Like most erotic postcards, these were made in France in the early twentieth century. That’s why they are unofficially called the “French flyers”. It is clear that to send such “gifts” in the mail was illegal, so they often exchanged in secret.
The collection of travel prints holds more than 7,000 postcards with the views of Estonia from 1900 - 1935, also travel guides and other books related to the theme of travel and tourism. This collection has been digitised within the EuropeanaTravel project. The collection allows users to wander around Estonia in the beginning of the 20th century. Users can visit towns and countryside and get the idea of how Estonia looked like before World War II. Users can get acquainted with landmarks of the time, some beautiful sights and enjoy architectural delights. These postcards represent the Estonian history through the eyes of Estonian photographers.
How Westerners first saw Japan: Colour postcards of idyllic life in 19th century show sleeping Geishas, women writing letters in their boudoirs and elegant ladies riding rickshaws. Postcard photographs taken by Kusakabe Kimbei and painstakingly hand-coloured show Japan in the 1890s.
The majesty of Victorian Scotland's rugged landscapes and seaside towns has been captured in a series of astonishing colour postcards. The breathtaking images encapsulate the true essence of the country in vivid colour and detail. From idyllic beaches and crashing waterfalls, to flowing rivers and lofty hilltops — Scotland may have never looked more sublime than during the reign of Queen Victoria.
These spectacular postcards show how some English landscapes have changed while others have remained exactly the same. They are the vintage postcards that our ancestors would have enjoyed while on holiday in Victorian Britain. The stunning beauty of these landmarks in the 1800s has been brought to life thanks to these colour postcards displayed here alongside photos as they look today
The Ireland of the 1890s may have been one of greater poverty than modern-day Ireland, but the views and beauty still came for free for anybody who walked the country’s shores. These incredible postcard photos, taken between 1890 and 1900, offer a magical look back at the Ireland of over 120 years ago.
Postcards from Calcutta in the late 19th and early 20th century are widely regarded as belonging to the golden age of postcards. They were dominated by photographs taken by companies like Johnston and Hoffman, prints by Thacker, Spink & Co., or oleographs by Raphael Tuck and Sons – which were also based on photographs. Take for example this series of six postcards of Calcutta. The pastel shades and dramatic skies mark significant deviations from the standard images of the city that were in circulation. The artist may or may not have used photographs as reference, but unlike most photographs that depict churches, public buildings or trams, these drawings recall a city that is bustling with people. Indians and Europeans seem to share space on his vibrant canvases without indication of social hierarchy. But who is this Frank Clinger Scallan whose name appears in each one of these paintings.
Taken at face value, it is nothing more than a postcard of a religious painting, sent by a holidaymaker to one of his closest friends. The signature on the back, however, suggests that all might not be what it seems. Sent by the legendary cryptologist Alan Turing to his psychologist Dr Franz Greenbaum, it appears to be a coded reference to one of history’s most enduring mathematical puzzles, as well as a possible hint to his thoughts of suicide.