Postcards from Lincoln
By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.
A rare and interesting collection of postcards was recently sold for over £4,300 at the Lincoln Auction Rooms.
Most dated from the early 20th century and the theme of the collection was Lincoln and Lincolnshire.
Early photographic monochrome cards tend to be more sought after by the collectors than the mass produced black and white or colour printed cards.
The written greetings, postage stamps and frank marks can also affect the value.
From this collection offered at auction it was the views of bygone Lincoln that had special appeal. They illustrated the many changes large and small to Lincoln over the last one hundred years.
A card titled The Lincoln Fair, probably at South Park, shows the rides may not have changed that much but the fashions certainly have.
A rare photographic card of William C Pearse, Yarborough Road shows a traction engine crash in the Fosse Dyke. It doesn’t appear to have caused the tailback and vehicle congestion that an accident would do today.
Another shows the shopfront of Clipsham & Payne Family Grocers marked as 188 High Street, which is now the bakery Greggs.
A final illustration of the not so many changes to Lincoln was lot 310, an early 20th-century card showing the shop frontage of Foster & Sons Butchers, Monks Road.
The business is still there today, serving the local community and beyond; as well as many past employees of Thomas Mawer and Son prior to their move from the Monks Road auction rooms.
Full auction results can be found at www.goldingyoung.com