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Edwardian Postcard Project

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The early British postcard is a fascinating multimodal communications technology. In the heyday of the postcard during the Edwardian age, (1901-1910) it offered an opportunity for rapid vernacular writing at very low cost that was not to be available again until the contemporary digital revolution. Up to six deliveries a day were being made in major cities and 6 billion cards were sent in the period. We have collected over 1,200 cards from the period to examine the creative responses of the population to this new technology. Apart from the light shed on writing practices of the Edwardians, our studies are revealing much about the travel patterns, social networks and concerns of the age. We are also investigating the mobilities of the postcard today, through collecting cards ourselves, interviewing and photographing at postcard fairs, and reviews of secondary sources. We are using Twitter to resend some of the Edwardian messages - follow eVIIpc.

This project received £2808.75 from the Friends' Programme, Lancaster University in 2010.

For more information, visit the project website.
Effective start/end date1/09/09 → …

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