NEWS (February 2010): Picture Postcards from the Black Country

Picture Postcards from the Black Country

The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 11th February 2010 at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley.

The speaker is Ian Bott a well known Wednesbury local historian, writer and collector of Black Country stories. His slide show is a miscellany of evocative Black Country images selected from the once popular medium of picture postcards.

In 1870 the Post Office introduced blank cards – pictures followed twenty-four years later. The early years of the C20th saw Black Country folk not only sending cards from their holiday resort, but also receiving cards from home with pictures of local views! This appetite for images left a countrywide legacy for archivists and collectors to examine.

The evening is a must for photographers, picture postcard fanatics and history buffs. A great opportunity to see the sepia snaps of yesteryear.

As usual visitors are invited to come along – cost £1.