Postcard Stories. 1911

There are few things more intriguing that the fragment of a narrative that will never, ever be revealed. On the back of a postcard in our collection Leah tells Gertrude of her trip to Brighton.Postcard1BlogTheBigForest

Dearest Gertrude

Still having a good time, violent flirtation every evening. I have made the daughter of the house most frightfully jealous. Her boy took me out last night, and she saw us.

Don’t know when we will be returning yet.

Love to all from Leah

The texture, detail and language of youth changes but the drama scarcely alters!

Postcard2BlogTheBigForestViolent flirtation on a September evening. Brighton 1911. A fragment from a life story…

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  1. ‘Violent flirtation’ – did the chap throw flowers at her? Did he do as Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice, who had to tell Elizabeth how much he ‘violently admired’ her?

    And most of all, why oh why don’t we write like that anymore, the calligraphy is amazing…

    • Yes, you are right, it is very Price and Prejudice. I was also thinking of the language used by characters in Vile Bodies as they attempt to be bright and ‘modern’. And lets also pitch Bjork in to the mix too when she sings about being ‘violently happy’.

      TheBigForest, the blog that references Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh and Bjork…… in the same paragraph!

      We love the calligraphy too. I posted the back rather than the front of the post card on the blog as it was so beautiful as an image.

  2. Love reading your blog ! I’ve been know to partake in violent flirtation myself and it’s most enjoyable ;o)

    • Gosh! Looks like its everyone round to Elizabeths studio for lessons!
      Thanks for the nice comment about the blog – its fun to write so we are really glad people enjoy reading it.

  3. Wohoo – this was the year my grandmother was born – 4/2/11

  4. Violent flirtation?! What an awesome phrase! You’re right, this is very intriguing. Old ephemera is always engaging to me, too.

    • Mmmm, we were wondering how to weave it in to everyday conversation although no one has flirted, violently or otherwise with either of us for a good few years if Im honest!

  5. Lovely post, thanks. I’m so intrigued by that message. Violent flirtation – extraordinary.

    • Thank you. Yes I think it’s the drama of youth. Nothing more that a few knowing smiles and eye contact although I find it interesting that Leah was ‘taken out’ by the boy. And why did Gertrude keep the post card? It couldn’t have been the view as its not a particularly exciting image of Brighton and Hove. Did the boy become Leah’s husband? We shall never know.

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