Friday, 21 September 2018

Wargrave Local History Society

A POSTCARD collector gave a speech on the history of deltiology at the October meeting.

A POSTCARD collector gave a speech on the history of deltiology at the October meeting.

Roy Sheppard, along with his wife Ann, has been collecting postcards for more than 40 years. They collect in areas including Wargrave, Sonning and Woodley and have accrued so many that they began dealing in them 30 years ago.

Mr Sheppard said that the first postcards were produced in Austria in 1869, followed by the Post Office in Britain a year later.

When cards began to be printed with artwork showing maps of the country, they became collectable and the period from 1902 to 1910 was the “golden age of postcards”. Through the Twenties and Thirties postcards were used less regularly as they were sent for special occasions, such as Christmas or Easter, or from people on holiday, rather than as everyday  messages.

These cards included the “saucy” seaside pictures which have become iconic.



Mr Sheppard showed guests a card he collected from a Maidenhead publisher which had two children sitting on the verge of the road. He later found out that the girl in the card was his aunt and the boy was his father.

Another card showed the Woodclyffe Hall in High Street, Wargrave, in use during the First World War as a military hospital.

On Tuesday, November 10, author Anthony Poulton-Smith will talk about his book Berkshire’s Place Names, while the society’s Christmas party will be held on Tuesday, December 8.

For more information, call Peter Delaney on 0118 940 3121 or visit www.wargravehistory.org.uk





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