Nostalgia: Discovery note of the Black Country

The edge of the Black Country offers some lovely views, and the scene shown here is thankfully not too shabby even today.

This is Tettenhall, Wolverhampton shown from the Lower Green, and this view dates from the turn of the twentieth century.

It comes in the form of a postcard, made in black and white with the sky painted, and it was sent to France in 1904.

It was addressed to Mademoiselle Suzanne Mallet, 17 rue Chantilly, Calais in January 1904. Exceptionally, the message is all written on the front of the card – in lowercase handwriting, and in French.

Fortunately, Edna Marshall of Bloxwich, who found the map decades later in 1978 while on a camping vacation in France with her late husband and their children, has managed to translate much of it.

She told us: “I managed to understand that the sender had seen a magic lantern show over central Africa which was interesting, and the view on the map might remind the recipient of the pleasant stay in the house where she had stayed at Tettenhall.

“I found it in a market,” Ms. Marshall added, “and thought it should go home, so I bought it.”

It’s fair to say that Tettenhall at this time was more than a match for any French village in terms of chocolate box appeal.

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