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Picture Postcards

Chris Topp

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Twenty three brightly-painted relief panels (86 x 132 cm each) in eight series. Each panel takes the form of a picture postcard on the theme of the seaside at Redcar.
A competition was held in 1995 among blacksmiths to produce a lively railing design to brighten up the north end of the promenade. Chris Topp won the competition for a series of seaside postcards made from wrought iron using all the traditional techniques. They all include letters which, when taken in order, form a riddle with a hidden clue.

Originally, the steel postcards were incorporated into the promenade railings. In 2012 they were removed for the development of the new sea wall. They were restored by the original producter and returned in 2013 at different locations, at the wall at the top of the stairs to the beach.

They are designed by Stephen Abbey, Humphrey Holland, Richard Albanese and Pete Douglas and made by by the blacksmith Chris Topp.

West to East:
1 Industry
in front of this set is the sculpture group Penguins
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Letter: R
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Letter: I
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Letters: SE
2 Sea shore life
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Pinguin and seagulls playing with a ball
Letters: SH
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Fish family reading and watching television
Letters: 'IN'
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Mussel, lobster and shrip eating chips
Letters: ET
3 Tourism
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Fairground ride
Letter: A
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Postcard to Chris Topp, Thirsk: "Weather is here wish you were nice Peat".
Letters: NB
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Fish and chip shop
Letters: UR
4 Ships and boats
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Fishing boat in the high seas
Letters: ST
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Lifeboat 'Zetland'
Letters: "RAY"
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Old style lifeboat
Letters: SP
5 Nursery rhyme(?) and pier
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Landscape with mill, mouse and ship
Letters: OT
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H.M.S. Redcar (does not belong to the postcards)
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Ball playing and the pier
Letters: B E
6 Village
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Letters: 'AM'
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High Street with clock tower
Letter: D
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Horse racing
Letter: "I"
7 Disco and Nursery rhymes
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Disco scene
Letters: AL
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Nursery rhyme: Jack and Jill went up the hill, / To fetch a pail of water; / Jack fell down, and broke his crown, / And Jill came tumbling after.
Letter: D
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Nursery rhyme: Mary, Mary, quite contrary, / How does your garden grow? / Silver bells and cockle-shells, / And pretty maids all of a row.
Letter: O
8 Children
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Ice cream seller
Letter: W
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Punch and Judy Show
Letter: N
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Playing on the beach and donkey ride
Letters: SET


These are the 39 letters of the riddle from west to east:
R I SE - SH 'IN' ET - A NB UR - ST 'RAY' SP - OT B E - AM D 'I' - AL D O - W N SET
We couldn't solved it...


Postcard address: Chris Topp, Thirsk


Sources & Information


  • Donkey
  • Fairground
  • Figure (shopping)
  • Fish
  • Horse racing
  • Lobster
  • Mouse
  • Mussel
  • Penguin
  • Postcard
  • Punch and Judy
  • Puppet / Doll
  • Seagull
  • Ship / boat
  • Shipbuilder
  • Shrimp
  • Steelmaker
  • Topp, Chris
  • Windmill
  • Locatie (N 54°37'11" - W 1°4'4") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: gbyh194; Photograph: 31 July 2019
    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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