Edwardian Postcard Project
The early British postcard is a fascinating multimodal communications technology. In the heyday of the postcard during the Edwardian age (1901-1910), it offered an opportunity for rapid vernacular writing at very low cost that was not to be available again until the contemporary digital revolution. Up to six deliveries a day were being made in major cities and 6 billion cards were sent in the period. We have collected 3,000 cards from the period to examine the creative responses of the population to this new technology. Apart from the light shed on writing practices of the Edwardians, our studies are revealing much about the travel patterns, social networks and concerns of the age. We are also investigating the mobilities of the postcard today, through collecting cards ourselves, interviewing and photographing at postcard fairs, and reviews of secondary sources.
The project has been funded by the Bowland Trust and the Friends Programme of Lancaster University.
We recently presented at "What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach" international symposium at St Edmund Hall Oxford (2-4 July 2014) and at the 50th International Conference of the UK Literacy Association, University of Sussex (4-6 July 2014).
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