Postcards were the communication media of choice for generations of holidaying Britains. From the introduction of the penny post in January 1840 until the 1980s and the onset of today's digital communications, countless millions of postcards passed through the nations letterboxes. Many of the surviving items are now traded on eBay and elsewhere which is from where the majority of images to be seen below originated.
Take a close look at some of these postcards and a Minor or two may be seen but they remain the exception and are not the reason for displaying them here . What can be seen from these images is how the nation took to their cars during the course of the thirties decade. By 1930 over one million vehicles were clogging the inadequate road network. Road traffic accident numbers were soaring while the government still pondered the introduction of a driving test, driving licences and compulsory third party insurance. In the meantime, those that could afford to buy or hire cars did so in ever increasing numbers, despite the effects of a world economic slump. Throughout this period the nation had a love affair with the motor car, to which this series of images has been dedicated.