Johanna was born in 1886 in Cuerden, Lancashire. She was the second child from the family to bear the same/similar name as an elder sister died young. Johanna, after various moves, settled in Nelson with her three siblings and widowed mum. All the children worked as weavers in the cotton industry and most cards are holiday ones. Johanna married Wilfred in 1914 and the couple had one child.


Isabella’s family moved around east Lancashire but finally settled in Goodshaw. Isabella was born in 1892 into a Baptist household and spent most of her life in this part of Lancashire. The collection reflects her family and locality. Isabella married Fred in 1918 and the couple had one child, Nora, who also got the collecting bug.  The family relationship between the senders and Isabella was a complicated one. Both cards were sent from Colne to Goodshaw by Sarah and Jennina Read more>>

Comic Cards

One of these has been cut down but the message is clear. ‘Marble Arch’ linked Springfield Road and Marlborough Street and had a colliery tramway (ginny) on top from Towneley pit to the canal. The ‘arch’ was demolished in 1903 and the ginny taken underground.