Swaledale postcard exhibition set to open in Leyburn

• The Brown Family, Low Row, Haytime, August 1908 (Photo Credit: Clive Torrens)

More than 50 vintage photographic postcards depicting Swaledale will go on display next week.

The exhibition will be held at the Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn from January 16 to February 17.

The cards belong to local collector Clive Torrens.

Predominantly dating from the Edwardian era, the majority were produced by Leyburn photographer JB Smithson and offer an insight into life in the Dale a century ago.

John Brown Smithson (1848-1938) was himself born in Swaledale, in Smarber, and operated his business from Leyburn from the 1870s until his death.

He also ran a studio at the army camp at Scotton during the First World War.

A spokesperson for Tennants said: “Collecting postcards is a long-standing pastime, and good private collections frequently come up for sale in Tennants’ Stamps, Postcards and Postal History Sales.

“The next sale is on May 1.”

The postcards have been reproduced in the exhibition on a larger scale for ease of viewing.