornwall. Apparently the view still looks very similar.
"Here I am having a lovely time. There are so many things to do during the day that I can't fit everything in but I like boating best. Hope you and Neil went away. Love from Tessa"
Not sure about that last line -- I can barely read the handwriting.
Tyntesfield is a National Trust property near Bristol featuring an ornate Victorian house and gardens. The card's stamp was torn off so I can't tell when it was mailed.
And finally, an unmailed card featuring great old image of a pine-lined avenue in Beirut, Lebanon. If you like it you can apparently buy a poster print of it online!