The Edwardian era was the heyday of the
picture postcard with hundreds of millions
of cards being mailed each year. The
postcard was the text message of its day,
and with such a huge market, the range
of subjects featured on postcards was
Coal mining was the subject of
hundreds of different cards. Just about
every colliery in Britain appeared on a
postcard, and mining activities both above
and below ground were featured. Many
of the cards were beautifully tinted,
introducing the working life of the collier
and his family to an ever-wider audience.
Locally produced cards commemorated
major and minor events in and around
colliery villages – including parades,
celebrations, and the mining disasters
which cost hundreds of Edwardian lives.
Many of the images in this richly illustrated
book have never been published before,
bringing the life of the Edwardian miner
to a new audience.
John Hannavy is a writer, photographer
and photographic historian. Until
retirement he was Professor in
Photography and Photographic History
at the University of Bolton. This is his
Imprint: Hasgrove. ISBN 978 0 85710 074 0, hardback, 210x148mm, 144 pages. Published July 2013.