These 2 beautiful postcards from my Grandfathers collection are my absolute favourites. I remember the first time that I saw them: that very moment in late 1980 when they first came into my possession is associated with my absolute wonder at their breathtaking beauty. Each silver glitter enclosed circle you see on the dresses holds a tiny glass bead of different colours, and the glitter also outlines the bodices and hems of these wistful gowns. With the ladies placed against a backdrop of a stunning garden and courtyard, the cards capture a romance and femininity of a time long ago, something that tugs at my very heart strings.
The card below is enhanced with garlands of flowers delicately twinning around the pillars of a courtyard, and the ladies in the postcard have those same flowers dripping from their hair. Just the addition of the cane flower basket, so gently held in the delicate hand of one of the women, adds wisps of femininity. Can you imagine a time when a woman could stroll through magnificent flower gardens choosing blooms to adorn her home?
These gorgeous cards are now losing their colour ever so slightly with every year that passes, and the card of the woman sitting on the stone bench seems to have a metallic film closing over the picture. When I scanned the cards I deliberately enhanced the fading colour, so that you could experience as much of their original beauty as was possible for me to create. This is the way I remember seeing the cards for the first time over 30 years ago, when my grandfathers postcard collection came to light after having been hidden away in a dark cupboard since his death some 20 years before that. I sense that the cards were meant to be a little risqué for their own time, based on the rolled down stocking which displays a glimpse of shapely leg, the soft figure hugging fabric of the dresses and the “come hither” pose being displayed by a couple of the women, but all these years later they simply represent the beauty of yesteryear.