Not the most attractive of cards, but worth showing for future reference, if you bear with me.
The reverse is even less interesting, but I show you it because the manufacturers of this card, Bamforth & Co. Ltd, founded in Holmfirth in Yorkshire in 1870 (one hundred and three years later cameras would roll and the first of 295 episodes of Last of the Summer Wine would begin filming there), would become huge purveyors of ‘romantic’ or ‘sentimental’ style postcards, usually with accompanying poetry, of which this is probably an early example, and, printed in just two colours for their less well off customers, certainly one from one of their cheaper ranges; the more expensive Bamforth cards would be garishly coloured, as you will see in a couple of days.
Well they are marching five abreast and there’s a post and rail fence behind the seated soldier … will await further postcards …..
The background picture looks like a pre-war shot to me. Definitely taken in this country in training. And yes, the fence. I hadn’t spotted the fence. This is a pretty basic card, we agree (although I have even more basic ones I might show you), but an important precursor of others to come.
Awww I think it’s a lovely card, like the words, if that’s for the less well off that’s for me some of the others are so garish.
Sid you are so observant !!
Bamforth cards are often very easy to spot. Personally I think they are great, but wait for Saturday’s, and then you will see them in all their glory.