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08/04/2020

 

KONINKLIJK BESLUIT VAN 7 NOVEMBER 1876 (STAATSBLAD No. 192)

Royal Decree of 7th November 1876 (Official Gazette No. 192)

OPEN KAART

Free Card

OFFICIAL FREE MAYORAL USED FREE CARD

NETHERLANDS

 

I found this in a box at a fair and its size initially intrigued me as its not far off A5 sized. I then saw the date of use on the cancellations, which is 1888, which is old. I could then see that there were no pre-printed postage marks or stamps and no actual postage stamps applied to cover the postage cost. I had no idea which language this was, although I suspected it was from the Netherlands, which was confirmed once I translated the printed text (back at home). So, I bought it to do some work on it. With the help of some contacts on facebook (some of the pages here have very knowledgeable members from all over the world and as long as you are not asking obvious, or stupid questions, everyone loves to help each other out) I now know this is an official office postal card used by Mayor’s of different areas to communicate with each other, and possibly other official offices and organisations. So, it is an official office card of Holland. the Royal Decree which is printed on the card is the authorisation under which the free postage usage was allowed.

 

 

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07/04/2020

 

EUROPEAN POSTAL CONFERENCE

IN VIENNA – 1942

Official Postal Stationery Post Card

Germany (Deutsches Reich)

Ref:

Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalog

Section 7

Germany - Page 25

Reference No: 305

 

An attractive World War II period German issued postal stationery Post Card. Issued in 1942 for a European Postal Conference, which I assume was controlled and run, if not up front then I suspect most certainly from behind the scenes, by the Nazi’s. Interestingly though, this cards design does not incorporate any Nazi emblems or paraphernalia which surprised me a bit when I saw the date and the location.

 

07/04/2020

 

1909 INAUGURATION DU MONUMENT COMMEMORATIF DE

LA FONDATION DE L’UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE

‘1909 Inauguration of the memorial of

the foundation of the Universal Postal Union’

OFFICIAL POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

Issued 1909

(MICHEL Ref: P 68)

(Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalog

Section 16

Switzerland - Page 4

Reference No: 45)

Issued 1909 to commemorate the dedication of the U.P.U. monument in Bern

 

This is a lovely postal stationery post card which was issued in Switzerland with a pre-printed stamp on the reverse side. It appears in two of my major catalogue collections, the Michel (from Germany) and the ‘Higgins & Gage’ (see references in main heading). It is a good example of why this type of extensive catalogue are so valuable to collectors.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

MINT

 

1909 INAUGURATION DU MONUMENT COMMEMORATIF DE

LA FONDATION DE L’UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE

‘1909 Inauguration of the memorial of

the foundation of the Universal Postal Union’

OFFICIAL POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

Issued 1909

 

This is another copy of the same postal stationery post card as depicted above only postally used this time. The sender seems to have written messages on both side of the card. The one on the front here is dated 16th October 1909, the year of this cards issue. This would seem to coincide nicely with the date on the cancellation on the front here which is a receiving mark, cancelled here in the UK where the card was addressed to (London in fact). The receiving mark is for ‘CRICKLEWOOD S.O. [Sorting Office] N. W.’ and is dated 18th October 1909.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

POSTALLY USED

 

The pre-printed postage stamp top right has been cancelled with a ‘GENEVE [Geneva], EXP. LETT [possibly this stands for ‘Express Letterbut this is not confirmed]’ cancellation dated 17 X 09 [17TH October 1909]. It is nice to have both a mint and a used copy of the same card.

 

07/04/2020

 

THIS IS HOW WE

 BEAT THE CLOCK

HERE!

By

ARNOLD TAYLOR

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD

Ref: “SEASIDE COMIC” Series No. 2108

 

This arrived in the post today. It is a card I have been seeking for a while, but for some reason I just could not find a copy. I wanted it for my television collection because it relates directly to a programme called BEAT THE CLOCK which was an American television programme game show. The programme ran for 18 seasons, originally appearing on the CBS network between 1950 and 1958 (with further updated programmes between 1979 and 1980), then continuing on the ABC network between 1958 and 1961.

Here in the UK there was a BEAT THE CLOCK segment on the TV show ‘SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM which appeared between 1955 and 1967, and it is theses TV appearances that this postcard design is mimicking. It was very popular and had some amazing presenters:

Tommy Trinder (1955 – 1958)

Bruce Forsyth (1958 – 1960)

Don Arrol (1960 – 1961)

Norman Vaughan (1962 – 1965)

Jimmy Tarbuck (1965 – 1967)

This postcard will fit very nicely into my television collection and I am delighted to finally get my hands on a copy.

 

06/04/2020

 

PLAYING FIELDS, CROUCH END

Published by

E. GORDON SMITH PHOTO

15 STROUD GREEN ROAD. N.

Ref: No. 1159

 

I bought this postcard for the building you can see in the distance up on the hill. This is Alexandra Palace and I collect postcards that depict it because it was from here that the BBC originally transmitted their early television programmes from. They had a studio inside this building and a transmission tower on one of the end towers, which is obviously not shown here as this image pre-dates the television era. I suppose would be interested in the sport that is going on in the foreground, and I think those interested in local history would appreciate the image.

 

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06/04/2020

 

CROMER PIER

NORTH NORFOLK COASTLINE

GRADE II LISTED SEASIDE PIER

Image by

TABITHA MARY

Published by

STAR EDITIONS LTD

Ref: TMNORF001PC

 

We visited here towards the end of last summer, and if the current circumstances change, we will go back again this year. We took the campervan and stayed a ‘little ways’ outside of Cromer and could travel into the seaside town via a small train. This is one of the postcards I bought on that visit.

 

CROMER NORFOLK

Image by

RICHARD O’NEILL

Published by

STAR EDITIONS LTD

Ref: RNNORF005PC

 

This was another of the postcards bought on last years visit to Cromer. This style of artwork has become quite popular on postcard issues.

 

06/04/2020

 

ZEE-EN LUCHTHAVEN AMSTERDAM

PORT MARITIME ET AERIEN

‘Sea and Airport Amsterdam

Maritime and Airport’

Advertentie op achterkant van de catalogus

Wereldtentoonstelling Brussel, 1935  

‘Advertisement on the back of the catalogue for the

Brussels World Exhibition, 1935’

Poster by

Fre Cohen (1903 – 1943)

Published by

ART UNLIMITED AMSTERDAM

Ref: A 4760

 

It is always nice to come across a postcard depicting a poster you have not seen before, which was the case with this one. I am glad I found it though as the poster is a real cracker.

 

06/04/2020

 

STAMP WORLD LONDON 90

Official Finland Postal Authority Exhibition Postcard

Published by

PK – PF

THE POST OF FINLAND PHILATELIC CENTRE (HELSINKI, FINLAND)

 

This special exhibition postcard has a Finland definitive attached top right which has been cancelled with the Finland Post exhibition stands exclusive cachet/cancel. The card was probably sold exclusively at the stand at the exhibition itself. It would have been sold as a philatelic exhibition souvenir of the International event.

There was of course going to be another one of these to have been held next month. This one has of course been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (something which I have mentioned quite often recently, but which is probably not a surprise as it most definitely is on most people’s minds). If the event had run (its been put off until 2022 now) there would have been similar souvenirs sold at this one – I will have to wait a couple of years now to obtain them.

 

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06/04/2020

 

BUTLIN’S MINEHEAD

PRINCE’S COFFEE LOUNGE

Official Butlin’s Postcard

Published by the

BUTLINS HOLIDAY CAMP

Ref: CT. 2288

 

The Butlin’s Holiday Camp postcards are collected by a dedicated band of fans who I suspect have fond memories of holidays in one or other of the camps. Personally, all my memories are tied up in the Butlin’s camp at Minehead. We had three childhood holidays at this camp and each one was a joy. So, I know why I collect these cards, and why I concentrate on the Minehead Camp.

 

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As can be seen this postcard was posted by some one who was having a lovely time at the Butlins Camp. The Queen Elizabeth II Wilding 2 ½ d postage stamp has been cancelled with a ‘MINEHEAD, SOMERSET’ wavy line machine cancellation dated 4th September 1964.

 

06/04/2020

 

TREASURES OF TUTANKHAMUN:-

STATUETTE OF THE KING UPON A LEOPARD

Published by the BRITISH MUSEUM

Printed by

GEORGE RAINBIRD LIMITED

 

The exhibition ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ came to England in 1972 with 50 pieces being chosen by the directors of the British Museum and the Cairo Museum. The exhibition was officially opened by the Queen on 29th March 1972. The exhibitions last day was on the 31st December 1972, and during its run 1.6 million visitors had seen it. I was one of those visitors, although back then I was only collecting pure wildlife postcards, so I did not buy any of the postcards being sold alongside the exhibition. I have since sourced an entire set of these postcards. This is one of those official postcards.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The sender of this postcard posted it to receive the special hand stamp: ‘TREASURES OF TUTANKHAMUN EXHIBITION, LONDON WC’ dated 25 SEP 1972. What also appealed to me is the use of the 3p Tutankhamun discovery 1922 UK royal mail postage stamp. This makes for a nice combination. It might not be a neat usage, but this is a genuine used postcard, which in some ways appeals to me more.

 

06/04/2020

 

A VERSE-MESSAGE FROM THE CAMP

TO MY TRUEST OF PALS

“MY MOTHER”

Published by

E. MACK

HAMPSTEAD, LONDON N.W. 3

 

I came across this First World War postcard at an antiques fair I attended just a few weeks before the lockdown set in. I like military postcards anyway, but I was taken with the fact that sender of this postcard did use it as it was intended to be used, to write a message to his ‘Mum’.

 

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06/04/2020

 

SANDBANKS

THE JEWEL OF POOLE

Published by

POOLE TOURISM

Unknown Printer

 

This large sized postcard reminds me of holidays past, especially at this time when no one anywhere is having a holiday, but things will return to some form of normal at some future point. In the meantime, at least we have our hobbies to give us something to do. I have enjoyed keeping this webpage up and running and building up the FALKLANDS WAR PHILATELIC DISPLAY tab additions. There are now 12 pages under this heading, but then it is one of my favourite areas of collecting and I have included some artwork, a print, newspapers and other paper ephemera related to the Falklands War and its commemoration.

 

POOLE BAY

By

JO PARRY

(This artist is not named on the reverse of the SANDBANKS card depicted above, but I wonder if it is the same artist)

Published by

POOLE TOURISM

Unknown Printer

 

POOLE QUAY

By

JO PARRY

Published by

POOLE TOURISM

Unknown Printer

 

06/04/2020

 

HONOR BLACKMAN ….. RIP

 

22ND August 1925 – 6th April 2020

 

British actress of Film, Theatre and Television who is best known for her parts in The Avengers, as Cathy Gale and the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ where she had the notorious name of Pussy Galore (she was probably the only person who could have gotten away with that name so successfully and not having it detract from her excellent acting in the film). I also remember her well from her regular appearances in the TV sit-com ‘The Upper Hand’ where she played the character Laura West (a part almost made for her). Honor Blackman had too many appearances in both film and TV to list fully here, but some well known ones include: Casualty (2013 – TV), New Tricks (2005 – TV), Bridget Jones Diary (2001 – Film), Dr Who (1986 – TV), Minder on the Orient Express (1985 – TV), To the Devil a Daughter (1976 – Film), Columbo (Dagger of the mind – 1972 – TV), Jason and the Argonauts (1963 – Film), The Saint (1962 – TV), The Glass Cage (1955 – Film), Green Grow the Rushes (1951 – Film) and Conspirator (1949 – Film). Honor’s first film appearance was in the 1947 film ‘Fame is the Spur’ in an uncredited part.

 

JAMES BOND (SEAN CONNERY) ENCOUNTERS PUSSY GALORE

(HONOR BLACKMAN) IN ‘GOLDFINGER’ (1964)

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

BOXED POSTCARD SET

 

In my collection I have a signed photograph and a signed stamp cover, but these are both in storage (which I cannot get to at the moment), so I shall have to settle for this postcard from this excellent boxed collection of postcards, but it does show the actress at her best.  

 

06/04/2020

 

Tonight, I have placed images of 186 Falklands War and Falkland Islands themed FAGA postcards on the webpage under two new sub tabs under the main FALKLANDS WAR PHILATELIC DISPLAY tab. Many of these images are of the reverse side of postcards used with special hand stamps and cancellations related to the conflict and the ships involved.

 

 

05/04/2020

 

THE MARQUESS OF BATH ….. RIP

 

Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath

 

6th May 1932 – 4th April 2020

 

He styled himself as Viscount Weymouth between 1946 and 1992, had a political career and was both an artist and a writer, but is best remembered for his flamboyant attire and his home at Longleat. The Marquess was admitted to hospital last month and tested positive for coronavirus which has sadly been stated as the cause of his death.  

 

THE LIONS OF LONGLEAT,

WARMINSTER, WILTSHIRE

Published by

LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK

Printed by

JOHN HINDE

 

THE LIONS OF LONGLEAT

Multi-view Postcard

Published by

LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath

 

NON POSTCARD ITEM

 

10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST

SAFARI PARK IN EUROPE

LIONS OF LONGLEAT

1966 – 1976

SPECIAL STAMP COVER

Signed by

LORD BATH 1976

(Father of Alexander Thynn, the most recent Lord Bath)

 

05/04/2020

 

THE CONTROL TOWER,

SOUTHEND AIRPORT

Unrecorded Publisher

Ref: PT8359

 

I recently had the luck of winning this postcard on an eBay auction. This is the old control tower at Southend airport, my local towns airport (currently all but shut down of course as all passenger flights have been stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak). I have flown out of Southend Airport a couple of times, once whilst this was the control tower in use, but they have a much bigger and better one now which cost £3 million and which became operational in 2011. Therefore, this postcard image shows another piece of history which is no longer in use. You also get the bonus of all those aeroplanes depicted on the tarmac.

 

 

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05/04/2020

 

ROGER MOORE (EL SANTO)

[The Saint]

Published by

POSTAL OSCARCOLOR

Printed in Spain

Ref: 451

 

Before becoming James Bond, which is perhaps his best-known role, Roger Moore had become famous across the world as the Saint, a character in a very popular television series based on the books by Leslie Charteris. The TV series ran from the 4th October 1962 to the 9th February 1969 with 118 episodes being filmed. Postcards showing Moore as the Saint are far less common than his James Bond postcard appearances, but there still a few. This one was issued in Europe on the mainland and has a scene from one of the episodes along with The Saint stickman logo top left.

 

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05/04/2020

 

SPIDER-MAN

INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

SET OF 10 POSTCARDS

PRINTED WITH COMPLIMENTS MBE

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

 

This was a cracking set of 10 postcards which both promoted this animated feature film, released in 2018, and the MBE parcel company. The cards are interesting because they have great front images and nice greyed out different reverse images on every card.

This animated film was well received and went onto win the 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Animated film and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Film. Not bad for a Super-Hero movie. I’ve watched the film and it is a good one.

 

(TOP)

SUPERHERO PROTECTION FOR YOUR PARCELS

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 1 of 10

 

(BOTTOM)

PROTECTING YOUR PARCELS FROM VILLAINY

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 2 of 10

 

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REVERSE SIDE OF BOTTOM POSTCARD ABOVE

 

PROTECTING YOUR PARCELS FROM VILLAINY

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 3 of 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SUPERHERO PROTECTION FOR YOUR PARCELS

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 4 of 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SUPERHERO PROTECTION FOR YOUR PARCELS

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 5 of 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SUPERHERO PROTECTION FOR YOUR PARCELS

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 6 of 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

PROTECTING YOUR PARCELS FROM VILLAINY

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 7 of 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SUPERHERO PROTECTION FOR YOUR PARCELS

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 8 of 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

PROTECTING YOUR PARCELS FROM VILLAINY

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 9 of 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SUPERHERO PROTECTION FOR YOUR PARCELS

Published by

MBE – MAIL BOXES ETC

POST, PARCEL & PRINT CENTRE

Ref: 10 of 10

 

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ADVERT CARD FLYER

Promotional non-postcard card

(This came with my postcard set when I bought them from an eBay dealer)

 

LARGE ADVERT FLYER

Promotional paper flyer

Something different which sits nicely with the above postcard set

This has a nice philatelic connection through the parcel service offered here

 

04/04/2020

 

AMERICAN FLAMINGO

“A realistic group based on studies and photographs made in the Bahama Islands”

THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY,

NEW YORK

Published by the Museum

Printed by

“PHOSTINT” CARD

Made only by DETROIT PUBLISHING CO

 

Whoever originally bought this postcard very kindly wrote in pencil on the reverse side the date that they did so, this was the 28th May 1913. It was many years later in 2020, in February to be precise that I visited this same museum and saw this very piece. I was impressed with seeing it but saddened that there was no postcard showing it. Imagine my subsequent delight then when I found this one on eBay once I had got back home. Clearly, I had to have it.

 

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04/04/2020

 

WEST NORFOLK

LOVE-WEST-NORFOLK

Published by

Love-West-Norfolk

Free Postcard

 

These four LOVE WEST NORFOLK postcards were found by my postcard friend Richard Gottfried who very kindly sent me a set. These were free and as they were a very recent find they may still be available once everybody is allowed back out onto the streets.

 

WEST NORFOLK

LOVE-WEST-NORFOLK

Published by

Love-West-Norfolk

Free Postcard

 

WEST NORFOLK

LOVE-WEST-NORFOLK

Published by

Love-West-Norfolk

Free Postcard

 

WEST NORFOLK

LOVE-WEST-NORFOLK

Published by

Love-West-Norfolk

Free Postcard

 

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