The Bamforth monochrome Hymn and Song card series varied between 2 to
4 cards in each set (excluding the single issue sets that are also
covered on this site). Initially the cards did not have set series
numbers, however these were eventually provided on the rear of each
card with the first monochrome numbered set titled "Excelsior" - a
set of 2 cards. This no doubt increased the enjoyment of collecting
these cards. The cards shown below were printed before the introduction
of numbering, although to be later re-printed in colour as a numbered
set (see Bamforth Colour Hymn and Song Cards - Series)... and here is the
These depict the story of "The Volunteer Organist" ... Due to
the usual Church organist being ill the vicar asks for a volunteer.
From the pictures on the postcards I'm sure you'll agree that the volunteer
organist did well to survive the experience.
The above card is the reverse of the last in the above series and shows
that the card was posted in Devonport, England on July
14th 1905. More examples and what people were actually writing to each other nearly 100 years ago will be added
as a separate topic at a later date.
Some more single examples of various Bamforth monochrome Hymn and Song
postcard series - these are all card (1) of sets that varied in number
between 2 and 4. From left to right the titles are "The Holy City",
"Needles and Pins","The Promise Of Life","Jesu Lover Of My Soul".