Mary and Herbert

Mary was born in Padiham, Lancashire in 1892. The main part of the collection are cards from her pal Herbert who was also born in Padiham in 1889.  The couple married in 1922 and there were no children. Herbert died in 1970 with Mary in 1981. Herbert posted these when on active service in the Great War.He joined the Royal Marines Medical Unit in 1914. All were posted at the same time from the same place to the same address Read more>>

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Groups either – organised or not – were a favourite with commercial photographers. They offered interest, enhanced composition and faces on cards would sell which then gave the opportunity to send it along with a ‘pick me out’ message. Children pose for the camera as the factories turn out. Elizabeth Jane (Janie) was living with her husband, child Jack, sister-in-law and widowed mum nearby. She was in her mid-20’s when she posted the card. Photographed and published by Richard Broughton Read more>>


Dora came from Burnley and lived above the family grocer’s shop in the Daneshouse area of town. She had seven siblings with one being born in Australia where the family lived for a short time before returning to Lancashire. She worked in the cotton industry as a weaver. Dora died a spinster in 1963. A family relation, Ernest from New Zealand, is pictured in service uniform during the Great War. He returned to New Zealand after the war and died Read more>>