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.

3 Responses to “A Festival of Postcards – Wheels (two wheels and some orphans)”

  1. evelynyvonnetheriault May 19, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    This is a GORGEOUS card, and by the way, there is no need for the postcard to be connected to your own family history or genealogy. Once the first Festival is published you’ll see that it contains a range of entries from family historian/genealogists, collectors of vintage postcards and Postcrossers (people who exchange current postcards from around the world).
    We just all love postcards!
    Evelyn in Montreal

  2. wanderinggenealogist May 21, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    Glad you like my card Evelyn. I wanted to try and keep it on topic for my blog, but I look forward to seeing all the other entries, as I collect both modern and vintage cards as well, although it is mostly vintage these days when I can find them.


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