Joining Tom Jackson – recorded remotely thanks to the wizards at Wardour Studios – to discuss the postcards from their pasts are musician and songwriter JUSTIN CURRIE from Del Amitri, and Ladybird book aficionado HELEN DAY ( We confuse baskets for boxes in Veneto, learn the secrets of a cream boy, and discover the postcard charm offensive waged by British pop groups on American fans. Wish you were here?

New Grimsby Harbour, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, 1977. “ Jubilee flags out all over Bryher – we’re looking forward to bonfire & fireworks on Tuesday – plus ports Carnival here on the island. We’ll try & film it. Cold & windy here today Sunday – but we’re going to church at 3pm, a Jubilee Service where the children receive their crowns. Potatoes 10p a lb – I’m just about to put on a panfull – yum! yum!”
Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond, 1964. “Thank you for my Ladybird books. Love from Simon.”
Helen’s oversized postcard of Sydney Harbour. A souvenir of a fateful trip she took when she was young.
Justin’s garish sunset postcard from his then manager. Was she drip-feeding the joys of America to him, to inspire transatlantic ambition in the young Del Amitri?
Fistral Beach, Newquay, 1959. “We spent the afternoon here. I hope you get the cream O.K. I’ve sent 1/2 lb but apparently I wrote a label out for a 1/4 lb tin, but the lady assured me it would be alright.”
Tintagel, 1995. Our competition entry.
Helen’s postcard of an idyllic market square in Italy. But what did the writing on the picture refer to?
A postcard of peasant costume, sent to Justin by his Del Amitri bandmate Ian Harvie, while enjoying a beach holiday with his parents.
A musical postcard: Dragon Rock on the Rhine is the picture; Melodie d’amour is the tune…