Following the generous donation of scans of some remarkable local postcards last week, Ruth Penrhyn-Lowe has been busy scanning a whole tranche of further great postcards – this time, some remarkable postal ephemera featuring Aldridge.
I know there’s lots of Aldridge folk reading the blog, so I make no apology for straying over the southern border for a local history foray like this. I adore old postcards, and love to find out about the stories they tell.
Again, thanks to careful and painstaking work by Ruth, the scan quality is fantastic.
Ruth had this to say:
Well I went to battle with the scanner again! This time with some Aldridge Postcards – I know the Church doesn’t change much through history but as these are all postally used I thought there might be some interest.
The multi view of Aldridge was a request for a record to be played on Family Choice BBC post marked 17 July 1968.
The orphanage is addressed to Miss D Fox, Church Road, Chasetown and I think the post mark is (19)13.
Aldridge Court is addressed to Miss M Kingston, 14 Cleveland Road, Southsea and is post marked 1928.
The three views of the church are addressed from top to bottom:
Mrs W Butler, 63 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay and is post marked December 8th (19)10
Mr and Mrs L Hoston (I think) Longfield, Bescot, Walsall and I think the post mark is for December 24th (19)03
Miss Dollie Aston, The Post Office, Shenstone, Lichfield.
The last three in this lot are:
The High Street addressed to Miss Dayman, Ashcroft, Birdswell, Nr Coventry but I’m afraid the post mark is illegible.
The Colliery is addressed to Miss Heathcote, c/o Halfords, 54 High Street Dudley – and I love the fact that Miss Edmonds (I think that’s the name) is “having a lovely time here. Weather grand.” and she is writing from The Club Aldridge, Nr Walsall. Post mark (19)18.
The final card – I know it’s not a photo of Aldridge but this was one of my Dad’s favourite cards because he knew the addressee – it’s very faint now but it is written to Mr J H Crumpton (I think), 14 Leighs Wood, Aldridge, Nr Walsall. The message reads, ‘Dear H, Hoping this will find you well, and that you will like this card, with love EB.’ Post mark (19)06.
I hope these are of some interest and I’ll tackle the scanner again soon, as long as that’s okay with you – it a is such a pleasure to know some of these images are being enjoyed by others.
Very best wishes
Thanks Ruth – your generosity cannot be understated and I’m honoured to be recipient of your generous gesture is sharing these cards.
Observations welcome, and handwriting expertise would be welcome, just like last time, please.
Comment here or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers!