Image of the Month March: St. Patrick’s Day postcard c.1910

As we enter March, the thoughts of Irish people everywhere turn to St Patrick and the day set aside in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, the 17th March. Special postcards have been produced by printing firms for well over a century and the tradition of sending postcards to family and friends throughout the world survives, though to a much reduced extent, today. A study of these cards is an interesting exercise as it reveals the creation and portrayal of a particular iconography associated with Ireland – the shamrock, of course, saints, a bit of blarney and a land of Celtic mist at the edge of the world. This card, produced in Belfast in the early years of the last century, is an attractive example of the genre.
Vintage Saint Patrick's Day Card