What could be better than finding my collection of old postcards relating to spinning. This just fits right in with the theme of what were my grandparents doing when. Not that there is any mention of spinning wheels or weaving looms in my family history but my grandmothers certainly were needleworkers and knitters – like most women of their time.
My first postcard is not old at all. But it is reproduced from an old photograph. I purchased the card in Edinburgh at the National Museum. The caption on the card reads Carding and spinning in Sutherlandshire, late nineteenth century, Scottish Ethnological Archive.
This card is somewhat old judging by the stains on the back, but it is the subject that is really old. This card is of one of the Unicorn Tapestries, The Lady and the Unicorn, in the Musee de Cluny in Paris. The Lady is not spinning on a spindle, as I first thought when I stumbled upon this card in my collection. Rather she is making a floral wreath and the maidservant is holding a tray of flowers. I’ll still include the card here because this is such a famous piece of weaving – and before weaving comes spinning.
a postcard of a painting by Millet. Am Spinnrocken published by a firm in Liverpool England
A postcard from 1906. Postmark Rathdrum. (Note the British stamp) The message is to a Miss Webster in Tullow County Carlow. Rathdrum is in County Wicklow.
This card is of a Welsh woman at her spinning wheel. The postmark is 1906 Menai Bridge. It is addressed to County Wexford Ireland
a simple card, really just a modern photograph. But it was done for Cleo Ltd., a famous old firm in Dublin where wonderful handwoven and handknitted items are to be found. The caption for the photo reads Donegal Spinner, Glencolumbcille, Co. Donegal