Tuesday, May 1, 2012

P IS FOR.....

'P'  IS FOR PICTURE POSTCARDS
Sorry about this, for those who have heard me rattle on about Flamborough, but blame Meanqueen who posted a whole host of fantastic photos of Flamborough on her blog this weekend and how could I resist?


MY COLLECTION OF POSTCARDS OF FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, YORKSHIRE U.K.
There are 76 in the photo above.


There are 15 in the photo above.  All of them are dated from 1903 through 1910.


These four are oilettes, a kind of card done by artists that were popular in the twenties and thirties and maybe some before.  This kind of picture post card is still very collectible today.  Some of the more popular artists have dozens of scenes from all over the UK.  I really like this kind because of my interest in art.



But these are really the staple of my collections, the reality photographs.     Top left is actually one that my father took and marketed.  It can still be found on eBay today.  You can see the golf course on it and that's where we lived.  My father was the manager of the golf club in the fifties.  That was after he lost his business, the Yorkshire Photographic Company. I wonder how many golf balls were lost over the cliffs.       The card on the right is another view.  If you follow the edge of the cliff from right to left you should be able to see a faint reddish dot.  That's where our house was.  I absolutely LOVED living there!       The bottom left is a recent post card of a painting of the headland done by a local artist.  It is meticulously done.  I have  print #4  taken from the original painting and it is up on the wall in the den of my house. Yes, we have puffins there and two lighthouses --  one from the 16th century and one from the 19th.  The newer one is a working lighthouse.  To see more of this do visit meanqueen's blog.  She has some good shots of the inside.  


The cliffs are 400 foot high in places and although they are known to many as the Flamborough cliffs, they are actually Bempton Cliffs, named for a small village about a mile away from Flamborough.  If you walked directly away from the cliffs going south (or left in the picture), you would come to the house in Flamborough village where we also lived.  This whole area is a Heritage Coastline and is protected.  The cliffs are famous for the multitude of sea birds.         The top right card is actually taken in Bridlington in 1909 at a memorial march to the Sailor's Chapel for three Flamborough brothers lost in a tragic fishing boat accident in dangerous seas.       The bottom right photo is very old also, but it is one of my favorites because it is taken inside the enormous cave at the North Landing, known as Robin Lythe's Hole.  It is about 60 foot high and is entered from the beach area at low tide and comes out from under the cliffs on the seaward side of the bay.

If you look at my side bar you will see that I have written a book "The Tale of Robin Lythe."  It was actually first written by R.D. Blackmore of "Lorna Doone" fame.  His book is called "Mary Anerley" and is the tale of a swash buckling pirate who was  found washed up as a baby on the beach at North Landing.  I greatly condensed Blackmore's book and tried to update it without it losing its literary value. Blackmore was absolutely accurate in all of his lengthy descriptions of Flamborough  and life in the village in the 1800's.  My purpose was to retain the customs and culture of this wonderfully unique fishing village.

Well, got that off my chest for another year -- maybe!  This is my post for ABC Wednesday, the popular project started by Mrs. Nesbitt, who knows all about Flamborough and frequently says "hi" for me as she and her husband sail on by on their motorbike.  Please visit this page and see the amazing topics participants produce.







20 comments:

snafu said...

I kinda get the feeling you like Flamborough, not sure why. I recall some good holidays staying with you there and I was quite small when you moved away, so it has had a big influence on me to remember it all this time later. It is a dramatic part of the UK's coastline and worth seeing.
Good P post

Jane and Chris said...

The British coastline at it's most raw and spectacular. I can tell from the way you speak about them that the postcards are so much more than pictoral records for you.
Jane x

Wanda said...

Chris ~ You always amaze me with your knowledge of so many things. This was a most facinating post. My goodness, what a collection, what a history, what a life.

Loved it all!!! Love you!

photowannabe said...

You have a fantastic postcard collection and its wonderful that your Father was able to market one of his own. I really like the old mat style cards.
Thank you for all the interesting information.
You lived in a place I would really like to visit.

snafu said...

I have just re-read my comment and it reads like I wonder why you would ever like Flamborough, I really meant I wonder why I get the impression you like it.

jill said...

I live not to far away from Flamborough and have always thought it as a nice little place to visit.xx

Ann said...

Your postcards are surely beautiful. I've never been able to travel to this part of our world but would love to. Sounds like a spectacular place to grow up.
Ann

kaybee said...

Oooh, I am so envious of all those lovely postcards! I have some but definitely not all of them. It's amazing that, after all these years I didn't know the name of our father's photo business -- until now! Oh how much one misses by being the youngest in the family!!

Roger Owen Green said...

The postcard as history
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kim, USA said...

Wow I love postcards and I haven't receive one in my whole life hehe. Great collection here thanks for sharing.

Kim,USA

MorningAJ said...

I really must see if I can find the photo of me and my Grandad at Flamborough. I'm sure you'd love it.

The Bempton Cliffs shot is gorgeous. Wonderful place. All those gannets!

chubskulit said...

Wow, you have a lot!

P is for Pizzaroni
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Meryl said...

I love old postcards. They tell such nice stories!

Gattina said...

What a precious collection ! The place looks very much like the South East coast of England where I go each year on holidays to Eastbourne. There are also these beautiful chalk rocks falling into the blue sea !

Kara said...

Very nice. Such beautiful pictures of a beautiful place.

DawnTreader said...

Looks like a great collection. I recently found a postcard collection from my grandmother's half-siblings from between 1900-1930 and I'm quite hooked on examining those now and gave that project its own blog. http://greetingspast.blogspot.se/

Thanks for visiting my ABC/Pink post on my main blog.

You seem to have an interesting blog here, I'll get back and explore a bit more some other day!

claude said...

Hi Chris !
I love to receive postcards. I received one yesterday from the New Orleans from a bloguer friend who collect postcards. Everytime she travel she send me a postcard and sometimes pins. I love this one of the Twin Towers of NYC. Previously she sent me a old postcards of the TT.
Your collection seems great, Chris.

Patty said...

Hard to find nice picture post cards now a days, unless you go to an auction and buy an old box someone has saved through the years. Thanks for your visits.

Morning's Minion said...

A bit off the subject perhaps--I was with a friend last week in Hobby Lobby and noticed what I think was card stock cut in small squares--for 'twinchies' maybe?
I've been mulling whether I could find card which would go through my printer to create postcards from some of my photos--since I can't draw or paint.
Thank you for sharing some of your collection of vintage views.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, your home was so mear those cliff edges, Chris. It must have been so exciting.x