Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Great Globe, Swanage - 1944

To the west of Swanage, a mile or so from the town is the 261 acre Durlston Country Park. This is set on the cliff top, and on the cliff edge at 139 feet above sea level you will find 'The Great Globe'. This is a 40 ton 10 foot diameter Portland stone, globe of the earth.
Given that Swanage has an important history in the local stone industry, as both a quarry town and harbour from which Purbeck Marble was shipped for use in cathedrals throughout Europe, there's something rather fitting about this huge stone globe overlooking the town. Purbeck Marble was used to build Westminster Abbey, as well as Lincoln, Salisbury and Exeter Cathedrals.

This postcard featuring this unusual monument was posted in 1944.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

'Blue Peter' Postcard Autographed by TV Presenters

This was a real prize from my childhood! I won it in an auction at school which I remember as having been organised to raise money for an Italian Earthquake Appeal which would date it to late 1980 - early 1981.

It's signed by the then presenters of the BBC television show Blue Peter Peter Duncan, Sarah Greene (both autographs very faded) and Simon Groom.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cader Idris -1913 Vintage Postcard

This sepia tint view from near the summit of the mountain Cadair Idris (or Cader Idris as it is named on the postcard) was posted on 18 August 1913 in the Welsh town of Dolgelle and sent to a certain Miss Rogers in Liverpool.

The mountain is found in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Vintage Postcards Video

To launch my new Vintage Postcard Store and this blog I've made a short video with a selection of historic postcards from the early 1900s to the 1970s that shows a variety of postcard subjects from world famous destinations like Pisa to lesser known British seaside resorts like Forness Bay.

Watch this space! I'll be adding postcards to the gallery on a regular basis!