The Sole Society, a Family History Society researching Sole, Saul, Sewell, Solley and similar names

Picture Postcards

by Maureen Storey

This article was originally published in the December 2002 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society

As the Society’s representative in The Guild of One-Name Studies I was recently approached by Colin Buck to see if we were interested in his Postcard Index.

Colin has a collection of over 90,000 picture postcards from the period 1899–1950 which he has indexed by the name of the recipient. His aim is to unite the postcards with anyone who has an interest in the recipient at a nominal cost.

His letter included a list of the cards that might be of interest to the Society (17 Sewell, 5 Saul, 4 Solley and 3 Sole). The committee agreed that although the cards contain little or no family information (and in many cases we’ve yet to identify the recipient) the Society should purchase the cards for our archives.

Some of the details from the cards are listed below. If anyone can identify any of the recipients can you please let either me or the relevant surname coordinator know.

Colin has agreed to keep us informed if he finds any more cards of interest to us.

Addressed to - Date Message Picture
SAUL J.E. Black…arren, Radlett, Herts 29 Sep 1909 Am at Ely this day not sure yet on the …..tomorrow but if I do not turn up at 5.25 do not expect me till same time Friday. Heard this day that Aunt Anna is….  Ely Cathedral
SAUL P., Miss Darrington, Pontefract, Yorks 10 Feb 1909 Dear Pollie, Another to your collection, With kind regards W N Hill (?) xxx Beaumont Park, Huddersfield
SAUL P., Miss St Monica's Home, Malvern Link, Gt Malvern, Worcs 1911

Dear P, As I am going away very early on Monday morning, will you please address all future letters to the address I gave you viz Lilacs, Cemetery Rd, Market Rasen. I hope you will decide that it is my turn on Sunday. I have something to tell you when I write you a letter again. Please don't address any letters to Pontefract. E

St Mary's Redcliffe, Bristol
SAUL R. 7 Commercial Rd, Lowestoft 16 Aug 1922 Dr F…., Arrived here 5.30 had a good run down. Kind regards C H Crew Torquay, Devon
SAULL J., Miss c/o M G Shriebee, 21 King Richard St, Coventry 19 Sep 1911 Dear Auntie Julie, Pleased to hear you're having a nice time. This is my last week end at ….oulton. I don't want to go back to Nottingham. Birode (?) and I are going for a cycle ride on Sunday but not as far as Coventry. Love from nellie. PS Thanks for card Edelweiss
SEWELL A., Miss Prince of Wales Hotel, Ventnor, IOW 20 Aug 1904 Back:D. Annie, Did you get my last letter I must let them know weather (sic) I am going off on Sunday or Monday for there are .... I have …... Blake … Love Charles. Front: Hope you are all well also Mrs W…. And C… West Gate, Southampton
SEWELL A., Mr Kemishford, Mayford, Woking   My Dear Arthur, Thanks for P.C. and I cannot thank you enough Dear for the pears the weather here is simply lovely it is so hot I wish you was here we were together this time last week have you heard any more about soldiering Try and come down for a weekend or for a day if you can I hope I shall have the Pleasure of coming around that farm we all think it look a nice place Minnie has not found a -- chap yet We all wish to be remember to you I think this is all this time dear with heap of love and Kisses your Affectionate Frances Brighton pier
SEWELL A., Mrs 95 Connaught Rd, Brookwood, Surrey 17 Oct 1924 Dear Rose, Just a card to let you know that I shall not be coming over this week end as I have seen what is on at the Hipp and also the Theatre so I shall be over the week after for sure. Love from Edie Thames Embankment, London
SEWELL F.J., Mr 7 Clare Road, Stapleton Road, Eastville, Bristol 21 July 1908 "coded message" - signed "Floss" Kewstoke Woods, Weston Super Mare
SEWELL H., Mr 185 Heywood Street, Cheetham, Manchester 22 Apr 1910 6 Shropshire Place. Dear B. I am still staying on, am having a good time, is nice to see some of the old friends though a few have left Pboro. Are you tired of sending PC or writing to S.I.T.M. I went to a concert last night enjoyed it very much have been busy selling tickets for it all week glad it was a success. I am tired so Ta Ta yours sincerely Gertie Peterborough Cathedral
SEWELL H.M., Miss "Eastville", 72 Avenue Road, Swindon 7 Apr 1904 What price a little party to see "The Light that failed" (Kipling) - next week? Think one could be formed? (II..II) Hope you won't mind a church being sent for your collection. Twas not far from this one I first learnt to play whist - happy day that. Hempsted Church, Gloucester
SEWELL M. M., Miss Moorland House, St Ann's St, Salisbury 8 Sep 1905 Dear Doll, Did you go to this place when at Ilfracombe, very pretty. Hope you are feeling better today, with love, Eliza Lynmouth, Devon
SEWELL Miss 34 Woolwich Rd, Bexley Heath, Kent undated sent home box and will be home myself on Monday love from G(?)ill Drawing of man and woman at hearth - caption 'Now you are married we wish you joy'
SEWELL Miss 87 Grove Road, Norwich 12 Apr 1906(?) Arrived here yesterday lovely weather - so sorry not to have seen mother when she called or on Sunday Have seen Mr & Mrs Wright love from A C, Exeter Lodge, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth Drawing of Alum Chine Bournemouth
SEWELL Miss 9 Cross Road, Leamington Spa   To aunty from Madge Nelly Tony Flowers etc. - Greetings on your birthday
SEWELL Miss c/o Mrs Cann, 1 Chapel Street, Buckfastleigh, Devon 19 Sep 1906 Dear E, Thanks for your PPC. I hope you will excuse muddle on this card. I can't spell yet you see. Having nice weather down here just nice for ducks. Love from Amy Nuttall Bridge and Jacob's Ladder, Bury
SEWELL Miss 49 Chesilton Road, Fulham, London SW6 2 April 1918 My Dear, am having a good time. Hope you have had a good day. Weather fairly decent here. Did you say your -- address was no. 4? I will visit -- when I am sure of the number. I have forgotten it. Mother wishes to be remembered to you Jimmy Torquay, Devon
SEWELL Mrs 4 Bristol Gardens, Roehampton, Surrey 14 Sep 1909 Arrived Durham Monday afternoon, probably rea… Bedford Saturday. Had no rain while in the Lake District which was remarkable. Hope you have got back all right. MAP Durham Cathedral
SEWELL Mrs 119 Chestnut Ave, Forest Gate, London E7 illegible pos. 1931 Dear Beattie, Thanks ever so much for the little suit - it is lovely for him. We are having a very nice time. The weather is not too bad - rather windy today but we have dodged a lot of rain. Love to you both. … Shanklin IOW
SEWELL Norman 49 Lower Kennington Lane, London SE11 28 July 1931 Dear Norman, This house is nearly surrounded by big Christmas trees. We called there the other day. Ask Granma if it would suit her to live there. Hope you are all well at home. Love from Daddy Schramberg, snow covered house in forest.
SEWELL W., Mrs 8 Kinnaird Road, Liscard, Cheshire 31 Jan 1908 Wyke Regis - Dear A, I am rather late in letting you know we arrived home last Friday. Just about getting settled down had a very busy week hoping to hear from you soon love to all from all your sister Belle. Has JW Sewell got home yet & how is he Portsmouth, Dicken's House
SEWELL   44 New Road, Battersea   I have heard of one -- in Church Road heard of it last night after you left let us know if it will be to much for you a nice place, Pallie Old lady sitting in a park?
SOLE F., Miss Sawkinge Farm, Stodmarsh, Nr Canterbury 28 Jul 1905 Dear F, you may expect us home on Saturday, Loo Paris 9but with English stamp)
SOLE G., Miss 5 Williamsom St, Luton, Beds 18 Jul 1904 by the river, very nice, S.W (?) Salisbury Cathedral
SOLE Miss c/o Mrs Putwain, Burgate St, Canterbury 6 Jul 1906 Dear Miss S, I have not been away much yet but I have enjoyed myself I want to go to Earls Court before I come home. F P Trafalgar Square
SOLLEY L., Miss 17 New St, Sandwich, Kent 2 Nov 1902 Many thanks for the present, am very pleased with. Will write shortly, With love Harold Canterbury Cathedral
SOLLEY L., Miss 17 New St, Sandwich, Kent 2 Aug (?) 1907 I feel better for the change already. I am just going to see K H. Will you water my seeds in the back room. Hope you have heard from K T. Went to Ickham church yesterday. Love to both M A G(?)  It was 1/3 to come here we would like to know would it cost more to drive Ickham Church
SOLLY D., Miss 39 Northumberland Ave, Wanstead, London E.12 Date illeg. George VI stamp We went to the choral festival here on Thursday, 1000 voices. It was really beautiful. Hope to visit Minehead next week. Weather rather windy but fine except for one day so far. Much love to all from both. Auntie Kath. Xxx Wells Cathedral
SOLLY D., Miss 173 St Alban's Ave, Bedford Park, Chiswick, W 4 7 Sep 1926 (Please forward) Dear Dol, I hope you are having a good holiday and fine weather. Llandudno is a lovely place I am sure you would like it. We have not climbed Snowdon yet but hope to if weather permits. Much love Alice Llandudno
SOLLY Mr and Mrs 7 Park St, Dover, Kent 5 Sep 1943 Sunday, Dear Mum and Dad, I am spending a few days here to see Clarence. It is a big place plenty going on. Clarence is well nice to see him. Hope you are all safe from recent shelling. Am going to Army this afternoon. Grace Colchester

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