The early twentieth century postcard was the social networking tool of the day. It offered an opportunity for the exchange of attractive images and messages quickly and cheaply, an opportunity that did not occur again until the digital revolution of the late twentieth century. Up to six deliveries a day were made in major cities. Cards were widely available and featured a huge range of genres. Some people commissioned or created their own.
The project has been collecting cards over eight years. We are now making available high quality scans of 1,000 cards, sent through the post between 1901 and 1910, the heyday of the postcard. We have searched the 1901 and 1911 censuses through findmypast.co.uk to seek information about the card users. Sometimes we have found the addressees and occasionally, for example where a family relationship is mentioned, the senders too. This information has been supplemented by other kinds of materials were possible.
From our communications with people about the project over the years we know that the resource will be of interest to people for different reasons. Some may be interested in local history and specific places. Some may be searching for their family or be interested in Edwardian everyday life. Users who want to browse the project can look through the cards organised by year.
This new resource has been funded by the Lancaster University Public Engagement with Research Leadership Group. The Edwardian Postcard Project will continue to develop its interactive resources and welcomes comments and suggestions.
See the website for more information.