I love stormy seas (as long as my feet are on dry land) and so too it seems do the crowds thronging the seafront in Morecambe on this card. The understated title of the card, "High Tide" The family who were on holiday in August 1920 and sent this postcard were trying to ignore the weather.
It says "Dear Aunt and Uncle and Beatrice, We are having a real good time here but the weather is cold and now it is very rare we see the sun but that doesn't bother us. We have nearly been everywhere. We went for a long landau ride yesterday. Yours Charlie". Then upside down at the top is a cryptic message "You want to see my ma's nose - its it. Heaps of love from Nora" Maybe its red with the cold, the 'summer' of 1920 was the coldest of the entire 20th Century.
From the north west coast of England travelling south to the sea washed coast of Cornwall and a different time of year
and the fishing village of Porthleven. The prevailing westerly winds and tidal swells make this a popular surfing area. The distinctive building in the picture with its 70 foot clock tower is not a church with choirs singing for those in peril on the sea, but the Bickworth-Smith Institute, located down by the harbour. Originally built in 1882 as scientific and literary institute with a lending and reference library it now houses a snooker club and the town council offices.