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Postcard - Mine Fire Hamstead Colliery Great Barr

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1995V632.324
Collection:Topographical Views - Kesterton Collection
Date:1908 c - 1908 c

Maker Information

Publisher:W Gothard - View biography for W Gothard


In 1995, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery acquired the Kesterton Collection, a large collection of vintage Birmingham-related postcards assembled by a local man. The majority of the postcards in the collection date from the heyday of the picture postcard - the period between 1900 and the First World War.During this time, picture postcards were the latest novelty. For the price of a penny, plus a halfpenny stamp, they allowed a quick and effective means of communication throughout the country.Postcards often depicted or commemorated the most unsavoury of subjects such as tram accidents and, as in the case of this particular example, the Hamstead Colliery disaster of 1908.

Purchased from Roger Kesterton.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Material(s):Printed card
Place of Origin:Barnsley, Yorkshire, England

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Height:88 mm
Width:138 mm