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Early days of the motor vehicle in North Street Crowland ... another postcard from the David Robinson collection. (2059964)
Early days of the motor vehicle in North Street Crowland ... another postcard from the David Robinson collection. (2059964)

Postcards of Spalding Market Place, Cross Keys Bridge at Sutton Bridge and Crowland’s North Street are auctioned today (Tuesday) in a collection expected to make £20,000.

The postcards - extending to 15,500 - were collected over the course of half-a-century by the late David Robinson, the long-time editor of Lincolnshire Life, who died last year aged 89.

James Laverack, from Louth auctioneers John Taylors, said: “The auctioning of such a spectacular archive is a once in a generation event that is attracting the attention of collectors all over the country and indeed further afield.

“To cater for their specialist interests we have divided it into 38 lots, for the most part concentrating on specific towns or parts of the country.

“There’s a Spalding lot that numbers over 300 cards covering everything from street scenes and buildings to events and local features of interest.”

Among the scenes is one of High Bridge and Spalding’s White Horse Inn, when there was a building occupied by Johnson Brothers standing on the riverbank opposite the pub.

One of the postcards from the David Robinson collection features Spalding's market. (2059962)
One of the postcards from the David Robinson collection features Spalding's market. (2059962)

James said: “The collection covers the whole county and spans the period from soon after the introduction of the picture postcard in 1894 right through its golden age in the first half of the 20th century when the postcard was the quick messaging service of its day.”

The auction takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) , starting at 10am and there will be viewing from 8.30am.

The auction will be webcast live via www.the-saleroom.com

For more information visit www.johntaylors.com



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