Postcard collector appeals for help

August 11, 2011 by  

A postcard collector from nearby Chorley has made an appeal for help in identifying the latest addition to his extensive collection.

Ian Bagshaw has collected in excess of 1,000 postcards over the years with the oldest one dating all the way back to 1903. Mr. Bagshaw has appealed to local people via the Chorley Guardian for information on where the image on his latest photograph could have been taken or information on who might be in the picture on the postcard.

The latest addition to his collection features a group of men sitting outside in a formal setting, with the words ‘Chorley Bethel Men’s Bible Class and Pastor 1934’ inscribed on it. Mr. Bagshaw told the Chorley Guardian:

“I collect anything to do with Chorley and I have a massive collection of postcards. Things like this are all about the people. If I can get people to place some names then we can build a picture of what was going on.”

The trend for postcard printing in Bolton, Chorley and the wider Lancashire area may have dwindled over the years, but Mr. Bagshaw’s enthusiasm has not. That said, postcard printing is often used by businesses as a method of advertising but this is still quite different from the leisure postcards in the collection. Anyone from the Chorley or Bolton region who may have information about the men on the postcard are urged to contact Mr. Bagshaw on 01257 277132.

He hopes to show his collection of postcards as an exhibition that will form part of English Heritage Week in September.