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Period postcard scenes.

All of which feature at least one E83W in active service!

Shown below are some of my old postcards, all of which contain at least one E83W doing what they were built for, in the 1940s and 1950s. I've also blown up the 10cwt interest wherever possible, so that they can be seen as best as possible. If you can supply anything else that features E83Ws in action, when they were current, please please send it in so that I can feature it on this site, ta.

Tenby in Wales
Tenby in Wales
E83W nr 5 Arches, Tenby in Wales

This old black and white photo shows a quiet road scene with an example of our favourite Ford van parked up outside a small corner shop. This slightly grimy example appears to have lighter coloured hubcaps, and a lightly painted front bumper - perhaps painted white due to wartime lighting restrictions. Unfortunately I can't quite make out the signwriting on the side of the van body.

Alltyferin
E83W parked up with an A40

Sadly my scan of this postcard is not the best, but I included it as it is still a neat view of a Fordson E83W Utilecon, parked up with an A40 Devon steel pickup truck.

Poynton, Cheshire
Tenby in Wales
Flatbed E83W in Poynton, Cheshire

This photo, which is an A4 reprint of an older postcard, shows a flatbed E83W parked outside a row of shops near the traffic lights in Poynton, a village not too far from me. Note the old style signs and traffic lights, long since replaced with modern lamps and the usual cluster of speed/red light cameras that we have to put up with today.

Burford, Cotswolds
Burford
E83W in Burford High Street

Here is a blue E83W parked facing uphill towards the camera in this postcard of Burford High St, just off the A40 main road. This postcard was sent in 1962, and the van looks like a typical Thames examples of the 1950s. Other vehicles visible include a scooter zooming down the hill, and various saloons parked up on the LHS along with a CA Bedford.

E83Ws in London
Piccadilly Circus, London
E83Ws drive through Piccadilly Circus

This original postcard probably dates to just after WW2. Two Fordson E83W vans are at the foot of this view, turning right below the photographer's vantage point. This is a great snapshot of motoring in the ration years. Both vans have twin license holders in their windscreens, and the 2nd 10cwt has a sturdy rack mounted on the roof. It also has tiny headlamps, another clue as to the age of the vehicles. There is plenty going on here other than the 2 E83Ws driving by - a taxi queues behind van #2, and a Rover saloon behind that. Parked up at the kerb are 2 larger commercial vehicles, the nearest only sporting one headlamp which appears to still have a blackout cover fitted.

E83W in Mersey tunnel
Fort William High St

I recently spotted this 1950s postcard online, and to the left shows a bonny little van, I think with its rear doors open. It looks like there is a parade of some sort going on, judging by the bagpipe players doing their thing. The little urchin stood in the gutter better move out of the way quick, else he'll be trampled by grown men in skirts, I mean, kilts!

E83W in Mersey tunnel
E83W driving through the Mersey Tunnel, Liverpool

Frank sent in this scan of a postcard that shows an E83W driving through the tunnel, it could be the van used by the Tunnel Police but I can't make out the registration. Alongside is a Fordson 7V, with an A40 Somerset following behind. Thanks Frank.

E83W pickup on the King Harry ferry
Metal-back E83W and the King Harry ferry

Les sent over this postcard ... "We used to spend our summer hols on a lighthouse in Cornwall at St Anthony in Roseland, or Fraggle rock as the kids know it today, where my uncle was the keeper. I developed a passion then for collecting post cards of where we went, and the old King Harry ferry was one, look whats on board!". Thanks!
 
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