Our Local Express - The Good Old Berwickshire Railway
Acceleration of Trains - the Greenlaw Corridor makes the journey
from Greenlaw to Earlston and back in twenty four hours.
Postcard franked 1906.
The Last Train from Earlston
These are not, however original to Earlston, but penned by Fife born artist Martin Anderson - you will see his pseudonym signature of Cynicus at the foot of each card. Many of his railway cartoons were overprinted with different captions and town names, as here.
He turned increasingly to satirical and political cartoons and comic postcard illustrations setting up the "Cynicus Publishing Company". After initial success, the company was forced to close. Martin Anderson returned to Edinburgh in 1915, leasing a basement shop in York Place. Nine years later his Edinburgh shop was destroyed by fire, everything inside it was lost, and he did not have the funds to repair and restock it.
He retired to Fife to live in increasing poverty. He died in 1932 and was buried in Tayport Old Churchyard, in an unmarked grave.
A sad end for such a prolific artist who was a forerunner in the field of humourous postcards. His work is still regularly available in auction houses and online.
If you have any postcards of Earlston, the Auld Earlston Group would love
to hear from you.
Your postcards can either be donated or loaned, scanned and returned to you.
More postcards on the village can be viewed on our Lost Earlston Facebook page.