The postcard seems at first glance a humble item, but delve a bit deeper and postcards provide an incredible survey of 20th century events, people and places, that few other sources can rival.
One such collection, which we are very proud to represent, is that of Grenville Collins, who has amassed one of the world's most comprehensive postcard collections. Grenville's long interest in Turkey (he lived near Bodrum in Southern Anatolia in the 1970s after managing iconic band The Kinks in the late 1960s) was the springboard for his collection, but it now includes a wealth of material from almost every corner of the world and a myriad of fascinating subjects. The collection continues to grow and now comprises over 27,000 images, the majority of which are pre-World War One, the golden age of postcards.
New postcards are sourced and acquired especially for the library, with our clients' needs in mind, on a continuing basis. The postcards are jointly researched, captioned and made available by Grenville himself and our Head of Content, Tom Gillmor.