May 29, 2017

Geranium "Gustav Emich"

I don't prefer postcards with flowers on them, but this is part of my collections and I have to admit the colours are quite nice. It depicts Geranium "Gustav Emich", Latin name Pelargonium hortorum, Family Geraniaceae. One of the varieties used for summer bedding. The South African Pelargonium zonale, from which modern "Geranium" were evolved, was brought to England in 1710, but it is rarely seen now.

May 28, 2017

Connemara ponies | Ireland

This postcard shows two Connemara ponies (Irish: Capaillín Chonamara), a pony breed originating in Ireland. They are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition. The breed makes excellent show ponies. The largest display of the finest Connemara ponies in the world takes place at the Clifden Show, Connemara, Ireland, on the third Thursday in August every year.

It was posted on 25 September 1974 from Bideford, Devon, England. It reads: 'The weather so far very mild & we have only managed a few walks along the sand & front. It's nice to have a change od scene though. It's very quiet here. We hope Helen will [...] some warmer still weather with her. We hope you had a safe trip yesterday. I will enjoy some hint of nostalgia in the autumn. Bert's engine is certainly an attraction & the tender will be an added interest. Hope all is well. Love [...]'

Marloes | Wales

This worn postcard shows Marloes Sands,  an approx. 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long remote sandy beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, near the village of Marloes. The name Marloes appears to derive from Old Welsh mail "bare" and ros "moor" or "promontory", identical to Melrose in Scotland. It is locally pronounced "Marlows". A part of Little England beyond Wales, it has been essentially English-speaking for 900 years. It's broadly curved and surrounded by cliffs. Walking on the beach gives great views of Skokholm Island and Gateholm Island.

The beach is located SW from the Marloes village and there is a National Trust car-park nearby (charge per day or free for National Trust members). There is a track that leads from the main road to the beach. There is a disused World War II Royal Air Force airfield RAF Dale, above the south east cliffs of the beach. There are approximately three accesses to the beach which become very useful if you get caught by the tide coming in. Besides the main access from Runwayskiln there is also an access to the north, near Gateholm Island, that requires some scrambling over the rocks and another access to the south that has steps leading to the midsection of the beach.

Mouth of the River Daron | Wales

This postcard show picturesque Aberdaron, a community and former fishing village at the western tip of the Llŷn Peninsula (Welsh: Penrhyn Llŷn) in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. It lies 14.8 miles (23.8 km) west of Pwllheli and 33.5 miles (53.9 km) south west of Caernarfon, and has a population of 965. It is sometimes referred to as the "Land's End of Wales", or in Welsh Pendraw'r Byd (roughly "far end of the world"). The community includes Bardsey Island (Welsh: Ynys Enlli), the coastal area around Porthor, and the villages of Anelog, Llanfaelrhys, Penycaerau, Rhoshirwaun, Rhydlios, Uwchmynydd and Y Rhiw.

Y Rhiw and Llanfaelrhys have long been linked by sharing rectors and by their close proximity, but were originally ecclesiastical parishes in themselves. The parish of Bodferin/Bodverin was assimilated in the 19th century. The village was the last rest stop for pilgrims heading to Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), the legendary "island of 20,000 saints". In the 18th and 19th centuries it developed as a shipbuilding centre and port. The mining and quarrying industries became major employers, and limestone, lead, jasper and manganese ("Mango") were exported. There are the ruins of an old pier running out to sea at Porth Simdde, which is the local name for the west end of Aberdaron Beach. After the Second World War the mining industry collapsed, and Aberdaron gradually developed into a holiday resort.

May 27, 2017

Glentanner Station | New Zealand

This is a postcard of Glentanner Station, Mountain Cook, Canterbury, Nea Zealand. Glentanner Station is 45,000 acres and carries 9,000 Merino sheep and 230 Red deer. The run was taken up in 1858 by the Dark brothers and extended from Boundary Stream in the south and included the Mount Cook National Park in the north. Two lake raising's and the Department of Conservation grazing policy have meant that Glentanner now runs from Whales Stream in the south to the Mount Cook National Park boundary in the north. Glentanner Station has been run by the Ivey family since 1957. Today, three generations are living on the property.

Cognac et Pineau | France

This postacrd is from France and it has a Cognac and Pineau theme. Cognac is a variety of brandy named after the town of Cognac, France. It is produced in the surrounding wine-growing region in the Departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime.

Cognac production falls under French Appellation d'origine contrôlée designation, with production methods and naming required to meet certain legal requirements. Among the specified grapes Ugni blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is most widely used. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine barrel age, and most cognacs spend considerably longer "on the wood" than the minimum legal requirement.

House of Savoy | Italy

This is one of the most interesting postcards I own. It depicts the Savoy Coat of Arms. The House of Savoy (Italian: Casa Savoia) is one of the oldest royal families in the world, being founded in 1003 in the historical Savoy region. Through gradual expansion, it grew from ruling a small county in that region to the attainment of the rank of king (of Sicily) in 1713. Through its junior branch, the House of Savoy-Carignano, it led the unification of Italy in 1861 and ruled the Kingdom of Italy from 1861 until 1946 and, briefly, the Kingdom of Spain in the 19th century. The Savoyard kings of Italy were Victor Emmanuel II, Umberto I, Victor Emmanuel III, and Umberto II. The last monarch ruled for a few weeks before being deposed following the Constitutional Referendum of 1946, after which the Italian Republic was proclaimed.

Founder's Day Parade on 29 May 1911 | England

This colourful postcard shows the Founder's Day Parade on 29 May 1911. The Founder's Day Parade is held on the 29th May, the birthday of King Charles II, the founder of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. The statue of King Charles II is covered with oak leaves to commemorate the fact that King Charles hid in an oak at Boscobel, after the Battle of Worcester.

The Royal Hospital in Chelsea is a hostel or guest house for worthy veterans of the Army, who are prevented by old age, or disabilities contracted in the field, from earning a livelihood. Designed and built under the supervision of Wren.

The card is a Tuck's Postcard and it was posted on 31 July 1936. The stamp used shows King Charles II and has a value of one penny. 1d red was in use from January 1st 1912 - 1934. The card reads: 'many thanks for card. Hope my native air is doing you good. If it goes on raining much more we shall be living at Catersham-on-the-sea! C. seems quite happy as Lady of the House in your absence. Love from self& daughter. A. Robins'

Ilfracombe | England

This morning we want for a nice walk at Guildford, where I stumbled upon I cute vintage shop. There I found some very interesting old postcards.

The first one shows Ilfracombe, a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England, with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs. The parish stretches along the coast from the 'Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along the Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at 'Hore Down Gate', 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea level.

The landmark of Hillsborough Hill dominates the harbour and is the site of an Iron Age fortified settlement. In the built environment, the architectural-award-winning Landmark Theatre is either loved or hated for its unusual double-conical design. The 13th century parish church, Trinity, and the St Nicholas's Chapel (a lighthouse) on Lantern Hill, have been joined by the Damien Hirst owned statue, Verity, as points of interest. [wikipedia]