Botanic Gardens, Glasgow

View on the River Kelvin

This is an early photochrome postcard from the Philco Publishing Company of London. For some reason unknown to me, the image is surrounded by the tartan of the MacIntosh clan.

What’s interesting to me is that the back of the card has been modified by hand in a very unusual way:

Detail from postcard back (image altered to emphasize modification)

If you look carefully, you can see that there was some text after the phrase “Printed at our works” which has been scratched out; it appears to have been done with the tip of a pin. My theory is that the card used to say “Printed at our works in Germany.” Like many postcard companies, Philco had several cards made in Germany and, if this card was being sold during wartime, the legend “Made in Germany” would no doubt have an impact on sales.

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  1. Müge says:

    A clever trick! :-)

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