My mum Rene (Alice Irene Flitney née Harding) died in 1999. When my brother, sister and I went through her things we found an envelope full of old newspaper clippings and other bits and pieces. We looked through the papers and put the envelope away, but those yellowing pieces of paper keep whispering of half-forgotten times and places. Places like Butlers Cross, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, West Wycombe, Little Kimble, Wendover, Ellesborough, Southcourt and Princes Risborough.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sepia Saturday; Love means never getting your feet wet!



I can't resist sharing these postcards for this week's Sepia Saturday. They just seem to suit the theme of couples, clinches, crossings and hitching a ride.  I originally shared them on my book and postcard blog but that was back in 2012, so I'm hoping most of you won't have seen them before.   



The cards were produced by Raphael Tuck as part of their “Oilette” series. As I understand it “Oilette” is a trade name used to describe cards reproduced from original paintings.

The cards were posted in December 1904 and January 1905. These and another set also sent to 'Maudie' have been in my collection for a number of years. I purchased them from an auction so sadly there is no history attached to them.  All I know is that Miss Maudie Anscombe was living at an address in Hove, Sussex at the time and that Charlie was obviously very fond of her.  



Once on board the lugger, and the girl is mine.



Dear Maudie,

I know this set of cards will suit you. I went to see your Darling **Lewis Waller in His Majesty's servant yesterday. 
Love Charlie

**Lewis Waller played the part of Geoffrey Mohun in His Majesty's servant written By Sarah Barnwell.

Photograph of Lewis Waller as Geoffrey Mohun here





The Lass that loves a sailor.


Dear Maudie, 

Did it feel grand, then at being able to crow over ones learned relation? Don't say you did not! I hope your pink dress is finished and that your green dress suits you and that your friends like your blue dress and that your yellow dress is not too thin for the cold weather and that your purple dress will be ready in time for the ball. (I hope you appreciate my delicate cynicism!) 
Much love, Charlie
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Dear Maudie, 

Your irregularity is simply disgraceful!!! 
I'm in the eighth heaven of delight. Bert has a cold; Aunt May has a cold; Vera has a cold; Metcalf has a cold; the driver of the G.M.C has a cold, and I have not! Metcalf and I are busy thinking out grand Xmas decorations so you'd better dodge along again and help us. 
Much love, Charlie.

Two is Company.
Dear Maudie,

Below is own interesting programme on Wednesday last;
2.15pm arrived Waterloo. 2.25 Coliseum - House full. 2.30 Prince of Wales House Full (this continues with a list of other theatres also displaying house full signs). 3.00 stop for refreshments. 4.00 attended evensong at St. Paul's. 4.35 left St. Paul's at beginning of sermon. 4.40 tea at A.B.C shop 5.30 arrived at Drury Lane theatre, outside. 7.00 Drury Lane, inside.
Remainder of day is oblivion owing to exhaustion. Only just recovered.
Much love, Charlie.










The old, old story.

Dear Maudie, 

Are you deceased or diseased? 
Please relive my anxiety at once, as it is preying on my mind. Shan't tell you any news, as I don't wish to waste my time on a corpse. 
Much love, Charlie.




















The harvest moon.


Dear Maudie,

Thanks for relieving my anxiety. 
I have had a ferocious cold this week - hence the lateness. You had better come and say farewell to the Clarke's as they are departing Tues or Wed. Lamentations going on all around. 
Much love, Charlie.










This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday number 254


41 comments:

  1. They are just delightful, Barbara.

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    1. Thank you Dara, I’m so pleased you like them.

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  2. These are delightful and perfectly matched to the theme. Entertaining as much for the content as for the illustration.

    BTW your link on Sepia Saturday is the wrong one. If you put the correct one on, I’ll remove the wrong one for you.

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    1. I'm so sorry! I've tried again, hope it's ok now.

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  3. That Charlie certainly had a sense of humor. Love that fifth card (he doesn't want to waste time on a corpse) Whoa! :)) Reminds me of my husband back when we were corresponding with each other over a few hundred miles' distance. I didn't write to him for 3 weeks so he wrote saying something along the lines of "never mind" & I didn't hear from him again for a year and a half.

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    1. I wish Charlie was around now, I would love to meet him – he sounds like a card!
      Oh my goodness a year and a half? It obviously worked out OK as he is now your husband but a year and a half was pretty extreme. Thanks for coming over.

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    2. A year & a half was nothing. Eventually we parted company for 6 years! But as you say, it obviously worked out OK. :))

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  4. Gave me a laugh this evening, thank you x

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    1. Thanks Sue, glad they made you laugh Charlie had a wonderful sense of humour (at least I think he was being humorous!)

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  5. I absolutely love these, Barbara! Thank you so much for sharing them. :)

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    1. Thanks for saying so Linda, and thanks for calling into this my ‘other’ blog.

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  6. Charlie was a bit of a character! Maudie must have had a good laugh receiving these, but she must have been terrible at writing back!!!

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    1. Hi Bel, the other set of postcards Charlie sent were just as bad – or just as good depending on how you look at it. I think perhaps Maudie deserved a little chiding as she was obviously slow at responding.
      I was just thinking how sad it is we don’t send many postcards now, but on the other hand, we get to communicate via our blogs, so I suppose it’s sort of the same thing.

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  7. How intriguing! I wonder if Maudie and Charlie ever really got together?

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    1. Hello Jo, I’m starting to wonder if Maudie and Charlie were brother and sister or perhaps cousins. I had a look online and found a Miss Maudie Anscombe living in Hove at about the right time, and I also found a Charlie Anscombe living just up the road. Sadly, I don’t know if Charlie was an Anscombe because his surname is not on any of the cards. I will do some more research (nosing around) when I get the time.

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  8. Love them - they are such fun! They remind me of the saucy seaside postcards you get in Blackpool.

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    1. Thanks Sue, glad you like them, and you are right about the saucy postcards - only this time most of the sauce is on the reverse! :-)

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  9. The illustrations are cute, but I really enjoyed Charlie's messages. I wish we had Maudie's side of the conversation.

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    1. Hi Wendy, I agree, that would be the icing on the cake. I’ve searched every auction I’ve ever been to in the hope of finding Maudie’s postcards to Charlie but no luck yet.

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  10. Oh my gosh, (that Charlie note about not wanting to write to a corpse) was just too silly) what a perfect time to post such adorable little couples and their fun postcard notes too.

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    1. Hello Karen, I’m so pleased you enjoyed them.

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  11. both the pictures and the messages are amusing.

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  12. Thanks for many chuckles...and thanks to Charlie especially. Little did he know how his words would be immortalized, nor in what venue they would be shared! He sure had a great sense of humor. Barb Rogers

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    1. Hello Barb, glad you enjoyed a chuckle. Charlie is just wonderful I’m so lucky to be able to share his words. (Hope he doesn’t mind!)

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  13. Those are very charming postcards....are they all from a similar time because the children are so very similar

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    1. Hello Patrica, the cards were sent to Maudie during December 1904 and January 1905, so I would think Charlie probably purchased them all at the same time with the intention of sending one a week. I’ve got another set sent at a later date again from Charlie to Maudie, so I might find an occasion to share those at some point.

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    1. Sorry Lorraine you can’t have him, I got there first!

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  15. Charlie's comments have made these cards sublime.

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    1. Hello Bob, indeed and they made this a really easy post for me!

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  16. Those messages are certainly better than the ones I get teses days. Dear Charlie We all want a piece of him. Who is he ????? And a perfect heading for the post too. Now I'm thinking again. Charlie sounds more like a Charlotte !! Could it be so ?

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    1. It’s funny you should ask that! I’ve been doing a bit of mooching around and have tracked down a Charlie with the same surname as Maudie, living in the same town but at a different address. So now I’m wondering if they could be brother and sister or cousins?? Charlie is such a cad I can’t believe he is anything but a man! Anyway, I’m half way in love with him, so I want him to be a man.

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  17. Perfect for the theme, especially that first one.

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    1. Hello Kristin, I often find it difficult to think of something to fit the theme, but this one was a gift! Thanks for your comment, Barbara.

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  18. Absolutely wonderful! If she didn't stay friends with him her whole life I would feel quite sad. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Really fun!

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    1. I like to think they stayed in touch either as friends, relatives or lovers. I’m not fussy, so long as they did! Thanks for calling in. Barbara.

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  19. Perfect postcards for the theme...my favourite is the old, old story about not wanting to write to a corpse. A definite funny bone at work there.

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    1. Charlie had a sense of humour; that's for sure! :-)

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  20. What a beautiful set of cards it is ! I am sure about two things - one Charlie is humorous, two, he cares fpr Maudie very mych . I wonder if the rest was history ?

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Barbara x

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