Postcards from the Past – a trip down memory lane

Tom Jackson, the collector behind the popular Twitter account, picks six of his favourite postcards – and their often incongruous messages – from his new book

In his introduction to the book, Mark Haddon refers to my cards with their messages as ‘very short and very cryptic stories’. This formulaic multi-view card of Torquay holds a terrible secret that feels distinctly literary. The uncomfortable moment over sausages and fried bread might have dropped from a coincidence-strewn Peter Cheyney thriller. Or is it something altogether more uncanny, a story from M R James or Robert Aickman? Imagine, you try guesthouse after guesthouse but there is no escape – still you are greeted every morning by the same cheery couple from Grimsby …

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