Everything with a date first :-
1912? 12th June Postmark Innsbruck to Mrs.
Swift, c/o 48 Rockingham Avenue, Hornchurch, Essex, England from Doreen
Pete? - Monday, This is our hotel where we are having a wonderful time. The
alpine flowers are very lovely. Spring & summer seems to have combined as
crocuses are in bloom as well as plenty of gentians and yellow anemones.
There is still plenty of snow about although it is quite warm. Love to all
Doreen or Darein? Pete or Peter
Best love, Marjorie June 1918
photo taken in Ryde, Isle of Wight
13th January 1922 To Marjorie, With all good
wishes from Bob & Chris
February 4th 1923 Mollie Christopher 3 months
1960 28th April Postmark Romford & Dagenham,
Essex to Mrs. Swift, 85 Kinfanns Road, Goodmayes, Ilford, Essex from
Kathleen - Thursday If you are free next Sunday we would like to see you.
Will call for you about 12.15. All the news when we meet, guess there will
be plenty to talk about. Yours, Kathleen
1962 9th October Postmark Niagara Falls,
Ontario to Mrs. Swift, c/o D. Chambers Esq., Turramurra, 2 Pennington Park,
Belfast, Nth. Ireland from Kathleen - The flight over the Atlantic was a
most wonderful experience. We passed over Nth. Ireland & I thought of you.
This country is certainly worth a visit & I am more than glad I came. The
weather is just like summer - we hope its ? Love Kathleen
1965 13th June Postmark Eastbourne, Sussex to
Mrs. M. Swift, "Terramurra" Pennington Park, Belfast 8, N. Ireland from
Having good weather & a very nice time. Will answer yours when we return.
Had coffee with Maggie & Hilda Tanner Smith, now a widow Mrs. Mercer. Hope
all well. What about strawberries next Wed? Love O. & C.
1966 9th July Postmark Shanklin Isle of
Wight to Mrs. M. Swift, 10 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast 8.
Ireland from Jean, East Dene, Bonchurch, I.O.W., Friday - My dear Mrs.
Swift, Well, as you can see, I am here at last, in this lovely island of
yours. We arrived last Saturday and so far are having a wonderful
time. The weather has been very kind, and we have been on several outings
and trips around the island. I certainly had no idea it was so pretty and in
this particular part where we are staying it is so quiet and peaceful, it's
almost unbelievable. The hotel has a private beach, and at the present
moment we are sun bathing on the beach - in our bikinis!!! and tell Jean,
I've got quite a tan already. I am ever so sorry I haven't written to
you before, but quite honestly, just before I came away, life was so hectic
I hardly had time to breathe, in fact it wasn't until I was on the train,
that I really believed I'd got away from home. The week before I came away
Dad was ever so poorly again, and his skin trouble was so bad, he had to go
back to the London Hospital, and is now having daily treatment there.
Fortunately, they send an ambulance for him each day, but you can guess it's
quite a performance getting him ready etc. I reckon Ruth is just about
crawling up the wall this week. However, before I go any further, do let me
say a very big "THANK YOU" for the most acceptable stockings you sent me for
my birthday, you may guess I'm making very good use of them down here, and
much appreciate your kind thought in sending them. I had quite a birthday
this year, as Dad was away down at Haywards Heath, and for the first time
ever. Barry the eldest boy from Cheshire, brought his Mother & girl friend
down for the week-end. We had a lovely time together especially on the
Sunday when Eve & Roy or Ray & Chris can come over for the day and we had 12
to dinner & tea - quite a party. I do hope you are keeping well. It
was nice seeing Jean and she was able to bring us up to date with all the
news. I wonder if she remembered to tell you that Jeannie Hoss? & family are
coming over for a holiday at the end of the month. It will be nice to see
her again, & to see the children. I've seen the 2 eldest before, but not the
baby - Great excitement on the beach at the moment - the Queen Mary's just
sailing by. !! Well, I thought there was more space over leaf but as
there isn't I will have to say cheerio. Please remember me to Jean & Davy.
With very much love & many thanks Jean.
1967 19th July Postmark Paignton, Devon to Mrs.
M. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, Ireland from Glad -
Having a nice walk here & everything is all to our liking. Margaret has been
in Lin? on relief work so no shops yet.
1967 13th July Postmark Baile Atha Cliath to
Mrs. M. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, Nr. Ireland
from Madelein - Just a line to let you know I have not forgotten you. Hope
you are well, you must come here some day. Madelein
August 1967 Postmark ?-on-Sea, Essex to Mrs.
Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, N. Ireland from
Margaret, Arthur & Penny - Sorry I have been so long in answering your
letter but will give you all news when I write you a letter. We have been
here 2 weeks & go back tomorrow. Had a very nice time & weather has been
excellent. Love Margaret, Arthur & Penny
1967 Postmark Witney? Oxon. to Mrs. Swift, 19
Knockbracken Crescent, Saintfield Road, Carryduff, Belfast, N. Ireland from
E. Harris - The weather is glorious. Have to visit ? may not be with you
next week as my back is troubling me, also pains. Hope you are keeping well
& can get suited with home help. Kindest regards E. Harris
1968 27th May Postmark Lovran to Mrs.
Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, N. Ireland from Flo -
Sunday Had a wonderful drive down the Rhine & through the Dolomites from
Germany. Good hotel & friendly crowd. Weather hot & sunny. Off to Bled. on
Tuesday. Thanks for gloves - very nice & fit well. Love Flo
1968 1st June Postmark Leon to Mrs. Swift, 19
Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, N. Ireland from Doreen? & Rita? -
Having a wonderful holiday, we have been to Portugal & are now in Spain on
our way home. Weather has been lovely & the wild flowers so beautiful, lots
of wild rock roses, yellow & white broom & beautiful heather & mimosa. Love
Doreen or Warren? & Rita or Pete? (see other PCs)
1968 to Mrs. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent,
Carryduff, Belfast 8, Northern Ireland from Mrs. Eva - Dear Mrs. Swift,
Having a great time down here. Weather good. Will see you on Friday. Mrs.
1970 25th June Postmark Rothesay, Bute to
Mrs. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast 8, N. Ireland from
Ian & Margaret & family - Thursday Had a fairly rough crossing on Sunday. Go
to the Baths every day & I feel very healthy but tired! Guy & Lindsay like
the Parks & wee beaches round about. Ian has been sailing & hopes to have a
game of golf. Love Ian & Margaret & family.
1973 11th July Postmark Clwyd to Mrs. M.
Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast 8, N. Ireland from
Kathleen - ? & I spent a very pleasant day at Chester Zoo. It was once a
private estate & the grounds are extensive & beautifully kept. The house is
now restaurant you see pictured. Many thanks for your birthday wishes. Are
you coming to see us soon. Kind regards to Jean & Douglas & to yourself.
1974 29th July Postmark Basildon, Essex to Mrs.
M. Swift, 2nd Floor Rm. 64, Musgrave & Clark Clinic, Belfast, Northern
Ireland from Jean & Doug - Hope you are keeping well. Jim phoned Saturday to
tell me he'd seen you. Tool Ann & Bob for a meal ? Saturday. Definitely
eating too much!! Keep cheerful, Love Jean & Doug
1974 31st July Postmark Essex to Mrs. M. Swift,
2nd Floor Rm. 64, Musgrave & Clark Clinic, Belfast, Northern Ireland from
Jean & Doug - Weather warm here although not too sunny yesterday. Went to
the "Aluminium" Church at Warley. Have been to Chelmsford shopping - looked
in Marks & Spencer but nothing your size or Jim's in either of your
requirements. Glad to hear you are having plenty of visitors. Love to you
both. Jean & Doug
1974 2nd August Postmark Basildon, Essex to
Mrs. M. Swift, 2nd Floor - Rm. 64, Musgrave & Clark Clinic, Belfast,
Northern Ireland from Jean & Doug - Thursday Enjoyed a lovely trip around
the Essex countryside today. Lunched at Good Easter in a delightful pub &
had tea at Gt. Bandfield? Weather warm & sunny, Jim has phoned & told me all
your news. See you Sunday next. Love Jean & Doug
1974 13th August Postmark Edinburgh to Mrs. M.
Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast BT8 8DB, N. I. from A.
J. Wilson - Having a lovely time here in Edinburgh. Weather gorgeous today.
Hope you are keeping well, now that you are home from Hospital. See you
soon. A. J. Wilson.
1974 13th August Postmark Worthing Sussex to
Mrs. M. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff BT8 8BN, Belfast 8, N.
Ireland from Doreen - Tuesday Jim or Tim & I are spending a week here with
Margot & Alfred. Luckily Tim or Jim is behaving very well & loves playing
ball on the beach. (is this a dog maybe?) He usually finds a small boy who
is willing to join in. I hope you will soon be home again. Love Doreen. Kind
regards from Margot? Margal?
1974 15th August Postmark Bourton-on-Water,
Cheltenham, Glos. to Mrs. M. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Belfast BT8,
N. Ireland from Muriel - We are enjoying our holiday. The weather to-day
warm and sunny. We hope you are home once again and feeling fit and well.
1974 3rd October Postmark Arundel, Sussex to
Mrs. M. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast BT8 8BN, N.
Ireland from Doreen - Thursday I am here for 10 days with Gladys & my Jim or
Tim. He is having a wonderful time & has adapted to hotel life very well.
The weather has been quite good so we have walked miles over the downs. I
hope you are feeling better. With love, Doreen.
1976 6th July Postmark Owen Sound, Ontario to
Mrs. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast BT8 8BN, N. Ireland
from D. Randall - Don't be too surprised to see where I am in holiday, in
Canada. I am with a friend who has relations in Toronto & staying there. We
have been to see some lovely places. We went on a trip on Lake Huron today &
passed this island. Everywhere we have been has been so different. Weather
has been very good on the whole but we have seen some rain! Thank you very
much for your last letter. Do hope you are feeling better by now. Best
wishes & love from D. Randall.
1976 6th August Postmark Forfar, Angus to Mrs.
Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Co. Down, N. Ireland from Paul,
David & Mrs. Mock - Having a lovely time here, weather very good. See you
soon. Paul, David & Mrs. Mock
1977 6th June Postmark Stirling to Mrs. M.
Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, off Manse Road, Carryduff, Belfast, Nr.
Ireland from K. Darragh - Monday, Killen Having a nice few days in Scotland,
its so peaceful. Had a lovely cup of coffee here in Arden House, but not
with Dr. Finlay. See you soon. K. Darragh
1977 10th July Postmark Hinton St. George,
Somerset to Mrs. M. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, N.
Ireland BT8 8BN from Kate - Dear Marjorie, Ivy? & I are enjoying another
holiday in Somerset. On our journey down we spent an hour or two at this
house, a National Trust property. It was good of you to remember my
birthday. I only wish you had been able to give better news of Jean. How
heart breaking it must be for you all to see her in such a state. We (D. &
I) think of you often & sincerely pray for some improvement, my love to you,
1977 21st July Postmark Canada to Mrs. Swift,
19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast 8 from Margaret (Ballentine) -
Oakville Ontario Dear Mrs. S., I am having a holiday here with Frances &
family. I think of you and remember you often though I can't get down very
well to see you. Hope you are keeping well and getting help in your time of
trouble. Love from Margaret (Ballentine)
1977 9th August Postmark Fort William,
Inverness-Shire to Mrs. M. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff,
Belfast, Nr. Ireland from K. Darragh - Having a lovely touring holiday, we
have spent part of today at these sands, which are really white. We are off
to Isle of Skye tomorrow, for two days. Hope jean is improving. Hope to see
you when I get back. K. Darragh
1977 16th August Postmark Dumbarton to Mrs. M.
Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast BT8 8DB, N. Ireland from
A. Wilson - Having a nice time. Weather lovely at present. Hope to visit the
Trossacks today. Hope you are keeping well. See you soon. A. Wilson
1978 10th July Postmark Dorchester, Dorset to
Mrs. M. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, N. Ireland BT8
8BN from Kate - Davy? & I are spending another holiday in Somerset. On the
way down we stayed in Sherbourne for an hour or two, it is still very quaint
with many interesting small shops. Trust you are fairly well. Love from us
1978 19th July Postmark Cardigan, Dyfed to Mrs.
Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, N. Ireland from Dorothy
& Marjorie (Broad) - 18th July 1978 Having an enjoyable holiday touring
Wales by coach. Beautiful scenery. Weather quite good though overcast at
times. Do hope you are keeping well and not having any trouble with your
pacemaker, are Jean's eyes any better? Hope so. Love Dorothy & Marjorie
Postcards with unclear or no date
Mrs. M. Swift, Cairns Hill Road, Carryduff, Belfast, N. Ireland - Monday
Having a very jolly time here. Been to Trossachs today & Inverary castle
tomorrow. Went to Helensburgh for week-end to visit Ivy. Hope you're well.
Mrs. Swift, 19 Knockbracken Crescent, Carryduff, Belfast, N. Ireland - Dear
Mrs. Swift, I thought you would like this card. How is Simon? I have got a
nice bit of red on my back. Hoping you keep well and I see you soon.
Mrs. Swift, Turramurra, Pennington Park, Belfast 8, N. Ireland - 14th Sept.
Friday We are having a very happy holiday in this quaint little place. We
have visited Norwich & Bury St. Edmunds & am visiting ? in ? beach at
Wallbeswick?, a lovely spot & not a soul in sight anywhere. Weather has been
very changeable but no rain yesterday or today - so far! We return home on
Monday. Love to all Jane?
Mrs. Swift - Mr. Partridge says ten days. He expected it back, but not so
quickly as all that. Hope you have had a nice day. J. G. Thomson
That is the hankerchief I got from the church when I was a hankerchief lady.
love Penny xxx
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Coach Outing for Goodmayes TG - Members of the Goodmayes (Evening) TG
pictured during an outing to Windsor and Beaconsfield