This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of seasonal chilly postcards full of the white stuff. One’s a typically abrupt ‘Dad message’ from Evershot, and the other shows the senders house in Iwerne Minster.

This postcard was sent to a Master E Smith at 23 Elvaston Mews, Queen’s Gate, South Kensington in 1909. It feels a rather typical ‘Dad’ message of just four sentences! ‘This is Evershot whilst the snow was about. It was alright for snowballing then. Hope all are well. Love to all. Dad’ (the mews still exist, and the same property last sold in 2015 for £5.2m)

This card of Iwerne Minster was taken in the same snowfall of winter 1908, seemingly taken from this point on the Blandford Road. It was posted in Iwerne Minster, and only sent as far as Rushay House in the hamlet of Bagber, just outside Sturminster Newton. It was sent to a Mrs E Duffett – and if anyone can enlighten us to what the illegible word says, we’d love to know!
‘Dear A, Happy New Year to you all. Thank you ever so much for your present, I am very pleased with it. I’m doing […illegible]. This is our house, where you see the porch, taken with the snow on the ground. Hope you are better. Tell Ernie(?) not to worry about that. With love to all from EHJ’


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