Some Postcards from the Collection

The postcard collection comprises of over 4,800 postcards covering a wide range of dates and subjects the earliest dating from the Edwardian era.

As well as those produced by shipping companies many of the early ones in the collection were produced by local postcard photographers in the areas that the ships operated. In addition to depicting people, places and humour the vast majority of the postcards relate to the vessels that sailed through each decade of the 20th century. These include the ships which still sail today.

Sepia tone postcard showing General Sir Redvers Buller and Lady Buller landing from the PS Cambria at Ilfracombe in July 1905. The image shows the Bridge with master operating the telegraph and the guests alongside him.

Author: PhillipseSource: Smith-Cox CollectionAccession number: 2007.57.1005

Sepia tone postcard showing a presentation to the Captain aboard P. and A. Campbell’s PS Cambria on 10th October 1908, Ifracombe.

Author: PhillipseSource: Smith-Cox CollectionAccession number: 2007.57.1348

Sepia tone postcard showing the Bridge of the PS Cambria with the Master, First Officer and another gentleman whilst alongside at Ilfracombe on 6th October 1908.

Author: Phillipse & LeesSource: Smith-Cox CollectionAccession number: 2007.57.1380

Sepia tone postcard showing the assembled crew of a P. and A. Campbell’s PS Cambria photographed whilst the steamer was alongside at Ilfracombe in 1908.

Author: PhillipseSource: Smith-Cox CollectionAccession number: 2007.57.1381

Sepia tone postcard showing crew assembled close to the gangway of the PS Cambria on the 15th July around 1908, Ilfracombe.

Author: PhillipseSource: Smith-Cox CollectionAccession number: 2007.57.1403

Sepia tone postcard showing the assembled crew of the PS Cambria in 1908.

Author: PhillipseSource: Smith-Cox CollectionAccession number: 2007.57.1517

Sepia tone postcard showing the Captain on the Bridge of the PS Cambria, c1908.

Author: Phillipse & LeesSource: Smith-Cox CollectionAccession number: 2007.57.1350

Sepia tone postcard showing passengers aboard the PS Barry at Ilfracombe on 16th September around 1910. The photograph shows passengers crowding against a railing posing for the camera.

Author: Phillipse & LeesSource: Smith-Cox CollectionAccession number: 2007.57.1037

Coloured postcard showing the PS Royal Eagle emerging from under the raised bascules of the Tower Bridge around 1950.

Author: Salmon CardSource: Private DonationAccession number: 2004.292.15

Sepia tone postcard showing the PS Royal Eagle moored alongside the Tower of London around 1938.

Author: Judges Ltd.Source: Private DonationAccession number: 2007.52.50