This lusciously coloured postcard, which I have bought right at the end of my Vintage Postcard phase, is an unexpected treasure. When eBay presented it to me as a possibility following previous Aberdovey-themed postcard purchases, I thought it was such fun, but I hadn’t realized that it contained a secret surprise – a fold-out section consisting of twelve miniature black and white photographs on a paper strip, hidden underneath the flap at the base of the rose.
The card was posted in July 1956. Apparently the stamp fixed to the card was not sufficient, and a “postage due” stamp and mark have been added. The message is remarkably prosaic, given the romantic theme of the card.
It was produced by James Valentine and Sons, in their “Mail Novelty” range.