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Newbie with Thornhill postcard

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:45 pm
by richard5598
Hi. I'm not much of a collector. I do occasionally buy a postcard of Thornhill as a source of local history.

In the postcard, I am wondering how much is real and how much if any is fictional - i.e. drawn in. Rich

P.S. You have to right click on the picture to see "View Image" to see the full picture.


Re: Newbie with Thornhill postcard

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:49 am
by eastlondonpostcard
Well, I do not know what Thornhill looked like in the past - it certainly looks real enough to me! Are you suggesting that that is not a true picture of Thornhill... it looks lovely!

Postcard publishers were well known for embellishing their postcards to make them more attractive and appealing - even using images made up. This one has been hand coloured I would guess and perhaps taken somewhere completey different to Thornhill.

Enjoy your collecting!

Re: Newbie with Thornhill postcard

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:01 pm
by richard5598
Hi. Specifically, are the fences in the photo drawn in do you think? And what about the woman figure? I think I can vouch that is genuinely of a cottage in Thornhill. By W C Machin, Kirkgate Wakefield. I have seen others of the same local (Smithy Brook).

P.S. I suppose, because it's coloured in, all sorts of artistic license come into play. And I guess it's quite reasonable to suggest those fences are creations of the painter, or simply fences over-painted to look better.