Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Belfast Telegraph’s picture perfect postcards of the way we were

Boats docked at Bangor seafront and the ancient walls of Carrickfergus Castle are just two of the images from the Belfast Telegraph’s collection of historic postcards.

Featuring pictures, political prints and portraits from days gone by, the collection is part of a project launched at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast.

More than 6,000 hand-printed scenes give a sense of daily life in our towns and cities more than 100 years ago. The images, which have been scanned and digitised for an online archive, are on sale to the public through our website.

From steamships and sports teams to linen mills and political rallies, the pictures cover the whole of Ireland and date from around 1800 to 1900. Picturesque views over Lough Erne and the bustling Castle Junction in Belfast are just two of the postcards featuring black and white scenes of historic Ulster.

Monica McErlane, deputy librarian at the Linen Hall Library, said she hoped the postcards would “bring back happy memories”.

“The postcards have a really nostalgic feeling — we’ve got pictures of the High Street in Bangor circa 1900 and the old Belfast city centre,” she added.

“We’re hoping to reach people who maybe lived here and have since moved, but want to look back on what things were like.”

The postcards are priced between £10 and £50 and can be reproduced as prints, A3 posters or on mugs.

To view the collection and buy the images, visit www.belfast|telegraph.co.uk/postcards.

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