This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Colehill near Wimborne Minster.
Sent initially to Titchfield, this postcard was forwarded on to Seven Sisters Road in Holloway, London. It was sent in January 1910 to a Miss K Bond c/o The rev’d Matthews, and appears to be simply known as ‘Nurse’. She in turn seems to know the gentleman of the sending couple by his surname – perhaps they were all in service together?:
‘Dear Nurse We had quite a surprise on Sat, Burling met Anstee (?), and Mrs M have taken a house about 7 or 8 minutes walk from here, so I suppose we shall [have] the pleasure of seeing you & the family soon. Only fancy Mrs M coming to live so near us, it really was a surprise. Our very best respects to Mr & Mrs Matthews & love to yourself from your old friends H & E Burling’
‘Millie’ sent this chatty postcard of the stores and post office at Colehill to Miss D Morris on 13th October 1908 – Millie feels like a young girl. Dorrie’s address is simply ‘Stanley Villas, Downton, Salisbury’, which we cannot find in modern day Downton:
‘Dear Dorrie Very many thanks for P.C. was very pleased to receive it and to hear you are all well. Have made another sachel with the silks and have begun a glove case which I hope to finish this week. Give all my love to all, yourself included. Best love, Millie
*Barry has always understood that postcards were often written upside down ‘to prevent the postman reading them’. It’s a puzzle as to which way up to display it on the page! – Ed