Wish you were there? Collection of Blackpool boarding house postcards provides a picture of the past

Unknown family pictured on one of the postcards in Steve Gomersall's collection
Unknown family pictured on one of the postcards in Steve Gomersall's collection
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Memory Lane reader Steve Gomersall brought in these delightful postcards to share with readers.

His great grandmother used to run a boarding house, at number 5 Shepherd Street, Blackpool – which was where Debenhams department store is now.

An unknown family featured on one of the postcards

An unknown family featured on one of the postcards

Steve said: “They used to be sent postcards by people, from all over the country.

“They kept them, I have a collection of the postcards and they are wonderful.

“Some of them are photographs of family members, some are of famous people, some are of the Fylde coast and some are of other areas from across the country.

“Some of the postcards are from family and others are from guests or friends. Some of them have writing on the back with messages, others are blank.”

Taking an early car for a spin

Taking an early car for a spin

One of the postcards shows Steve’s great aunt Maggie Gomersall, a pupil at St John’s School who lived in East Topping Street.

Another shows his great grandmother Esther Gomersall and her mother, Jane Threlfall. It was taken in Blackpool, in around 1900.

This week we look at the part of the collection which features pictures of people and famous faces.

Next week, we will feature those postcards showing famous Fylde coast sights and other towns from across the UK.

The Prince and Princess Of Wales, Prince Albert, Princess Mary, Prince George, Prince Edward, Prince Henry. One imagines they were instructed not to smile!

The Prince and Princess Of Wales, Prince Albert, Princess Mary, Prince George, Prince Edward, Prince Henry. One imagines they were instructed not to smile!

Steve's great aunt Maggie

Steve's great aunt Maggie

Steve's great grandmother, Esther Gomersall and her mother, Jane Threlfall, in around 1900

Steve's great grandmother, Esther Gomersall and her mother, Jane Threlfall, in around 1900

Parade to mark the funeral of King Edward VII in May 1910

Parade to mark the funeral of King Edward VII in May 1910

Parade to mark the funeral of King Edward VII in May 1910

Parade to mark the funeral of King Edward VII in May 1910

Legendary escapologist Harry Houdini

Legendary escapologist Harry Houdini

Legendary escapologist Harry Houdini

Legendary escapologist Harry Houdini

George Hackenschmidt, a German wrestler and strongman in the early 20th century

George Hackenschmidt, a German wrestler and strongman in the early 20th century