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Christmas card Message

I’ve not seen a less festive Christmas card. In Thomas and Penelope’s defence, maybe this was a work greeting, and their friends would have received something warmer.

I picked this up for FREE from the kind people at Edinburgh Books (my husband was buying a proper book too, and the shop had no change). From a quick Google, I reckon Thomas could be the MP and Baronet Sir Thomas Cecil Russell Moore – the dates, Scottish connection and Thomas’ likeness tally.


1961 – Bavaria and Austria

In this instalment of the postcard collection, our writer is back in Bavaria for her annual holiday.

Updated January 2014 with a couple of extra cards.

Kurhaus Ruhpoldimg

Ruhpolding, Bavaria

23rd May, 1961

Sunday night

Have been on familiar territory again at the Kurhaus. We don’t sit at the same place so haven’t seen George yet, but we were doing all right. The Dutch girl courier is there again and came and spoke to us, so we are well in. The Kurhaus didn’t look like this to-day. It has poured since lunch time, just like the day at Caithness. They say the weather forecast is good for to-morrow, we will have to wait and see.

Was George a hot waiter?

postcard showing Traunstein, Bavaria, GermanyTraunstein, Bavaria

[day unclear] June, 1961

I am trying to number my cards but whether I do it right or not I do not know. We have had breakfast and are waiting for our train. The crossing was beautiful at first then it was terrible. I lost some of my lunch but will soon make it up, Hope you are managing.

Although I cannot make out the exact date on the postmark, the writer’s numbering indicates this is the second postcard in what I’ve got.


Water lilies

Ruhpolding, Bavaria

5th June, 1961

I know that this card is not Ruhpolding, but it looked nice. We have got the length of knowing that we go to Vienna next Wednesday. We have had a lazy day to-day, Monday looking round the shops and trying to book tours. We are sent somewhere different every time. We sat and knitted on the veranda for a while as it was showery. Hope you are doing all right at home. Still no sign of K.

Ooh, who was K?

The German Alpine RoadRuhpolding, Bavaria

7th June, 1961


To-day we have been going round all the back streets. They are just [xxxxx] but the houses are very pretty. We are getting as bad as you for looking for seats. The weather is still not good, misty and cloudy but not so cold as home. To-morrow we go to Salzburg so we will have plenty of energy. How are you doing? Fine I hope. Must get going again to the nearest café as usual.

With their occasional references to men and shopping, I had always got the impression the writer was sending these postcards to her sister. The way the last few cards have been signed off, though, give the impression the recipient isn’t in the best of health; that, and the reference to looking for seats in this postcard, make me think she is writing to someone older – her mother or grandmother.

Terrace in SalzburgSalzburg, Austria

8th June, 1961


Here we are in Salzburg. We came on the German tour. It has fired up now but the journey was very wet. As usual we are at our favourite occupation, eating. We hope to get to the castle but haven’t bought much, for a wonder! The streets are very narrow in the [xxxx], so is the café, it is a squeeze to get in. We haven’t even taken photos. Have a bash at the bottle [?] before I get back.

Rattenberg, AustriaInnsbruck. Austria

9th June, 1961


We are now in Innsbruck. The run was beautiful at first but then rain. We have been half way up a mountain but the view was spoilt by the cloud. We have lunch then go a tour of the city and then shop. It was the amateur night last night in the Kurhaus, and the [xxxxxxxx] went up to do a turn.

Pink flowersRuhpolding, Bavaria

12th June, 1961


Had a nice day although there is still not much sun, In the morning we wote cards and in the afternoon we went a run on the horse cart. It was beautiful, right into the mountains. You certainly see the scenery, we climbed (on foot) away up a path to see the waterfall, the most energetic we have been yet. Hope you are feeling fine.

House 'Feichtner', Winkl, BavariaRuhpolding, Bavaria

14th June, 1961


another very wet day. We have got most of our shopping done. I got your letter to-day and got the material, it looks nice. N.D. seems to be doing her stuff. She might have brought something with her. I have marked our window. Its upstairs but we haven’t meeded the sunshades. There isn’t any news to-day. We are getting ready for Vienna to-morrow, we start at six in the morning. I hope it is fair. I hope you are not feeling too fed up.

You might just be able to make out her blue cross showing her room against the top left window of the hotel. This hotel, Haus Feichtner, is still going today; it is in the village of Reit im Winkl on the German-Austrian border.

I wonder who N.D. was.

1960 in Bavaria

It is more than six months since I last blogged, and nearly a year since I last blogged about the postcard collection. My only excuse is that work and home life have been pretty full-on, although that’s not really an excuse – I’ve still watched plenty of crap TV.

Anyway, seeing as I work in a UK university, I can officially claim September to be the start of a new year, so my resolution is to get back on top of this blog and, in particular, to finish telling the story of our Edinburgh lady’s trips to Europe.

Postcard of Westminster Abbey, London

London, SW1

21st May, 1960

Have arrived safely in London and are waiting to eat. The train was packed and very warm, managed to doze off and on. It has been very wet here but seems calm so I’ll hope for the best. Hope you are all right.

Koenigsschloss Herrenchiemsee

Königsschloss Herrenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany

23rd May, 1960

We have just toured this castle. It is very beautiful with mirrors and  chandeliers, crystal and china. Puts your candlesticks to shame. The weather has cheered up and we had to sail to the island We are experts at eating wedges of cake our frocks will soon not fit. I don’t think we will have time to do half of what we want. Hope you are feeling all right.

Hotel Schmied von Kochel

Kochel am See, Bavaria, Germany

24th May, 1960

We are sitting at this hotel drinking cider. This is our first stop on the way to Oberammergau. The sun is shining and we have had a lovely run. Imogen liked her birthday presents, we were up at 5.30am. She is getting off with a Swedish courier nothing like mixing the countrys. Must go now.

Imogen has accompanied her on previous holidays. 


Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany

24th May, 1960


We have arrived in Oberammergau at last. We are staying in a little house half way up the mountain so we have quite a walk but the view is beautiful, as usual our first stop is a cafe but there are plenty shops, we have still to find the  flowers [?] we should see. The run was cloudy specially at the end when we climbed into the mountains. We have seen the highest mountain in Germany, still covered with snow. It is a very nice village although we haven’t seen much of it. 


Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany

25th May, 1960


Have had an afternoon shopping, there are lovely shops but we don’t seem to be getting on very quickly. The men here have all got beards and long hair and look very wild, and you can’t tell the boys from the girls. We had dinner in a little café and it was very good. We met some Americans, the place is overflowing with them. This is the mountain we passed this morning but it doesn’t have much snow now.

St Bartholomew's Church, Koenigsee

Königssee, Bavaria, Germany

27th May, 1960

We have just been on the Königssee again, it was cloudy but quite nice. We have just been down the salt mines, we had to wear trousers a jacket and a hat and looked like something out of a harem. We went in a little train and down shutes. I can hardly sit down now. The salt is the mineral salts for curing different troubles. It is fine knowing [?] our way about.

The end of the 1950s

If I have done a thorough job of sorting out the postcard collection, these should be the last postcards from the 1950s. They are fragments; the first two are possibly from the same trip. These same two postcards  have typed, stuck-on address labels. I wonder whether she brought these with her from home to save bringing her address book along.

An overview of the postcard collection is given on its dedicated blog page.

London SW1

27th May, 1956


Have arrived safely in London We had a good journey stopping at LONDONDERRY as usual. The bus was very warm at first but they put the heating off. It was a lovely bus. We may get the 8.20 home so should be in about 6AM on the Wednesday. We haven’t reserved seats but have got our tickets. We are sitting in the Mall just now, may drop in to see the Queen later. It is very warm and our train xxx [scribbled out text] leaves at 4 o’clock.

Zurich 1956

Basel 2, Switzerland

5th June, 1956


Just now we are sitting in one of the main streets of Basel resting our weary feet. We are on a seat not the pavement. We had a terrific send of in Vaduz. Spent 3 hours in Zurich but didn’t like it very much, you take your life in your hands crossing the roads If you don’t run like mad, you’ve had it. We are thinking of going for our dinner and then the train and then home.

Quite hard to imagine anything risky taking place in Switzerland, even if it is just crossing the road. I’m amused too by her assurance that she wasn’t sitting on the pavement.


Ruhpolding, Germany

1st [?] June, 195x

Sunday night

This is where we have our lunch and dinner. It is very nice, like a large restaurant, to-night there was a show, it was a bit queer listening to a comedian telling jokes and not understanding a word of it. It is very cold and wet just now, not very great but we hope it will clear up. Haven’t picked up our tours yet.  they don’t seem to be what we want, might be better on our own. Hope you are feeling alright.

It feels like the end of a decade should be marked in some way, so here’s a picture of  the Edinburgh tenement where the recipient of all the postcards lived:

Tenement home of postcard recipient

(c) 2012 Google

As I said when I started blogging about the postcards, I don’t want to reveal the names or addresses of the writer or recipient; for this reason, I’ve removed the house numbers from this picture and haven’t given you the street name.* If you wish to speculate about these, please contact me privately. The postcards were addressed to the blue door on the right.

* There are a lot of similar-looking tenements in Edinburgh, so I don’t feel I’m compromising by including this picture.

1957 – two holidays?

I think we’ve got fragments of two 1957 holidays here – one to Italy and another to Germany. Hard to tell, though, as the dates on two of the cards are unclear.

(You can get a reminder of the background of the postcard collection on its dedicated blog page.)

Postcard showing Florence

Florence, Italy

4th [month unclear], 1957

Sitting on a wall in the square at Florence just waiting to go sightseeing We had a beautiful run here and it is a lovely day. Yesterday we were on a local bus they pack you in till you can hardly breathe. This looks a lovely place. Stalls all over to buy stuff, worse luck!

Postcard showing Venice

Venice, Italy

7th [month unclear], 1957

Trying to write a card in St. Mark’s  Sq. The pigeons [xxx] dive-bombing. We sailed up the grand-canal, it is a bit strong. The noise is terrific people all over the place. The buildings and paintings are beautiful never seen anything like them. As usual half of the folk on the tour have got lost we will have to get the next river bus. Like the ordinary buses they pack on dozens, you have to hang on by your teeth.

I wonder if, by ‘strong’, she means the canal smells bad. I sense irritation in this card, what with the noise, smell, crowded buses, dive-bombing pigeons and lost travelling companions.

Postcard showing Ruhpolding, Germany

Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany

21st September, 1957


Got two letters this morning. Glad to know that you are all right but sorry you have missed all the good weather. This is where we climbed to yesterday, it was lovely. We are being very lazy taking our time in the morning and walking in the afternoon. It is very hot to-day must see if I can roast. Maybe I should get my thumb working for the return journey. We got the English news on the  [xx]-box.

Is she thinking about hitch-hiking? Would seem uncharacteristic – she always seems to be on organised tours. It sounds like she might have access to TV, but would radio be more probable?

2012 – the shopping so far

2012 – the shopping so far

I spend not an inconsiderable amount of time (and a reasonable amount of money) buying old stuff and if you’re reading this, I guess you might too. Boasting about your possessions isn’t attractive, so consider post this more of a shopping audit.

I’ve gone a bit cool on vintage fairs since my trip in the spring to Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale. I might have had a different experience if I’d arrived early in the morning, but arriving just after lunch, I felt faced with quite a lot of stuff that I personally think wouldn’t make it into my local charity shop – I couldn’t find a kilo on which to spend my £15. (I also didn’t like that business buyers got first pick before the general public were allowed in.) One vintage fair that is worth a look, though, is the Funk Fair.

It was just chance that I came across the Funk Fair – there was a sign outside one of my local churches as I walked back from Tesco on a Saturday morning. It looks like the Fair alternates across two Edinburgh locations and also does sessions in Dundee. Its traders are local and cover clothing, accessories, furniture and bric-a-brac.  There was really high-end stuff when I went, but you could also go with a fiver and still come out happy. I spent more than that, but not that much more, and came out with some experimentally-dyed underwear, a 1959 women’s magazine, a tea towel and  colourful adverts from old magazines.

Vintage underwear

Home Chat

Pictures before

Yes, I’ve worn the – PREVIOUSLY UNWORN – red pants.* They are perfect Edinburgh pants: warm (what with being massive and thick) and they hold your stomach in (for the winter comfort-eating, which goes on 11 months a year in Auld Reekie). The now-blue open girdle – style 762R from Berlei’s Gay Slant range – reduces me by nearly a dress size, but combine it with heels and you may as well just wear manacles on your ankles. The magazine pages and tea towel are now in IKEA frames and brightening up our kitchen – thank you to Rhian Wright (AKA Rhian Wright Illustration) for the idea. Finally, the magazine provided a couple of evenings of interesting bedtime reading, but my favourite part is where someone has scribbled reminders on the front about the recipes (cod with banana stuffing, anyone?) and food adverts inside.Recipe notes on magazine cover

Cod with bananas recipe

Food adverts

I really get a kick out of things which document household history, so one of my best finds this year was a copy of Better Home Making from a stall at the Meadows Festival at the start of June. The Meadows Festival is probably the closest thing my bit of South Edinburgh has to a village fête and it’s a good place to pick up old household items, books and clothes as well as a burger and some face painting. Better Home Making Image of Better Home Making bookis an encyclopaedia of almost everything you might wish to know about running  a house or raising a family if you were doing so around 1960. I paid around £3 for the book, which is slightly over the current going rate, but it provided me with some great pictures and insights for my earlier post “Single-Room Living”.

In preparation for my summer holiday in Greece, I did a bit of Ebay-ing. I’ve got an original 1950s sun dress that I wear to death in the heat – its full cotton skirt is cool and it’s not so skimpy as to make me self-conscious – so I tried to find another one like it. In the end, I opted for this white dress, which is made out of heavy linen and embroidered in blue – the embroidery was what attracted me. It was too big for me, and had quite a high neck and short sleeves  that I didn’t like, so I took the sewing machine to it. I did think twice, but the dress is fairly crudely home-made anyway, so I guessed it would probably be quite forgiving of my efforts. I made a scoop neck out of the high V (I used a dinner plate as a guide), removed the sleeves and took in the bodice, adding a popper fastening on one side (previously, the dress just pulled on over the head).  It’s not a fantastic piece of tailoring – if I was more skilled and patient, I would have added bust darts and tweaked the yoke – but it did the trick and the dress fulfilled its purpose.

A few weeks ago, at the start of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I picked up yet more postcards, this time at a stall in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. I really can’t help myself when it comes to old postcards with messages on, but at 3 for £1, I guess there are more harmful compulsions. I’ve already written about one of them in my post “Father and Mr Thom”, so here are the other two:

Edinburgh from Calton Hill

Edinburgh 1923


13th June, 1923

Dear xxx

just arrived in auld Reekie this morning weather sunny [?] and awfully windy. expect to see Mull Tomorrow. so will have my sky and  kindest  regards to all xxx

As always, help deciphering the writing I’ve transcribed as ‘XXX’ is very welcome.

Love's Thermometer

13th August, 1910 [?]

Dinna forget your Huntly Johnnies.Love's text

yours entirely

The picture and colour on the second postcard are just great. Who were (or was?) the Huntly Johnnies?

Finally, last week, I saw something I would like to own in order to display all my shopping finds – a cabinet of curiosity. This seems to be a kind of lavish, portable museum that has been around for hundreds of years, one of which has recently been recreated by the University of Aberdeen. The Aberdeen reproduction has been inspired by the Augsburg Art Cabinet, shown here:

Augsburg Art Cabinet

The Augsburg cabinet of curiosity. Image taken from Gustavianum Museum website on 1st September 2012. Click on the image to go through to the Museum’s website for a full tour of the cabinet.

The University of Aberdeen is now loaning their cabinet out to Scottish schools so that pupils can curate their own collections of objects. What a brilliant opportunity is that?

* Gussets, like toothbrushes, should never be shared.

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Father and Mr Thom

I owe you a proper post after so long – I have plenty to tell you – but, until I get round to it, here’s something I couldn’t sit on. (Excuse the basic appearance of this post. My first go at writing from my phone.)

I picked up this postcard from a stall in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket last weekend:


It’s clearly written by a child, and reads as follows:

Father arived here all safe Polly and me went to met him and we did not get him but Mr Thom met him though we had a grate dance on friday night I will be home on monday and off to school on wedenesday JG


I find reading all old personal letters and notes pretty exciting, but the fact a child wrote this makes it quite magical.

The postmark has been ripped off along with the stamp, but I think it must certainly be from the first half of the twentieth century. It was sent to an address in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

I got 3 postcards like this for one pound – dangerously cheap…

It’s a time of big but exciting change for me right now. (More info soon, and no, I’m not pregnant!) I will, though, try to keep up my blogging here as it’s an excellent relaxation. Especially today, when I’m at the tail end of some flu bug and am quite sorry for myself. WHERE IS SUMMER?

Return to Norway – with Imogen – in 1958

Well, I didn’t feel I could go on my holidays without telling you a bit more about hers.

A second trip to Norway – she also went in 1954. This time, though, she’s with Imogen, not Shona. I’m not totally sure that the first postcard belongs to this holiday (and at the start of it), but it was definitely sent in the 1950s (based on the digits I can make out), and this seems to be the most logical fit.

Bergen postcard 1958

Bergen, Norway

[Date unclear]

Have arrived safely. Norway is beautiful. I think like Switzerland the houses are built on the side of the mountain. It was a bit rough crossing but not too bad. The shops look lovely. I am sure I will be broke. Everyone is very polite I think it will be easy to get around. Some of the words are just like ours. I shared a cabin with an Australian girl she is hitch-hiking on the continent for 10 weeks with her brother. Will write later although I may be home before it arrives.

An interesting mention of her hitch-hiking cabin mate. I guess these were the days before Busabout.

Reindeer Norway 1958

Bergen, Norway

25th May, 1958


Just had a lovely lunch and feel much better. Alls well here and Imogen’s delighted with her necklace. Going to have a look at Bergen luckily the shops are shut. We get our train in about 2 hours. Hope you are getting on all right.

Imogen also accompanied her on her trip to Bavaria the following year (1959).

Postcard Ulvik 1958

Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway

29th May, 1958


Have arrived in Ulvick. It is cool but sunny. There is no blossom out yet but plenty snow on the mountains. Quite a lot of changes here. New buildings  and such like but it looks much the same. We passed some beautiful waterfalls on the way, it is nice going over the ground we know. We move on to-morrow, I hope the next place is nice. It is very friendly at Uppheim. Will soon feel like locals. Hope you had a good time at M. Fergussons. It is almost time to go back. 

As usual, I’ve changed the names of people mentioned in the postcard. When she visited Ulvik in 1954, she stayed at the Brakanes Hotel; not clear if she is staying here again.

View over Bergen 1958

Bergen, Norway

2nd June, 1958


Our last day here. We have been shopping and sightseeing. We are having lunch and watching the world go past. We are going up the mountain next to have a look round from there. We were in the flower market and the fish market. We had a lovely sail down the fiord last night. Were up again at 5:30 to see the scenery.

I love this postcard! Fantastic colourful outfits.

The ‘respectable part’, Bavaria, 1959

Here’s the latest in a series of posts on the postcard collection I found at a car boot sale a few months ago. Once again, our writer is off on early-summer travels in Europe, this time in Bavaria, Germany.

This seems to be the complete set of postcards from this vacation, and she has written frequently – often twice a day. I don’t know if this frequency was standard for the time, or whether her recipient was an anxious mother or sister waiting at home in Edinburgh who required reassurance from frequent news. Maybe author and recipient were just very close and enjoyed writing.

London, SW1

30th May, 1959

I suppose you know what my message was last night. Have arrived in London and feel better now that I have eaten. The boys gradually dropped off but the train was packed again at Newcastle. It wasn’t a bad journey, the game and the primroses were lovely at some parts. I saw a fox in the field outside Berwick. I am sitting on a seat at the station and my next door neighbour seems to be a bit off. It is dull but very calm just now, hope it lasts. Hope you got home alright. Sorry I didn’t get out again to wave to you.

She has taken a train down the east coast of the UK, from Edinburgh to London. The Berwick she refers to is probably Berwick-upon-Tweed, through which the Edinburgh-London train still passes today. I’m not sure of the meaning of ‘off’ – just ‘grumpy’, as today (at least in my idiolect), or ‘strange’?

Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany

1st June, 1959


We have had a lazy day. We talked for ages with the German visitors in the house. The clunky [?] alphabet wasn’t in it. We finally wandered into the town and had a look around. We were in the church and it is beautifully decorated with flowers just now and then we were round the shops of course. We had tea and cream cakes in a cafe this afternoon. Have booked for a tour to-morrow. The weather is still dull but a little warmer. Wish it would clear up. Are going to dinner and then a Bavarian concert.

I am not sure what she means by her third sentence. My interpretation, if my transcription is correct, is that she can speak some German but struggles with the written form.

Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany

2nd June, 1959

Forgot to post this, this morning.

Monday night

We have had a very nice evening after dinner we saw the Bavarian concert. There was a brass band dancers and singers all very good, much the same as we saw in the Usher Hall once. Marjorie, the other girl has got a boyfriend. I don’t know if  Imogen is interested but she was doing all right I hope they don’t fight over him. We can’t get to Innsbruck it is too far but we are going to Munich and Salzburgh [sp. – ‘Salzburg’].

Her companions also seemed pretty keen on the local men in her 1954 holiday in Norway, too! These do not seem to be the same women; as usual, names have been changed. No mention of our author getting up to anything, of course. The Usher Hall is a music venue in Edinburgh that still exists today.

Königssee, Bavaria, Germany

2nd June, 1959


We have just sailed down the Königssee and have been in the Chapel. The scenery would be beautiful if you could see it but there is mist on the mountains and it is raining. This is near Hitlers hide-out, but we don’t go so high. We go over the Alpen road, it was built before the war and goes high over the mountains. There is a little snow but nothing like Norway.

Strange to hear her talking about Hitler at a time when the Second World War must still have been fresh in people’s memories.

Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany

2nd June, 1959


We have just got back from our tour and are going off to dinner. It was very good, the sun came out when we were in this place [possibly Bad Reichenhall, which is shown on the front of the postcard] and the scenery was beautiful. We could have taken dozens of photos of the mountains but the bus did not stop maybe just as well. We are having a great time, some of the people are very nice, some are ___. Going to Munich to-morrow. Got your note when we got in just now. Glad you were O.K.

I love that she simply writes a dash instead of lowering herself to write an insulting word.

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

3rd June, 1959


We are now having lunch in a beer garden but the respectable part upstairs. We are in Munich, it is a day lovely day and we have had a tour round the town it is just as well we don’t have long to shop, we could spend a fortune.  We came along the Auto-Bahn, it is a marvellous road, no stopping. Had a good time last night, it was a variety concert. We go back by a lake it should be lovely.

The first motorway was only opened in the UK in 1958, and in England, so it’s understandable that the German equivalent would be a novelty to her.

Bad Wiessee, Bavaria, Germany

3rd June, 1959


Since we arrived here on Sunday we have done nothing but eat, and we’re at it again. This time a lakeside café, we have had lovely cream cakes. We are on our way back from Munich. It is a very busy town with some huge castles and buildings but not so pretty as some. We heard the clarion playing in the tower on this card and some figures dance at the same time. I will soon be into a greasy spot [?]. Quite a change. 

A clarion could be a type of trumpet. Not sure what she means by a ‘greasy spot’ – maybe she thinks she could get fat from all the eating?

Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany

4th June, 1959


We are having a lazy day. This is our house, nice isn’t it. The Right now I am sitting on the verandah outside our room writing postcards got your letter this morning, was surprised about William Watson. Hope he is all right. We enjoyed our tour yesterday and had a very good Bavarian concert at night. We are almost locals by now. It is beautiful with the sun shining. Hope to go for a walk this afternoon, the woods seem to be lovely. [illegible word – ‘hope’ intended?] you are getting on all right.

I am a gossip, and so would love to know what had happened to William Watson (but hope it was nothing too terrible); as usual, names have been changed. Strange to think of her sat on one the very balconies shown here.

Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany

4th June, 1959


Have come a walk to the foot of the ski lift but have not gone up. The scenery is beautiful right at the foot of the mountain. We are stewed [?] as usual, a nice gentil [sp. – ‘gentle’] red. There is a concert to-night with [illegible] T.V. Stars. I hope it is good. I’ll soon be able to understand the jokes but maybe it is just as well I can’t.

St Wolfgang, Austria

5th June, 1959

We have just stopped for lunch here . We weren’t in the White Horse Inn it is too expensive but we saw it. It is a beautiful place but costly. It is on the other shore of the lake and looks on to a range of mountains. We have come through mountains all the way. I’ve never seen anything like it. The villages are so narrow the buses can hardly get through.

St Wolfgang’s White Horse Inn is the subject of a musical comedy that was successfully revived in the post-War period.

Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany

6th June, 1959


We are at the end of the holiday almost. This morning we did our shopping, now we are sitting up at the church in the shade it is so warm. We saw a christening in the church, the baby was tiny. I think this is a birthday card but it is a change from a view. Last night was an amateur night at the Kurhaus but we didn’t do an act. To-night is another Bavarian night they are the best of the lot. Everyone is such a nice brown and we are red as usual.

The Kurhaus in Ruhpolding still seems to be an events venue today.

Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany

7th June, 1959


Here we are on our last day. It has been lovely we are sorry to leave. I haven’t got my Bubbly yet. I don’t think I will get it now. We are all packed and have had a walk but it is very warm. We would love to have put our feet in the river. Our luggage will be put on the train and we have to collect our coats and leave at 4.30. We have a stop at Cologne in the morning. The tourists are just pouring into the place to-day, it will be murder next week.

Cologne, north-west Germany

8th June, 1959

We are now in Cologne at 6.30 in the morning. We had a good journey and are dressed [?] ready to start of [sp. – ‘off’] again. We all look quite sunburnt. We have been in the Cathedral and it is beautiful, lovely windows but haven’t time to see much more. It is very busy already they must start early at work.

Sightseeing at 6:30 in the morning – good on her!

As with all of the postcard posts, please don’t publicly speculate about the identity of the author or recipient. 

Shona and the locals, 1954

Just two cards from her 1954 holiday in Norway, but the first is rather entertaining.

En route to Haugesund, Norway

30th May, 1954

We are on our way to Haugesund on a ship of the same name. There isn’t a cloud in the sky, it is airy [?] on the water but there is a barge over the land which spoils the view. Shona is just getting off with 3 rather slimy [?] locals, I don’t know if they understand each other or not. We were taken from the hotel to the boat by bus so the luggage was no bother.

I’ve changed the name of her female companion here, as the more names that appear, the easier it might be to identify our tourist. I’m assuming that ‘getting off’ didn’t mean the same in the 1950s as it does in current UK slang, or else Shona would have been pretty busy!

Brakanes Hotel, Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway

31st May, 1954

Have arrived at Ulvik. The journey was wonderful, the road twisted round the fiords and through tunnels. We stopped at a large waterfall and got soaked with spray looking at it. We stopped at Odda as well and saw a lot in their national costumes, the children were lovely. The scenery is just like the postcards, blossoms, blue skies and the water. To-morrow we go shopping and must see about sight-seeing.

Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik, Hardanger is still on the go today. It looks rather nice.

As with all of the postcard posts, please don’t publicly speculate about the identity of the author or recipient. 

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