Postcard magazine marks NHS 70th anniversary

Picture Postcard Monthly, the world’s biggest postcard magazine, has marked the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Editor Mark Wingham, who works for the NHS in south east Hampshire, has written a near seven-page feature which charts the history of the NHS and explains why it was set up on July 5, 1948.

The article includes 35 postcard images from Florence Nightingale, to internal and external views of hospitals around the country – including pre-World War One views of operating theatres – and a number of cards featuring doctors and nurses.

At a time when the current NHS Choir is gaining so much media attention, one of the cards features nurses at singing practice at a former asylum in Portsmouth.

The 56-page a month magazine is available now, and you can order a £3.85 copy, plus £1.26 postage, via the contact addresses on our website.

Other major feature articles this month include a special pictorial feature on Canadian patriotic postcards, and a great story involving the link between a chauffeur, the sinking of the Titanic and the running of the controversial 1913 Derby – the race in which suffragette Emily Davison died after deliberately walking on to the course and bringing down the king’s horse Anmer to publicise her cause.

There’s also all the usual round-up of news from the postcard world, a look at the moderns scene, three pages of readers’ letters and a look at what’s hot and what’s not in the auction rooms and online.