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023a&b – Anne Hathaways Cottage Stratford on Avon

By 10th August 2016Mailart

023 - Anne Hathaways Cottage Stratford on Avon original

Originally sent from Stratford-on-Avon in 1939 from one friend to another this postcard contained a gloriously mundane message on the back about meeting for tea in the Aldwych Cafe.

023 - Anne Hathaways Cottage Stratford on Avon original (Back)

For my part, I looked up who Anne Hathaway was and found this actress, who was recently in Interstellar.


I figured, “Stratford-on-Avon”, “Actress”, yeah that sounds about right and carried on. Only when I got around to cutting the postcard out did I realise that, in 1939 that Anne Hathaway was not even a glint in her grandad’s eye and had to look again.

It turns out that, the Anne Hathaway that lived in this cottage was actually Shakespeare’s wife, who was not in Interstellar.

My version was done in fineliner and watercolour and I was lucky enough to find a reference image which had the colours from exactly the same angle.

023b - Anne Hathaways Cottage Stratford on Avon

023a - Anne Hathaways Cottage Stratford on Avon


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  • stripygoose says:

    Almost caught in a time-warp there! Are you still doing the journal? I loved seeing that – quite inspired to start some kind of one myself.

    • andytgeezer says:

      Paused journal to catch up but whenever the opportunity presents itself I will stick the traces in. I’m about 6 behind at the moment though. It’s shaping up really nicely though. I couldn’t bring myself to throw those traces out

  • How people got in touch with each other back in the day before mobile phones and texting – do you think people 77 years from now people will look back at texts/tweets etc and wonder how mundane they appear as they arrange to meet up on Mars via the microchips in their brains!?

    • andytgeezer says:

      Hehe. I’m sure that the humans of the future will probably drop into Mailart 365 and marvel at how humans of 2016 managed to keep the postal system alive

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