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Sunday 20 June 2010

Postcard jigsaw

Something of a jigsaw puzzle for you this week. I've found a few of the pieces. There must be more though...

Piece #1. Our sender is quite the artist. A map of his journey, presumably.

Piece #2. Something appears to have happened in Hastings. After all, Hastings is not on the London to Liverpool line. A romantic trip away perhaps?

Piece #3. It seems Miss Warden hadn't visited Liverpool before. Would she ever be tempted by une ville "plus charmante"?

Piece #4. With a bit of a squint we can make out our sender worked near the Exchange railway station.

Piece #5. And finally, the French scribbles on the front - is our sender trying to be sophisticated or is French his mother tongue? Je ne sais pas.

Really looking forward to your comments!

PS For a better view of any of the images, click on them and hopefully you'll be able to see bigger versions. Only thinking of your eyes... we don't want you getting like Edith.

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  1. I think the sender was trying to say something with the tilted stamp too.

  2. i agree with postcardy - upside down traditionally means "i love you" - the jaunty angle of the stamp looks very deliberate although i'm not sure what the message is either!

  3. What a fun post and card! Happy PFF!

  4. French is the language of l'amour. I guess he wished very hard she was there too. Happy PFF!

  5. Interesting that he marks a broken down cotton speculator sitting on the Nelson Memorial, and also a cotton room on the extreme left. It sounds as though he was in the cotton trade himself, or certainly had some interest in it.

    Are you sure it's a railway station? There is a lithograph on the Liverpool Museums website showing stockbrokers having a snowball fight by what looks like that that monument.

  6. Because the stamp is above the surname it may mean "I long to see you"
    The train line is one I travel on to go to Liverpool or London, but without the romantic rendezvous.
    My card of The Exchange is rather boring by comparison with yours.

  7. I'm so old Canada was not bi-lingual yet when I was at school. Great puzzle. mine is here.

  8. Wow. What a wonderful, intricate, and intriguing postcard!

    I'm in agreement with Sheila - the last statement looks like 'Broken down cotton speculator' and '"My" business ??? is it'?

  9. What a beautiful postcard--I have never seen one like that before! Thank you for sharing!

    Happy PFF!

    Don't forget to visit Gemma's Mailbox meme--I forgot to add in the link on PFF--but it's there now!

  10. Postcardy, Debs - I hadn't realised that about angled stamps before. I've checked other cards with messages of love and loads of them have also got the royal head on a tilt. Do you know how long this went on for?

    Hi Sheila. There's just so much to this one isn't there?! I've googled the Exchange and apparently it was used as railway station between 1850 and 1977.

    Joy, have you put the Exchange card up? It would be great to see it.

    Beth, Bob, Irene, Clytie, Snap - ace to hear from you!!!!

  11. What a wonderful blog you have! So many encrypted notes ... written in the past when there was little other means of communicating. To think some of these treasures still exists after all this time is quite remarkable! Quite a treasure to have a small window into someone's thoughts!

  12. thanks for stopping by, I cannot make out when this was posted, but from what my son seems to see it was 1907? I don't know if that would fit into the other criteria with the address only on the back side of a postcard.

  13. Good suggestion, it too has a greeting on the back, I'll put it up next week and link it to your fascinating post.

  14. a brilliant post - thank you!

  15. What a beautiful postcard photo..This is fantastic, Great shot and I like how you composed all the element here.