DELTIOLOGY, or the study and collection of
postcards, is a fascinating hobby. Most enthusiasts
collect the cards for their pictures but the messages
that were written on the reverse side are also interesting.
This selection of cards belongs to John Taylor of Kidderminster
and they have a double link to the Black Country – their pictures
all show scenes around Stourbridge and they were all
posted to the same address in Bushbury, Wolverhampton.
The cards date from the years
prior to the First World War and
were posted by a family who
lived in Hill Street, Stourbridge,
to relatives in Bushbury Lane.
Not only do the pictures give
us a glimpse of the old Black
Country but the correspondence
sheds some light onto the lives
of people 100 years ago.
The earliest card was postmarked
6.30pm, 26th October,
1909, and was sent to Miss M.
Brough, Fern Cottage, Bushbury
The card was produced by the
Birmingham Stationery Company,
Stourbridge and shows
Lower High Street.
The scene is still largely familiar
today. The buildings on the
right-hand side all survive,
although their shopfronts are
greatly altered. On the left are
the old masters’ houses of King
Edward VI grammar school.
These were demolished in the
1930s to make way for the
school’s new hall. Gone too are
the traction poles and the tramlines.
The message on the card
reads: “Hill Street, Stourbridge.
Dear Cousin Maud, just a few
lines hoping you are in the best
of health, leaves me well.
Arrived home safe on Sunday
all well at home, all wishes to be
remembered to all at home. I
remain your loving cousin, G.V.
Are there any descendants
who can tell us about Maud
Brough of Bushbury or G.V.
Maisy of Stourbridge?
Our second postcard shows
the bandstand in what was
Promenade Gardens but is better
known as Greenfield Gardens.
Originally an area of land
called Burnt Oak, it was
donated to the town by Walter
Jones, owner of Jones and
Attwood, makers of domestic
and industrial heating systems,
and the first chairman of Stourbridge
Urban District Council,
from 1894 to 1898. The gardens
were laid out in 1903 but later
fell into disrepair.