On the day following the General Election in the United Kingdom and with things still unclear as to who will govern the country I thought I'd take a closer look at this vintage 1960s postcard featuring one of the country's most famous Prime Ministers - Sir Winston Churchill.
This real photograph postcard is uncirculated, but was certainly issued after his death in 1965 as one of the vignettes highlighting important locations in the statesman's life features “Bladon Church”. Churchill was buried in the family plot at St Martin's Church, in the village of Bladon, not far from his birthplace at Blenheim Palace, which is the first of the images on this postcard. The state funeral service was held at the far more ostentatious setting of St Paul's Cathedral. The postcard is a potted biography of sorts - his school days at Harrow School are followed by those at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst (where, incidentally, he struggled to pass the entrance exams and was accepted only on his third attempt). His years as Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955 are represented by the Palace of Westminster, whilst his retirement and final years are depicted through his country home in Chartwell. Churchill also served as First Lord of the Admiralty in both the First and Second World Wars, living in Admiralty House during those years, which I assume is the reason for the inclusion of Admiralty Arch.
When the company eventually closed for good in 1970, there were serious concerns about the future of the vast photographic archive. Help came initially in the unlikely shape of the tobacco company Rothmans who bought and saved the collection. In 1977 it was sold again, this time to John Buck who formed the present day company - The Francis Frith Collection - which continues to publish photographs from the Frith archives to this day.
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