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Margaret C
19th February 2010, 02:18 PM

Two postcards showing longer nosed toy spaniels. Both are dated 1906

Margaret C
19th February 2010, 02:22 PM

Above, a much photographed puppy, this is dated 1911.

Below, two 'Blenheim Spaniels', no date but thought to be C1905

19th February 2010, 02:43 PM
These are beautiful ! Where are finding these?

19th February 2010, 04:11 PM
Look at the long legs on them Spaniels in the last pictures.
My Harley is that tall, and one lady at my agility class who has a tiny Cavalier had the cheek to ask me if he is a Cavalier.:sl*p:

19th February 2010, 06:04 PM
Sabby sometimes I think that's because there are people breeding cavaliers that look like they are crossed with dachshunds -- I have seen some really short-legged ones and some short legged small B&Ts can really like like long-haired dachshunds with short noses... :yikes They should be a foot high at the shoulder which should mean decent length of leg!

I love those cards -- how cute is that puppy in the chair! :lol: The blenheim pair are lovely. I like the 1906 ones and that PreRaphaelite hair on the women.

19th February 2010, 06:51 PM
It's lovely looking at those Old Photos.

Yes ,when you see some of the Present Day Cavaliers, with their Long Backs, Short Legs, and Small Heads, they look out of Portion, and certainly have a Look of Dashounds .


Margaret C
19th February 2010, 07:02 PM
These are beautiful ! Where are finding these?

I collected postcards of toy spaniels for many years back in the 80s and 90s.

I went to the occasional postcard fair and I went into every junk & antique shop I passed to see what postcards they had.
I can no longer do the walking to get round fairs or shops, but I do sometimes check out cards on eBay. I find I have most that are now up for sale.

I also have some postcard sets of various breeds, including Spratts portraits of named Ch dogs. It took me some years to collect the complete set, some are difficult to find.

There is no toy spaniel in that set but there is a Japanese Spaniel, as Chins were called at that time. I'll put it up.

Margaret C
19th February 2010, 07:08 PM
Ch. O'Toyo of Braywick. Perhaps a little more muzzle than the very flat faced chins bred now, but otherwise very little change in one hundred years.


19th February 2010, 07:16 PM
These are really lovely cards and very interesting to see, thank you.:)

19th February 2010, 08:31 PM
Thanks for sharing, it's amazing to see historical photos like this and compare cavaliers, chins, etc. then to now.

19th February 2010, 09:43 PM
I do find this really fascinating - it must be wonderful to sift through the postcards Margaret.

It's amazing how the Chins have changed so little really in comparison - must be one of the few breeds who have not changed very much.

Age at neutering can affect leg length - you do see some very leggy Cavaliers who were neutered early {sex hormones and growth are linked}.

I don't like to see the very short legged Cavaliers, they should be in proportion, just slightly longer than they are tall.

It makes me think of the those poor Bassett hounds :(

Cathy Moon
19th February 2010, 11:57 PM
Thank you for sharing your post card collection with us. I'm enjoying looking at them :).

Margaret C
20th February 2010, 02:04 PM

These are illustrations from a book called Two Conceited Puppies: Their Painful Experiences and Virtous Resolutions. by the Rev. Frederick Langbridge M.A., He, it seems, was a clergyman who wrote 'improving' tales for children.
The illustrations are by W.W. Lloyd.

The inscription inside shows it was given to Ethel Phethean by her aunt in January 1893.

Fop, one of the puppies, is described thus........" a little spaniel, with beautiful brown eyes, softer than the eyes of any girl, long ears that, for the want of a better word, I must call " silken," a charming brown-and-white coat, white legs adorned with delightful little frills, and a feathery white tail that told everything that he thought before he said a word"

It will give me a little pang, but I am intending to sell this for the Rupert Fund.

I also have another old dog book kindly donated to the SM Cavalier Collection that I need to sell, and as I presume I may get the best price from a specialist bookseller, if anyone knows a bookseller who specialises in dog books, please let me know.

20th February 2010, 02:43 PM
Oh goodness Margaret what a wonderful thing to donate - thank you.

I think either a specialist bookseller or even an auction house doing a special auction may be the way to go.

Now if I remember rightly a member on here's Father is a bookseller, he might know the right people...I think it's Lisa but I'll check.

Edited to add it was Lisa_T but she hasn't been on since last Sept...might be worth PM'ng though?

Margaret C
20th February 2010, 06:06 PM
Thanks Nicki, I will do that.

This is a terrible time waster. I am spending hours going through what is a large collection of cards. I had forgotten how many wonderful pictures I have.

Serious collectors like to have unposted cards, but I prefer being able to see when my cards were posted.

Sometimes fascinating history is in your hand...............

The top card is typical of the postcards that people had printed using a family photograph. The dogs have their names in ink underneath the photo, Weck and Jill. The writer 'Bob' is writing to Miss F Kennedy at Wentworth Place, Wicklow, Ireland, and the Card was posted from the Isle of Wight in 1906.
Bob writes " aren't the dogs nice"

I have another from the same writer, to the same recipient, showing Weck by himself.

The bottom card here is wrtten in pencil. On the top is written " on active service", the postmark shows it was posted from a Field post office on 18th December 1918 to a Mrs A Short of Brighton, England, and is signed Your loving Albert x x x x x x.
It has a red oblong stamp across it that says it was passed by Censor No. 777.


20th February 2010, 06:17 PM
Oh how diffrent they look long legs. my charlie's got long leg's but not like the pair on the card nice to see what they looked like year's ago

Margaret C
1st March 2010, 12:50 AM

Two postcards showing longer nosed toy spaniels. Both are dated 1906

Just for information, I am selling some old postcards, including a Zena Dare postcard ( she is shown on the top ) and some other cavalier memorabilia, on eBay.

The money raised will go to Rupert's Fund and the details can be seen the thread in the health section