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Postcards of St Helena

Old…and older

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

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 

The most extraordinary place

The most extraordinary place Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

2011{a}

Jamestown at night, with RMS

Jamestown at night with RMS Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

2011{a}

Jamestown street scene

Jamestown street scene Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Dated 1979

Jamestown street scene

Jamestown street scene Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Possibly 1980s or 1990s{1}

Upper Jamestown

Upper Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Middle 20th Century

Jamestown, from The Briars

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

Dated 1949

Jamestown, 1905

Jamestown 1905 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Thomas Jackson{b}

Jamestown, 1905

Jamestown 1905 Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Thomas Jackson{b}

Jamestown, from the bay

Jamestown from the bay Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Castle Gardens

Castle Gardens Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Main Street, Jamestown

Main Street Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Main Street, Jamestown

Main Street Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Cenotaph and Wharf

Cenotaph and Wharf Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder

Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Jamestown, from the anchorage

Jamestown from the anchorage Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Jamestown, looking South

Jamestown looking South Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Lower Jamestown from Munden’s

Lower Jamestown from Munden’s Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Upper Jamestown, from Barnes Road(?)

Upper Jamestown from Barnes Road(?) Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Entrance to The Castle

Entrance to The Castle Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Very little has changed! Probably early 20th Century

Jamestown

Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Late 19th Century

Lower Jamestown

Lower Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

From Shy Road; Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch

St. James’ & Grand Parade

St. James’ & Grand Parade Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch

Jamestown street

Jamestown street Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch

Napoleon 

Longwood House

Longwood House Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Jarrold & Sons, Norwich

Untitled

Untitled Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Believed to be the commemoration of 100 years since Napoleon’s death, May 1921

Napoleon’s House and views

Napoleon’s House and views Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Napoleon’s House, Longwood

Napoleon’s House Longwood Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Napoleon’s Tomb

Napoleon’s Tomb Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Longwood House

Longwood House Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

French; Early 20th Century

Napoleon et son epoque

Napoleon et son epoque Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

French; Early 20th Century

Napoleon’s Funeral

Napoleon’s Funeral Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably 19th Century; not geographically accurate

Longwood Avenue, showing Napoleon’s House

Longwood Avenue showing Napoleon’s House Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably 19th Century

Napoleon and child

Napoleon and child Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably 19th Century{2}

Jacob’s Ladder 

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably middle 20th Century

Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder

Jamestown from the top of Jacob’s Ladder Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Sandy Bay 

Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably late 20th Century. Note the cropped fax plants.

Flax Mill, Sandy Bay

Flax Mill Sandy Bay Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably middle 20th Century

Sandy Bay & the Lots

Sandy Bay & the Lots Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century. Note the drying Flax (left)

Sandy Bay Valley

Sandy Bay Valley Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably 19th Century

Boer Prisoners 

Boers Departure

Boers Departure Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

1902, presumably, but posted October 1903

1902 Map

1902 Map Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Showing the Boer Prisoner locations{3}

Arrival of the Boer prisoners

Arrival of the Boer prisoners Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Presumably 1900, but dated 1904

Washday at the camp

Washday at the camp Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Dutch, 1900-1902

Heart-Shaped Waterfall 

Heart-Shaped Waterfall

Heart-Shaped Waterfall Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

Heart Shaped Waterfall from above

Heart Shaped Waterfall from above Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century. Note the drying Flax back)

General 

Jonathan and Plantation House

Jonathan and Plantation House Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

2011{a}

Endemics

Endemics Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

2011{a}

Giant Cabbages, The Peaks

Giant Cabbages The Peaks Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

2011{a}

Saint Helena Island & Shore Island

Saint Helena Island & Shore Island Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably late 20th Century

Saint Helena Island

Saint Helena Island Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably late 20th Century{4}

Various scenes

Various scenes Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century (the desalination plant operated in the early 1900s)

Cable Station

Cable Station Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century

“The Ridges”

“The Ridges” Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century{5}

Central island view

Central island view Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably early 20th Century. The open space is Frances Plain.

Mundens, from Rupert’s

Mundens from Rupert’s Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Probably late 19th Century, in Dutch

Plantation House

Plantation House Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

“This is a real photo”
Probably 19th Century

Scenes of St Helena

Scenes of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Postcards of St Helena

Dated as 1880.

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.

Read More 

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{6}

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{7}.)


Credits:

{a} Ed Thorpe

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



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} Based on the vehicles.

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

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

{7} : Source Wikipedia.



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