Ref no43207
TitleThe Vaughan Collection
Date20th century
DescriptionThis collection consists of over 9,000 photographic and illustrative postcards. It also includes other types of ephemera, such as tickets and advertisements. The material was collected by the late Mr Roy Vaughan (1927 - 2005). Many of the postcards are undated, but the majority date from the early 20th century.

Some of the postcards have actually been used for their intended purpose, to send communications, and so they include messages on their reverse. In most cases it is the image on the front of the card that is the focus of the catalogue description, rather than the content of the message on the reverse. Other postcards have been used to print advertisements for businesses or organisations on the reverse; these details are usually noted in the description along with details of the image itself. In most cases, the title of the card has been taken from the information printed on the card itself.

Digital images of the cards have been attached to the catalogue records to enable researchers to see low resolution previews of the items. This is only to aid researchers in determining whether the item is relevant to their research or not. To see a full version of the document it is necessary to visit the search room in person. Alternatively, if you require a high resolution digital copy for research or publication, please contact Bristol Record Office with the RefNo of the item(s) concerned.

As part of the 'Know Your Bristol On The Move' project in 2014-2015, volunteers researched many of the postcards and over 3,000 of them have been uploaded to the online mapping website Know Your Place where they can be viewed on current and historical maps (see
Administrative historyIn accordance with his wishes, this collection was kindly deposited with Bristol Record Office by Mr Vaughan's family in 2006-2007.
Access statusOpen
ArrangementThis is a collection of postcards and ephemera that was deposited at Bristol Record Office in a series of accessions. Only AccNo 43222 arrived in any discernible order and that appeared to be the order in which the collector had begun to arrange his postcards. The other deposits were in no order at all.

The first deposit AccNo 43207 was listed initially as groups 1-8. Several years later, the second deposit AccNo 43222 was listed as group 9 and the categories imposed by the depositor were retained within the structure of group 9. The last three deposits were listed simultaneously and where possible their contents were integrated into existing categories in groups 1-9. Otherwise, cards were arranged in new categories, in groups 10-41.
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