THE NOSTALGIA POSTCARD
IRIS Publishing Ltd
(Printed in England)
My collection of Nostalgia Postcard’s
(All four boxes of them!)
I have wanted to mention these for some time now, but the first thing I need to do is discuss the ‘Elephant in the Room’, and that is the fact that these are NOT postcards. There you have it, I’ve said it, these are not true postcards, despite what they are called.
Right now, having got that out of the way, let’s talk about what these cards are. These are golden age postcard sized (deliberately printed in this size) information cards which have a picture on one side and information about the image on the reverse side.
This was something you had to sign up to. Once a member you received packs of these cards and a box to place them in. Once the collection got too big for a single box then another could be obtained, a third was probably required later on when the series became quite large (although I have four boxes there are a large number of doubles in my collection – I inherited two boxes from my Father-in-Law, who was a member and who introduced me to the cards, the fact that he had the collection meant that I never got around to joining up myself. I later, quite recently, picked up two boxes on eBay for the amazingly cheap price of just £15 – at that price I could not resist adding a load more to what I had).
INSIDE PAGE FROM BOOKLET
FILING SYSTEM DETAILS
As you can see from the main photographs above, the boxes came with section heading cards:
WAR, CITY LIFE, WORK, FAMILY LIFE, SEASIDE, FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT, COUNTRY LIFE, GLAMOUR, LEISIURE, SPORT, PERSONALITIES, TRANSPORT, NEWS and ART AND DESIGN.
This page shows the heading images and what they meant.
TWO NOSTALGIA POSTCARD CLUB CARDS
Now, having got the fact these are not postcards out of the way, I now admit, that I really like these cards. I like these for the amazing range of images contained on these cards, many of which I had not seen before. The sources for some of these images are really-diverse and the subjects depicted numerous and varied. There is little point me trying to explain how good these are, or to describe them in full (as they have detailed text boxes of their own), so, my best bet here is to show you just a very small range of these cards and the reverse sides of the same cards…. So, here we go - I hope this initial selection (another will follow later) gives you some idea of what this collection offers:
THE REVERSE SIDES OF THE ABOVE TWO NOSTALGIA (POST)CARDS
These cover the basic format for these cards (and you can see that despite the name, these are not postcard backs – the have some of the content, but the information blocks prevent these being true postcards. You will also a line of text bottom left which gives the SET number this image is from, each bundle of cards sent out to the club members had a Set No (here the top card is No 19 and the lower card No 25). All the cards in the bundle had the same set number so cards from various headings can be found with different numbers.
The following cards will all have the fronts depicted followed underneath by the reverse information sides.
Ihave always collected the postcards of the Natural History Museum in London, ever since visiting as a child. So, this image fascinated me when I first saw it here in this collection. I have seen this elephant attraction and am delighted that this image was picked to appear here.
This is a good example of the unusual topics and images chosen for this collection
The future Queen Elizabeth and her sister on a visit to London zoo. They are depicted with a young panda. Actual postcards can be found which depict another photograph taken at the same time as this one can be found (I have a copy in my collection somewhere) - but this specific photograph here I had not seen before
This Television one, far left, often turns up on eBay (because TV is now such a popular theme) priced at £2 - £3.50.
As TV is one of my main collecting themes I have always liked this one - this pair to be honest.
One of the other things I like about this card series is the use of different front formats, i.e. images with boarders, and others without. It mixes up the images and makes the entire series more attractive, in my mind at least.
1963 – 2016
1985 Archival digital print
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
I bought this one over a year ago. I have been back to the National Portrait Gallery shop several times since buying it and have not seen it there again. The NPM have a tradition of releasing distinctive and topical portraits (recently over the last few years this has included Nigel Farage [Brexit interest], the cast of the James Bond film ‘Spectre’, Felicity Jones [Star Wars: Rogue One] and David Bowie). Often these postcards are not around for long. I only saw the Nigel Farage one on sale for a single-one of my visits, this was the same for the James Bond cast (and this was a lovely set, one which will have some future value). Therefore, I always re-visit the gallery’s shop when I am in London and will continue to do so.
Design – REX FEATURES
Ref: Item No: 05395
A comic photographic postcard, not as common as the better-known cartoon drawing comic postcard form, but still often popular with the general buyers, the non-postcard collectors (people who occasionally buy the off card – they don’t consider themselves as collectors, but in my opinion, they are, they certainly help with keeping the postcard as a saleable product).
(Very large shaped postcard)
Ref: 67210 PC Pendennis Castle Large
“Pendennis Castle – Constructed between 1540 and 1545, Pendennis and its sister castle at St Mawes from the Cornish end of the chain of coastal castles built by Henry VIII to counter a threat from France and Spain”
(Text from reverse side of Postcard)
This long, large postcard uses the shape format really-well to showcase this Cornish Castle.
This is another of the postcards bought for me by my son and his family on their holiday last year.
I added a new section to the webpage last night. If you look along the bottom line of tabs there is a new one titled – BOOK LISTING – if you click on this, and then click on the ‘BOOKS 1’ tab (above it) you will open-up a page of book illustrations. These are all books about postcards or which I use as reference books for my postcard collection. All of these are books from my own collection. There will be more books added on future dates, but there has been a fair number placed there tonight as an introduction to the page.
RMS TITANIC MONTH
April is the anniversary month for the RMS Titanic leaving Southampton on her maiden voyage
and, the month that the ship hit the iceberg and sunk.
To commemorate this tragic event, I intend to place at least one TITANIC postcard on the webpage each day up until the anniversary of the sinking on the 15th.
CITY HALL GARDENS, BELFAST
(NORTHERN IRELAND Series)
“The Titanic Memorial, Belfast shows two sea nymphs bearing up a drowned sailor. At its base is a list of those who perished. This memorial statue stands in the City Hall ground and is in memory of over 1500 people who lost their lives when the ship sank on the 14th April 1912”
(Text from reverse side of Postcard)
Despite the minor, but annoying reference to the Titanic sinking on the 14th, when it hit the iceberg on the 14th just before midnight but, technically, sank on the 15th, this is a cracking card, and one which shows one of the many memorial statues which are located both in Northern Ireland and England.