Interesting time capsules but some are too ‘Punch’ like for my liking.
Page updated 17/1/2017
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The Potato Patch
A gentle ethnic card by the prolific artist Walter Hayward Young “Jotter”. Published by Raphael Tuck & Sons as part of their “Irish Life” series, printed in England and first appearing in 1907. The other five cards in the series here.
A rural Butter ‘Market’ long, long ago
Nice Hartmann card from pre-history. I don’t think the food safety people who be too impressed by this timeless scene!
A rural scene from a bygone era and now only scene at Vintage Steam Rallies.
No publisher, postally used in 1908.
Fishermen on Achill Island
An early card, undivided back, by Raphael Tuck Ltd., postally used in 1905.
A harsher existence in the West is evident in this interesting art card. Seaweed is still harvested for fertiliser but these days it’s a good deal less labour intensive.
A Prosperous Farmer
This Lawrence card (8313) gives a view of the newly prosperous farming class that emerged in Ireland towards the end of the Victorian era.
The “Irish Life” series.
An attractive set of sensitive cards by Raphael Tuck and with none of your ‘pig in the parlour‘ type stuff.
Coal of the Country
Lawrence card. Timeless charm – you can almost smell the peat!
Milk for the Creamery
An early card published by N.P.O Belfast.
The Peat Gatherers
The hardship of trying to eke out an existence in rural Ireland is well illustrated in this card. No publisher given.
Valentines: early 20th century.
An early Lawrence farm yard scene – not a Massey Ferguson in sight!