Old postcards can be a valuable record of times gone by, a glimpse of the past, frozen in time. Where are the cars? How many horses can you see on the roads? Look at the fashions of the day. They provide a literal snapshot of society as it once was.
There are many online websites that enable you to see villages and towns as they are today, but wouldn't it be wonderful if there was one that could transport you back to our ancestors' days. Look no further than the collection of postcards and photographs below. There are views of places in the counties that cross England, Wales and Scotland. Or you may wish to have a sepia coloured print to hang on your sitting room wall to remind you of your past.
Have you ever wondered why people always looked so stern in old photographs? This was because the light exposure to the photographic plates took a few minutes and it was easier to keep a straight face than to smile. We have a wonderful book that explains all this, plus how the apparatus worked back in 1899.
If your ancestor was a criminal, there could be a chance of their 'mug-shot' having been taken and now saved for posterity in gaol records. Wouldn't that be wonderful! Old photographs and postcards of the day can certainly help you to take a peek at life as it was.