Postcard featuring black and white image of view down Collins Street in Melbourne.
It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1904 to 16 April 1907, all addressed to James Baird Scott and his family living in Paisley, Scotland. Fifty three of the cards are sent from Victoria, Australia, by Marion Flinn and her family and feature Melbourne landmarks and suburbs, scenes from Victoria and New South Wales. Fourteen postcards are sent from various international locations including South Africa, Nigeria, India, Singapore and western Europe apparently by extended members of James Baird's family either holidaying or working.
Black and white postcard, with image of Collins Street, Melbourne. Hand writing around the image. Reverse side with hand written address and parts of date stamp. Stamps were removed.
This collection of early 20th century postcards provides an invaluable pictorial record of urban and rural landscapes in Melbourne,Victoria and New South Wales. It also captures the social and political attitudes and observations of one Melbourne family, relating to domestic and social life, literature, politics, and Australian culture. Themes such as nationalism, the postiion of women and prejudices surrounding Aboriginal Australians, global shipping and communication are also referenced by both the visual iconography and the commentary on the postcards.
Donation from Moreen Shields, Jun 2011
Printed: Collins Street Melbourne Victoria. Handwritten text: Melbourne 1 June 1904 'My dear Cousin I was very pleased to see your post scrip in James' letter and thank you for your interest & love I need scarcely say how much I think of you all. You will have guessed that long since. Am just now up to my eyes in the girls! Winter dresses that I've almost done. Shall I send “swatches” to Nettie and Anna in my next letter? Please give them and Jimmie a kiss from me and their cousins. I must not further disfigure Collins St of which you know we are so proud. Your loving cousin Marion P.S. I can't resist a ps. to fill this space. I am sending these by the German mail so hope you have no objection. the English mail had gone before James' letter came.' Per G.M.S. “Weimar” Mr J. B. Scott 12 Hillview Paisley Scotland
Type of item
138 mm (Width), 85 mm (Height)