I have restricted each entry in the Directory to one card. Where there is another excellent card, I will put it on this page with a link to the Directory entry.
This card is addressed to Mr AF Partridge of Leominster in Herefordshire, England. The Hereford Journal of 17 June 1905 reported a cricket match in which a Mr Wolfenden bowled A. F. Partridge. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald of Saturday 26 March 1910 reported Mr. A. F. Partridge, Leominster was one of four competitors entered a competition in response to the offer by the Royal Agricultural Society of a prize of £100 for the best hop-drying apparatus.
On 5 October 1968, in advising of the death of his son, AL Partridge, the Kilvert Society newsletter referred to the death in 1957 of AF Partridge, the grand old man in the pith helmet who had been the weakly baby baptised at Clyro Court Farm by the Reverend Francis Kilvert. Mr Partridge attended all the Society’s events up to his death.
The reference to the White Star Line above the addressee’s name seems likely to be an indication of the desired mode of conveyance. The era of mail-carrying steamships started in 1839, when White Star Line’s archrival Cunard was awarded a mail contract. By 1859, post offices were being put onto steamships, but it was only in 1877 that White Star ships could use the much-coveted designation RMS (Royal Mail Steamer). To make sure that the companies met the stringent requirements, the contracts had to be renewed every few years.
By the terms of White Star’s 1899 agreement, their mail ships had to be the fastest, largest, and most efficient. They were required to make a weekly mail run and could go no slower than 17 knots. Mail contracts were lucrative as well as prestigious.
Tar has been transported along the Oulu River since the 16th century, as tar production was already quite common in Northern Ostrobothnia at that time. The 19th century in particular was the era of tar transport, and then hundreds of boats in the summer cooled along the Oulu River with its tar cargo. There were also occasional rides for pleasure tourists: when tourists paid a lot for the ride, tar rowers preferred to leave a tar barrel on land and instead take the passenger in their boat. Tar transportation continued until the 1920s, when the last cargo boats were rowed.
Source: Oulujoen tervansoutu KirjastoVirma
Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (12 February 1884 to 20 February 1980) was an American writer and prominent socialite. She was the eldest child of President Theodore Roosevelt and the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. She led an unconventional and controversial life. Alice married Nicholas Longworth III, a Republican U.S. House of Representatives member from Cincinnati, Ohio, who ultimately would rise to become Speaker of the House. A scion of a socially prominent Ohio family, Longworth was 14 years her senior and had a reputation as a Washington D.C. playboy. Their wedding took place in February 1906 and was the social event of the season. It was attended by more than a thousand guests with many thousands gathered outside hoping for a glimpse of the bride. She wore a blue wedding dress and dramatically cut the wedding cake with a sword (borrowed from a military aide attending the reception).
Alice publicly supported her father’s 1912 Bull Moose presidential candidacy, while her husband stayed loyal to his mentor, President Taft. During that election cycle, she appeared on stage with her father’s vice presidential candidate, Hiram Johnson, in Longworth’s own district. Longworth later lost by about 105 votes and she joked that she was worth at least 100 votes (meaning she was the reason he lost). However, he was elected again in 1914 and stayed in the House for the rest of his life. Alice’s campaign against her husband caused a permanent chill in their marriage. During their marriage, she carried on numerous affairs. It was generally accepted knowledge in D.C. that she had a long affair with Senator William Borah, who was the father of her daughter, Paulina Longworth (1925 to 1957). Alice was renowned for her brilliantly malicious humour, even in this sensitive situation – she had originally wanted to name her daughter “Deborah,” as in “de Borah.”
This card shows a woman in trousers, a phenomenon sufficiently striking for Robert to comment on it.
The Hyde takes its name from a medieval measure of land (c 1281) and was a small hamlet on the junction of London’s Kingsbury and Edgware Roads by the middle of the 16th century. The Kings Arms may have originally been 17th century, but has been rebuilt many times. The writer Oliver Goldsmith lived at Hyde Farm between 1771 to 1774, where he wrote ‘She Stoops To Conquer’ and ‘Animated Nature’. Mrs Harriett Sarah Bennett was still at the King’s Arms in 1914.
The Kings Arms is now Kings Garden Bar and King’s Shisha Lounge including an Indian restaurant. There is a large yard area alongside and a ‘garden’ alongside the Edgware Road.
This card is postmarked by the Base Army Post Office 5 in Algiers which supported the British North Africa Force (“BNAF”) in 1942-43. It has been passed by the censor of the same base.
The Army Postal Service (“APS”) was not involved in the initial planning stages of Operation Torch, the 1942 Anglo-American invasion of North Africa. As a result, a Base post office was not established in Algiers until a month after the invasion and through no fault of the APS the mail services to the BNAF were very poor in the initial stages. This was worsened by the fact that a convoy carrying the Christmas mails was sunk.
After consultation between the military authorities and the APS, air links with the UK were established and both air letter and airgraph services were made available. Kodak established an airgraph processing station in Algiers, which was later to process the airgraphs sent by troops engaged in the Italian Campaign.
In theatre the mails were carried along the North African coast to the front lines by sea, rail and vehicles. The road service that operated over 500 miles from Algiers to the front was described as having the “the regularity of a town collection in peacetime Britain”. A staff officer with the 6th Armoured Division commented that “As soon as the tanks pulled out of battle, there was the mail waiting for them – incredible”.
Presumably the serviceman who sent it was sold this forty year old card on his way through Marseilles to the front.
Midan El-Ataba El-Khadra is the site of Cairo’s largest fresh food market. It is sometimes referred to simply as Ataba Square, which means ‘threshold’. It is situated between the old and modern cities. Traders set up beneath the arcades of the ancient buildings and sell all types of bric-a-brac. Booksellers have sold their wares on the northern side of the square since the 1930s. Nearly all the trams in Cairo started their routes here.
This card was sent from Port Said, Egypt in May 1906 by a Welsh sailor serving on SS Sirocco, a British-built cargo ship. She was renamed SS Sizergh Castle in 1913 and lost in 1919.
H. Sandow was Master of the SS Sirocco when he served as one of the nautical assessor called to assist at the inquiry into the circumstances attending the stranding of the SS Fifeshire on the night of 9 August 1911, south of Guardafui. Cape Guardafui is a headland in the autonomous Puntland region in Somalia.
- Edition Delft, J. N. A.
Nuss’s cards included artist-drawn maritime scenes and Dutch costume. Although it isn’t an official language of Netherlands, their Dutch-themed cards were captioned in French.
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print and appears to have been used with good results to create the effect of the typical tile in the Delft edition.
U.S. Souvenir Post Card Co.,
I assume that this is the same company as the Souvenir Post Card Co., N.Y.