Greetings from Arran at postcard club


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A truly wonderful evening was enjoyed by the Strathclyde Postcard Club on Monday evening (October 21) when Stuart Gough presented his display ‘An Arran Extravaganza’ in the Graham Hills Building at Strathclyde University.

Stuart, from Corrie, began with postcards depicting old maps – giving rambles on different areas of the island – then many historic postcards showing multiple views of Brodick, Kildonan, Whiting Bay, Shiskine,  Kings Cross and Lochranza – piers, hotels, war memorials, standing stones, castles, villages, museums, monuments, ships – which brought the tourists ‘doon the watter’ to Arran. Also viewed were paintings by Avril Paton, who was born on Arran, and the grave of Edwin R Rose, the tourist who was the victim of the Goatfell murder.

There was a stereoscope with many images to view; boxes of ‘Magic Lantern’ views; old Victorian advertising cards; postcards of various bus companies which served the island – and with them – many samples of timetables and bus tickets! Also views of railways on Arran.

Valentines postcards, in a frame displayed at a shop door, and many ephemera, including programmes for many shows etc, this was an amazing view of the past – and also the present – life on Arran.

Stuart also gave a wonderfully interesting ‘patter’ about the items displayed.  The President, Alex Magowan, then gave the vote of thanks to Stuart for presenting a truly magnificent display.

    Elsie Miller

Photographs Ian Kennedy

President Alex Magowan introduces Stuart Gough with Elsie Miller secretary. NO_B44postcard01

Stuart’s tells the story of Arran’s postal history. NO_B44postcard02

Arran postcards are explained to the audience. NO_B44postcard03

Stuart centre stage with his Arran postcards display. NO_B44postcard04