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Llandudno The Postcard Collection By John Lawson-Reay

Llandudno The Postcard Collection

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A fascinating and evocative collection of postcards depicting the North Wales seaside resort of Llandudno across the decades.

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Llandudno The Postcard Collection by John Lawson-Reay

From as early as 1864, Llandudno, in North Wales, was known as 'The Queen of the Welsh Resorts' and today it continues to attract millions of visitors every year. Holidaymakers are drawn here by its glorious setting, framed by the Great Orme and Little Orme headlands, and attractions including two beaches, a Grade II listed pier and its proximity to Snowdonia and the World Heritage town of Conway. The postcard first appeared in the nineteenth century and became very important to the holiday trade of the town. Millions of cards were sold, which were, in effect, worldwide advertising for the resort. One of Llandudno's interesting people was G. R. Thompson, who had a newsagent's business and became the biggest commissioner and publisher of postcards. He crowned himself 'The Postcard King' and his cards all featured his image on the reverse. In Llandudno: The Postcard Collection, local author John Lawson-Reay draws on an extensive collection of postcards to provide a colourful chronicle of Llandudno's history. As well as chapters devoted to the promenade and parades, the beach and boats, the Great Orme and the pier, the author also focuses on the town centre and significant buildings, together with the outlying areas. For residents and holidaymakers alike, this is a fascinating and evocative portrait of a favourite seaside resort in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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About John Lawson-Reay

John Lawson-Reay was a self employed freelance press photographer and film maker in Llandudno and worked as a contractor to BBC TV for 37 years, twice winning Royal TV Society awards. He is Chairman of the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay History Society and a trustee of Llandudno museum and lectures on local history as well as writing a monthly column for the North Wales Weekly News.

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Llandudno The Postcard Collection by John Lawson-Reay
John Lawson-Reay
The Postcard Collection
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