To: Mrs B Martin, “Holly Bank”, Woodhill, Portishead, Somerset.
Having a glorious time. Weather perfect! Bathing every day. Grays join us. Just going to meet them now. Sorry to have to return on Sat. Love from IMS [?]
To: Mrs W. Clayton, 44 Perry St, Anlaby Rd, Hull
This is a little village near here.
[Actually, Llanfair PG as it is also known, is the other end of Wales on Anglesey, about 180 miles away. Good effort, just one small spelling mistake. See if you can spot it!]
Ma petite Yvonne,
Je ne sais plus écrire, j’espère que tu me comprendras tout de même. D’abord je dois t’annoncer notre rétour à Paris Lundi prochain. Je vais aller à la gare me renseigner sur l’heure car les trains sont supprimés ou changés. J’ai eu froid hier à la mer le vent n’est plus comme en Juillet et Août et le vent m’ennuie je ne peux supporter cela. Je pense que je vais pouvoir m’occuper de mes affaires car je ne peux rester à ne rien faire. Le temps semble long alors que j’étais habitué à ne pas rester [xxx]. Je suppose que je te trouverai en bonne santé, et en attendant je t’embrasse bien affectueusement. Ton papa
Amitiés à Maurice
My dear little Yvonne,
I’ve forgotten how to write, I hope you’ll understand me all the same. First I should tell you we’re returning to Paris next Monday. I’ll go to the station to find out about times because the trains have been cancelled or changed. I was cold in the sea yesterday, the wind is no longer like it is in July and August and the wind annoys me, I can’t stand it. I think I’m going to have to keep busy with my things because I can’t sit around doing nothing. Time seems long when you’re used to not being [xxx]. I presume I’ll find you in good health and in the meantime I kiss you affectionately. Your papa
Say hello to Maurice
[No postmark but I think this series of cards dates to about 1928. I could be wrong!]
To: Master B.Russell, 61 Magdalen Rd, North End, Portsmouth
Isn’t this a lovely picture of the rough sea? The coast is very rocky & dangerous & I should think it would be a lovely place in the summer for catching crabs amongst the rocks. We walked down to the shore last night & saw the big “breakers” coming in. I’m writing you a letter very soon. Love – Aud
Binnie Hale (Beatrice Mary Hale-Munro) was born to a Liverpool Irish theatrical family in 1899. She was a star of the musical comedy circuit in London in the 1920s and is best known for playing the title role in No No Nanette at the Palace Theatre in 1925. She had recording success with Spread a little happiness which she sang in Mr Cinders in 1929 (You Tube). Her press scrapbooks are in the archives of the V&A. Binnie was married to the actor Jack Raine in the 20s and early 30s. She died in Hastings in 1984.
To: Mr and Mrs V Long, “Woodend”, 22 Oxford Road, Stanford le Hope, Essex
Dear Nan and Pap,
Arrived at Isle of Wight about 2 with all the Hippies. We are only staying for a few days. I am writing this card while Harry is asleep he is tired out after the journey. I think it was the meal he has just had, steak, 2 eggs, chips [peas?] and tomatoes.
See you soon
Yvonne and Harry xxxxxxxx
[The reference, of course, is to the Isle of Wight free festival at which Bob Dylan made his comeback after a motorcycle accident some years before. It took place 29-31 August 1969 at Woodside Bay near Ryde.]