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Judge: Did you or did you not sleep with this woman? Co-respondent: Not a wink, my lord!
Postcard by Donald McGill

St Helena has never had a large tourist industry, but it has always had plenty of postcards.

This page is in indexes: Island Place, Island History, Pictures, Island Detail

Postcards of St Helena [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]

The following is a collection of Postcards of St Helena, from various sources. As much information as we have been able to ascertain is provided with each.

If you can help us further identify and/or date any of these postcards, please contact us. You may also be interested in our Postage Stamps page.

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Jamestown

Lower Jamestown

From Shy Road; Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
From Shy Road; Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch
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St. James’ & Grand Parade

Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch
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Jamestown street

Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch
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Jamestown

Late 19th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Late 19th Century
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Jamestown, from the bay

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Castle Gardens

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Main Street, Jamestown

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Main Street, Jamestown

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Cenotaph and Wharf

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Jamestown, from the anchorage

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Jamestown, looking South

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Lower Jamestown from Munden’s

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Upper Jamestown, from Barnes Road(?)

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Entrance to The Castle

Very little has changed! Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Very little has changed! Probably early 20th Century
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Jamestown, 1905

Thomas Jackson [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Thomas Jackson{1}
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Jamestown, 1905

Thomas Jackson [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Thomas Jackson{1}
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Jamestown, from The Briars

Dated 1949 [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Dated 1949
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Upper Jamestown

Middle 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Middle 20th Century
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Jamestown street scene

Dated 1979 [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Dated 1979
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Jamestown street scene

Possibly 1980s or 1990s [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Possibly 1980s or 1990s{2}
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The most extraordinary place

2011, Ed Thorpe [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
2011, Ed Thorpe
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Jamestown at night, with RMS

2011, Ed Thorpe [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
2011, Ed Thorpe
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Napoleon

Napoleon’s Funeral

Probably 19th Century; not geographically accurate [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably 19th Century; not geographically accurate
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Longwood Avenue, showing Napoleon’s House

Probably 19th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably 19th Century
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Napoleon and child

Probably 19th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably 19th Century{3}
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Napoleon’s House and views

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Napoleon’s House, Longwood

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Napoleon’s Tomb

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Longwood House

French; Early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
French; Early 20th Century
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Napoleon et son epoque

French; Early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
French; Early 20th Century
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Untitled

Believed to be the commemoration of 100 years since Napoleon’s death, May 1921 [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Believed to be the commemoration of 100 years since Napoleon’s death, May 1921
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Longwood House

Jarrold & Sons, Norwich [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Jarrold & Sons, Norwich
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Jacob’s Ladder

Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Jacob’s Ladder

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Jacob’s Ladder

Probably middle 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably middle 20th Century
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Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay Valley

Probably 19th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably 19th Century
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Sandy Bay & the Lots

Probably early 20th Century. Note the drying Flax (left) [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century. Note the drying Flax (left)
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Flax Mill, Sandy Bay

Probably middle 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably middle 20th Century
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Sandy Bay

Probably late 20th Century. Note the cropped fax plants. [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably late 20th Century. Note the cropped fax plants.
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Boer Prisoners

Arrival of the Boer prisoners

Presumably 1900, but dated 1904 [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Presumably 1900, but dated 1904
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Washday at the camp

Dutch, 1900-1902 [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Dutch, 1900-1902
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Boers Departure

1902, presumably, but posted October 1903 [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
1902, presumably, but posted October 1903
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1902 Map

Showing the Boer Prisoner locations [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Showing the Boer Prisoner locations{4}
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Heart-Shaped Waterfall

Heart-Shaped Waterfall

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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Heart Shaped Waterfall from above

Probably early 20th Century. Note the drying Flax back) [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century. Note the drying Flax back)
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General

Scenes of St Helena

Dated as 1880. [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Dated as 1880.
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Mundens, from Rupert’s

Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch
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Plantation House

“This is a real photo” Probably 19th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
“This is a real photo”
Probably 19th Century

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Cable Station

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century
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“The Ridges”

Probably early 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century{5}
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Central island view

Probably early 20th Century. The open space is Frances Plain. [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century. The open space is Frances Plain.
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Various scenes

Probably early 20th Century (the desalination plant operated in the early 1900s) [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably early 20th Century (the desalination plant operated in the early 1900s)
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Saint Helena Island & Shore Island

Probably late 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably late 20th Century
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Saint Helena Island

Probably late 20th Century [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
Probably late 20th Century{6}
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Jonathan and Plantation House

2011, Ed Thorpe [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
2011, Ed Thorpe
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Endemics

2011, Ed Thorpe [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
2011, Ed Thorpe
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Giant Cabbages, The Peaks

2011, Ed Thorpe [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
2011, Ed Thorpe
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Postcard Collectors

As far as we know there are no postcard collectors or groups on St Helena (if you know otherwise please contact us). The Museum of St Helena does sell current postcards; please contact them for details.

We regret that Saint Helena Island Info does not have the resources to help with postcard exchanges.

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More stories on our page Read articles about St Helena.

Article: “Just by Chance

By Nick Hewes, published in the St Helena Independent 24th February 2006{7}

Read, if you will, of a strange tale of the most unlikely coincidence. It concerns a postcard a friend in Yorkshire gave me about a week before my journey to St Helena, in September 2004. He’d gone to an antiques fair one weekend, and had found a postcard of the old RMS St Helena on one of the stalls. It was dated 1985, and had been sent from Cape Town to an address in Taunton, Somerset. After my friend gave me the card, I used it as a bookmark for a few weeks.

The Original RMS St Helena [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]
The Original RMS St Helena

Then, having made the journey to St Helena on the new RMS, we moved up to Piccolo Hill, and the card was glued to the wall in a desperate attempt to brighten up the place. One day we were visited by the former Captain of the RMS, Bob Wyatt (who we’d got to know during the long voyage from England). Upon seeing the card, he said, “that’s my old ship!” and promptly took the card off the wall to see who’d written it. It turned out that he actually knew the lady who had sent the card two decades previously. Strangely enough, she had travelled with us for part of the voyage to St Helena, having joined the ship on Ascension Island after flying out from Brize Norton. Sadly, her father had recently passed away, and she was sailing home to attend his funeral.

Now I’m no mathematician, but this does seem to be a crazy coincidence. Firstly, how did a postcard sent from Africa to someone in Taunton in 1985 end up, not being thrown into the bin, but instead transported 300 miles away to East Yorkshire, to be bought by someone browsing on a Saturday afternoon 20 years later? That in itself has long odds against it. What is the probability though, that the lady who sent the card 20 years previously, who has resided in Somerset ever since, would be travelling back home on the same ship as an unknown stranger who was using that very postcard to mark the page of the book he was reading? Another odd fact is that very few visitors to our house on Piccolo Hill would have had the temerity to have taken the card off the wall, as Bob Wyatt did, for the simple reason that he was once the ship’s captain, and therefore had a unique and special interest; in which case, this bizarre sequence of coincidences would have gone unnoticed for ever and ever.

The latest twist, which I discovered two weeks ago (and which lengthens the odds still further), is that my next-door-neighbour is the sister of the lady who sent the card.

If you’d read this kind of thing in a novel by Charles Dickens, you might put it down to the author’s lively poetic imagination. The fact that it really has happened though, proves that truth can occasionally be stranger than fiction.

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Laugh at funny postcards humour - LOL [Saint Helena Island Info:Postcards of St Helena]

(Officially the world’s best selling postcard, at over 6 million{8}.)


Credits:

{a} St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society (SHATPS)



Footnotes:

{1} {a}.

{2} Based on the vehicles, plus no spIre on St. James’ Church.

{3} We don’t understand what this image is intended to portray. It seems to be an attempt to present the man as a quiet, fatherly figure - much at odds with his actual activities.

{4} Also shows the Napoleonic Sites, making it a sort-of Exiles map.

{5} Note the Flax spread out to dry (bottom right).

{6} Based on the vehicles.

{7} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.

{8} : Source Wikipedia.



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