Postcards from the Past
by Katie Anderson
As part of one of my ongoing projects for the new DGRI hospital in Dumfries, I have been gathering collections of objects, with connections from across the region. From artist made objects, to found stones and pebbles from across the Solway’s beaches, forgotten tourist tat and old memories of Dumfries and Galloway past, to new visions of the region as viewed by young creative groups in Dumfries.
I first stumbled across old postcards on an extended eBay hunt, and have since become a bit of an avid collector. As it turns out the inscriptions on the back are every bit as exciting as the images on the front, however in the final installation, the inscriptions will be sadly hidden to keep the postcards safe and in good condition for the future, under glass. The earliest card is dated 12th August 1903, and the most recent ones from the 80s.
Here are some of my favourites before they become hidden in their new homes:
‘Just here for the day – the weather isn’t too good.’
‘Have enjoyed relaxing while it rained’
‘I went down for a bath’
‘one good turn deserves another’
‘We are hoping to go to Stranraer before we come home.’