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‘Saucy’ seaside postcards go under the hammer for more than £100

A “risqué” collection of postcards dating back to the early 1900s showing Welsh seaside towns has gone under the hammer for more than £100.

Lot 486, sold at the Vintage Auction in Cardiff on Friday, was described as “a good album of early twentieth century postcards from holiday spots in England, Wales and Europe.”

Auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones said: “The collection proved to be very popular and sold for around £110.

“Postcards are a popular item to collect, as they are very accessible and affordable.”

‘Having a good time at Porthcawl’

The postcards showed scenes from destinations including Aberystwyth , Barry , Tywyn , Porthcawl , Machynlleth and Swansea .

One of the designs depicted a couple lying together under a beach umbrella on the beach at Aberystwyth.

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Another showed a couple in Victorian-style bathing suits saying: “Having a good time at Porthcawl.”

The album was bought by a female collector from Cardiff.

Mr Jones said: “I think they are popular with collectors, because writing postcards is such a dying art.

“When I was growing up, most people sent a postcard when they went on holiday, but these days I believe it’s only around 3% of people.”

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He added: “There has been a huge decline in postcard writing. These days, people post pictures on Facebook and Instagram instead.

“People are also taking more holidays, so perhaps they don’t bother to send a postcard every time they go away.”

The auctioneer said there are a number of postcard collector groups in Cardiff, who meet to compare and swap their finds.

They include the South Wales Postcard Club, which was founded in 1990.

Other items for sale at the Vintage Auction, hosted by Roger Jones Auctioneers, included a 1940s walnut cocktail cabinet and a 1970s dressing table

Also in the catalogue were a framed Rugby World Cup poster from 1991, a wedding dress from the 1930s and a vintage sewing table.

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