Bisley National Shooting Centre to Sylvan Villa, Oban! 1904 postcards

I have a small collection of postcards showing various scenes of the Bisley, National Shooting Centre in Surrey which came in a larger lot in an Edwardian postcard album. The back of the cards are all addressed to a Miss Vera Bull of Hampstead but then redirected to Sylvan Villa, Oban (does this conjure up as exotic a destination for you as it does for me?).

I assume these were sent within a “well to do” family who maybe spent their summers in Oban on the West Coast of Scotland (well you wouldn’t winter there, would you, though I like Oban very much). Some nice images of the camp shooting competitions, buildings, real photos of military line ups, soldiers in the pool, etc (I believe it had more of a military use in 1904, whereas today even our local Scout troop runs camps at Bisley for the National Scout Championships!). It also seems that the cards doubled up as results cards as there is a small target on the reverse which I assume you could use to send results of a shoot.

As much a piece of Edwardian social history as plain cards of the shooting centre, and it would be nice to find out more about Miss Vera Bull who spent her summers in Oban in the early 1900s.

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Married to Barbara, two boys, work from home office. Trying to build my collectables hobby into a profitable business.
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