Do you know who wrote this postcard from snowy Armidale in 1917?

Do you know who wrote this postcard from snowy Armidale in 1917?

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Left: The wintry scene in 1917 in Armidale. Picture: Josef Lebovic Gallery collection No. 1/ National Museum of Australia. Right: Armidale, June 2, 2020.

Left: The wintry scene in 1917 in Armidale. Picture: Josef Lebovic Gallery collection No. 1/ National Museum of Australia. Right: Armidale, June 2, 2020.

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Snowy Armidale more than a century and then today.

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It's a case of now and then. Winter and Armidale, in the NSW New England High Country, are intrinsically linked.

A snowy winter scene - must like that which greeted some Armidale residents this morning - was snapped back in 1917.

It was titled "Armidale bank manager's backyard after a snow storm".

The picture, in all its sepia glory, was used to send a birthday greeting.

The Armidale Express would love your help in finding out the story behind who wrote the card and whether they still have descendants in the Armidale today.

Or perhaps which bank or home the picture was taken at?

The handwritten message on the back started as follows.

HEARTFELT GREETING: From "Nick" to loved ones. IMAGE: Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1/ National Museum of Australia

HEARTFELT GREETING: From "Nick" to loved ones. IMAGE: Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1/ National Museum of Australia

Birthday Greetings to Ifra from Armidale, with a possible date of October 24, 1917.

The text continued:

Dear Lelay,

Arrived home safe, sound, and needless to say Els was very glad to see me. She thought the roses were lovely, and told me to thank you very much for same.

I also procured some flannel flowers and native roses for her at Gosford. Could not get Waratahs.

Els & Dug are well. only Dug is off his food and will not take the bottle! We'll have to feed him with a spoon. I think it is his teeth that are the cause of it.

Had some nice rain since arriving home, also some nice cool weather.

Picture on front was taken in the backyard of one of the bank managers after the snow storm I told you about.

Trust that you all are OK and not getting too much hot weather down there.

Love to you all from Els, Dug and self, also kisses for [name not deciphered].

Nick.

The picture and postcard are from the Josef Lebovic Gallery Collection No. 1 at the National Museum of Australia.

  • If you have any details about the author or the recipients please contact the Armidale Express editor, Laurie Bullock, on laurie.bullock@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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