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A Festival of Postcards – Wheels (two wheels and some orphans)

19 May

As an avid postcard collector I couldn’t miss the opportunity to take part in the Festival of Postcards. I have left it rather late, so I have pulled one of my favourite cards from my collection for my entry, rather than one with a specific family connection.

St Marys Orphanage (front)

St Marys Orphanage (back)

(Actual size:  138mm x 88mm)

This was probably published around 1905-10, and although no publisher is mentioned I believe it is the work of John Fenner of Partridge Green, Sussex who was active in this area and produced several cards of the orphanage and the Catholic Church next door (at which he was married).

I love this card because not only is it a wonderful early example of a charity advertising card it is also a great piece of social history, in fact the message on the back is probably more important than the picture on the front.

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