Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past


For Sepia Saturday I am giving you a vintage image of Chiping Sodbury Market Place, 1903. The postcard was mailed in 1989 and what I love the most is the text on the back.


The obviously misaddressed note was cheekily redirected and I know the card reached its correct destination because it was in my friend’s collection. All thanks to the resident at 36 Church Street.

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15 thoughts on “Found you at last…

  1. Karen S. says:

    Oh that’s too funny, and at first I thought, oh it must have been 1898 or something until I saw it. The front of the postcard is very nice as well!


  2. Titania says:

    A beautiful market place from 1903 send in 1989; interesting; the good news the card has reached its destination.


  3. Amazing that the card found its intended destination. At the bottom of the card there is some appropriate text suiting the occasion: “Who were they?”


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Excellent observation! :-)


  4. Wendy says:

    How funny! I’m glad this week’s theme prompted you to share the life and travels of this postcard.


  5. Little Nell says:

    I’ve got a couple of those Frith reproduction postcards too. They’re still quite popukar I think. Thank goodness this one found its destination in the end.


  6. Bob Scotney says:

    Been there; recognised the place. Check out the photos at http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~hyde/England/day5.html


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Oh outstanding! Thanks for the link showing us the market looks about the same, some things never truly change.


  7. Kathy says:

    Amazing this card made it to Mrs. Bingham! I am also taken by the wide street. Must have been planning ahead for a four-lane road.


  8. Alan Burnett says:

    Oh I love that. What a splendid sense of humour they had.


  9. Wow! I would have never thought to actually send one of these old postcards … but maybe if it was one out of an antique store or something I would. So funny that they posted their phone numbers, if that is what you blanked out? Really funny what the person wrote in green. I really enjoyed your post.

    Kathy M.


  10. Absolutely amazing how wide that street is and no traffic!


  11. Oh, how standards have fallen! I would think that in 1903, no self-respecting postman would ever mistake a person on Church Road for someone on Church Street.


  12. ScotSue says:

    I love these old postcards and with this I was struck how the Square was so devoid of traffic, even bicycles, apart fromt eh horse and cart on the right – delivering goods? Also thanks for the great story bewhind the postcard getting to its destination.


  13. Jana Last says:

    Beautiful postcard with an amusing history behind it! Thanks for sharing!


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