Postcards from a Dorset Collection

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The BV first featured Barry Cuff’s collection in The Gardener with 10,000 postcards in April 2022. Each month the local postcard collector shares a selection of rarely-before seen images from his archive. This month Barry has picked local photographer Clarke & Son from Stalbridge.

What is now the A357, just along from Sturminster Newton bridge
Stalbridge High Street is still recognisable today
Nash in Marnhull
The Jubilee Oak crossroads at Stourton Caundle.

Photographer Clarke & Sons printed their location as Sturminster Newton and Stalbridge on the reverse of the cards. They are listed in Kelley’s 1895 directory as being in Stalbridge, but there is no entry for them in the 1910 directory. All four of these cards are marked 1905 to 1907. Two were never sent in the post, and one was not posted locally.

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