There have been many books published about the history of Exeter but few contain images or details of Exeter after the end of the Second World War.
This book contains postcards of the city published between 1946 and the end of the 20th Century. They record how Exeter emerged, like the mythical Phoenix, out of the ashes of devastating German air raids that had taken place during April and May 1942.
The postcards tell in pictures how central Exeter changed in the immediate post-war years. Scenes record the appearance of High Street, Bedford Street and Southernhay after they were rebuilt. The images revive memories of a different age with many individual shops and with the construction of large new buildings.
The book also records the beginnings of landmark institutions in the city such as The University of Exeter and the Northcott Theatre. It recalls how the Isca Maritime Museum became a tourist attraction.
Changes to the outskirts of Exeter are revealed in postcards of Countess Wear and Alphington.