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The Picture Postcard

A new window into Edwardian Ireland


Ann Wilson

The Picture Postcard, a new window into Edwardian Ireland uses the material culture of the picture postcard as a lens through which to examine life on the island of Ireland during the Edwardian period (1902-10). Picture postcards became extremely popular worldwide at the start of the twentieth century, when literally hundreds of billions of them were produced and sold.

This book draws on postcard collections to access the everyday lives of people who rarely make it into conventional historical narratives, and to make connections in an Irish context between their «small histories» and broader, well-studied discourses such as identity, nationalism, empire, modernity, emigration, tourism and the roles of women.


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Figure 1.Postcard message sent to Christina Jessop. Christina Jessop’s card collection.

Figure 2.‘Jewelled’ detail on a card. Ellen Duff’s card collection.

Figure 3.Chief ‘Stranger Horse’, Indian Chiefs – Series 1, Raphael Tuck. From

Figure 4.International Rugby Football Championship, 1905 – Irish XV, Hely’s, Dublin. Christina Jessop’s card collection.

Figure 5.Miss Camille Clifford, Raphael Tuck. From

Figure 6.Blarney Castle, Our Belles, Raphael Tuck. Cork Public Museum archive, postcard collection 23.3 2014.6.518.

Figure 7.Christina Jessop, photograph, photographer unknown. Private collection.

Figure 8.Ellen Duff’s postcard album.

Figure 9.Miss Olive May, London, Empire Series. Ellen Duff’s card collection.

Figure 10.Untitled, Musterschutz, Germany. Ellen Duff’s card collection.

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