Such was the popularity of postcards that cards on all aspects of life (and sometimes death) are to be found.
On a wider scale, national companies such as Francis Frith, Valentines and E T W Dennis produced numerous postcards of Wales. These larger companies chose to portray aspects of a locality most likely to appeal to tourists.
Amongst their favoured topics were:
- mountain scenery
- seaside piers
The popularity of postcards also coincided with the rise to power of David Lloyd George. Many hundreds of cards were published depicting David Lloyd George. Not all were complimentary!
Due to the expenses involved photographs were a rarity in newspapers. Consequently many national and local events were photographed by enterprising photographers and sold as postcards. These genres are examples of early photo-journalism. One such series is that of the Senghennydd Pit Disaster in 1913. Although the idea of producing postcards of such an event is abhorrent to many people, these are exactly the type of images people would expect to see on television or in newspapers if such an event were to occur today.