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Colour postcards show how Malta looked in the 1960s

These pictures show what Malta looked like in the 1960s.

The collection of photographs has been restored and released in a new book.

The postcards of Malta were produced by photographer John Hinde, a key figure in the development of the colour photograph as a postcard.

Shot with large format cameras, the project was an extraordinary undertaking.

Sometimes the photographs could take a whole day to get right.

He used vibrant, highly saturated colours to depict a beautiful image produced to the highest standards.


Mellieha Bay


Marsalforn, Gozo


Xlendi Bay, Gozo


Fort St Angelo


St Paul’s Bay


The Azure Window, Gozo


Spinola Bay, St Julian’s


Fond Ghadir, Sliema


Maltese street vendor


St Paul’s Bay


Ghar Lapsi

In 1956, Hinde started his own business, John Hinde Ltd in Ireland and over the following 16 years travelled across Britain, Ireland, Australia, Cyprus and Canada taking photos to act as postcards.

When the company was sold in 1972, it was the world’s most successful postcard company with annual sales of over 50 million postcards.

Now, over two decades after his passing in 1997, Hinde’s restored original transparencies have been printed in a book for the first time.

Let’s take a look at some of the images from around the world:


Piccadilly Circus, London


Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland


Pentewan Sands, Cornwall


Dublin Airport, Ireland


The Promenade, Havre des Pas, Jersey


The Inner Harbour, Ramsgate