Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Postcards on Parade ~ First in a Series


Top: The Cunard Queen Mary, mailed from Southampton, England on August 3, 1953
The postage was 2 pence.

Middle: The Cunard Britannic, mailed from Southampton in 1956, also 2 pence.

Bottom: M/S Skyward (Norwegian Cruise Lines), on her way to St. Thomas, Nassau and San Juan, PR in March 1954. Postage was 10 cents.

11 comments:

vicki (again) said...

Hey! Look at you and your B&Ws displayed in my absence. They're wonderful. They remind me of a postcard trip my grandmother took across the country in the 40s- I have the whole album with the little black photo corners falling all over the place. You are my inspiration: MUST GET SCANNER!
Thank you for the great fun you provide with pictures.

srp said...

Mom and Dad have been on a couple of cruises. I have never been but the cruise to Alaska sounds interesting.
When I graduated from high school in '70, I think the stamps were 5 cents. I can't remember if they were 10 or 12 cents when I mailed my wedding announcements four years later. Now, I might consider sending e-mail invitations....I know it isn't acceptable. I spent $350 on postage for Mom and Dad's 50th. Of couse she invited everyone, almost all of them came (300) and I did have extra postage for the special letters I had everyone write and send in for the surprise scrapbook.
Great pictures.

Mary said...

Hey Southampton is 5 miles down the road from me. The postage on those two cards would have been in old pence. That is when each pound had 240 pennies.
All this changed in 1971 when we converted to a decimal coinage system.Today it would cost 30p to mail a postcard which would be equivalent to about 70 old pennies (or 5 shillings and 10p in old money)

Peter said...

The Britannic is not a beatiful looking ship is she, very World War two look about her.

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Maria said...

The Queen Mary is docked here in Long Beach. I love to go tour her and particularly love to hear the ghost stories. She may not be the most beautiful when compared to Carnival, Princess, or Royal Caribbean, but there is something very elegant, staid, and proud about her.

Angie said...

I love old postcards and touring old ships.

I updated my post to answer your question about Steven.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Oh I love those Queen Mary ghost stories!

Raehan said...

I'm enjoying your photo series. And your blog is worth more than mine!

Jamie Dawn said...

I'm seasick just looking at them.

Carmi said...

Hi Judy. Thought I'd dip into your archives tonight.

This entry brings back powerful memories for me. When I was a kid, my maternal grandfather - with whom I was very close and who I credit for my becoming a writer/photographer - went on a trip to Europe. Only he hated flying. So he took a ship.

The pictures and stories he brought back galvanized my imagination, and continue to resonate in my mind to this day. I wish I could have gone with him. Obviously, I'll never be able to do that. But maybe someday, I'll be able to follow in his very large footsteps.

Something tells me he'd think that would be very cool.