c1900: St. Michael's Church - like a cathedral!
As well as being a great source of old photographs showing the way a place used to look, postcards can also provide an excellent insight into other things. A few candid words will quickly betray the thoughts and opinions of visitors to our city, giving us an objective description of the place surrounding us, from a neutral observer's point of view. Additionally, it can be interesting to study the style of writing, the sentiments and the humour used by folk in decades gone by.
have Patrick Casey to thank for sending me this fine Valentine's postcard showing a photograph of St. Michael's Church taken in 1889 - some years before it was raised to cathedral status in 1918. The writer of the postcard below obviously would've agreed with its "promotion"....
Postcard text: This is like a Cathedral. What do you think of it? I was sitting on the left hand side last Thursday at an Organ Recital, it was good too. A Madame sang two solos. My cough came just as one of the quiet solos were on. You should have seen the people look around with black looks. Yrs to a cinder, Son.
The sort of thing you'd expect to see in an episode of Only Fools and Horses!