The idea for Wonders of the Isle of Wight was started by W. J. Nigh, a Ventnor postcard maker about 100 years ago. The card below, which is the earliest that we could find is postmarked 1908. This postcard shows them as 'The Five Novelties' (the card was part of the publishers 'Novelty series'). This was subsequently changed to 'The Five Wonders' of the Isle of Wight.
This was probably the next card produced by Nigh, unfortunately it is undated but produced in the same style, with the 'novelties' changed to 'wonders'. It shows a copyright declaration bottom left.
Other examples of Wonders of the Isle of Wight
An 'Ideal' card of around the same time showing the same 'Wonders' but described as 'Peculiarities of the Isle of Wight
A variation, 'Visitors to the Isle of Wight are not allowed to Milk Cowes, or Bottle Newport, or Drink Freshwater or thread the Needles (undated card).
Five Wonders of the Isle of Wight postmarked 1926, Brook has been replaced by Lake, but with a similar sentiment - Lake without water.
A postcard from the fifties, the five wonders have increased to six with the addition of 'Ryde - where you walk'
A more recent Nigh card, the six are now eight with the addition of 'Winkle street - where there are no Winkles and Newtown - which is very old (although the latter is sometimes replaced by 'Newchurch 900 years old).
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