A rare look at Winterborne Zelston


This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Winterborne Zelston: ‘I have been collecting since 1974, and I have only ever found four cards of the village – and the other two are unused.’

Sent to Miss Reeves at Wilderton House – an Edwardian mansion in Branksome, Poole, which was converted from a single home into seven flats in 1958 and demolished to make way for modern apartments in 2023:
‘Dairy House Dear E. When are you coming or can’t you get away just yet too busy I expect. I was down your home last Sunday I went to see A at Weymouth Saturday. Hope you & A are still on the best of terms. Write and tell me when you can come shall be very pleased to see you both love from Florrie to all

This month’s challenge! This card, sent to Mrs Church in Brixton Hill, London in 1909, has very difficult handwriting to translate. Here’s the editor’s best guess, but we’d love any corrections and suggestions:
‘D L (Top – Kind regards to Muriel and Gladys when you see them)
Thanks for [Beers?]. Hope you are all well & Bob etc. Much put up for [… ]. Where is C’s christening? Fancy all was down for few hrs, only I [… ] We miss Charlies [… ] this week sometime. Told B – have had no reply to her correspondence. Fond all F.


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