Advertising Postcard – Complete mystery! ~ Circa 1919

Having promised myself that I would not buy any more Guildford postcards until I had a firm decision on what to do with the ones I already owned I broke my own promise and bought this one! I know, I have absolutely no will power!

I was totally intrigued and the postcard was exchanged for smallish note of British currency and it came home with me. It sat on my desk glaring at me every time I reach for a pen from the pen pot on my desk. Now, several months on I still have absolutely no idea what it is all about!

So, if you have any ideas please do leave a comment. In the meantime I have sent a digital copy of it to the Owston (Ouston) One-Name Study registrant.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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10 Responses to Advertising Postcard – Complete mystery! ~ Circa 1919

  1. I suspect that it was a curious marketing ploy of the time & that those who didn't get the clues might have visited the store to find the answer! I have just re-read your suggestion about wheat, whilst I had the wheat bit, I had not taken the thought a step further to (wheat) stock Lino.


  2. arkessian says:

    I wonder how much business it drummed up?


  3. I wondered that. It is a curious postcard!


  4. arkessian says:

    Ah-ha! Is that middle symbol a wheat stock?H. Ouston's stock lino.


  5. Ouston's Cork Lino – Harry Carter Ouston's business in later years was floor coverings!


  6. Thanks for sharing the URL it is one I had not come across before. I haven't had chance to Google him that is next on the list!


  7. arkessian says:

    It's definitely a ton (20 hundredweight).H. Ouston's ? Lino. may be a later manifestation of his business. Most fo the rest of his 'net presence relates to a 'famous' legal case (for some values of fame).


  8. Candace says:

    What was H. Ouston's business? That would give a clue.


  9. I thought the first graphic is 20lbs & the second one wheat.


  10. Janet Few says:

    It is some kind of rebus. House – ton's (goodness knows) line hoe? I know this last bit doesn't make sense but given that he is H Ouston the first but does. Would help if we knew what the slightly dodgy looking middle symbol is.


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