NoteI am a first year History and English BA student in Devon, England. I am currently writing an essay examining primary sources, one of which is a postcard. I was wondering if you were able to offer any light on the content of the message written on it? The note says:

This is where we had lunch yesterday, the most wonderful view you can imagine - this doesn't give any idea of it but we were unable to get any more p.e.p.

I was wondering if you had any idea what p.e.p. stands for/refers to? It is a black and white photographic postcard from 1928.


  • Properly Exposed Photos/Postcards? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 12 '17 at 16:00
  • I thought it could be something along those lines. Do you know this to be a term that would have been commonly used during that period or is this just speculation?! :) – Bethany Jan 12 '17 at 16:23
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    Not at all, never seen it before. Just guessing at something that might make sense. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 12 '17 at 16:23
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    Could you post an image of the note? – Arm the good guys in America Jan 12 '17 at 17:04
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    Definitely needs to be larger, I'm afraid: what's visible in that shot looks like p.g.m. to me. – Andrew Leach Jan 15 '17 at 10:35

I think it might be p.c.s, standing for postcards. The first letter is clearly "p". The third letter looks like the writer's "s"s, particularly the one in "yesterday". The second letter doesn't particularly look like anything in the alphabet, but I can imagine it being a very badly formed "c".


It might be


Short for pictures. Hard to tell exactly in a photo of this resolution. The i in pics either lacks a dot or the dot is over the next letter (c). Other i's may have the same feature.

Instead, if it is initials (three letters), it could be


presumably short for postcards.

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    All the other words are in cursive and have their letters joined together. This one is three clearly separate letters, and so likely to be an abbreviation. – Peter Shor Jan 15 '17 at 15:34
  • @Peter What are the three letters? – Arm the good guys in America Jan 15 '17 at 17:01
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    That's a very good question. They look like p. s. r. to me, but the p. is the only one I'm sure about. It might even be p. c. s. — postcards. – Peter Shor Jan 16 '17 at 21:48

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