Do people still send postcards these days…?
Greetings from Walmington-on-Sea
Photography by Maria Schepers, Annie Wright, Andrew Ruff and Jane Bishop / Published by the Dad’s Army Museum, Thetford
Postmarked Peterborough Mail Centre and Ipswich 26th May 2015, from Ann visiting Thetford
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Over the years of postcard collecting I’ve received hundreds of postcards from all over the world, especially as part of the Postcrossing community, where cards have come from as far away as the Norfolk Islands and Taiwan. But, rarely do i receive postcards from places that don’t actually exist. This may be the first.
This is a wonderful multiview postcard from Walmington-on-Sea, the home of Messrs. Mainwaring, Jones, Pike, Wilson, Godfrey, Frazer and Walker aka Dad’s Army. This British television series was filmed in the Norfolk town of Thetford between 1968 and 1977 and continues to enjoy huge success to this day, almost 40 years after the final episode was broadcast. Created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the series follows the exploits of the Home Guard, the so-call ‘Dad’s army’ made up of those too old or ineligible for military service, with a hotch-potch of caricatures from the stuffed-shirt of Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) to the young mummy’s boy Private Pike (Ian Lavender). The series is still a phenomenal success and repeats regularly appear in the top ten most watched programmes on BBC2, with up to 2 million viewers, and film, stage and radio adaptations have continued to surface. The latest incarnation is a big screen adventure directed by Oliver Parker and starring Toby Jones, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Catherine Zeta-Jones amongst others.
This postcard is produced by the excellent Dad’s Army Museum which keeps the story of the show alive with exhibits, tours, re-enactments and special events. You can purchase this postcard plus a set of other similar multiviews ,and postcards showing scenes from the TV series, on their website.