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Last Updated on 10th December 2016 by Sophie Nadeau


For lovers of nostalgia like me, nothing says ‘vintage‘ quite like an old postcard!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that collecting vintage postcards is something that’s recently become just a little bit of an obsession of mine. There’s just something about vintage postcards that make them so appealing, so unique.

Maybe it’s their weathered and battered appearance. Maybe it’s the fact that they bear the marks of times long gone by and the tell tale signs of multiple owners. Or maybe it’s just that they’re easy to transport and make the perfect travel souvenir.

Whatever it is about vintage postcards, by far my favourite part is the snapshot of daily life they convey; “Just arrived in London safely. Missing you and the girls back home already! Love M. xo” one might say. You can only begin to imagine the stories this man or woman might have to tell. They’re a unique documentation of history and yet you can pick them up from places all over the world for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

So without further ado, here’s a handful of London vintage postcards (in digital form):

Holborn Viaduct

Circa 1901-1910

Holborn Viaduct is both the name of a road and the bridge which crosses it. The road bridge (pictured below) was built in the mid 1800s. The estimated cost of the bridge at the time was £2 million (approximated at £167 million) in today’s money.

Today, the bridge lies next to the station of City Thameslink (although back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, this station was known as Holborn Viaduct Railway Staion).

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Houses of Parliament & the Thames

Circa 1948

The iconic set of buildings that make up the houses of parliament and house the Big Ben bell are immediately recognisable in this post-war photo.

The half completed bridge in the Thames to the left of Big Ben is the dismantling of an ’emergency’ bridge that was put up at some time during WWII.

london vintage postcards


Tower Bridge

Circa late 1920s

Often hailed as ‘the most beautiful bridge in the World’, Tower Bridge lies in the very heart of London. Built between 1886- 1894, the Victorian Bridge is now recognised the world over as one of London’s top landmarks.

london vintage postcards


Tower of London

Circa late 1920s

There’s notoriously been a dungeon on the site of the ‘new‘ Tower of London as far back as the 11th Century- so almost a thousand years! From this elevation, you can see the immense fortifications that surround the tower as well as how close the castle is to the Thames, with the Tower Bridge in the background.

london vintage postcards


The Plough, Clapham

Circa 1910

Not many years after this photo was taken, a domed entrance to Clapham Station and public conveniences were erected. The Plough Inn’s name has changed a number of times over the years and is today and O’Neill’s Irish pub.

Few of the buildings pictured in this photo still exist today.

london vintage postcards


Buckingham Palace

Circa 1927

This postcard can be dated rather precisely to 1927 because it’s one of the only times in history when a number of bus routes ran in front of the iconic Buckingham palace due to planned roadworks in other parts of the city.

Buckingham Palace has been the main household for the reigning monarch since 1837, the year that Queen Victoria assumed power as one of the first women to ever rule England.

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(cover photo source)

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

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