The postcards were produced in the 1960s by photographer John Hinde, a key figure in the development of the colour photograph as a postcard. Each photograph is innovative in its use of colour and stage-management. Shot with large format cameras, the production of these photographs was an extraordinary undertaking. Sometimes photographs could take a day and a half to get right. He used vibrant, highly saturated colours to depict a proverbially beautiful image produced to the highest standards.
It wasn’t just postcards of London that he produced. John Hinde was born in Somerset in 1916 and had always been interested in photography. During the 1940s he took photographs for many series of books, including ‘Britain in Pictures’ and ‘Garden in Colour’ and famously he photographed London during the blitz, which were used to illustrate ‘Citizens in war – and after’ published in 1945. After a short stint in Chipperfield’s Circus, and failing to make a success on his own, he started John Hinde Ltd in Ireland in 1956.
During the following 16 years, he and his studio of photographers travelled Great Britain, Ireland, and many European and African countries taking photographs to produce as postcards. When the company was sold in 1972, it was the world’s most successful postcard company with annual sales of over 50 million postcards.
All images are from John Hinde/John Hinde Collection/John Hinde Ltd)
The Bathing Pool at Ramsgate. A popular seaside holiday town in Kent.
Bottons Funfair, Great Yarmouth. A holiday town on the east coast, not far from Beetley.
Dublin Airport, Ireland. (Yes, people bought postcards of airports. Air travel was something exciting then.)
Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire. Created in the grounds of an ancestral stately home, this became a very popular attraction that still exists today.
Cars racing on a beach in Jersey. The Channel Islands have long been a popular tourist destination for British people.
Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland.
A caravan park in Pentewan Sands, Cornwall. I spent all my childhood holidays in Cornwall, and the county is still popular with holidaymakers today.
The Royal Festival Hall, South bank, London.
The Post Office Tower, London. This opened in 1965, and once had a revolving restaurant at the top. I took my first wife there for a birthday meal in the 1970s.
The Houses of Parliament at night, London.
A policeman on traffic duty.
Battersea Park Funfair, South London. (Now closed.)
The open-air paddling pool at Battersea park.