Collectable Vintage Postcards of Britain

Take a trip down memory lane with my vintage postcards of Britain.
From Victorian London to 50s Brighton and every stop in-between.
Choose the perfect gift for your loved one.

 

Today’s favourites from yesterday

Browse my catalogue of vintage postcards of Britain by location or decade. All cards in my collection are originals, many of them posted and all pre-loved! Most of my cards are available to buy and make the ideal nostalgic gift. Pick up your own unique piece of history today.


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Vintage Postcards from around Brittain
 
Shipping & Deliveries
We post our Vintage Postcards using Royal Mail
Packaging
Pre-owned and pre-loved maybe. But we package your postcard with a hard backer board and protective sheet. More

Postcards by Region

Find vintage postcards of your favourite places in Britain – your home town, that holiday spot with treasured memories or maybe the place where you first met that special somebody. Perfect for framing, all postcards in the collection are for sale making perfect presents for your loved ones.

 

Blog Posts

  • Edwardian Postcards – The social media of their time
    Well, we all love a bit of social media, it’s the perfect vehicle to share our news, interests or knowledge with our friends in a quick and easy way. But how did people satisfy this need in Edwardian times? You need look no further than the humble postcard! Big enough to write a quick message, accompanied with an image, delivered in no time – perfect. Time is of the essence – So how long did they take? So it’s hard to compete with the immediacy of social media but back in Edwardian times the postal system didn’t have the tardy reputation it has today. Back in the early 1900s there were multiple daily collections and deliveries – up to 12 a day in major cities! This made postcards ideal for sending urgent messages to make arrangements, etc. Why a postcard not a letter? Size is everything A bit like Twitter, postcards were (and still are) the ideal size for a short message, handy for penning arrangements, or reporting back from your holiday or new home. For many a letter can daunting, no limit to how long, just a long sheet of glaring, blank paper to fill… with a postcard there is no such problem – an excuse to keep it short. What made them special? Then of course there are the images. The success of Instagram and Pinterest show just how important the visual world around us is to us.  Similarly, each postcard comes with a picture – perhaps a scenic view to make the recipient wish they were there, a cartoon that makes you laugh out loud or a way of sharing an interest. These images are also what often what made and still make them so collectible. Why are they still popular today? In a way not unlike social media platforms where you can save or like posts to view again. Postcards have remained popular with collectors since the time they were first introduced. The images are definitely part of the draw – often they really conjure up another time especially those featuring passers-by in period costume, vintage vehicles like omnibuses and trams and shopfronts with their evocative signage. Furthermore the stamps have a vast collector audience of their own, not to mention the postmarks. Then there is the historical context of the messages that make them really bring the past to life. Some postcards have the much sought-after combination of all these factors to make them the ultimate valuable collectors’ items. The most expensive postcard ever sold at auction is the oldest in existence. It sold in 2002 for £31,758.75 at the London Stamp Exchange Auction. So, I think it is fair to say that Edwardian postcards were the social media or emails of their day and one could argue are more valuable for their longevity and collectability. If you would like to read more about the history of postcards, have a look at my postcard pointers page for a variety of vintage postcard resources. Please browse my selection of Edwardian Postcards and see if you find a favourite.
  • Why vintage postcards make the perfect Christmas gift
    We all want to choose unique Christmas gifts to surprise and delight the people we love, and it can be hard thinking of new but special gift ideas year-on-year. For something a little different this Christmas, why not choose from my range of vintage postcards.
  • Blackpool Then & Now – a Journey in Old Postcards
    Blackpool has changed a lot over the years and it’s always fascinating to look at old postcards and photographs and spot the differences.
  • On This Day in Postcards: 9th July
    This vintage 1950s postcard captures a famous view across the Thames at London. Compare it with a similar view today and read what else happened “on this day”.
  • On This Day in Postcards: 30th June
    This breathtaking view of the hills and coast around Combe Martin was sent from a holiday-maker back in 1953.
 

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All About Vintage Postcards

Resources

Want to explore the world of vintage postcards? Check out my collection of fascinating resources to find out all you need to know.

Love Postcards?

Read on to find out what to look out for when starting or building a collection of vintage postcards. Get to know printers, stamps, styles and what makes for a valuable postcard.

Timeline History of Postcards

Explore the history of vintage postcards of Britain. From humble beginnings through the heyday of postcards in the early 1900s the post-war period and through to today.