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Ipswich: New postcards show off county town’s landmarks

08:37 25 August 2014

Postcards all about Ipswich

Postcards all about Ipswich

It may be the era of Twitter, Facebook, and texting – but for some you can’t beat a good old-fashioned postcard to say you’re have having a great time.

An older postcard on IpswichAn older postcard on Ipswich

And now there’s a new set of cards showing off some of Ipswich’s newer landmarks on sale at the town’s tourist information centre.

And there could be further postcards produced over the next few months giving modern views of some of the town’s best-known historic sites.

The four new cards – showing three new statues, the fourth is a montage – have been created by Ipswich photographer Fran Sibthorpe on a commission from the tourist information centre.

The postcards feature statues of three famous people connected with the town: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Prince Alexander Obolensky (England rugby player and fighter pilot) and cartoonist Carl Giles, creator of the famous “Grandma” character.

Carole Jones, Portfolio-holder for Economic Development, said: “One of our projects has been to fund the ‘Ipswich 18’ at Ipswich’s Eastern Enterprise Hub, which supports local people with business ideas they need to develop and test out, and Fran was one of the students.”

Centre manager David Stainer added: “These are the first of several new souvenirs and cards we hope to see produced in the coming months.

“Sending postcards and taking home souvenirs is an important part of many people’s holiday or visit – and also a good way for a destination to be promoted.

“We intend to involve local artists and businesses to come up with fresh ideas and images to use to help publicise the town.”

He added that the centre was considering commissioning further postcards showing historic buildings like the Ancient House, Christchurch Mansion and the Cornhill.

Many existing photographs are showing their age – two years ago Ipswich MP Ben Gummer called into a shop and was able to buy postcards of Ipswich which clearly dated from the late 70s or early 80s.

All the statues featured in the cards are relatively new. The Giles statue was first unveiled in 1993 but was only moved to its new elevated position in 2010. The statue of Prince Obolensky was unveiled in 2009, thanks in large part to a donation from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and the Thomas Wolsey statue was installed at Curson Square in 2011.

What images of Ipswich would you like to see on postcards? Email



  • I normally try to say positive things about Ipswich the town I love but this postcard has beaten me. As usual a normal person was not consulted about these as no-one I know would think this was a good idea. I would not send or thank somebody if I received a postcard with 3 statues on it. How about the Waterfront or any of the parks especially in the Autumn when all the trees are orange. Absolutely loads of places they could have put on a postcard but no 3 grey statues will show off the town. I think not.

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    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Created on commission ? How much are we talking here? Im sure I can knock up better in 2 minutes, with some lovely Ipswich landmarks ;) I'd use the wine rack, civic centre and the mint quarter.

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    You What

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • I used to collect postcards as a child...Had a stack of them a foot high. I don't think teenage me would have bought these though. I hope the rest of the new ideas are more inspiring!

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Hope we can have a postcard of the 'statue' (is it a statue or just an unstable question?) outside UCS. One shot of the question mark, one photo showing the money in cash used to pay for it and one photo showing someone scratching their head.

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    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • 25 million in 9 years !

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • blueandwhite, great answers. I like a person who know their stuff.

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    richie w

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • 600,000 in how long ? From the whole of the UK too so hardly everybody . How many in the uk 60m , so it is ONE card for every 100 people !

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • beerlover - if you can post on the internet I think you are capable of googling Obolensky - he crammed more heroism for England into his short life than all of us together ever will in our entire lifetimes. -- and Poppy's Dad, I suggest you google "Postcrossing". This current postcard messaging project (and it isn't the only one in existence) has just broken the 25 million mark for postcards sent worldwide, nearly 600k sent from the UK alone. Just because you and your circle don't send postcards, that doesn't mean no one else does.

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    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Who sends postcards ? Who actually buys postcards as souvenirs ? We haven't had one for years and many of our friends go on holiday . Perhaps they just don't send them to us , or is it that its not popular anymore or the cost of postage ? To develop postcards to promote Ipswich , who thought of that ? They need the sack

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • 'The postcards feature statues of three famous people connected with the town: [...] and cartoonist Carl Giles, creator of the famous “Grandma” character'. Really? And there I was thinking that the statue was of his "Grandma" character rather than Giles himself. So good to see high-quality journalism as ever from Mr Geater. (And I rather think that the need to explain who Obolensky was rather refutes the claim that he's "famous").

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    Monday, August 25, 2014

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