Posted by on 23 August 2010 in General, Postcard Poser

Welcome to the first in our new monthly blog feature, Postcard posers.

Every month, we’ll share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK. It could be a particular property, a famous landmark, or just a view of the town centre. All you have to do is tell us where and when the photo was taken.

We’re only expecting you to name the town or city. Of course, if you know the particular landmark or street, so much the better! As for the year, we don’t expect you to get it exactly – let’s say  within 20 years counts as a correct answer.

This is just a bit of fun at this stage, so I’m afraid there are no prizes. If all goes well, we may introduce some kind of incentive in the near future, so watch this space…

In the meantime, show off your knowledge of local history, and get guessing! Your first Postcard poser is below – just give your answers in the Comments.


Thank you all for taking part – I’m really pleased our first Postcard Poser proved so popular! The correct answer, as many of you saw, was Sheffield around 1900. Congratulations to Martin Tolley, who was first to spot the right location.

Postcard poser


Ant Miles 

I think it’s London (South) around the 1920’s.

5 August 2010 at 9:50 pm
Martin Tolley 

It’s Foster’s building in the High Street in Sheffield.'s_Buildings,_High_Street.jpg

6 August 2010 at 10:26 am
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6 August 2010 at 11:17 am
Robert Turner 

I think it is Fargate/High Street in Sheffield about 1880.

6 August 2010 at 5:01 pm
Rose Brown 

Great idea to add interest for ancestry to post picture posing question where is this place.
Weymouth 1900?

9 August 2010 at 10:50 am
Peter Russell 

Go to Martin’s suggested modern picture's_Buildings,_High_Street.jpg (or Google Foster’s Building Sheffield)
I like the fact that Boots is still there (just moved next door) and the sign warns of the new tramway !!

9 August 2010 at 11:22 am
Gill Chesney-Green 

I thought it might be Nottingham about 1901 – but I guess that the people who feel it was Sheffield are probably right.

9 August 2010 at 1:59 pm
Margaret Gordon 

Love the new feature Ancestry! Thanks to Martin & Peter, it is so interesting comparing ‘the past with the present’.

9 August 2010 at 2:43 pm
margaret Frank 

Could it be Glasgow?

9 August 2010 at 5:33 pm
John Stephenson 

High Street, Sheffield, in the summer of 1886.

10 August 2010 at 7:19 am
Ron Mattey 

I thought it was Bradford, around the turn of the century. A near miss considering I was aiming from 4,000 miles away in Canada. (Sorry, I’m metrically impaired)

1 September 2010 at 1:42 am