January 2023 Meeting: John Hinde and His Colour Co. Wicklow Postcards

We invite you and your friends to our January talk, presented by James Scannell, which will take place at 8pm on Wednesday 18th January 2023 at the Family Centre beside Holy Rosary Church, Greystones.

In the 1950s, the quality of colour picture postcards in Ireland left a lot to be desired. One man, John Hinde, had a clear vision of what a colour picture postcard should look like, from image composition to colour reproduction and finish. He successfully achieved this vision in his famous ‘Beautiful Ireland’ series of postcards. After setting up his company in Cabinteely, County Dublin, Hinde went on to be one of the largest and most successful publishers of colour picture postcards in the world. See https://www.johnhindecollection.com/ireland7.html for some examples of his work.

In his talk, ‘John Hinde and his Colour County Wicklow Postcards’, local historian James Scannell will trace the origin of the picture postcard, providing examples of the types of colour picture postcards circulating in County Wicklow in the 1950s prior to the arrival of John Hinde on the scene. He will discuss the John Hinde technique which revolutionised how colour picture postcards looked and were produced, and the effect that that technique had on his competitors in an era when modern day computer technology did not exist.

There will be a small charge of €3 per person to defray the costs of the venue.

All are most welcome!

Wicklow Library Talks

A series of local history talks will be presented in in the coming months in Wicklow Library. The full programme of talks can be found here.

 Talks and Visits

Our Talks (normally) take place in the Family Centre next door to the Holy Rosary Church in Greystones. Talks normally begin at 8.00pm . A small charge is made to cover the cost of hiring a room.

Our Visits (normally) occur on Sundays throughout summer. Start times vary.

 Future Programme

Planned Talks and Visits, 2022-2023

 7th April 2022

 The Society's AGM and a talk by Mary Marmion on the novel 'Beyond Hazel Bridge'

19th May 2022

 Talk by Valerie Cox on:  Independence Memories: A People’s Portrait of the Early Days of the Irish Nation

June 2022 - August 2022

 No Society activities

9th-10th September 2022

 La Touche Legacy Weekend

19th October 2022

 Talk by Rachel Jane Linton: Arklow Pottery, Early History and Background

16th November2022

 Talk by John Goodman on: The First World War in the Irish Sea 

1st December 2022

 The Society's Christmas lunch at Delgany Golf Club: details to be announced

18th January 2023

 Talk by James Scannell on: John Hinde and His County Wicklow Postcards

15th February 2023

 Talk by Majella McAllister on: The Museum of Childhood Ireland

March 2023

 The Society's AGM and members' "Show and Tell"

April 2023

 TBA