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Picture Postcard Exhibition

A NEW EXHIBITION at Hedon Museum brings you over 600 picture postcards on display…

A NEW EXHIBITION at Hedon Museum brings you over 600 picture postcards on display.

A 'birthday' postcard
A ‘birthday’ postcard

The ‘Wish You Were Here exhibition takes place in two rooms at the Museum. In one room, the postcard collection shows examples from the 1870s through to the early 1900s when the craze for collecting postcards was in full swing. In the Upstairs Gallery, another 300 postcards are on display.

Commercial firms used postcards as marketing aids and municipal events like band concerts were also advertised. Postcards gradually depicted a wide range of subjects: People and events, such as royal occasions, together with Christmas, birthdays, romance, children, animals – and of course comic cards.

The postcards on display are just part of the collection of over 2,000 belonging to Peter McCurdy. Peter started collecting some 25 years ago, when he bought two postcards showing Keyingham in Edwardian times. His collection is still growing and now covers the whole of South Holderness.

Surprisingly enough, there are very few of the comic seaside postcards on display, but instead the displays really reflect the evolution of the postcard from a simple letter format, through to greeting cards, celebrity cards and especially picture cards which capture historic views of many Holderness villages.

This fascinating exhibition will contain picture postcards that will delight and entertain all family members. It runs from Saturday 20th July to Saturday 31st August 2013.

There are lots for regular visitors to the Museum as well – the downstairs room has been used to exhibit the postcards, so the remaining room has had a make-over as well with new exhibition pieces and artefacts.

Hedon Museum is open every Wednesday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm. Admission is free. Refreshments available.

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