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Postcards of St Helena

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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.

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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.

Below: JamestownNapoleonJacob’s LadderSandy BayBoer PrisonersHeart-Shaped WaterfallGeneralPostcard CollectorsRead More

Jamestown 

Lower Jamestown From Shy Road prob. late 19th C in Dutch Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Lower JamestownFrom Shy Road, prob. late 19thC, in Dutch

St. James’ Church & Grand Parade prob. late 19th C in Dutch Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
St. James’ Church & Grand Parade, prob. late 19thC, in Dutch

Jamestown street prob. late 19th C in Dutch Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown street, prob. late 19thC, in Dutch

Jamestown late 19th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown, late 19thC

Jamestown from the bay prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown, from the bay, prob. early 20thC

Castle Gardens prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Castle Gardens, prob. early 20thC

Main Street Jamestown prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Main Street, Jamestown, prob. early 20thC

Main Street Jamestown prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Main Street, Jamestown, prob. early 20thC

Cenotaph and Wharf prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Cenotaph and Wharf, prob. early 20thC

Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder, prob. early 20thC

Jamestown from the anchorage prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown, from the anchorage, prob. early 20thC

Jamestown looking South prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown, looking South, prob. early 20thC

Lower Jamestown from Munden’s prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Lower Jamestown from Munden’s, prob. early 20thC

Upper Jamestown from Barnes Road (?) prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Upper Jamestown, from Barnes Road(?), prob. early 20thC

Entrance to The Castle prob. early 20th C; very little has changed! Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Entrance to The Castle, prob. early 20thC; very little has changed!

Jamestown 1905 by Thomas Jackson Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown, 1905 by Thomas Jackson{a}

Jamestown 1905 by Thomas Jackson Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown, 1905 by Thomas Jackson{a}

Jamestown from The Briars 1949 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown, from The Briars, 1949

Upper Jamestown middle 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Upper Jamestown, middle 20thC

Jamestown street scene 1979 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown street scene, 1979

Jamestown street scene possibly 1980s or 1990s Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown street scene, possibly 1980s or 1990s{1}

‘The most extraordinary place’ 2011 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
‘The most extraordinary place’, 2011{b}

Jamestown at night with RMS St Helena 2011 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown at night, with RMS St Helena, 2011{b}

 

Napoleon 

Napoleon ’s Funeral prob. 19th C; not geographically accurate Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Napoleon’s Funeral, prob. 19thC; not geographically accurate

Longwood Avenue showing Longwood House prob. 19th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Longwood Avenue, showing Longwood House, prob. 19thC

Napoleon and child prob. 19th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Napoleon and child, prob. 19thC{2}

Longwood House and views prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Longwood House and views, prob. early 20thC

Longwood House prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Longwood House, prob. early 20thC

Napoleon’s Tomb prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Napoleon’s Tomb, prob. early 20thC

Longwood House French early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Longwood House, French, early 20thC

‘Napoleon et son epoque’ French early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
‘Napoleon et son epoque’, French, early 20thC

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

Longwood House Jarrold & Sons Norwich Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Longwood House, Jarrold & Sons, Norwich

 

Jacob’s Ladder 

Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder, prob. early 20thC

Jacob’s Ladder prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jacob’s Ladder, prob. early 20thC

Jacob’s Ladder prob. middle 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jacob’s Ladder, prob. middle 20thC

 

Sandy Bay 

Sandy Bay valley prob. 19th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Sandy Bay valley, prob. 19thC

Sandy Bay & the Lots prob. early 20th C; note the drying Flax (left) Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Sandy Bay & the Lots, prob. early 20thC; note the drying Flax (left)

Flax Mill Sandy Bay prob. middle 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Flax Mill, Sandy Bay, prob. middle 20thC

Sandy Bay prob. late 20th C; note the cropped flax plants Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Sandy Bay, prob. late 20thC; note the cropped flax plants

 

Boer Prisoners 

Arrival of the Boer Prisoners (1900-1902) presumably 1900 but dated 1904 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Arrival of the Boer Prisoners (1900-1902), presumably 1900, but dated 1904

Washday at the Boer camp Dutch 1900-1902 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Washday at the Boer camp, Dutch, 1900-1902

Deadwood Camp housing Boer Prisoners (1900-1902) 1901 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Deadwood Camp housing Boer Prisoners (1900-1902), 1901

Boers departure presumably 1902 but posted October 1903 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Boers departure, presumably 1902 but posted October 1903

Map showing the Boer camp locations 1902 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Map, showing the Boer camp locations, 1902{3}

 

Heart-Shaped Waterfall 

The Heart Shaped Waterfall prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
The Heart Shaped Waterfall, prob. early 20thC

The Heart Shaped Waterfall from above prob. early 20th C; note the drying Flax (back) Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
The Heart Shaped Waterfall from above, prob. early 20thC; note the drying Flax (back)

 

General 

Scenes of St Helena dated 1880 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Scenes of St Helena, dated 1880

Mundens from Rupert’s prob. late 19th C in Dutch Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Mundens, from Rupert’s, prob. late 19thC, in Dutch

Plantation House “This is a real photo” prob. 19th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Plantation House “This is a real photo”, prob. 19thC

Cable Station prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Cable Station, prob. early 20thC

“The Ridges” prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
“The Ridges”, prob. early 20thC{4}

Central island view prob. early 20th C; the open space is Francis Plain Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Central island view, prob. early 20thC; the open space is Francis Plain

Various scenes prob. early 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Various scenes, prob. early 20thC{5}

Saint Helena Island & Shore Island prob. late 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Saint Helena Island & Shore Island, prob. late 20thC

Saint Helena Island prob. late 20th C Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Saint Helena Island, prob. late 20thC{6}

Jonathan the tortoise and Plantation House 2011 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Jonathan the tortoise and Plantation House, 2011{b}

Endemic Species 2011 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Endemic Species, 2011{b}

Giant Cabbages The Peaks 2011 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
Giant Cabbages, The Peaks, 2011{b}

 

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.
For a chronological summary of our island’s history please see our A Brief History page.

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 first RMS St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena
The first 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.

Closing Humour Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Laugh at funny Postcards of St Helena humour LOL Saint Helena Island Info

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


Credits:

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

{b} Ed Thorpe



Footnotes:

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

{2} 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.

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

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

{5} The desalination plant operated in the early 1900s.

{6} Based on the vehicles.

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

{8} : Source Wikipedia.



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