This is a postcard from a series of paintings that my grandmother, Faith Harris, did for a book on Potatoes: The Story of The Potato through Illustrated Varieties by Alan Wilson (privately published 1993). Wilson was her neighbour in Long Sutton, and was the potato buyer for Waitrose. She produced 74 paintings for the book. Image

This is the Arran Victory, very popular in Northern Island and Scotland, but declining after the 1950’s and, as the time of writing (1993) was quite rare. My grandmother painted beautifully, and I love these cards (I’m assuming Wilson has the actual paintings), and this is a book that wonderfully predates the current interest in varietal vegetables and ‘heirloom’ brands. Of course, also, nowadays, all this is on the internet.

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