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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