Postcards help uncover history of dressmaker’s family

This postcard is from an Eddie Boardman saying that he had arrived home safe and well

This postcard is from an Eddie Boardman saying that he had arrived home safe and well

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A fortnight ago I published two postcards addressed to 66, Surrey Street, Landport in 1906. I had a reply from Mike Hill, who is a postal expert and researcher.

Postcards help uncover history of dressmaker’s family

A fortnight ago I published two postcards addressed to 66, Surrey Street, Landport in 1906. I had a reply from Mike Hill, who is a postal expert and researcher.

The Pursers, who the cards were sent to, came from Midhurst in West Sussex and were pork butchers and game dealers at Rumbold Hill.

The family moved to Portsea in the 1870s and an illegitimate grandson was born to Alice, who was described as a machinist in 1881.

Her mother Emily was a dressmaker and the business flourished.

The year 1901 saw the family at 66, Surrey Street where the postcards were addressed. Emily died in 1916 and Alice in 1926 aged 67.

The 1911 census tells us that Emily had 16 children, of whom eight died - such was the infant mortality rate of the time.

There are eight Pursers in the local telephone directory aned I reckon some of them must be related.

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