East Sussex Federation of Women's Institutes


Stanmer Church, photographed by Mrs V. Taylor, Kingston W. I.

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Starting in the late 1970s or early 1980s many if not all the county-based Federations of Women's Institutes published calendars with separate pages for each month. Each year the calendars had a particular theme, such as farming and the countryside, and members were encouraged to submit appropriate colour photographs of their county to be used as illustrations, one to a page. The illustrations took the form of postcards that could be detached from the calendars by tearing along a perforated line. Judges of Hastings carried out the printing. Some cards, it is believed, were also sold separately from the calendars. In at least one year, the tear-off cards were a larger size than normal, measuring 17.2 by 11.3 cm.

The East Sussex Federation produced an impressive array of cards of familiar as well as little-known places within the county at every season of the year. The cards provide an important record of the more photogenic elements of the landscape and environment at a time of rapid change.

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