Found you at last…


For Sepia Saturday I am giving you a vintage image of Chiping Sodbury Market Place, 1903. The postcard was mailed in 1989 and what I love the most is the text on the back.


The obviously misaddressed note was cheekily redirected and I know the card reached its correct destination because it was in my friend’s collection. All thanks to the resident at 36 Church Street.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen S.
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 22:19:38

    Oh that’s too funny, and at first I thought, oh it must have been 1898 or something until I saw it. The front of the postcard is very nice as well!


  2. Titania
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 02:02:38

    A beautiful market place from 1903 send in 1989; interesting; the good news the card has reached its destination.


  3. Peter Miebies (@patmcast)
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 03:11:40

    Amazing that the card found its intended destination. At the bottom of the card there is some appropriate text suiting the occasion: “Who were they?”


  4. Wendy
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 05:37:18

    How funny! I’m glad this week’s theme prompted you to share the life and travels of this postcard.


  5. Little Nell
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 05:43:02

    I’ve got a couple of those Frith reproduction postcards too. They’re still quite popukar I think. Thank goodness this one found its destination in the end.


  6. Bob Scotney
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 05:48:43

    Been there; recognised the place. Check out the photos at


    • Mrs Marvel
      Sep 15, 2012 @ 08:25:58

      Oh outstanding! Thanks for the link showing us the market looks about the same, some things never truly change.


  7. Kathy
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 11:33:05

    Amazing this card made it to Mrs. Bingham! I am also taken by the wide street. Must have been planning ahead for a four-lane road.


  8. Alan Burnett
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 01:42:04

    Oh I love that. What a splendid sense of humour they had.


  9. Kathy Matthews
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 07:59:51

    Wow! I would have never thought to actually send one of these old postcards … but maybe if it was one out of an antique store or something I would. So funny that they posted their phone numbers, if that is what you blanked out? Really funny what the person wrote in green. I really enjoyed your post.

    Kathy M.


  10. Tattered and Lost
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 13:41:55

    Absolutely amazing how wide that street is and no traffic!


  11. Mike Brubaker
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 14:43:19

    Oh, how standards have fallen! I would think that in 1903, no self-respecting postman would ever mistake a person on Church Road for someone on Church Street.


  12. ScotSue
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 08:16:43

    I love these old postcards and with this I was struck how the Square was so devoid of traffic, even bicycles, apart fromt eh horse and cart on the right – delivering goods? Also thanks for the great story bewhind the postcard getting to its destination.


  13. Jana Last
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:00:45

    Beautiful postcard with an amusing history behind it! Thanks for sharing!


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