THE CATS OF ANN IN THE SIZI HOUSE
Printed in a Limited Edition of 150 cards
EDITION DES ESCARGOPHILES
Ref: 2ND Serie [Series]. No 478
The French postcard publisher and artist Jean Claude Sizler was a prodigious postcard publisher under his own company ‘Edition Des Escargophiles’. Besides issuing designs of his own and many other well-known French postcard artists he also got artists from other countries to contribute to his companies output. This is how this Ann Rusnak design came about. It is another of my favourite Rusnak postcards and is another one I got her to sign for me when I met her in 1994.
(FAR LEFT, or TOP LEFT)
HOPE TO SEE YOU
AT THE NEXT
LEEDS BOOK FAIR
At Pudsey Civic Hall
“IT’S A LEGEND TOO”
Bookmark Shaped Postcard
(NEAR LEFT, or TOP RIGHT)
HOPE TO SEE YOU
AT THE NEXT
LEEDS BOOK FAIR
At Pudsey Civic Hall
Bookmark Shaped Postcard
Two Official BOOK POST cards produced to promote the regular Leeds Book Fair events. The card featuring a drawing which is clearly meant to be Marilyn Monroe has details on the reverse side relating to the events to be held in 1992.
The BOOK POST postcard which features the drawing of what looks to be a secretary sitting on a desk answering a phone has information on the reverse side relating to the events to be held in 1991.
The artist Fred Camp was the regular contributor of postcard artwork which was used by the promotors of both the Leeds Postcard Fairs and these Book Fairs.
I liked the idea of producing these cards in the ‘bookmark’ size, which ties in nicely with the fact that they advertise book fairs. I have had these since the years of their issue, but I have not seen any others for many years now.
ANOTHER LOAD OF
KANSAS DEPOT POSTCARDS
Produced by Kevin Johnson
Printed in a Limited Edition of 400
(Mine is number 236)
Rick Geary’s designs are instantly recognisable and this one is a cracker from what is now over thirty years ago (oh, how time flies). A lot of the Geary issued postcards from around this period were printed in quite low numbers as was this one.
Official WINOX promotional postcard
Ref: No. 50
As the text on the front states, Hutchison was an actor and a manager connected with the theatre. I have learnt that the National Portrait Gallery has a portrait of him in their collection and that he was born in 1875 and died in 1945. Thanks to the internet, and a discussion blog on the National Portrait Gallery website, I discovered that Hutchison was noted for his role in the play ‘The Luck of the Navy’ which he took to America and Canada sometime around 1920. I wonder if the image on this postcard is from his portrayal of his character from this ‘The Luck of the Navy’ play…. I think it probably is.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
I am not going to lie, when I first saw the front of this card I discarded it in my mind. I then turned it over and saw that it was posted from my home town of Southend-on-Sea. This posting changed my mind completely and I bought the card. I am glad I did, as looking into the actor’s history was fun.
The 1 penny red stamp has been cancelled with a wavy line machine cancel for Southend-on-Sea dated 24th May 1929. The card was sent to Cornwall. I wonder if this card was sold in Southend? The fact that it was posted from here is not a positive indicator as people would buy cards on travels and stockpile them for sending, but it could have been sold locally.
MORNING PRAYERS ON DECK
G. D. & D, LONDON
‘THE STAR SERIES’
When I was at Stampex earlier in the month I found a box of ship related postcards which had all been reduced to £1 each. This is one from that box. I like military history themed cards and this one looks to be an early navy issue.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
This postcard was posted from Chatham, which I know had a naval base and was where much of the early shipping for the navy was built. The 1 penny red stamp has been cancelled with a CHATHAM double circle cancellation dated 28th October 1906. The card was addressed to a house in Chesham, Buckinghamshire and the card has received a CHESHAM, BUCKS single ring cancellation upon arrival. This is dated 29th October 1906. The hand-written message shows that this was sent by a sailor which is nice.
Now that I have signed up to the ‘postcrossing’ craze, where you send postcards out to randomly chosen addresses across the world and receive a postcard from a randomly picked person also on the ‘postcrossing’ webpage site, I am receiving unusual postcards from all over the world.
You have no idea what you are going to receive, and I think that is part of the fun of this craze.
I will be depicting the cards I get here on the webpage.
Jasmine sent me this postcard and she likes to make her own sealing wax additions and she has applied a ‘THANK YOU’ one to the front of this card. This is a good example of how some of the ‘postcrossing’ community enhance their sendings.
Posted from the
When this postcard came through the post the image on the front made me smile. This is a little man made of acorns and small sticks. I thought it was very clever and I think it again goes to show what unusual postcard images there are out there.
“There is no normal, surreal in both subject and design: something entirely different”
It’s a giraffe. On a pier. What more do you need to know! This card has been used by AvantCard as a promotional postcard for a ‘Design a Postcard’ competition where you were asked to design a postcard using the words ‘Avant Card’ on the front.
REVERSE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
I have depicted this one because I like all the information that has been included here. Anyone looking into the output of this company, and its history can find a lot of details here. I learnt that you could send an e-card! Also, around the stamp box area there is a lot of information about the environmentally friendly card that was used here.
THE OCEAN PARK
Official Ocean Park Postcard
Ref: No. 18
This is an older postcard, which I think is circa 1980’s, which depicts the cable car that takes you out to the Ocean Park main area. The cable cars save you from what is quite a long walk. I know this because I visited here in 1981 myself. I still have my postcards which I bought here, in some box somewhere, but this one was found in a 50p box recently and it brought back some very good memories, which is something postcard images are very good at doing.
GEORGE A. ROMERO’S
LAND OF THE DEAD
Advert postcard for the release of the DVD of this zombie movie with a special offer that ran between 7th December 2005 and 18th January 2006. This is a great poster image postcard which depicts the image which also appears on the front of the DVD case.
Embossed novelty postcard
Neuchatel is a city in Switzerland in the Swiss canton of Neuchatel. It is the French speaking capital of this canton. This is a nicely embossed design with all the shields and the tree, mountains and the wreath like border of the photograph all being embossed (raised images projected upwards from the card). These early postcards tried all sorts of novelty aspects to make the cards appealing to the eye. This is a good example of how well postcards could be printed prior to the outbreak of WWI, although this card long precedes that engagement.
KING GEORGE VI
Printed in France
A nice deckle-edged black and white photographic postcard which was produced for sale in France, possibly with an eye on some sales in the UK or more likely sales to UK visitors to Paris. I suspect this was issued no later than the very early 1950’s, as the King died in 1952 this seems obvious, but I think it could potentially have been issued just after WWII (and feasibly, although I feel not, just before WWII). This is a nice royalty card with a superb photograph.
Unknown Publisher but a locally produced Postcard
Time for another old postcard of my local area. Westcliff-on-Sea sits in the Southend area, to the west side of the main Southend town. This stretch of seafront road is one I know ell as I often drive along here. I was here Thursday night on my way to go birdwatching, but the sea was as calm as a millpond, not that it is here depicted on this postcard. I have seen some rough seas here though and seen the road flooded so this type of weather is not unknown.
GATWICK HILTON INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
‘One of a series of glass panels featured at the Gatwick Hilton which depict Amy Johnson’s historic London to Sydney solo flight in 1930’
Official Hilton Postcards – Unknown Printer
I picked these two postcards up together from the same dealer’s box, these are another two 50p cards. Aviation history related postcards have always been popular, and collectors like to find the more unusual related cards. These two depict, as stated in the cards text, glass panels that are located in the Gatwick Hilton.
(FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 1998)
POUR LE SOURIRE D’UN ENFANT
FOR THE SMILE OF A CHILD)
Unknown Publisher – printer – But published in France
I saw this postcard on a stall at the London fair I attended last week. It was in a 50p box. I like football related postcards anyway, especially World Cup related postcards, which this one is. When I turned this card over I could clearly see that it had been signed by someone, but I did not recognise the name. I bought the card anyway.
Later, back at home, I looked-into the name – Marcel Desailly. I now know that Marcel was a French footballer and one of the team members of the 1998 World Cup squad. I also know that the French team won the World cup here in 1998 (he was also part of the team that won the Euro 2000 competition as well - for a while he also played for Chelsea, during 1998 - 2004). After his football career he became a BBC Sport presenter, one who worked from the touchline rather than in the studio. He was a ‘Match of the Day’ analyst during the 2006 World Cup, so I have a nice TV connection for this card. For 50p this is a cracking postcard find. The addition of the signature of one of the winning teams players must surely make this worth more than the 50p I paid. It does pay to have a good look through 50p boxes as you never know what you may find.
AVIATION COLOR PHOTO (USA)
I am more into military aircraft rather than civil airline aeroplanes (but I do still have a smallish collection of civil aircraft cards), but I do like the Super Constellations, so when I find postcards depicting this iconic airliner I tend to pick them up.
SUMMED UP QUITE ELOQUENTLY.
GO-CARD POSTCARD ADVERTISING
(Free Rack Card)
I have a wide collection of modern political themed postcards so when I find one new to me I tend to pick it up. This one I found at a recent fair and I had never seen it before (a common thing with postcard collecting as precise publishing details are rare, which makes this something about the hobby which I really love).
I have a feeling that the current political arena is not much different to what is being depicted here!
FROM THE AIR
AEROFILMS., LTD HENDON
I do like the fact that the photographer taking the picture caught the wing tip of the aeroplane in his picture. It can be seen on the left side of the photograph. Images of royal residences can be a nice little sub-collection to any royalty themed main collection.
This is an undivided back postcard from the early years of the 20th century, this one was posted in 1905, but I think it may be a few years older than that (remember that the common divided back was invented in 1902 in the UK, but older undivided back cards were still likely to be a round for a few years after that). Because this was an undivided back card only the postal address could be written on the reverse side. This meant that space had to be left on the front for the sender’s message, that is why the image only takes up a portion of the available space.
19 – 5 – 25
(19TH May 1925)
O. B. ARAM
Probably published by O.B. Aram
I do like the more unusual images, especially the photographic ones. The person who took this photograph, O. B. Aram by the looks of it, was taking some risks as this sandstorm was coming towards him with some speed I expect. Unfortunately, the card was at some point in its past stuck down into an album, so there is some damage to the reverse side, but this does not detract from the overall interest. I know that they do have some amazing sandstorm in this area, but this is quite an early photograph of one. Khartoum is of course the capital and the largest city in Sudan.
THE DUTCH HOUSE
Unknown Local Publisher – Printer
I have posted postcards depicting the Dutch Cottages located in my local area, Canvey Island and Rayleigh before, especially the Canvey Island two. I bought this one last weekend at the fair I found in London. Despite what it says on the back in pencil this only cost me £1, which is cheap for this one.
THE ROYAL BABY
RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS LTD
Raphael Tuck postcards are quite common in most cases, they were after all one of this countries (UK) biggest postcard publishers, but until I recently came across this one in a cheap box I had not seen it before. I wonder if this would class as Prince Charles’ first postcard appearance.
‘The World Famous non-stop revue with the fabulous Windmill Girls’
First Performance – 3RD February 1932
Farewell Performance – 31st October 1964
Programme cover of the Farewell Performance,
31 October 1964
Published by the
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
Ref: TM 199
This is a lovely postcard for anyone interested in the Theatre history of the more popular common man type. The Windmill Girls were made famous by their continuing appearances in the nude throughout World War II. The girls were posed as statues in various tableaus and the girls could only be naked if they did not move and this was only allowed because there were naked statues around and any objection to the stage nudity would be an objection to all the cities nude statues. The clothed girls could of course dance. There is a lot of history tied up in this simple programme cover.
To win a:
LOTUS EUROPA S2
There was a time during the very late 1960’s and into the 1970’s when people would receive advance information of upcoming lucky number draws and other similar styled competitions. The best of this type of card were sent out in relation to Readers Digest competition draws, and this is very similar to their type of cards so may even be from a Readers Digest styled draw.
The added -bonus with this card is that you get a great image of a Lotus Europa S2.
LE PONT ALEXANDRE III
EDITIONS ART PICTURAL
COLLECTION AQUA PICTURA
The ‘Le Pont Alexandre III’ is the deck arch bridge that can be seen crossing the river, the river Seine, behind the moored boat. The bridge is 520ft across and it connects the Champs-Elysees quarter with that of the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. The bridge was classified as a French ‘Monument Historique’ in 1975 and it is considered to be the most ornate and extravagant of the Paris bridges.
PHOTO PRECISION LTD
I visited this Zoo many times as a child (and I have returned many times as an adult). It was whilst I was young that this fantastic Hamadryas Baboon was at the zoo. He was one of my favourite, if not the favourite, animal that was in the zoo. When I see this postcard it always reminds me of this fantastic and interesting creature (who, to be fair, used to just sit there and stare at people with what I took to be disdain). I stood and watched this creature for ages on each visit. I think he deserved to be on his own postcard. This postcard holds a memory of my youth and I treasure it because of this.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
Official Disney Cruise Line Postcard
This is another exclusive Disney Cruise Line postcard which is only available onboard the Disney cruise ships. This card is another slightly larger postcard, a size which is very popular with Disney. If you look closely you will just about be able to see the embossed cruise line logo bottom centre in the large white margin. There is a lot going on in this image and anyone who has been to the Castaway Cay Disney private island will recognise that this is the island that is supposed to be depicted here.
1854 – 1900
Albumen panel card
Published by the:
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Ref: NPG P24
I have been reading about Oscar Wilde recently, well, to be truthful I have been reading about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Sherlock Holmes author, as he was friends for awhile with Oscar Wilde and it was through this friendship that both Sherlock Holmes and Wilde’s story ‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’ came to be written.
“HAMPTON COURT PALACE”
ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET
PHQ Set 445
(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)
Stamps issued – 31ST July 2018
(As always, I have my copies used with the appropriate stamp applied to the front of the card and cancelled first day of issue with a special hand stamp)
I was not a fan of the stamps in this set, but as is often the case I found the larger images on these PHQ cards much better. There is no doubt that the photographs used are spectacular, especially the one of the Maze, which has always been my favourite bit of any visit to Hampton Court.
Ref: 445 (1) 7. 18
Ref: 445 (2) 7. 18
This is the most famous view of Hampton Court, and what is considered the front these days, or at least the entrance
Ref: 445 (5) 7. 18
I love going through the maze, or at least I did as a child. When I visited back then I was only buying postcards which were wildlife and animal based. This may have been the point that I stretched my collecting boundaries as I bought a postcard depicting this maze.
GREAT FOUNTAIN GARDEN
Ref: 445 (6) 7. 18
Ref: 445 (7) 7. 18
This is the first of four stamp designs (all photographs) which are included in a miniature stamp sheet. The following three cards depict the other miniature stamp sheet stamps. I can see why these have been included, but the images did not greatly appeal to me.
Ref: 445 (11) 7. 18
As with any stamp issue which contains a miniature stamp sheet there is also a card depicting the entire stamp sheet. Sometimes the stamp sheet is small enough for one complete sheet to be attached to the card, in others it is too large and needs to be cut in half and stuck on two copies of the card, this one is clearly small enough as only the one card was needed.