It’s the end of Series 3, so we present a multi-view, a series of views of the stories the guests have told host Tom Jackson – all inspired by their postcards, in this third series of Podcast From The Past. We’ll hear Scott Pack, Justin Edwards, A.L. Kennedy, Karen Shepherdson, Cariad Lloyd, Keggie Carew, Thane Prince, Tobie Mathew, Sukh Ojla, Julia Raeside, Tony Law & Marek Larwood. Wish you were here?
Hunsett Mill, River Ant, Norfolk Broads. “We are having great fun. We have had two great catastrophes. 1. My pants went overboard and into the water & 2. Aunt Pearl’s hat did the same. The hat we rescued the pants we could not & did not.”
The Devil’s Chimney, Beachy Head, 1977. “The hotel & waiters are nice but there is no-one my age. Hope your hamster is well.”
The front and back of Karen Shepherdson’s seaside comic postcard with photographic interest. Unusually, the subject matter from front is reflected in the message: on the front, the man is changing the film in his camera, while on the back the correspondent refers to making home movies: “I’VE SHOT OFF ANOTHER 150-200 FEET OF FILM.”
Karen’s seaside photography themed German novelty card. The fold out reveals that the card is not so shocking, but disappointing for our voyeur-photographer.
The beermat as postcard (or the postcard as beermat.) Selected from Justin Edwards’ huge collection of beermats, a latterday comic postcard in the traditional style. The drinkers look ill – not much of an advert for beer… Who came up with the “beer buds” slogan?
Another beermat that doubles as a postcard, this one from the Welsh brewer, Buckley. It seems to be one of a series of Welsh castles. Drink Buckleys and collect them all!
A.L. Kennedy has a long-standing fascination with the comic postcards she saw as a child. These are three examples she bought on Sark.
Tobie Mathew’s amazing card owned by and inscribed by English sailor Harry English, who served on British warship HMS Marlborough, and who had taken the suviving members of the Russian royal family, including the Tsar’s mother to Yalta in Crimea: “This is were [sic] we took the royalty from Russia, April 7th & 8th, 1919.”
Marek Larwood’s Parcelforce card – arguably these ‘we missed you’ postcards are the terrifying future of postcards.
Sandown, Isle of Wight. “Nothing changes – not even the paintwork, or the colour of Mr Finney’s chest.”
A musical postcard of Zurich in Summer.