The Collection: Postcards

The Instagram and Whatsapp of their day, postcards were a quick and cheap way to send messages and to show others where you had been. 

They featured every sort of subject matter and that included Charlton Athletic.  Cards from the “Golden era” of the postcard are now much collected but they are still produced now, often as promotional tools.

All cards in the museum’s collection are marked as CAM.  Others are in various private or public collections as indicated.  All rights reserved.

 

Signed early 1920s postcard of Arthur Whalley.
Part of a series of cards showing Charlton players. Whalley had won the league with Manchester United in 1911 but was banned from football for life after a match fixing scandal in 1915. His bravery in World War One earned him a reprieve and he captained the Addicks during the famous 1923 FA Cup giant killing run. He played 98 games for the Addicks scoring nine goals.
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1921-1922 portraits . Charlton’s first season in the football league.
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1921-1922 Charlton team and officials in a “charabanc” open coach. (front)
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1921-1922 Charlton team and officials in a “charabanc” open coach. (reverse)
Signed by players and officials
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Early 1920s signed postcard of Eric Bacon. Part of series featuring Charlton players. Used mainly as a reserve the Leicester born midfielder/defender made just five first team appearances over two seasons for Charlton between 1921 to 1923.
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Early 1920s signed postcard of John Mitchell. Part of series featuring Charlton players. A founder member of Charlton Athletic in June 1905 he played 16 games in the football league, including our first ever league game v Exeter City on 27 August 1921, after a long career in the club’s non-league era. He was later the Valley groundsman.
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1938 Swedish postcard team photo (Front)
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1938 Swedish postcard team photo (reverse)
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1913 – 14 Squad photo postcard
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1921-22 Squad photo postcard
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Early 1920s signed postcard of Fred Jewhurst. Part of a series of Charlton Players. Jewhurst was a boy solider and was invalided out of the army in 1917 but still went on to play for Charlton in the Southern and Football Leagues. He only made 9 league appearances (1921 to 1923) for the Addicks before joining Southend.
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Early 1920s signed postcard of Edwin “Eddie” Marshall. One of the boys who formed the club in 1905 he was also the first Charlton played to be sent off in a game. He was still involved with the club when it joined the league in 1921.
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Promotional postcard for “One Foot in the Grave” autobiography by Garry Nelson (Front)
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Promotional postcard for “One Foot in the Grave” autobiography by Garry Nelson (Reverse). Garry was a fans favourite at the Valley. As well as a very good footballer he was a more than decent writer and both this and his previous book “Left Foot Forward” are interesting and funny reads.
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