“THE YEAR TO BE HERE”
WALT DISNEY WORLD
Lenticular 3D postcard
Official Walt Disney World theme park Postcard
These 3D postcards are difficult to scan as the images can be slightly blurred, as is the case here with Mickey! But, I do love these year cards and have tried to get one for every trip I have made since 2003 when I found my first one (I also found some cheap 2001 ones the same year from a Disney outlet store). This one is this year’s card although I found it hard to find as it seemed to be on sale in just two shops across the whole of the four theme parks and shopping areas! I did manage to find it gladly and am pleased I did as it is a nice one this year.
1 JUNE – 4 OCTOBER 1998
AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, SYDNEY
I apologise if you are a sufferer of Arachnophobia! As far as spider postcards go, and there are one or two out there, this is one of the most-scary looking. Personally, I love spiders and this image.
VALENTINE & SONS LTD (Dundee & London)
Another example of what at first looks to be a simple multi-view postcard of a common postcard covered area, Dover. But, check out the image bottom left. This is another early Hovercraft photograph. It is simply titled as ‘HOVERCRAFT ON BEACH’. What this does not tell you is that this is the SR.N1 by Saunders-Roe (Saunders-Roe Nautical 1). This was the first practical hovercraft which had its origins in the work of the hovercraft inventor Christopher Cockerell who convinced the company to build this machine. Its very first flight, hovercraft trips are called flights, was held on the 11th June 1959 in front of a large public crowd (I wonder if this photograph was taken at that first flight). The SR.N1 was to take part in a test program for four years before being retired, but by then there were other hovercrafts and their usefulness had been proven.
This is another example of the need to look closely at these older view cards. If you find any which have hovercraft on them then they are worth picking up.
JUST ARRIVED AT
ISLE OF WIGHT
Unknown Publisher – Printer
In most cases these multi-view black and white postcards have only local interest, with some having little value as they depict common views, but sometimes the inclusion of something different increases the interest, and in this case, the value of the card. This card has a central image of the Westland Hovercraft SRN. 2. Hovercraft postcards have always been interesting and collected, but once the services ceased running the postcards depicting them increased in value and they are now very collectible indeed, especially any that depict the very early models like this SRN. 2.
MEXICO CITY EARTHQUAKE
SEPTEMBER 19, 1985
In her ‘TIMELY TOPICS’ series
This is another of Ann’s designs which I really liked and which I took with me when I met Ann in 1994 and which she kindly signed for me (on the reverse side). I remember the news broadcasts about this earthquake and the story of the baby that was recovered alive nine days after the disaster having been buried under rubble since the quake hit. Ann caught that superbly in this piece of artwork.
THANK YOU FOR WRITING
Jos Lambregs 1991
KARTOENFABRIEK WOLSTRAAT 9
This postcard was posted from Amsterdam in 1998. It is typical of the style of postcard where a simple message was applied to an image which overstates that message. Here it is about writing letters and they have used an image from what looks like a mail centre which is overloaded with mail bags and parcels. The women in the centre is moving a bag of mail destined for Germany (it might of course be mail from Germany, but I dont know which).
WEST COAST OF THE ISLE OF MAN:
VIEWS OF NIARBYL, EARY CUSHLIN AND BASKING SHARK,
OFTEN SEEN ALONG THE WEST COAST
LILY PUBLICATIONS LTD
VISIONS OF MANN series
Another postcard from my friend Mark who lives on the island. This one he posted to me using a nice Isle of Man postage stamp (see below). In his message Mark informed me that the cottage you can see here was used in the film ‘Waking Ned’, something which is not mentioned on the card itself.
WALT DISNEY WORLD
Official Walt Disney World Postcard
Each year I visit Walt Disney World I try and post some cards to myself at the Magic Kingdom theme park and obtain the MAIN STREET USA – MAGIC KINGDOM cachet. It does change colour some years, but this year it had returned to black (it was green last year I think). Here are two of the cards I posted (more are to follow)
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
I used the circular cactus ‘Forever Global’ value on these cards. I like these circular designs and have previously used the Moon one and the Christmas wreath. For once the Orlando machine wavy line cancellation is quite clear, which has not often been the case in the past! This is dated the 17th August 2018.
DAT AT THE BEACH
J. SALMON LTD
I have a friend who owns a blue VW Campervan, although hers has the single pane windscreen, not the split one that you can see here on this painting, but I suspect she would still like this postcard image. It does surprise me a little how popular these campervans are on postcard and especially connected with the seaside and coastal images, as again, this one is.
CHINESE BONDS AND STOCK CERTIFICATES
1940 29TH YEAR RECONSTRUCTION GOLD LOAN 5 US$ BOND,
FIVE OTHER TYPES
29 X 19 cm
Publisher, Printer and Source unknown
I picked this postcard up in an Oxfam shop in Chelmsford earlier in the year. The image appealed to me and I love the whole world of paper collectibles (although I stick to collecting postcards, stamps, Trade Cards and postcard sized information cards myself). With this particular image there was the added bonus of there being added transport interest through the small images on this certificate.
BRIDPORT, DORSET, ENGLAND
Privately produced QSL card
I have mentioned these before, and depicted one or two, but they are so common that any collector of cards will come across them at some point. Most are quite plain and just have the radio operator’s ident number – on this card it is G40V’ – and not much else, but some others have nice artwork or interesting photographs. I think this one depicts the man himself with his elaborate, and impressive looking radio set. Anyone collecting radio as a theme would love a card image like this. Ten years ago, you could pick up cards like this for just a few pence, several for a few pence in fact, but for the past few years they have become much more collectible, and therefore expensive, especially nice early ones like this.
Official Advertising Postcard
I have known about this postcard for many years but have always struggled to obtain a copy, thankfully I finally managed to recently get my hands on this one. Star Wars postcards have always been popular and are often expensive because of the cross-over between postcard collectors and dedicated Star Wars collectors, who seem to need to have everything related to the movies such as this postcard.
SCENES AT NAVAL BASE
NORFOLK, VA – 39
AIRPLANES WARMING UP
PHOTO COURTESY: NORFOLK, PORTSMOUTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Produced in the USA by:
E. C. KROPP CO, MILWAUKEE
This is a nice early USA military themed postcard which I recently picked up for just £1 in London. From the vintage of the aeroplanes depicted, i.e. they are early bi-planes, and the look of the battleship this is either very late WW1, or I suspect more likely to be a post WW1 era postcard.
HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT – WELLINGTON ARCH
ST PAULS CATHEDRAL
TOWER BRIDGE – BUCKINGHAM PALACE & VICTORIA MEMORIAL
E. T. W. DENNIS & SONS LTD
Ref: L.1630 PHOTOBLUE
A nice simple, blue toned multi-view postcard depicting five of the more famous London landmarks. This style of blue-toning was quite popular with this company during the late 1950’s.
N FOR NORMAN
E FOR EDDIE
V FOR VERNON
E FOR ERNEST
R FOR ROBERT!
E.T.W. DENNIS & SONS LTD
A nice comic postcard which seems to me to have a slightly military connection through the photographs on the wall as three of them are depicting men in uniform. This woman clearly likes a man who is in the services, although the other two are in normal clothing. I have a feeling this is from the 1950’s era, just post WWII.
THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH AND THE PRINCESS MARGARET
RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS LTD
I have just the second part of the BBC2 documentary series on the life of Princess Margaret. This was interesting, but it did not hold anything information wise that I was not previously aware of. After watching it I was going through my scanned postcards, ones ready to be placed on the webpage, and came across this one. That is the reason why this appears here today.
BATAILLE DE LA SOMME
‘The Castle after the Bombardment’
Ref: Vise Paris No. 828
A classic shell damage postcard from World War 1, this being related to the Battle of the Somme. The French commune of Tilloloy is in the Somme department. The castle depicted, what the French would call a chateau, was badly damaged, as can be seen, but it has been rebuilt.
NEWARK, N. J.
SOUVENIR POST CARD COMPANY
Printed in New York
This postcard was posted from Newark, N. J (New Jersey) on the 29th March 1912. The stamp was applied to the front and cancelled with a wavy line (with an I and a C in the lines) machine cancellation. This is a great old image with not a motor car in sight!
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
This has some unusual stickers applied to the reverse side, and because it has these stickers applied it needed to be upgraded to PRINTED MATTER postage rate rather than a plain post card one. This is addressed to the UK, the town of Ipswich, Suffolk, but it has no receiving postmark. It was this unusual usage that caught my eye. Was this some sort of postcard exchange club? Or was this simply a correspondence card and the sender could not be asked to write so had stickers made up?
ER DU MED PA EN KIGGER?
BIG BROTHER 2012
BIG BROTHER BESAETTER
(Are you with a Kigger?
Big Brother 2012
Big Brother Complete
Ref: # 13185
My daughter is distraught at the announcement this week that Channel 5 are to produce no more series’ of ‘Big Brother’ after this current series, still on, comes to an end. Other people, me included, are probably a lot less bothered. I am not sure if it is even still on in Denmark, but as per this postcard it was in 2012. Not sure what the word ‘Kigger’ means exactly in the context of this piece of text. It seems to mean ‘Look’ in Danish, so maybe it means ‘Looker’, as in an attractive person? Or, does it mean 'Are you a watcher?', as in a looker, watcher of the programme?
J. SLAMON LTD (Sevenoaks)
Ref: 6 – 99 – 00 – 02
BASSETT HOUND – CORGI – BORDER COLLIE – SHETLAND SHEEPDOG
LABRADOR RETRIEVER – BEAGLE – BELGIAN SHEPHERD – WIRE FOX TERRIER
With J. SLAMON ceasing to print and issue postcards this past December postcards like this will no longer be available to newsagents and tourist information shops and other tourist shops, so, if you see a card by them that you like the look of buy it. I found this one in Royal Tunbridge Wells yesterday.
THE PANTILES FROM BATH SQUARE
ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS
JUDGES OF HASTINGS
Jo and I were here yesterday to meet up with a couple of friends we have not seen for around 5 years. We had a smashing day and had a good walk around this area. I actually bought this postcard of The Pantiles in a shop called ‘The Pantiles News’ located in The Pantiles (there is a photograph of the front of the shop on our facebook page). This lovely postcard was just 35p.
THE PANTILES 1800
(20 – 22 CHAPEL PLACE, ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS)
J. SALMON LTD (SEVENOAKS)
Ref: 98 – 02 – 36 – 77
This postcard made for a nice counter image to the above modern photograph. The ‘Hall’s Bookshop’ is one of those fabulous old bookshops full of interesting books, many from the last 50 years or so, and some very collectible and expensive examples as well, although they seemed to be reasonably priced (there were some great James Bond and Sherlock Holmes books). The postcards were £1 each or 5 for £3 (I chose 5…which should come as no surprise.)
TUNBRIDGE WELLS 1938
(20 – 22 CHAPEL PLACE, ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS)
J. SALMON LTD (SEVENOAKS)
Ref: 98 – 02 – 36 – 73
The photograph top left is the same as appears on the above postcard. The other three photographs depict the inside of the book shop in 1938. I enjoyed this shop a lot and will be looking forward to a return journey.
THE LIFE OF MAMMALS
Official Promotional Postcard
I remember watching this TV series when it first came out in 2002 (I was surprised how long ago this was), and I also remember when this postcard came out and was available, free, in various shops.
SOUNDS OF THE PLANET 2010
This weird looking shaped postcard, the top of which is cut to the shape of a lion, was available in the Avantcard Australia free postcard racks, and it is one of their cards in their numbered series. Having said all this, I have to admit that because of the text on the reverse side you would be hard put to actually post this card, but, this does not stop me from loving this item.