Talk At Sunderland Museum

  The lovely people at Friends of Sunderland Museum (FOSUM) have asked to hear about some of the responses to the Exhibition. So on Saturday 8th March at 2pm you will be able to see a presentation featuring many of the postcards sent in and several other very intriguing responses. The Powerpoint slides will be…

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Response #3 – The Careless Days

A response from someone @thecarelessdays using Twitter to @fernstpostcards for just three days, November 20th – 22nd 2013, is a mystery all it’s own. It is a pleasure and privilege to include it here, and a wonderful story. If it’s yours, please do let us know. There were 16 Tweets altogether, published here, and gathered…

Postcard #13: Tissington Spires

  Not a collection of ancient churches nestled in a valley, no. Tissington Spires are a series of rock formations in Dovedale, Derbyshire. We are imagining Martin Crosby’s best friend, or his cousin or marra, on a walking holiday, wearing warm tweeds, Fair Isle knitwear and carrying Nordic poles. Here‘s some more information about the…

Postcard #10: Bass Rock Lighthouse

Precarious position for the photographer, wobbling about in rough northern seas in what may have been a small boat. Quite a risky job. Bass Rock is an island of the coast of Scotland, according to Wikipedia now owned by one Sir Hew Fleetwood Hamilton-Dalrymple. Berwick is a pretty town in itself to visit for a…

Postcard #9: Exmoor Ponies

It’s  a Frith! The Frances Frith Collection. Beautiful Art Nouveau lettering on the blank side, and the Frith code number on the front right hand corner. We might be able to track how old this is, but the styles gives us possibly the 1910s-30s.

Postcard #8: Now In Waterloo Station

“Dear Martin, A line saying that I am now in Waterloo Station 4 -pm. Letter will follow. Alf.” Half penny stamp. Not cheap, then. And the picture on the front is a coloured print of St Paul’s Cathedral’s ‘choir & reredos’. Who was Alf? Did you know him? Was he a cousin, maybe even your…

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Response #2: Why couldn’t you have waited?

  Oct ’13 Why couldn’t you have waited Until, in later years They’ll build iconic river bridge To drive away her tears.   In the postbox at the Museum, this little gem. Please feel free to add any poems or stories, thoughts or ideas of your own. They’ll all be published here. This one might…

Postcard #7: Gotthardstrasse, Andermatt

Gotthardstrasse (road to the Gotthard Pass), Andermatt. Another long stretch of miles from Trimdon Street, Andermatt is a picturesque ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Someone who knew Martin, a member of his family, a work colleague, maybe Martin himself, went to Switzerland. Maybe even skied. Now – that would be a thing.