My Postcard as a Historical Artefact


This postcard consists of a pleasant image of the Spean Bridge Hotel, and personalized writing on the back. The obvious information this postcard provides, is what the hotel looked like in the past. The more historically interesting section of the postcard however, is the backside correspondence section. The personal handwriting tells us about the individual that used this postcard, and what people in their time may have used them for. The common use of a postcard that everybody thinks of, is to send a message to a loved one, or to keep as a souvenir. This postcard however, may have been used for an entirely different purpose. It consists of very concise sentences indicating where the writer is, where they will be staying, and their plans going forward. In addition to this, it is not ended with any sort of endearment such as “sincerely” or “yours truly” but instead with “No more luck.” It is interesting to think about what the individual sending this postcard may have been doing in Scotland. Perhaps it was a business trip that went poorly, or a meeting with a significant individual. Along with the new questions regarding what the individual that wrote this card was doing, we now have a new perspective on what postcards may have been used for in the past: possibly business, or more formal communication, considering the almost telegram-like structure of the correspondence.

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