Dear Hilary, I am having a great time I haven’t fallen over once yet. I hope you are having a great time as well. The weather is beautiful and so is the view from our bedroom window. By the way Clive is behaving. We went to the glass place at Kufstein and we saw them carving things on glasses see you sometime love Jackie xx
Another card posted from Austria (almost 40 years ago!) and postmarked ‘Pertisau 3-2-1976 6213’
The picture of Pertisau am Achensee is similarly repeated in the other post mark, so must be the ‘classic’ view of the town.
The ‘glass place’ mentioned is the world famous Riedel glass factory.
Jackie posted this from a school ski trip – she still went on the trip even though she had left our school and moved out of the area (with her family) some months earlier. I went away skiing with my family the same week – my parents figured that there would be lots of kids who’d missed lessons and had to catch up. This was, of course, back in the days when trips and holidays could be taken in UK term time without any hassles or fines! Clive, was the boy I fancied at the time – I probably spent much of my own week away imagining him and the others getting up to all sorts of fun without me…
Dear Hilary, Despite missing our flight and all the sun tan peeling I’m having a great time out here with the lads. The temperature never gets below the 90’s so I’m having to drink a lot to avoid complete dehydration. The pubs sell draught Guinness and there’s millions of Irish out here so it’s like home from home and the d****s remind me of the locals in Bradford. Love Gerard x
Ever the party island this card emphasises ‘The Sun of Ibiza’ with an eye catching topless sun worshipper supported by a rather incongruous donkey. On closer inspection this is obviously a photo montage (pre Photoshop) as the various bits of sand, sea and sky do not match up!
Although there is no date or visible postmark, the 16 peseta stamp is, in 1984, commemorating 25 years of CEPT Europa (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administration). The bridge design, common to stamps for all CEPT countries, was created by the French engraver Jacky Larrivière.
Another from the summer romancer – Gerard is still enjoying trips ‘with the lads’ and still sending me postcards some eight years after we met as teenagers on holiday! My own discomfort has forced me to asterisk a less than complimentary description of the locals on the island and the people of Bradford. These once commonplace terms are now unacceptable. Despite various social media searches I am still unable to reconnect with Gerard.
As promised a post card from sunny Kent I don’t know if you’ll even get the card I sent from France as I posted it in Tonbridge with a French stamp on, not to worry though! We had a superb time in France it was really hot and the wine was very tastey too…someone said! The work hasn’t been to bad, infact its been pretty boring…I’ll be in touch, love Gerardxxxxxxxx
Following on from the previous card this one is postmarked Tunbridge Wells (UK) 17 June 1981
The reference to Tonbridge is a classic mistake often made by those not familiar with the area; the two towns are distinct and approximately 7 miles apart.
In 1851 David Salomon was the first Jew to speak in the British Parliament. His country home dates back to the 1830’s
Royal Tunbridge Wells vs Tonbridge
Gerard was obviously keen to ensure that I received at least one post card from his trip south and across The Channel. This was just before I went to Norway for a year; sadly I cannot remember if we met up before I left; we did not meet up after my return. Despite several attempts at re-connecting with him, I have, as yet, been unable to do so…
Dear Hiral – greetings from sunny Sandown & for once my luck is in, it actually is quite hot. Have been doing my first sunbathing of the season this afternoon. Am going to a glassworks & bird place tomorrow. Going to see my parents on Thursday for a few days – sorry to miss you. We’ve nearly finished the decorating! See you soon – love Anne xx
This is a different Anne from the one previously featured as indicated by the greeting – my nickname from school. As ever, when holidaying in the UK the weather is of interest – a ‘summer’ holiday can often include several days of rain! The glass works mentioned was established 10 years earlier and continues to produce beautiful hand blown glass.
The postmark date is Portsmouth & Isle of Wight, 11 Aug 1982 and the stamp is a second class 12½p for a small postcard.
The other postmark says ‘Be properly addressed POSTCODE IT’. This card does not include the postcode, it was still delivered; it was now eight years after postcodes were supposedly obligatory.
Anne and I were in the same friendship group at senior school, along with Sara, and we all went on to the same 6th form further education college. I selfishly abandoned my friends, in favour of the Canadian boyfriend, and was lucky that they tolerated and forgave my behaviour. Anne is clever and articulate; she wrote long, chatty, detailed letters to me in Norway – the writing often spanning several days. I am still in touch with Anne, via Christmas cards and emails, but we have not met up for some years now.
Dear Hilary, Canada is just terrific and I only wish that you could be here to share it. On Tuesday, 9th, we went to Niagara Falls and went in a boat right up to the base, which was really incredible! I can’t tell you how sorry I am to have stopped writing to you and would be overjoyed to start again. Lots of love Julian x
This post card from the amazing Niagara Falls is post marked ‘Campbellville 16 Aug 1976’
There are two post marks spoiling the picture on the front; one detailing the arrival of the card in the UK ‘Portsmouth & Southsea 21 Aug 1976’ (some five days after leaving Canada) and the other promoting the Portsmouth Navy Days on the Bank Holiday weekend of 28th, 29th & 30th August 1976
The stamp on this card is quite unusual – it is commemorating the Canadian Para Olympics which were held earlier in August 1976 and were the 5th Para Olympics, where amputees and visually impaired athletes competed for the first time. The only stamp produced by Canada to mark this event was 20 cents and features a mixed-media painting of an archer by Tom Bjarnason.
Julian lived round the corner from the first house I can remember. Our mums were friends and would often take us to the park. When we moved back to the area the friendship was rekindled. Julian went away to boarding school and we would write to each other regularly. Being fickle teenagers, sometimes we were romantic, other times each of us pursued love interests elsewhere. The wording on this card suggests it was sent to re-ignite romance! I have lost touch with Julian, but our mums are still in touch. I was lucky enough to see Niagara Falls when I was visiting the Canadian boyfriend some years later.