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Clocks Through the Eye of the Picture Postcard

Posted on 21 Oct 2014
The Friends of the Priest's House Museum invite you to a talk on 'Clocks Through the Eye of the Picture Postcard' with Chris McKay on Thursday 23 October, 7.30pm in the Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre at the museum. Chris returns to once again entertain with his extensive knowledge of clocks. In the Edwardian era the picture postcard was the telephone and internet of the time, giving a wonderful insight into social history, from what people wore to their sense of humour, recording events and things now lost. The picture postcard came into its own from 1904 onwards. Today we have phones and emails but in the Edwardian era you could post a card in the morning, and in the same town it would be delivered by lunchtime and you could get a reply by the afternoon post. The picture postcard was more than communication, images portrayed scenes, people and events. As a snapshot in time the picture postcard captures social issues: clothing, people, buildings, gatherings, humour and many other aspects. Chris explores the media of the picture postcard using timekeeping, clocks and watches as his theme. The audience will be presented with a rich variety of subject matter illustrating the art of the picture postcard and historical aspects of horology. Tickets are available from the Wimborne Tourist Information Centre or on 01202 886116 priced at £6, including refreshments (booking is essential).