Posted by on 11 January 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

We are well overdue an update to our  monthly blog feature Postcard posers, so here it is!

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. Just a bit of fun at this stage so no prizes as yet.

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.

January Postcard Poser from

Can you guess where and when this photo was taken?

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Elaine wareham 

Castle Street, Liverpool

11 January 2011 at 4:15 pm

The Liver Building in Liverpool taken around 1930.

11 January 2011 at 5:29 pm

Sorry!!The Town Hall Liverpool around 1930

11 January 2011 at 5:43 pm

The shop on the right is Penlington & Batty, St George’s Crescent, Liverpool, watch and chronometer makers of repute, by 1930 were mostly importers and retailers.
The same view (different photo) appears on Flickr dated 1904. As there is no mechanised transport in Kelly’s p/c I suggest that it is probably also circa 1904.

11 January 2011 at 6:55 pm
Joy Stocks 

Looking up Castle Street towards the Liverpool Town Hall. As the trams were electrified between 1898 and 1901 the date must be then or later. I agree with ftmfamily481 that the date is probably between 1901 and 1910. The Penlington family had been making clocks in Liverpool since the 1830’s, and were best known at the turn of the century for Marine Chronometers and fashion watches.(information found via internet search)
I used to work in the building behind the Town Hall 30 years ago.

11 January 2011 at 9:50 pm

Wow well done all! Elaine was the first to guess correctly that it is Castle Street and the Town Hall in Liverpool.

We don’t actually know the date for sure but our guess was the same as ftmfamily481 and Joy Stocks – early 1900’s.

Did you know we have over 19,000 old postcards on our site? Have fun searching our UK & Ireland historical postcards database!

12 January 2011 at 12:31 pm