Time when snail mail was akin to greased lightning in Portsmouth

The front and back of the postcard sent from Portsmouth and received in Portsmouth on the same day a century ago PPP-140715-100638001
The front and back of the postcard sent from Portsmouth and received in Portsmouth on the same day a century ago PPP-140715-100638001
The Royal Pier Hotel, now Rees Hall.

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Clare Ash was pleased when a birthday card dropped through her Southsea letterbox a few weeks ago.

It had come from Fareham, was addressed to her husband and somebody obviously wanted to make sure he had it good time. His birthday is in August.

The front and back of the postcard sent from Portsmouth and received in Portsmouth on the same day a century ago PPP-140715-100609001

The front and back of the postcard sent from Portsmouth and received in Portsmouth on the same day a century ago PPP-140715-100609001

Clare says: ‘We wondered who had sent the card so early, but it wasn’t early – it was two years late.

‘A sticker from the Royal Mail apologised for any damage or delay in the post – a far cry from the times when there were multiple postal deliveries on the same day.’

She related the tale to her cousin Jan Grinham who came up with this postcard of the Queen’s Hotel, Southsea, from the family album.

It was sent and delivered the same day.

Clare adds: ‘It dates from about 100 years ago when few people had a telephone.

‘It’s from my great uncle Fred Futcher to his father Alfred James Futcher making arrangements to meet on Fratton Bridge that day.’