17/04/2018

UNTITLED

CAT & DOG PAINTING

Published by

M&B

MEISSNER & BUCH, LEIPZIG

Ref: KUNSTLER-POSTKARTEN SERIE 1943

 

Simple, but nice cat and dog painting, depicted with umbrella. Cats and dogs both have their respective collectors and followers, and it is not uncommon to see both on a single postcard design. This is a nice card, nothing special in of itself, but I liked the hand writing used for the message on the reverse side

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

IS THIS A LOVE MESSAGE?

Can anyone decipher this French text?

 

17/04/2018

 PORTRAIT OF CHARLES THE FIRST, KING OF ENGLAND

By

Atonin Van Dyck

(1599 – 1641)

Printed by

LES EDITIONS NOMIS, PARIS

For

MUSEE DU LOUVE (1967)

Ref: 1197

 

I saw this painting earlier in the year on its first return trip to the UK since it was bought just after the death of King Charles the first (by beheading in London). I reported on it here on the webpage and showed all the corresponding postcards I bought at the exhibition. When I found this original postcard on my travels in France two weeks back I knew I had to have it as an unusual addition to that previously posted collection.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

 

17/04/2018

ELVIS 1935 – 1977

ELVIS TRIBUTE

Artwork by

ANN RUSNAK

Published by

FLAIR POSTCARDS

Ref: CS 006

 

It has been awhile since I posted an Ann Rusnak design, and this one here was one I was unaware of until I recently bought it trough eBay. I was surprised I had not seen it before because I knew the people behind Flair Postcards quite well and had visited their shop in Brighton on several occasions. Somehow this one bypassed me, but not any longer.

 

16/04/2018

H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES

LADY DIANA SPENCER

SCORPIO – CANCER

STAR SIGNS POSTCARD

ROYAL WEDDING 1981 POSTCARD

Published by

FINCOM PUBLICATIONS (UK) Ltd

 

I have collected the 1981 Royal Wedding postcards for years, and I have an extensive collection. I thought I had most of the common basic design postcards, but I was clearly wrong as I saw this design recently on eBay and it is one I had never seen before. I bought it and now it is in my collection, but it does go to show that even an old collection – and 1981 was 37 years ago now!!! – might not be complete, and in fact, if it is a topical one then there is every probability that there are cards out there which you did not know about. This is the joy of collecting.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

15/04/2018

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.

 

DAY FIFTEEN

 

THE MOST APPALLING DISASTER INMARITIME HISTORY

THE WHITE STAR LINER “TITANIC”

SUNK ON HER MAIDEN VOYAGE OFF CAPE RACE

15TH APRIL 1912

Published by

VALENTINE’S

(Valentine’s Series)

 

I posted details of how to tell the difference between an image of the Titanic and her sister ship the RMS Olympic on the 13th April posting, so you will now be able to see that this is another image of the RMS Olympic which has been used on a card as a representation of the RMS Titanic. This postcard is another card released soon after the announcement of the ships loss. This artwork of the RMS Olympic was already in the publisher’s hands, and with no immediate access to any RMS Titanic images, and probably being unaware that there was a noticeable difference in the porthole section on one deck anyway, it probably seemed like a good idea to use the RMS Olympic image. Many companies did do this. Regardless of this image error I still think this is a cracking postcard.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Posted in the 1920’s

 

NEARER MY GOD TO THEE

BAMFORTH “SONG CARD”

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD

Ref: SERIES No. 25

 

AUTOGRAPHED BY THREE TITANIC SURVIVORS:

 

B. V. DEAN

Mr B. V. Dean, elder brother of well- known survivor Millvina Dean, was a young child survivor from the Titanic sinking. Mr Dean passed away on the 14th April 1992 – exactly 80 years to the day that the Titanic hit the iceberg.

 

EVA HART

One of the most out-spoken survivors in respect of the recovered artefacts from the ocean bed around the wreck site. Eva was seven years old when she was saved via lifeboat from the Titanic disaster. She passed away in 1996

 

MILLVINA DEAN

The youngest survivor of the Titanic sinking as she was only just over two months old when she was placed into a lifeboat. Millvina is perhaps one of the best known of the survivors in respect of autographs as she signed numerous items. Millvina passed away in 2009. At the time she was the last remaining survivor

 

The postcard is an original 1912 Bamforth issued ‘Song Card’, from a series of cards which made up the song ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ set. Although the postcard is from 1912 the added signatures were obtained far more recently in modern times. Although all three were well known signers of material (although B. V. Dean much less so than Eva Hart and his sister Millvina) it is unusual to find all three on one piece, especially on an original 1912 related postcard. This card is one of the gems in my collection.

The song ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ has always been linked to the sinking of the Titanic as it is often said to be the final hymn played by the ships band as she went down. It is a nice story and the band did play this hymn, but evidence indicates that the final piece played was called ‘Autumn’. The story persisted, that it was nearer my God to thee, so Bamforth’s produced this postcard set in commemoration of the Titanic disaster. The cards have subsequently been collected by Titanic collectors ever since, and they are by far the most expensive of the companies ‘Song Card’ series’.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

TITANIC THE EXHIBITION

APRIL 3 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 1997

THE PYRAMID – MEMPHIS, TENN

NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK

MAY 4 – 10TH 1997

MID-SOUTH POSTCARD CLUB OF MEMPHIS

Published by

MID-SOUTH POSTCARD CLUB OF MEMPHIS

Limited hand numbered edition of 250 copies

(This card is number 202)

 

Unusual postcard club ‘National Postcard Week’ issue for 1997. Here the club have used their postcard to also promote a local Titanic exhibition. Because only 250 copies of this postcard were produced it is quite a hard one to track down these days.

I liked the use of blue card for this postcard. It is an almost uniquely American postcard club trend to use different coloured card stock for their issues, it was also something Ann Rusnak (mentioned before on this website with several of her designs illustrated), a well known modern American postcard artist, also did.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

# 202

250

 

R.M.S. TITANIC

(White Star Liner)

TBR 500 SERIES POSTCARD

SPECIAL 1992

Published by

T. B. REVITT

Printed by

ASKEW DESIGN & PRINT

 

Nice real photographic postcard depicting one of the few known photographs of the RMS Titanic taken on its maiden voyage sailing day – 10th April 1912. This is a different photograph from the one depicted on the webpage on the 13th, but is from the same series of shots taken as the ship left Southampton. 

 

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R.M.S. TITANIC

WHITE STAR LINE

Published by

HAROLD JORDAN’S POSTCARDS

Ref: SA.1

(Copyright 1989)

 

For awhile this was a well known modern postcard of the Titanic here in the UK. This was because of early information that it was a scarce release and that it had become valuable as a result. Copies started to exchange hands for pounds, but the information was not quite correct and was misleading, and the card proved to be well published in quantity and over time the price settled to a far more reasonable and sensible £1. The card has now been around for nearly thirty years (next year it will be), so it is probably no surprise that the situation has changed a little in the other original direction and the card is now a little harder to source, but copies should still not cost more than £2.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

BUDDELSCHIFF – MUSEUM

2943 NEUHARLINGERSIEL

UNTERGANG DER “TITANIC”

15. 4. 12

Published by

CEKADE (AGFACOLOR)

Ref: 73/10

 

It never ceases to amaze me what unusual Titanic related postcards can be found. This one is from a German Museum and depicts an exhibit which is a Titanic model in a bottle.

 

14/04/2018

UN BONJOUR

Anonymous Publisher

(But it does state as made in France ‘Fabrication Francaise’)

Ref: REX 1997

 

Early, first world war, or either side of it, French greetings postcard which is another colourised black and white photograph image. This is probably about as standard a postcard design as you will find for this period. It may be a common looking design, but I think it does convey a sense of the period from which it came, which is now around 100 years ago. A cheap postcard, but no less interesting because of it.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

This was probably sent under a separate cover, an envelope, despite being something which could be sent cheaper in its own right. People often used postcards in the early years to send messages and if that message was very personal then they thought it prudent to send the postcard inside an envelope. A long love letter or message could be written across a number of postcards, and then all of these could be placed into a single envelope. I am not saying that is definitely what has happened here, but there is a long message on this card and no stamp to indicate postage.

 

14/04/2018

UN BONJOUR d’ Agen

Publisher

NARBO

 

A design not dissimilar to the above postcard, although this is a Bonjour from a specific location, Agen, a commune in southwestern France, otherwise this is a similar design all-be-it this is a completely artist painted design.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Another long message, although the sender has written this in 1950 on a much older postcard.

 

14/04/2018

COMME ILS SONT TENDRES LES AVEUX

QUE J.AI SU LIRE DANS TES YEUX!

As they are Tendery

What to read in your eyes

(rough translation)

Published by

Vise. Paris – L AT D’ART

(Photo Colombes)

Ref: FURIA 1965’s

 

World War I French sentimental card of a very common style which picked up upon the sentiment between soldiers and their loved ones back at home. A colourised black and white photograph with a simple ‘homely’ themed piece of artwork placed beneath it to complete the full design. These were mass produced and today have little commercial value, but they do have historical value as they show a postcard style which was in vogue for only a segment of the war, as things changed to a harder tone as the war proceeded onwards and the death toll increased, and the French soldiers became embittered towards how things were going.

 

14/04/2018

YOUR DRINK SIR

Published by

REFLEX MARKETING LTD

(REFLEX PUBLISHING AND LICENSING LTD)

Ref: PD 182

(1989)

 

A comic postcard release from the 1980’s. This one is in my ‘Police’ collection although quite what exactly is going on here I don’t know. You would never have caught me trying this!

 

 

14/04/2018

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.

 

DAY FOURTEEN

 

S.S. TITANIC

LEAVING SOUTHAMPTON ON HER MAIDEN VOYAGE

APRIL 10, 1912

Anonymous Publisher

 

This real photographic postcard was released shortly after the ship set sail and was possibly even published before the ship sank on the 15th, five days after this photograph was taken. It is also one of the most famous images of the ship. It is the oldest Titanic postcard in my collection and I bought it many, many years ago. It is also the favourite Titanic postcard from my collection and examples of this card are now catalogued at £300. On this card she is called the S.S. Titanic, with the S.S. standing for 'Steam Ship'. You will also notice she is more often referred to as the R.M.S. Titanic and here the R.M.S. stands for 'Royal Mail Ship'. The older original early cards tend to go with S.S. but later the more correct R.M.S. was more often used, although both are correct in their usage. Today is the anniversary of the ship hitting the iceberg and tomorrow is the anniversary of its sinking. Tomorrow will be last day of my ‘Titanic’ month postings but I will place a few postcards on to commemorate this.

 

THE TITANIC AT INVERNESS

STAN FRASER’S 88FT MODEL

Photo by

JOHN FRY

Locally produced postcard – possibly by John Fry or Stan Fraser himself?

Anonymous Printer

“One mile outside Inverness on the A862 is this 88ft model made by Stan Fraser completed in 2011”

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

 

Named as the third best tourist attraction in Inverness by TripAdvisor this huge model was built by former engineer Stan Fraser in his back garden. Stan spent 12 years, and £500 of his own money creating his model and used two caravans to make the hull. This is a massive model and I was delighted that I managed to source this postcard depicting it.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

This really shows just how big this model is

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Taken before the completion of the work on the model

 

13/04/2018

AMSTERDAM / HOLLAND

View of Old Amsterdam with

Heineken “Beer Coach” (1870)

Published by

EURO COLOR CARDS

(Rotterdam)

Ref: co 701

 

This was one of the postcards I found in the French antiques shop for just 20 cents, a real bargain. I did not have a postcard depicting this historic coach, although I have a number of postcards depicting horse drawn coaches, which is a popular theme, especially amongst modern postcard collectors, especially those who collect postal history as a theme as many of these coaches also carried mail, some were specifically built and used as mail coaches.  

 

13/04/2018

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.

 

DAY THIRTEEN

 

R.M.S. TITANIC

[Black Overprint of name on art postcard of R.M.S. OLYMPIC]

Published by

J. SALMON (Sevenoaks)

 

After the Titanic sank there was a rush to publish postcards for all the people who had become gripped by this tragic event. As stated on a previous posting there was a finite number of photographic images of the ship, many of which were not available to publishers (the White Star Line company was not going to want further publicity through-the-use of any of their ‘official’ images). So, publishers were left with a need for quick release, to catch the flow of interest, and a need to access images. Fortunately for many they had issued postcards for the launch and sailings of the earlier sister ship of the Titanic, R.M.S. Olympic – maiden voyage 14th June 1911. This ship was close enough in appearance to the Titanic for many images of it to be released with RMS TITANIC being placed on the image. This is what has happened here. The two ships were not identical, and collectors can identify between the two ships via the portholes along one section of the front end of the ship (see below).

This card here was originally released with the correct identification of R.M.S. OLYMPIC on the front, and collectors like to have both versions – it is also available without any ship name printed on the front. So, this postcard here is an original period Titanic postcard, and not a modern issue. These can be quite expensive, but, are at the cheaper end of the original Titanic postcard pricing arena at £20 - £40.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SEGMENT OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Notice the clear open structure of the decking – not enclosed – this is the RMS Olympic

 

SEGMENT OF BELOW POSTCARD

Notice the area of enclosed decking with smaller portholes – this is exclusive to the RMS Titanic. This is how you can tell the difference between an RMS Olympic picture (art or photographic) from an RMS Titanic picture. So, now you are all experts.

 

“TITANIC”

THE LARGEST SHIP IN THE WORLD

Published by

MAXCARDS

(HARRY POTTERTON)

In their:

NOSTALGIA SERIES SEVEN

 

Modern reproduction postcard

 

12/04/2018

UNTITLED (as many of this company’s cards are)

Design

by

MAL WATSON

Published by

BEECHWOOD PUBLICATONS LTD

Ref: 5535

 

This one could be fitted into my ‘Tiger’ collection, just! This is a nice example of the way postcard art was going in the 1980’s, nice clear lines and smooth colours. Mal Watson was a well-known postcard artwork supplier from this decade and his paintings, mostly of glamourous looking females, graced the cards of at least two publishers.

 

 

12/04/2018

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.

 

DAY TWELVE

 

R.M.S. TITANIC

Design by

FAGA

(Fred Foley)

Self-Published

Printed by

Inprint Reprographics

Ref: No 345A

 

I am a FAGA fanatic and have, over many, many years built up a rather impressive (if I do say so myself) collection of his postcards, artwork, book illustrations and other items where his postcard illustrations have been used. He published a range of Titanic designs, although I think this is his best, but I may be biased a bit as I have the original artwork for this issue.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

FAGA also did his own reverse layout artwork and text as well

 

11/04/2018

B.P

(Baden-Powell)

Plain Backed Postcard

Anonymous Publisher

 

My eldest son called me last week and told me that whilst he had been at the Belchamps Scout Campsite (see previous posting on 06/04/2018 – April 2018 Blog 2 – for information about this location) they had been sorting through some old boxes and come across some postcards. These had been placed out on sale at 50p each. I headed over there and ended up buying a few. This is one of those. It is a very simple design, but one I had not seen before.

 

LORD BADEN-POWELL OF GILWELL

1857 – 1941

CHIEF SCOUT OF THE WORLD

40TH ANNIVERSARY IN MEMORIAM  

8TH January 1981

Plain Backed Postcard

Anonymous Publisher

 

This was another of the cards I picked up. I suspect this one has been designed to receive a stamp and special hand stamp on this side. I quite often find these scout related cards to be plain backed as collectors of this material seem to have liked producing them so that everything was on the one side. This has a nice layout though, and I like the colour used.

 

SCOUT POSTCARD

Untitled

Plain Backed Postcard

Anonymous Publisher

 

This card came from the same source and the green image depicts both girls and boys on what I suspect is a hike. The purple logo at the bottom carries both the scout sign and the Girl Guides logo. This appears to be a basic card design to be used by someone for any related scout or girl guide special hand stamps. I would not be surprised to find these used as such, although it is not one I have come across before, and I have an extensive scout postcard collection.

 

These three are an example of what I picked up from Belchamps, and I was glad my son thought to give me a ring and advise me that they had been found.

 

11/04/2018

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.

 

DAY ELEVEN

R.M.S. TITANIC

DEPARTING SOUTHAMPTON

FOR NEW YORK APRIL 1912

Published by

CoIR CARDS

Ref: 2012.CR.111

 

Issued in 2012 for the 100th anniversary this CoIR card depicts a photograph of the R.M.S. Titanic with an insert photograph of her captain E.J. Smith. This is typical of the companies postcard designs, many of which have previously been depicted on the webpage.

 

HMS. BRITANNIC

WAS INTENDED TO ENTER SERVICE

AS RMS BRITANNIC.

IN SERVICE DEC 1915

AS WWI HOSPITAL SHIP,

SUNK NOV 1916

Published by

CoIR CARDS

Ref: 2016.CR.216

 

The Britannic was to be the Titanic’s sister ship, the last in the three ‘Olympic Class’ of steamships. Intended to be a transatlantic passenger ship, like her other sister ship the RMS Olympic, and the ill-fated RMS Titanic she was launched on 26th February 1914, and completed on 12th December 1915, but immediately requisitioned as a military transport ship. Quite soon after this the Gallipoli campaign resulted in a high number of casualties and there was a higher need for hospital ship. The Britannic therefore became a hospital ship on 13th November 1915. At the time she was still in her storage area so was immediately painted white with large red crosses. The Britannic made three voyages before being returned to the White Star Company (6th June 1916) and she returned to Belfast and work was commenced on turning her back into a passenger transport, but after several months she was recalled by the admiralty back into military service, on 26th August 1916. The ship returned to the Mediterranean Sea where on the 21st November 1916 she hit a naval mine near the Greek Island of Kea. She sunk within 55 minutes with the loss of 30 lives, which potentially could have been much worse as there were 1,065 people on board when she hit the mine. The 1,035 survivors were rescued by the ships lifeboats, some from the water having jumped overboard. The Britannic was the largest ship lost during the First World War.

 

 

10/04/2018

BONS SOUVENIRS

Anonymous Printer

Almost certainly published by a local Photographic studio or company

French Published/Produced (although not confirmed – the text on the front is in French and I bought this at a French Antiques Shop, so I think it is a fair assumption)

 

I love the man depicted here, proudly standing in what I suspect was his best suit and hat. The photograph could well have been taken at the rear of a photographic studio somewhere in France. The male in question would have wanted some postcard photographs of himself to send to someone, family, friends or perhaps a sweetheart. The photographic shop, or company he used would have placed the photograph onto a front postcard design of his choosing, probably from a set album of postcard layout designs, and then printed off the quantity he required. This copy bought by me many, many years later is unused with no reverse text, handwritten or otherwise. I bought it because I loved the front design with its flower (is that an iris?) and its photograph of a man now preserved in time on the front of this old postcard.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

A very basic design, which leads me to believe it is one used by a local publisher/photographer


This was worth every penny (or cent) of the 20cents I paid for it (slightly less than 20p!)

 

10/04/2018

MALAYSIA

(AIRLINES)

Official Airline Postcard

THE NEW CORPORATE LOOK OF MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM

Anonymous Printer

But Clearly Published by the Airline themselves

 

Another nice example of an official airline publicity postcard. This one appears to have been issued to promote a new corporate design and look. This would be the change from being called Malaysian Airlines to simply Malaysia Airlines. As this brand change occurred in 2015 this nicely dates the issue of this postcard for us.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

10/04/2018

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.

 

DAY TEN

 

TOP

S.S. TITANIC

FITTING TAILSHAFT

Anonymous Publisher

Ref: W.J.N. 3

 

BOTTOM

THE TITANIC LAUNCHED

AT BELFAST

Ref: W.J.N. 6

 

Clearly these two postcards are by the same publisher as they have the same refence number system. They were originally quite expensive, and because of this I wonder if they were not published by, or at least sold by, a company that was called ‘Rembrandt’ which specialised in the issue of Titanic anniversary postcards, covers and other related paper items, often signed. What ever the source of these two postcards they both show authentic photographs of the Titanic during its later construction period. The launch, depicted on the bottom postcard, was not commemorated by any naming ceremony or launch ceremony as the White ships did not receive these. The main hulk of the ship was launched into the water and then the funnels and final fittings were completed whilst she was afloat. The Titanic then had her sea trials whilst sailing to Southampton where she was to commence her maiden voyage from. Because of her short life span there is a finite number of photographic images of the ship, and pretty much all of them have now appeared on postcards, in some format or other.

 

09/04/2018

BEER MAT POSTCARD

EISTEDDFOD GENEDLAETHOL

FRENHINOL CYMRU

RHYDAMAN

AWST 3 – 8 – 1970

And Glorious Buckleys

Official Buckley’s Beer Mat

 

Not the first Beer Mat postcard placed on the website, but the first one completely in Welsh. Buckley’s was a brand produced under the Brains Brewery (S.A Brain & Company Ltd) company, founded in 1882 in Cardiff. The company controls a large number of pubs in South Wales (250 I believe). They took over the company ‘Crown Buckley Brewery’ in 1997, and I wonder if this was the original source of the Buckley’s brew at the time this beer mat was produced.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD BEER MATT

 

Someone has used it to scribble lines on, but it is still the first one I have come across

 

 

09/04/2018

MONACO – MONTE CARLO

La Condamine, la Piscine Olympique et un coin du Port

(The Condamine, The Olympic pool and a corner of the Port)

Published by

EDITIONS D’ART MONTLUET, Nice

(Printed in Italcolor)

Ref: 183  

 

I have been to Monte-Carlo once, it was one of the trip options on a cruise we were on. It was a fantastic place to visit, but an extremely expensive one! Still we enjoyed our time there, which was one of the reasons why I picked up this card from a dealer here in the UK when I saw it. The other reason was the stamp used to post it

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The sender has used the 1964 Monaco 20c ‘Vickers-Vimy – Ross Smith London to Port Darwin flight’ stamp (SG 794) from the 50th Anniversary of 1st Aerial Rally, Monte Carlo stamp set. It is a lovely stamp, not valuable but still nice to find one in good used condition like this. The stamp has been clearly cancelled with a MONACO – VILLE – PTE DE MONACO cancel dated 17th June 1964. The card also has a red ‘SOUVERNIR – MONACO – MONTE-CARLO’ crest cachet, only applied to postcards and envelopes posted in Monte-Carlo.

 

ENLARGEMENT OF RED CACHET

As on above postcard - it is upside down on the postcard but I have turned it over here

 

09/04/2018

A DAHOMIAN DAMSEL

MISS LIZZIE AVERY

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS

In their:

“COON STUDIES” Series

Ref: SERIES 2088

 

This postcard was posted from Whitby in 1909 as a Christmas greetings postcard. It almost ended up in the CENSORED section of this website because of the series name, but it is such a delightful image I thought it a shame to stack it away there just because of this now offensive series title (just be aware that I am aware how inappropriate this wording is now). I picked this up for £1 at a recent Stampex show, so I was interested to find, when I was doing some research on this postcard that there is one for sale from an American dealer for $20 (and this is an unused mint copy), but to be fair there is an interest in what the Americans refer to as a theme titled ‘Black Interest’. I saw this category on some stalls in America at a fair I attended two years ago. So, this card would be valued higher over there. Still, $20 is very different to £1. The American dealer supplies some information which is not on the actual postcard and which he seems to have obtained from a 1911/1912 French catalogue – he states that this is from SERIES II, although as stated this is not printed on the card, and that the photograph was taken by a Cavendish Morton. Further searching finds a different photograph of this lady which is in the National Portrait Gallery collection and titled ‘Lizzie Avery in ‘IN DAHOMEY’. This is shown as being a collection of images by Cavendish Morton and that this was given to the gallery by the photographer’s son in 1991. The photograph they hold was dated 1903, and I assume, looking at it, that it was taken at the same time as the image on this postcard. Records held with the photograph at the National Portrait Gallery state that Lizzie Avery was an actress, dancer and singer.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Posted from Whitby on 24th December 1909, by someone – Thomas White – who placed the address on the left side and the message on the righthand side, which is the wrong way around, and technically against posting rules at the time. The card still went through though. I still think this is an unusual Christmas card to send though, especially to another woman!

 

PHOTOGRAPH

This is the portrait held by the National Portrait Gallery in London

(This was an interesting postcard to do research on as I never expected it to lead me to my favourite London gallery – just goes to show what fun looking into a postcards history, or the history of what is depicted, can be)

 

09/04/2018

BERLIN

AUSSTELLUNGSGELANDE MIT FUNKTURM

138 M HOCH

(Exhibition areas with Functional [transmission mast?] 138m high)

Published by

Verlag: GUSTAV MANDEL, BERLIN

Ref: 40

 

This is a postcard photograph of a well-known radio mast/tower which appears on many postcards. This tower is in Berlin, or at least it was. I have several postcards on it myself. This one has been nicely used with a President von Hindenburg 5pf green definitive stamp (SG 426), first issued 1928, applied to the front and cancelled with a Berlin (17) double ring bridge cancel dated 11th February 1929. This appears o be a philatelic usage as no address or message has been written on the reverse side, which is clear of any additions. This is not the basic stamp first day of issue as it is the wrong year (according to Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the world catalogue). So, why has this been produced, and so precisely? I would like to hear from any German specialist if they know the answer to this - or this just someone's souvenir of a visit?      

 

09/04/2018

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.

 

DAY NINE

 

MARCONI FIRST WIRELESS MESSAGE 1895

60p STAMP ISSUE FROM ‘COMMUNICATIONS’ STAMP SET

MARCONI; SIGNALS AT SEA

(Stamp issued 5th September 1995)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 173 (d) 9. 95

 

It has been said by stamp collectors, and the royal mail that the ship depicted in the background on this stamp design is the RMS Titanic. Marconi’s connection with the Titanic is famous as the Marconi radio system on board was the used for the very first ever S.O.S radio message transmission. So, it would seem appropriate to have placed the Titanic behind Marconi on this stamp.

 

WHITE STAR LINE

THE BIG SHIP ROUTE

“WHITE STAR LINE – TITANIC”

By

COLIN ASHFORD

Published by

SANTORO GRAPHICS

Ref: M699

 

No doubt what so ever about the ship depicted on this lovely artist drawn, poster styled image issued by the company Santoro Graphics (which was based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire). This has always been one of my favourite modern Titanic art cards.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

The company printed their reverse sides in blue, and had a circular logo with central star

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