Local History Through Early Postcards

WhereGreat Broughton Village HallType of EventIllustrated Talk
WhenMonday 12th November TutorRobin Cook

In a very enjoyable and informative talk Robin Cook shared with an audience of over 40 people a small selection from his collection of around 10,000 historic postcards. His collection is focused on local villages and reflects life in the early 20th century.

One theme illustrated local industry, for example, the Rosedale Railway, herring fishing at Staithes and stone quarrying at Great Ayton. Another theme gave us a view of social events at the turn of the century such as Stokesley Show, May Day celebrations, Faceby hunt, shooting parties, Osmotherley sports day, car and motorcycle hill-climbing events at Swainby and Ingleby. Among the early photographers were Mr.Ross from Whitby and Mr. Stevens from Thirsk who specialized in pictures of people, with Frith being one of the first postcard manufacturers.

Robin pointed out that postcards of railway stations and of people were very collectable, fetching prices of up to £30 each.

The evening finished with a lively question and answer session which reflected the high level of interest in Robin’s excellent talk.

Scroll to top