Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Another in the old postcard series.....this time it's Bradford or should that be Bratfud?

Here is another one of the picture postcards I bought from the lovely antique shop in the lovely victorian market in St Helier - capital of the lovely island of Jersey. I make no apologies for using the word lovely repeatedly in the sentence as two dictionary definitions of lovely are 'charmingly or exquisitely beautiful' or 'having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye' and all of the above things I've described as lovely are exactly that to my eyes, heart and mind.

I love the faded yet vivid colour of the angled images of Bradford. I'm not sure when it was taken except the main image of the Town Hall features a trolleybus and so it must have been taken prior to 1972 as tinternet research tells me the trolleybus transport system  in Bradford was in operation until then.

Bradford along with Leeds was one of the first cities in the UK to have a trolleybus system and Bradfords lasted the longest in the UK. Both cities opened their trolleybus systems in June 1911. Leeds last trolleybus was in 1928 though trams lasted in Leeds until 1959 and Bradford's last trolleybus was on March 26th 1972.

I can't make out the registration plates clearly enough to get an idea of the date that way either and I am not enough of a transport nerd to be able to determine what years the traffic could be except late 60's maybe? and although the card has been written on, it must have been hand delivered as there is no address or postmark or stamp on it. Just a name and a message of'Dear Pauline, Renie, Bernard and Marcel - hope you all had a nice time Xmas, did you have any snow? thank you all for ....... see you soon,love from us all .....xxxx

The dots are where I can't make out what the words are.

Th Town Hall itself looks much the same today though the square round it and the roads look very different, Lister Park still has a lake but as I've only ever been in the depths of winter I've never seen anyone messing about in a boat on it though the tinternet tells me you can hire rowing bots and pedalloes for the very reasonable price of £5 for half an hour and £5 deposit throughout the summer and on weekends in October. I don't think I've ever got the train to Bradford Forster Sq though I have to Bradford Interchange often as that is the nearest station to my beloved Media Museum.

I also love Bradford Industrial Museum which I haven't been to for a while and must remedy this forthwith, I was at the Media Museum last week to The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window and Disappeared which was very very good indeed - I left Pictureville with a big grin on my face - rather like the grin I have on my face when I look at these lovely old postcards.


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