with love from Cornwall (1984)

With love from Cornwall

29.5.84 Dear Hilary, Just a quick line from here in Cornwall – we are at the most West place – St Just, just me and mum on holiday for a week. Have got my ‘mock’ finals when I get back to it is ideal for working.  Hope all is well with you. Love to your family, bye for now, lots of love, Ida xxxx

Another card from Cornwall, which is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.

The post mark is ‘Sennen & Land’s End, Penzance 29 May 1984’ and the stamp is 12½p the 2nd class price for a small postcard.

The illustrated map on the front shows the concentration of shipwrecks off the coast, indicated by the white dots, as well as the lighthouses (black stars) that help to guide vessels around this rocky coastline.  The Cornish Coat of Arms is also depicted with its motto ‘One and All’. A wealth of information for which the artist appears to be unacknowledged!

On the back there is more information about the wrecks, and to this day lives are lost off this savage and unpredictable coastline.

This is another card from from Ida, my friend from early school days. I like maps; postcards depicting maps are great for contextualising a place within its wider surroundings.


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