Postcard insight into Hawick’s history

The Hawick married versus single water polo teams in 1913
The Hawick married versus single water polo teams in 1913
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Hawick’s military past has been put on a postcard, as the town’s museum hosts an exhibition detailing the town during the first half of the 20th century.

Many of the 200 picturesque cards show what life was like for soldiers attending the nearby Stobs Camp, a military training base from 1903 to 1959.

The Auld Mid Raw of Hawick, 16th century housing demolished late 1800s

The Auld Mid Raw of Hawick, 16th century housing demolished late 1800s

The museum’s assistant curator, Richard White, said: “Many of the postcards are related to Stobs Camp, being sent to and from the base. In 1904 Hawick was being quoted as the new Aldershot with massive military camps expected to be set up around the town.

“There is a great postcard which says ‘rotten grub’ and lists a host of other ‘rotten’ things, and there is another which only says ‘Hello father’.”

Mr White added: “Many of the cards were written from one person to another within the town.

“There is one card which simply says ‘See you at lunchtime’ and does not even include Hawick in the address it is intended for, just the street name.

The  Railway Bridge over the Teviot around 1905

The Railway Bridge over the Teviot around 1905

“The postcard was the email of its day.”

The exhibition was put together in conjunction with local collectors Jake Coltman, Ian Lowes and Stuart Bouglas, and highlights the booming trade in postcards as a means of communication, as well as the popularity of Hawick as a holiday destination.

Despite a revival in the 1950s, the trade died out after World War II as telephones became more common.

The exhibition in Hawick Museum runs until May 12 and admission is free.