Недавно в одном из лондонских секонд-хендов мне в руки попала замечательная вещь – альбом с открытками начала XX века. Любопытны эти открытки не только графикой, но и тем, что это самый настоящий исторический артефакт – послания, пожелания и приветы – история от первых лиц. Многое расплывчато и невнятно, но то, что я смогла разобрать, решила показать вам.
Dear Jack and all,
Just a card to let you know that I am still alive. I ought to have written before but there seems such a lot of writing to do. I went to Selly Park for the week end. They wished to be remembered to you. Fred has gone out. So I have to be shopkeeper, housekeeper, cook and bottle washer. Clara went home Friday. The weather is very cold and stormy. I’m coming home on Friday if all’s well. I daresay you have got a colt before this haven’t you. I shall have to see about getting the dinner or else we shan’t have any.
With Love from all. I daresay I shall see you before long.
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I received your letter this morning. I haven’t got time to write today for we are so busy.
Thanks so very much for card. It was very good of you to remember my birthday. I must wish you very many happy returns of your birthday, the 23rd isn’t it. I expect I shall see you before long. I have been away to Harrow for three weeks and had a glorious time, heaps of fun. We went up to London a good bit.
Love from Mom
This is to wish you very many happy returns of the day and I hope you will liv to see many of them. Lots of love from your loving Sis.
My Dear Rose.
Hoping you and all at home are in the best of health. Hope you enjoy yourself tomorrow. Please don’t forget what you said
With Best and find Love from yours for Ever Sam xxx
И пара фотографий XIX века в качестве бонуса.