Friday, 8 April 2016

Picture postcards of Chorlton .................... the new ones

Now the age of the picture post card has gone.

It flourished in the late 19th century into the middle decades of the next.

It was helped along by the regular collection and delivery of mail which meant a card sent in the morning could be on the mat by the afternoon allowing the sender to arrange a meeting later that day or announce they would be home for tea.

And for all of us desperate to know what the world looked like a century and a bit ago the pictures on the other side of the card continue to offer up images of old buildings, roads with no traffic and slightly unfamiliar places.

But the telephone followed by the mobile and the mobile with a camera has meant that the instant message along with the instant picture is just a click away.

So the old traditional card has gone into decline.  You can still find them but the postage alone will cost a shed load of money and at best they might fall through the door just in time for dinner.

All of which is a lead into a new set of picture postcards which Peter Topping has produced from some of his paintings.

So far two in the series are available but he assures me more are on their way.

These two can be bought from Chorlton Bookshop price just 75p which I think is a small enough price to invest in a bit of Chorlton.

And as Peter has already discovered some of the places he painted have already gone.

So that is all I have to say.

Location; Chorlton-cum-Hardy

Paintings; The Library and the Lych Gate, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, © 2013 Peter Topping

Painting; Beech Road © 2013 Peter Topping 


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