• Elan Village Postcard sent from Gert to Haulwen Price, Rhayader

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Postcard back (no postage stamp, likely delivered by hand).

Date: May 16th

From: Gert (Gertrude?), The Police Office, Rhayader

To: Emily Haulwen Price, Rhayader House, West Street, Rhayader

Message: My dear little friend, I am sorry to tell you as I cannot come out this evening as I am not very well. I think I shall go to school on Wed. Please tell A. to call love to A. and M. but mind and keep some for yourself. So good night dear. From Gert.

Postcard front:

Valentines's series.

Photo of the Elan Village (model village), Elan Valley showing the streets of the workers' wooden buildings, and residents.

Gert has drawn an 'X' on the apron of the women in the doorway on the right. On the roof above the women, Gert has written, 'I dare say this is the lady that was not sober at the fair'.


Postcard year approx.

The May fair was a big event for the community, also known as a hiring fair. This might be the only time people from rural homes would come into Rhayader. The postcard is dated in May, the same month as the fair. It's likely that Gert is referring to seeing that woman at the fair in the same month (but could also have recalled earlier memories).

Emily Haulwen Price lived with her family at Rhayader House (Grocer and Drapers), the youngest of four sisters, called the 'Rhayader House Girls'). Emily was born in 1891. This postcard was likely written between 1899 and 1905.

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