GWR postcards


GWR postcards series 1-3


Series 1

In October 1904 the GWR issued a second set of 25 collotype cards printed by Raphael Tuck and Sons, and this led to a reprint of the set first published in the March. They were now labelled "Series 1." in the top left of the address side, presumably to distinguish them from the new series. A few of the images were amended slightly when published as Series 1 and the word "Goods" was dropped from the title of card 7 which became "Latest Type Great Western Engine", but otherwise the cards were basically identical to when first produced save for the addition of the series title and being printed only in sepia.

1 Weymouth and the Landing Stage from the Nothe
1 - Weymouth and the Landing Stage from the Nothe

Great Western Express Passenger Engine 'City of Bath'
2 - Great Western Express Passenger Engine
"City of Bath"
Royal Waiting Room, Paddington
3 - Royal Waiting Room, Paddington

Departure Platforms, Paddington Station.
4 - Departure Platforms,
Paddington Station.
Great Western Station Hotel, Paddington.
5 - Great Western Station Hotel, Paddington

An Early Great Western Broad Gauge Engine 'Vulcan'
6 - An Early Great Western Broad Gauge Engine 'Vulcan'

Latest Type Great Western Engine
7 - Latest Type Great Western Engine

Temple Meads Railway Station, Bristol
8 - Temple Meads Railway Station, Bristol

Entrance to Great Western Tunnel, Twerton near Bath
9 - Entrance To Great Western Tunnel
Twerton near Bath
How our forefathers travelled in the !Forties!
10 - How our forefathers travelled in the !Forties!

Up the River, Henley on Thames
11 - "Up The River", Henley on Thames

The Vale of LLangollen
12 - The Vale of LLangollen

Great Western Railway Bridge, Maidenhead
13 - Great Western Railway Bridge, Maidenhead

The Great Western Royal Train
14 - The Great Western Royal Train

Windsor Castle
15 - Windsor Castle

Great Western Railway Bridge, Saltash, built 1859
16 - Great Western Railway Bridge, Saltash, built 1859

Great Western Viaduct Ivybridge, near Plymouth
17 - Great Western Viaduct Ivybridge, near Plymouth

Beautiful Berwyn
18 - Beautiful Berwyn

A Famous Great Western Broad Gauge Engine 'North Star'
19 - A Famous Great Western Broad Gauge Engine
“North Star”
A Charming Great Western Hotel, Tregenna Castle, St. Ives
20 - A Charming Great Western Hotel
Tregenna Castle, St. Ives
One of the Great Western Railway Channel Islands Fleet
21 - One of the Great Western
Railway Channel Islands Fleet
Great Western Railway Bridge over the Severn, Arley
22 - Great Western Railway
Bridge over the Severn, Arley
Great Western Viaduct, Pontcysyllte, near Ruabon
23 - Great Western Viaduct, Pontcysyllte,
near Ruabon
The Lion Rock, Cheddar
24 - The Lion Rock, Cheddar

An Old Cornish Railway Viaduct, Trenance near St. Austell
25 - An Old Cornish Railway Viaduct,
Trenance near St. Austell
Series 1 postcard back
Series 1 postcard back

Series 2

October 1904 saw the publication of Series 2, another 25 cards printed by Raphael Tuck and Sons. These sepia collotype cards again bore the Tuck company device (an easel and palette) in the space for the stamp and now also carried a small version of it on the front. All cards in this series had "Series 2." printed in the top left corner of the address side and the full set of 25 cost 1/- (one shilling).

Pittville Lake, Cheltenham. Great Western Railway
26 - Pittville Lake, Cheltenham. Great Western Railway

Oxford, Great Western Railway
27 - Oxford, Great Western Railway

Magdalen Tower Oxford. Great Western Railway
28 - Magdalen Tower, Oxford. Great Western Railway

On the Way to Mumbles Head from Swansea
29 - On the Way to Mumbles Head from Swansea

Warwick Castke, Great Western Railway
30 - Warwick Castle
Great Western Railway
Old Mill, Guy’s Cliff near Warwick. Great Western Railway
31 - Old Mill, Guy’s Cliff near Warwick
Great Western Railway
Old Mill, Guy’s Cliff near Warwick. Great Western Railway
32 - Tree used as Booking Office, Moreton-on-Lugg
Great Western Railway
Pandy Mill near Dolgelley. Great Western Railway
33 - Pandy Mill near Dolgelley
Great Western Railway
The Lake at Bala. Great Western Railway
34 - The Lake at Bala. Great Western Railway

Shrewsbury. Great Western Railway
35 - Shrewsbury. Great Western Railway

Exterior Paddington (G.W.R.) Station 1838
36 - Exterior Paddington (G.W.R.) Station 1838

Interior Paddington (G.W.R.) Station 1858
37 - Interior Paddington (G.W.R.) Station 1858

Slough (G.W.R.) Station 1845
38 - Slough (G.W.R.) Station 1845

Quadrangle, Eton College. Windsor & Eton (G.W.R.) Station
39 - Quadrangle, Eton College
Windsor & Eton (G.W.R.) Station
Playing Fields, Eton. Windsor & Eton (G.W.R.) Station
40 - Playing Fields, Eton
Windsor & Eton (G.W.R.) Station
On the way to Beaconsfield by G.W.R. Motor Car
41 - On the way to Beaconsfield by G.W.R. Motor Car

Oak Growing Out of a Beech. Burnham Beeches by G.W.R. Motor Car from Slough
42 - Oak Growing Out of a Beech
Burnham Beeches by G.W.R. Motor Car from Slough
Broad Gauge Engine (G.W.R.) 'Lord of the Isles'
43 - Broad Gauge Engine (G.W.R.) "Lord of the Isles"

Latest Type Passenger Engine (G.W.R.) 'Albion'
44 - Latest Type Passenger Engine (G.W.R.) "Albion"

Compound Engine 'La France' constructed in France for the Great Western Railway
45 - Compound Engine "La France" constructed in France
for the Great Western Railway
Swindon (G.W.R.) in 1847
46 - Swindon (G.W.R.) in 1847

Bath City, Great Western Railway
47 - Bath City.
Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway. Map of The Cornish Riviera
48 - Great Western Railway.
Map of The Cornish Riviera
Penzance (G.W.R.) Station and Harbour
49 - Penzance (G.W.R.) Station and Harbour

The Gorge near Cheddar. Great Western Railway
50 - The Gorge near Cheddar
Great Western Railway
Series 2 postcard back
Series 2 postcard back

Series 3

A series of twelve miniature lithograph posters was published in March 1905 and were sold as a set of 12 for sixpence. These were produced by Messrs. Andrew Reid & Co. of Newcastle-on-Tyne and carried the words G.W. Series No. 3 and Pictorial Poster Fac-simile. on the picture side. These cards rarely come up for sale and those that do command a very high price, so it is unlikely that we will be able to add any to our collection.

In its April edition of 1905 the Great Western Railway Magazine printed a review of these cards saying 'A decided note of novelty has been struck in selecting the subject for the third series of picture postcards. This is the reproduction in miniature of some of the most attractive pictorial posters. Designed by capable artists, many of the posters have already been much admired by the public, and their charm is none the less in the form in which they are now produced. Well lithographed by Messrs. Andrew Reid & Co. of Newcastle-on-Tyne, these postcards will doubtless be much sought after by collectors.' They were all featured in a colour supplement to the May 1907 edition of the Magazine.


Cards in Series 3