Many postcard collectors and traders have in their possession batches of cards all addressed to the same family. These are often from the collection of one person in the family who treasured the cards and to whom other members of the family frequently posted new items to help build the collection. The cards contain a deal of useful information for those who are exploring family history. At the very least they usually confirm the address of the recipient and sometimes that of the sender too. If the collection was built over several years there may be more than one residential address, especially if the recipient was in domestic service. Frequently, the messages on the postcards mention other members of the family, periods of sickness or hospitalization, military training or service overseas, special occasions like birthdays, weddings and funerals, details about employment and, of course, holidays.
Postcard collecting was very popular just around the time of the 1901 and 1911 Censuses and, with online searches, it is now easy to match these details and confirm whether people named on the postcards were part of a particular family. And, to have a few cards in the actual handwriting of a grandmother or great grandmother ( or the black sheep who went to Canada) adds a special dimension to the study of family history.
Here is the aim of this website; to try and re-unite some of those postcards with the families that wrote and saved them. The cards are with the postcard collectors and traders but we are asking them to summarise the main details for this archive. Folk who are following up their family history will be able to search the listings to see if there are any cards with the surname they are interested in. The site will only act as a clearing house and not a shop. No one can buy cards here but they may be able to purchase them from the collector.