Postcards from the past

Collecting postcards is a hobby as old as the postcard itself – the first collectors were recognised well before the end of the 19th century. John Hannavy is a relatively recent addition to their number, having bought his first tinted Edwardian cards in the 1970s. The collection covers all aspects of Edwardian life and work, and has been used to illustrate many of John's books, including his popular Shire Library series - The English Seaside in Victorian and Edwardian Times; Britain's Working Coast in Victorian and Edwardian Times; Victorians and Edwardians at Work; Victorians and Edwardians at Play; Victorians and Edwardians on the Move; The Victorian and Edwardian Tourist and Victorians and Edwardians at War.

The collection has also featured strongly in Around Scotland's Shore; The Way We Were - Victorian and Edwardian Scotland in colour; Edwardian Mining in old Postcards; The Once Ubiquitous Paddle Steamer; and Edwardian Railways in Postcards  which was published in October 2017.

Many of the original postcards are for sale. Collectors who wish to see the current catalogue, and be kept up to date as to what is on offer, use the Contact page.

Digitally enhanced versions of many of the early postcards in the John Hannavy Picture Collection are available for editorial use. 


The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White is still available from John Hannavy Publishing, the remaining hardback copies now reduced to half price, just £10.00 + P&P

To order a copy, use the Contacts page.


Published by PiXZ/Halsgrove in October 2017, price £9.99, is  Edwardian Railways in Postcards a celebration both of the railways themselves and of the art of the postcard photographers, colourists and publishers. Click on the book cover, below to log on to where you can see all of John Hannavy's currently available books. 

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