“Every postcard is full of meaning,” says Trevor White, director of The Little Museum of Dublin, about his deltiologist leanings in the field of collecting postcards. “There is a stamp, of course; where the card was sent from; the destination; then picture often reflects the material culture of a place; and the message on either side may catch the heart off guard.”
Spinning a historical narrative of the city through its postcards, this undertaking stems from Lot 11 which he bought at an auction house in the city on May 13, 2015.
“This is a book about a collection of postcards. Each one of them is a time capsule, full of florid information; declarations of high feelings petty rebukes. Individually, these artefacts may be of limited interest.
But for all the wounded pride, the bad weather and the travel plans, there is another side to every picture postcard. In this book, then images animate a high-speed adventure about the ups and downs of life in the Hibernian metropolis.”
The Postcard History of Dublin by Trevor White is out now, €9.99.