Edwardian Commonwealth Postcard Collection Album
Edwardian Commonwealth Postcard Collection Album
Edwardian Commonwealth Postcard Collection Album
Edwardian Commonwealth Postcard Collection Album
Edwardian Commonwealth Postcard Collection Album
Edwardian Commonwealth Postcard Collection Album

Edwardian Commonwealth Postcard Collection Album

c. 1900 to c. 1910 Probably New Zealand

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199 chromolithograph postcards from the Southern Hemisphere, principally Ipoh Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. All postcards are postally unused although pencil markings to several indicate that they may have originally had an association with the colourist for the printer or publisher at some point. All postcards are in mint condition with only mild foxing in evidence to some. The small folio album with green cloth covered boards is in good condition with rubbing to the rounded corners of the boards and bruising to the spine ends. The green paste downs and free end papers are imitation silk paper and are faded to the edges, as are all pages. There are a few historical tears and chips to paper strips for securing postcards in place. Spine with six raised bands loose at middle pages. Gilt shamrocks and embossed holly pattern to front board.
Possibly New Zealand, circa 1900 - 1910
W. 9.5” (24cm)
H. 15.5” (38cm)
From the Kunverjee Maljee series of Ipoh in Perak State, Malaysia, pictures include those of the Anglo Chinese School, the Railway Station, the Convent, the People Park and Chinese Temple, Market Street and various others. A single card from the Georgetown Dispensary Series - Malay Mosque Ipoh - has written in pencil to the reverse ‘samples for colours and cards’. Postcards from New Zealand feature various towns and landscapes, such as Hamilton, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Kaikoura, Gisborne and Invercargill. The majority are published for the Gold Medal Series and printed in Germany, although photographs by Gaze & Co (Henry Edward Gaze (1874 - 1953), New Zealand Tourist Dept., Winzenberg, Winkelmann, Ferrier and Sherlock are represented. There is also a card from Gisborne part of the H J Bushnell Series. As well as those of a shipping interest in New Zealand, there are depictions of Maori children, women and warriors. Of note is an image of the Invercargill Aloe that, at that particular time, was widely photographed and celebrated as flowering for the first time in 40 years!

Those from Australia depict, mainly, street and landscapes of Mudgee in New South Wales, part of the Pecklington Series and photographed mainly by Percival Stuart Garling. He later became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and a well known entrepreneur, art collector and benefactor. Also represented are pictures of shipping, industry and landscapes in Geelong, Victoria. A postcard of Robertson Park by Garling has, to the front, colouring instructions in pencil ‘leave white’ and an arrow to posts.

From South Africa there are images of Port Elizabeth, the Loerie River Valley, Humansdorp, Inchanga, Walmer and Humewood. The card of the Loerie Valley River has pencil markings ‘tint this green as on other card’ along with crosses and lines on distant hills. One of the Van Staaden’s Bridge, Port Elizabeth, South Africa has colouring suggestions in pencil ‘rather more brownish tint’ and an asterisk indicating the relevant part of the photograph. Van Staaden’s Railway Bridge was erected in c1904 and designed by John C Andrews. There is also the charming picture of an African boy on the back of an ostrich with reins entitled ‘African Jockey’.

All cards have addressing instructions referring to New Zealand or the Commonwealth.
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