Nude postcards found in secret section of antique desk at Leeds mansion

The nude postcards that were found. Thye have been blurred to protect their modesty.The nude postcards that were found. Thye have been blurred to protect their modesty.
The nude postcards that were found. Thye have been blurred to protect their modesty.
Staff at a Leeds mansion made a cheeky discovery when they found a collection of classical nude postcards stashed in the secret section of an antique desk.

During a spot of routine upkeep, staff at 500-year-old Temple Newsam House were working on the vintage piece of furniture located in one of the house’s back rooms.

Realising that one of the books in the desk was actually a craftily concealed compartment, they carefully removed it to explore what treasures it might contain.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Read More
Fascinating photos showcase life in Crossgates during the 1940s
They were found in this antique desk.They were found in this antique desk.
They were found in this antique desk.

Inside they were surprised to find a quite extensive collection of French postcards depicting a series of nudes which are thought to date from the early 20th century.

Maya Harrison, principal keeper at Temple Newsam, said: “This is definitely one of the more unusual finds that the team at the house have made and not something we’d normally expect to discover but it certainly did give us all a laugh.

The desk has been at the house for a very long time and we’d never realised that the books were actually secret compartments before. It was really exciting to think what might be inside but we’d never have guessed in a million years what they actually contained."

She added: “Of course we can only speculate who might have hidden the postcards and why but it does go to show that most objects in a museum have a story to tell and that history is full of surprises.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

One of the country’s finest Tudor/Jacobean mansions, Temple Newsam House was used as a family home for much of its 500 year history.

The birthplace to Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots, today the house displays one of the most important collections of fine and decorative arts in Britain.

The house is currently closed to visitors as part of COVID-19 restrictions, but information on the collection and any planned reopening details can be found at:*************************

A message from the Editor:

Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890. We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe. For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

Thank you

Laura Collins

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.