We have seen Many Old English Vintage Postcards from England, and have been so amazed by their images. In the United States, Pictures 200-330 years old is amazing but when you look into the History of England you have great respect for the Age and World Changing History that has surrounded her. At one time it managed a great portion of the world from its small shores. Just to manage and handle that amount of territory gives a great amount of respect for their abilities. Greg and I have dome Mission work in Guyana, South America, for 30 years. When you talk to any of the older generations in that country. When England managed the country, they remember a great time of Prosperity. When we walked down the streets of Georgetown – you can see the magnificence of what was once there in the past
Below is a Large list of Antique English Postcards with current pricing. You can view Major Cities of England and we placed them from the Largest Population in descending order. We also put a list of some of the Great Moments of History in the Last 200 Years. Included is also a list of some of the Masters of Art and Photography that we can locate on so many British Vintage Postcards. Enjoy Darlene
We are Going To Journey back to early history of England just for a quick summary because England has such played such a part in shaping the whole history of the world as we know it today, the way it’s managing and through its conquering and through all the fiscal responsibility that is taken has shaped many of the countries we know including our own here in the United States, and many of the ones overseas another countries,
Ancient Old English Pre – Postcard History
This also includes the country of Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and so it’s one total nation we look at it today
Journeying Back over 2000 years ago England was inhabited by the Celtic population that lived on the island subjects of the Keltic population. It was quite primitive but again it was a and had a great agricultural base in as far as growing in providing food. Trade movie tween the island of England and also the mainland of Europe, and also unfortunately many times during their history of a lot of invading armies came from the mainland of Europe over to England going across during that time. There was much fighting among the tribes that lived on the island with many forts castles, protective Fortresses and Moats to protect against the many inter-country Conflicts.
Looking at the Countries religion, they practiced a Pagan Rites religion and it had its roots in the Druidism that was in the European country. The Druids were involved politically they were involved religiously they were involved medically with many doctors, there were in their religion they were historians they were very much a group of elite people that ended up, looking over the nation. Much of what we know is from history and archaeology that is showing that they use human sacrifice in their worship.
The druids are at that time getting really did not believe in writing anything down or any kind of handwriting or Cuniform or any type of hieroglyphs at all, so everything was done by oral traditions. Much of what we know is to archaeology and also the Roman written records, They kept detailed records of the land called Britannia.
Roman Conquest of Brittany
In 55 BC Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar I believe in 54 and also and 53 tried to invade England at the time for his political enemies back at home, to show his strength he tried to lay siege, but he failed in both attempts to attack Brittany
In 43 AD 40,000 soldiers set sail for Britain from Rome, Claudius Caesar, Emporer at this time, was the one who initiated the seige again for political reasons. He was viewed as a very weak leader and wanted to show his strength. he wanted to capture Britania. England at the time was considered as the edge of the world. So Many of the attacking soldiers became scared of demons and the like because of the superstitions. When the Romans landed they received no opposition from the native coastal armies. there were several tribes it could have but they thought that the Romans would turn and flee before they arrived. But the Romans did Land they conquered a small portion of the land they established the Fort and build an arch in a triumph of their victory.
Where they established and landed there and they set up there for it then he preceded to move inland to take more of the country of Brittany a thought in the name of the Romans. Many of the tribes of Brittany quickly surrendered to the Romans even before any Britany battles took place, they had heard how fierce of the Romans were, and if you recall from history that the Roman military machine was used to take it over the world was a mighty force attacking Britains at the time?
When Claudius eventually arrived in Britain he came celebrating his victory in he came riding upon an elephant to show his might. People within the tribes that were there, had never seen an elephant so it was a mighty powerful entrance. At that time his conquest of all of England was now part of the Roman empire.
Romans Left great Infrastructure – Roads, Aqua ducts, and Military Example
With Romes help the control of Britanni began in approximately 410 AD so probably 450 to 500 years, was the span of their control. That is quite along time when you think that the United States might be around 250 years old now. As time went on the Roman Empire became weaker and weaker and it did not have the finances or the military might to can continue controlling a lot of its outlying Providence in so it basically withdrew from Britanni and leaving it in control of itself as the Roman Empire began to shrink. One of the most powerful things in lasting memories of the Romans is they built my Stone roads, infrastructure aqueducts to carry water, things that would continue to benefit written even after the Roman Empire had faded into the past. As Roman surrendered control back to Britania you know many of the Romans were still there but they did not have the finances to continue the control of Britain was surrendered to its own will, it slowly began to change back to what we know the beginnings of the country of England it will see now. Even though Roman Control was relinquished, they pleaded with the Roman Roman government to take back control, but Rome never did.
At this time they begin to even have their own military and of course, they patterned did off the Romans who had controlled the country for so many years. Over the next years of internal wars began to take place in the country of England, between the Britons and the Saxons in through many battles, eventually, the Saxons were defeated and this became the beginning point of what we know as England today.
King Arthur and Knights of Round Table
It is at this period in English history that we began hearing legends about the legendary King Arthur and his knights of the round table.
There in the next 400 years, England saw a great migration from people from the north and the islands and also from the Europe mainland migrating into Britain and becoming part of the population. During the seventh century is when the island of England began to convert to Christianity. It was receiving its Christian influence from Ireland and from the mainland in Europe and all the outside areas around England are where Christianity was established and then it was slowly infant rating into England itself.
Is that at this time that we see the rise of the Sea Thriving Vikings that terrorizes the country for 200 years surrounding England in the countries around the coast coming from North Denmark It was called the Viking age?
In 860 AD Vikings assemble an army to take over Britannia. They continue to invade England made the larger sections of England surrender to them without any battles at all the size of the Viking force although it was mighty was very small under 1000 men. It was very successful for its fierceness. In 878 D Brittany begins to put up such a strong battle that it halted the Vikings and began to drive them back. This time in point with the Vikings was being driven back their losing and they began their control of England and we start seeing the basis of what England is to develop and become.
It is at this time we see the rise of the King in England, King Edward being the first.
In 1189 – we find “King Richard the Lionhearted” was at this time. King Richard spent very little time of his own it home barely 6 months the rest of his time was spent at home in England He spent most of his life in battles on the holy wars in France and Egypt. On the battlefield and had a reputation even from an early age of being a strong Warrior. He died from an arrow wound in 1199, that had become infected. King Richards’s brothers were named John and later he succeeded Richard and became King John, he had earlier led a rebellion against his father and also King Richard in the past. This is the time that we see the notable rise of the legend of Robin Hood. He was fighting the battle against corrupt that King John who was stealing from the poor of the Kingdom. He Robbed the rich to give back to the poor.
Black Death Hits Brittany
In 1348 Ad. This is where we see the beginning of the Black Death that would sweep across the nation so many people would die from the disease being carried by pest rats. Claimed the lives of over 6,000,000 English men alone, France also lost half of its population in as it subsided it came back also in the 1360s to it again
France’s Joan of Arc – 19 Year Old Girl Commander
Joan of Arc shows up at this time. She was at this time the hero for the country of France in his battles against England. She claims to have had a vision that it was her duty to drive English people out of France. Through several successive victories and threw her prophesying over winning those victories Joan of Arc was made commander of the armies of France. She had Gone from Farm Girl to Commander. It was not long until she was captured at a very young age because she was only 19 years old when she was captured and turned over to English, They then took Her and burned her at the stake. Even though this was happening the french were winning the war. England at this time lost all land in the country of France.
In 1553 Mary Queen of Scotts became Queen. She now was a messenger of Catholicism. She Burned 300 protestants alive to make that happen – So this is where she got the Term “Bloody Mary” She was succeeded by Elizabeth would rule for 50 Years. – bringing in the Golden Age – Called the Elizabethian Era. She proceeded to move England back to Protestantism, opposite Queen Mary. Elizabeth never married and got the title: The Virgin Queen” The State of Virginia was named after her. She did attempt to avoid conflict through her rule.
This is the Time period that Shakespeare did much of his literary work. Also Francis Drake, and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
In the Chart Below we are listing many of the Old Postcards people are collecting. We have listed the major Cities in England. They are sorted in descending order by Population. It also has info on their current market value pricing. You can use this table to Check Antique Value on This Website.
United Kingdom City Postcard Value Calculator - How Much is Postcard Worth
|United Kingdom Cities Postcards||Country||Average $||$ Hi - Lo||Number of Postcards||Ebay Link to Postcards|
Over 4 Million Cards
|Birmingham England Postcards||England||$ 6.50||$ 496.78 / .99||2,821||Postcards|
|Leeds England Postcards||England||$ 6.61||$ 92.43 / .21||645||Postcards|
|Glasgow Scotland Postcards||Scotland||$ 7.02||$ 860.00 / .31||1,313||Postcards|
|Sheffield England Postcards||England||$ 14.99||$ 87.43 / .017||744||Postcards|
|Manchester England Postcards||England||$ 9.52||$ 80.42 / .06||5,566||Postcards|
|Edinburgh Scotland Postcards||Scotland||$ 5.99||$ 76.48 / 1.69||2,060||Postcards|
|Liverpool England Postcards||England||$ 3.51||$ 104.38 / .45||1,362||Postcards|
|Bristol England Postcards||England||$ 5.78||$ 75.00 / .79||3,524||Postcards|
|Cardiff Wales Postcards||Wales||$ 5.30||$ 116.58 / .11||386||Postcards|
|Belfast Ireland Postcards||Ireland||$ 4.64||$ 399.00 / .09||1,596||Postcards|
|Leicester England Postcards||England||$ 5.99||$ 47.36 / .17||465||Postcards|
|Wakefield England Postcards||England||$ 4.95||$ 25.00 / .06||690||Postcards|
|Coventry England Postcards||England||$ 6.88||$ 53.99 / .06||406||Postcards|
|Nottingham England Postcards||England||$ 7.03||$ 37.09 / .25||388||Postcards|
|New Castle England Postcards||England||$ 4.92||$ 136.35 / >06||3,489||Postcards|
|Sunderland England Postcards||England||$ 8.00||$ 95.38 / .11||246||Postcards|
|Brighton England Postcards||England||$ 9.99||$ 198.70 / .11||2,035||Postcards|
|Kingston England Postcards||England||$ 3.86||$ 55.00 / .01||3,354||Postcards|
|Plymouth England Postcards||England||$ 9.00||$ 66.00 / .11||6,144||Postcards|
Table Shows Type of Postcards, average cost, Hi-lo Cost, and eBay Link to the desired search
It will show you Current Listings
Dollar Amounts are Ebays Actual Sold Amounts - Not asking Price
The next table we built is a table that is listing all the major events not all of them but most of the major big of major events that happened during the 200 years of English history surrounding postcard being printed and distributed. You’ll be able to see the event, the date that it took place, you also be able to see the name and they’ll be a link on the backside where you can go to a specific search that will show you the eBay listings for that type of postcard under that great event that happened in England.
Old Postcards United Kingdom / UK/ England History
|Date||Events||Description||Number of Postcards||Ebay Postcards Over 4 Million PostcardsLink|
|1863||First Underground Train - London Postcards||First In London||8||Postcards|
|1912||Stainless Steel Postcards||Invented|
|1914||English WWI Postcards|
|1939||English WWII Postcards|
|1979||Margaret Thatcher Postcards||Become Prime Ministers||6||Postcards|
|1985||Bradford Fire Postcards||Stadium Fire||3||Postcards|
|1996||UEFA Euro 1996 Postcards||England Host||30||Postcards|
|1997||Tony Blair Prime Minister Postcards||35||Postcards|
|1997||Diana Dies Postcards||Princess Diana of Wales||696||Postcards|
|2003||England Wins Rugby Cup Postcards||Defeating Austrailia||36||Postcards|
|2005||Bombing Londons Subways Postcards||Public Transportation||30||Postcards|
|2012||2012 Summer Olympics Postcards||London||28||Postcards|
Vintage Postcard Major Events in English History
1863 First Underground Train in London
At the beginning of 1863, January 10th. was when the first underground train in London. It was actually not only the first subway in London but it was actually the first subway in the world. Digging a hole underneath the city and sending a train down in the tunnels seemed like far fetch future. People simply thought that it would fail it cost about $100 Million if you converted the time the money that during that time in the hard currency of today so it’s was a very expensive project. On January 10th at morning 30,000 people went down underground in the subway system to travel on that new train for a train ride of approximately 4 miles
It took 3 years to construct the underground railway. It was called the Metropolitan Railway.system. At the time London was one of the largest cities in the world, and the population was so great that it was totally always in the state of congestion between all the traffic on the roads, the carts the horses, railways, the shop suppliers making it impossible to move around. So it was a very great event that took place in the city officials hope that if it succeeded it would help start freeing up some of the congestion it was taking place daily in the city.
The original idea was from a man by the name of Charles Pearson and he had been lobbying for years for the idea of having an underground train.
Where the construction took place was in the middle of the roads. The method at the time was to dig a tremendous hole then go and build a train tunnel then backfill the dirt back in. Thay way they did not have to have to demolition large buildings. After the initial trial, it was such a success that London began expanding the rail system and many many other tunnels begin to be under construction so they could expand the subway system but they had just an initiated. The subway tubes were so successful that they were installing new subway lines and that made real estate very valuable in so you would see housing projects developments shopping centers all springing up around the new subway systems just like you would have any road was taken to a new area out the country.
after approximately 30 years of construction, the subway system had an increase to the approximate length of being 50 miles and links around London.
The girls around London it becomes so great that it was becoming impossible for them to dig holes and expand the system the way they did originally So what they did is they developed and invented the machine that they called the great head shield. it only took approximately 12 men to operate it, they now went deeper so they could now tunnel under existing buildings and not disturb previous construction boring the earth like a giant nightcrawler expanding these subway tubes to as it expanded.
This construction method was so successful that they continued over the next 3 years expanding the subway system and it even got to the point that they borrow underneath the River that IM is in making trains going underneath the water.
1912 – Invention of Stainless Steel by Harry Brearly
The invention of stainless steel took place in Sheffield New York shire in a man who is credited getting it started a was Harry Brearley and originally he had been invited down from his laboratory to an ammunition supplier because the gun barrels were rusty too much and fouling. They asked him down for his advice. The problem they were having is the barrels were beginning to rust, they also would also have poor accuracy in the rifle So he suggested was that they should change the quality of the steel that they were using to help solve that problem.
He eventually tried making this deal with more chromium and less carbon to it, he used the electric arc furnace, that had become available, after his testing he made his first acid test using acid as the activating agent. It would not make a mark. He took it back and began testing it that the metal that he had made inside the arc furnace would not corrode. What the discovery was not excepted most people had this grief about it and he continued to push it and eventually went to a knifemaker who agreed to give it a shot and try to make the stainless steel for him and they originally made it and like it when it was made, it broke all the stamping machine dies that they were trying to manipulate the new steel with because it was so hard.
What they did was put it into stainless steel knives and cutlery for using in the kitchen, and when they start to ship them out they gave it a lifelong guarantee and asked anybody to return it if there was any rust or corrosion that happened, all the knife blades they made they never received any back because of material was so hard and corrosive proof.
1914 England enters WWI
At the time of England was entering World War I, England was in control of massive amounts of land across the face of the globe approximately 25% of all the landmass was under British control. it was England it was all the other countries, Canada, India, Australia, and some of South America. Not only did they have a great amount of land but their financial interest across the world was amazing they had been industrializing third world nations and bringing finances and manufacturing and mining in different places all over the globe and so there industrialization of the world was very strong indeed. That created a situation where they dominated the world is far as finances in the number of materials that were made all over the world for industrialization there was taking place across the world at that time they were a supplier of much of.
England’s global merchant fleet at that time was so great it is accounted for over of over moving 50% of all the resources around the world. During this time. also, there was a great expansion of free speaking at the press communication, you know it we’re talking about postcards here but the number of postcards being produced greatly increased.
As the time approaches them entering into World War I, the economic condition in England and changed it first it was the leader but now it was second to the United States and also Germany at that time. At this time the British Navy was actually the largest Navy of the world.
Eventually, Germany and France went to war in 1913. When England entered the war and it had the most powerful Navy in the world but now the war is coming to the whole European continent.
1939 England Enters WWII
After the fall in France, England was left all alone to protect her self. at the time she was not able to get any help from any of the other countries around because they were in such devastation themselves. England was preparing for the ultimate battle on her shores. Germany’s giant war machine had been marching across Europe and not only was great in itself but as it captured more and more armies military equipment and other nations artillery that it made it stronger and stronger as it continued to move them forward.
Much of the fighting in World War II, took place on the European continent, then the fighting begins to happen on the English soil as Germany began to attack. The whole country of England began working together as one group to survive, to produce the needed wartime materials, and manufacturing supplies, everything so they could be feeding their troops and protect their continent that was gonna be attacked. The whole country had prepared for a war they had shore upon their coast. they had geared up their manufacturing processes to produce more weapons for the battle that was coming to their home soil. Hitler begins his initiative called Sea Lion to attack the coast of England.
Most of the Germans bombers were short-range but they had one bomber that was a long-range bomber and during that 2 year period, Hitler produced over 15,000 of that long-range bomber to be able to attack Brittan.
1979 – Margaret Thatcher Becomes Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher came to power after World War II, and she began to shake up the entire English economy by bringing the free-market to the system. She gave the English banking system with a flurry of deregulation which made it one of the most powerful financial systems in the world. All areas of the business she tried to move the country into a free-market system that would benefit the country. She is known for helping the country to modernize. She helped restructure their banking system so it made it very appealing for the US, and banks all across the world to bring their business to England. Her time of the ruling in England brought a very prosperous time of the economy-boosting economy to the whole nation.
1997 – Tony Blair becomes British Prime Minister
1997 – Diana Princess of Wales dies after Road Accident
Princess Diana was known as of The Peoples Princess, coming from the people of England themselves is known greatly for her charity work for helping children that are plagued with aids HIV and she also had a great campaign against trying to ban land mines that people would step on and blow up.
2012 – Summer Olympics Held in London.
Old English Artist and Photographers
This is a list of Some of the most famous artists and Postcard Creators of the Postcard Period in England
The Table gives its Lifespan and Country of Birth. The Link takes you to a search with Postcards that bear their name.
United Kingdom Postcard Artist
|Artist||Date||Country||Number of Postcards||Ebay Link Over 4 Million Postcards|
|Alfred Pearse Postcards||1855 - 1933||England||30||Postcards|
|Photochrom Company Postcards||1856 - 1924||England||839||Postcards|
|Jarrold & Sons. Postcards||1745-1775||England||42||Postcards|
|Rotary Photographic Co||1901||London England||1,580||Postcards|
|William Rothenstein Postcards||1872 - 1945||English||7||Postcards|
|Charles Houton Howard Postcards||1899-1978||American||42||Postcards|
|J. Salmon Postcards||1844 - 1923||England||1,818||Postcards|
|Joseph Mallord William Turner Postcards||1771 - 1851||England||1,372||Postcards|
|W.N. Sharpe Ltd. Postcards||1950 - 2011||England||839||Postcards|
|Fortunino Matania Postcards||1881 - 1963||Italian||60||Postcards|
|Christopher Clark, Postcards||Present||4,242||Postcards|
|Philip Dadd Postcards||1880 - 1916||England||11||Postcards|
|Donald MacPherson Postcards||1920 - 1986||30||Postcards|
|Paul Thiriat Postcards||1898 - 1970||113||Postcards|
|Harry Payne Postcards||1858 - 1927||England Military||648||Postcards|
|G.T. Clarkson Postcards||166||Postcards|
|Hans Bohrdt Postcards||1857 - 1945||German||15||Postcards|
|Bernard F. Gribble Postcards||1872 - 1962||England Marine||39||Postcards|
|R. Caton Woodville. Postcards||1856 - 1927||England||150||Postcards|
|John Valentine Postcards||1730 - 1791||Scotland||125||Postcards|
|Louis Wain Postcards||1860 - 1939||England||295||Postcards|
|Herbert Ward Postcards||1883 - 1919||England||1,934||Postcards|
|Louis Whirter Postcards||1873 - 1932||Scotland||15||Postcards|
|William Barnes Wollen Postcards||1857 - 1936||England||563||Postcards|
|Lawson Wood Postcards||1878 - 1957||England||150||Postcards|
|J.H. Roberts Postcards||1884 - 1961||England||7159||Postcards|
|Richard Caton Woodville, Jr|
|1856 - 1927||England||150||Postcards|
|George Wright Postcards||1860 - 1942||England||2,295||Postcards|
|john Hinde Postcards||1916 - 1977||England||948||Postcards|
|Donald McGill Postcards||1875 - 1962||England||569||Postcards|
|Cyril Kenneth Bird|
|1887 - 1965||English||4||Postcards|
|David Low Postcards||1891 - 1963||New Zealand|
|Arnold Taylor Postcards||142||Postcards|
|Laurie Taylor Postcards||147||Postcards|