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Nearly £1,000 raised at auction for picture postcards

A series of historical postcards and photographs taken in a bygone era have been auctioned off for nearly £1,000.

The images depict Suffolk across the decades and date as far back as wartime in the 1930s and 1940s. The pictures give an insight into what the area was like during those days.

The sale was held at Lockdales auctioneers in Martlesham and was a big draw for military buffs that were keen to see the postcards and keepsakes linked to the Suffolk regiment.

The postcards far exceeded their predicted price of £200 and £250 and had reached £950 when the hammer fell.

One of the postcards showed a wartime wedding while another was of three soldiers with the evocative words “Boys from Newmarket somewhere in France”.

Gibralter Barracks, a well known Bury St Edmunds landmark is also depicted in the pictures.

Cataloguer Chris Elmy said: “Postcards are highly collectible. The golden age of postcards was the late Victorian, early Edwardian period. Postcards are not usually difficult to sell.”

Mr Elmy added: “People like postcards because they are a glimpse of history that you can hold in your hand. They sometimes have old stamps and old messages which can be intriguing.”

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