These are just some of the early 20th century postcards that feature in the new book by self-confessed hoarder Mary Casserley.
Her book, Postcards of Berkhamsted 1902-1945, includes people’s messages to each other on the back of the postcards, giving ‘tidbits’ of detail on the period’s social history.
Mary, 41, of Westfield Road, Berkhamsted, said: “It is a collection of postcards that my family have handed down, because we have been in the the town since about 1890.
“I am not a collector – I am just a hoarder. Local history is my hobby and I thought anyone should be able to see them. I have got over 400.”
The postcards in her book feature ancient scenes from the town and show its landmarks – which include Berkhamsted School and Berkhamsted Castle.
Postcards were sent much more regularly in the early 20th century and were commonly used by friends to communicate with each other – they were the text messages of their day.
Mary said: “In those days it was a brand new method of communicating and everybody used them. I have got one sent at 3.45pm and it says: ‘Meet me at 7pm.’
“People used them to place orders to buy things as well. They wrote in a very peculiar manner – very formal.
“I think there is a lot of beauty on the back of the messages.
“People write all sorts of peculiar, bizarre things, which are little titbits of everyday life.”
One begins with the sentence: ‘A carer died and was fished out of the canal today.’
To read more of them, her book can be bought for £20 from Berkhamsted’s The Way Inn bookshop and Waterstones.