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10/04/2020

 

BERLIN

MAP OF THE OCCUPATION AREAS (1951)

Published by

EDITION PANORAMA BERLIN

Ref: PM 173

 

This is a great map postcard which has a bit of everything in it, military history, cold war history and a very attractive to the eye look. I liked this one a lot.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

There is a little tourist goods  market stall area by Checkpoint Charlie (opposite the museum), where you can buy this postcard and for a small extra cost have a cachet or two applied (or in my case six, but I think most visitors just do the one). I did one of these for my friend Frank and posted it to him in the US, but I also did one for myself which I didn’t post. The cachets are nice little extra, and I think make a postcard a great souvenir of a visit here, especially the dated one.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

6TH May 2019

 

The two tourist souvenir stalls roofs can be seen behind the wall immediately facing you. I took this photograph from the upstairs floor of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum.   

 

10/04/2020

 

WINNIE-THE-POOH: EXPLORING A CLASSIC Exhibition

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

 

Between the 9th December 2017 and the 8th April 2018 the Victoria and Albert Museum in London held an exhibition of the drawings of E. H. Shepard (1879 – 1976) related to the books ‘Winnie-the- Pooh’ and ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ by A. A. Milne. This exhibition was largely possible because the museum holds the original pencil drawings of E.H. Shepard for the Winnie-the-Pooh books. To coincide with this exhibition a selection of exclusive postcards was issued, and these were sold in the gift shop located by the exhibitions exit. Some of these I have not seen on postcard before, but a couple are, like this first one here (which we have had as a print on our bedroom wall for many years), extremely well known and have had a previous postcard release or two. I depict those that I picked up here.  

 

BUMP, BUMP, BUMP

E.H. SHEPARD

PENCIL DRAWING FOR ‘WINNIE-THE-POOH’

1926

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 152324

 

SKETCH FOR THE END

E.H. SHEPARD

UNUSED PENCIL DRAWING FOR

‘NOW WE ARE SIX’

1926 - 1927

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 152329

 

MY TAIL’S GETTING COLD

E.H. SHEPARD

PENCIL DRAWING FOR ‘WINNIE-THE-POOH’

1926

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 152328

 

Jo’s favourite Winnie-the-Pooh character is Eeyore, especially the Disney animated version, but she likes the character in all his forms.  

 

100 AKER WOOD

E.H. SHEPARD

PENCIL DRAWING FOR THE ENDPAPERS OF ‘WINNIE-THE-POOH’

1926

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 152331

 

THERE CAME A LOUD BUZZING NOISE

E.H. SHEPARD

PENCIL DRAWING FOR ‘WINNIE-THE-POOH’

1926

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 152325

 

COVER DESIGNS FOR

‘THE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN STORY BOOK’

PENCIL DRAWING, 1965

E.H. SHEPARD

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 152333

 

WE ARE INTRODUCED

E.H. SHEPARD

PENCIL DRAWING FOR ‘WINNIE-THE-POOH’

1926

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 152326

 

TREE FOR WOL’S (OWL’S) HOUSE

E.H. SHEPARD

PENCIL DRAWING FOR ‘WINNIE-THE-POOH’

1926

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 152332

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This is the basic vertical format for all the postcards above with off course the exception of the descriptive text and reference number  

 

10/04/2020

 

BUDAPEST

NEW YORK CAFÉ

Published by

Panorama PostcARDd

Ref: 102HS

 

This is a panorama PostcARDd (that’s how the company spell it). You initially download an app, and once this is on your phone you point it at this postcard image and the app brings up a 360degree image of the property, in this case the New York Café. This would be worth doing as the New York Café is regarded as the most beautiful café in the world, it is without doubt the most beautiful café I have ever eaten in. Jo and I had lunch here last year and it is an experience I thoroughly recommend.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

BUDAPEST

OPERA

Published by

Panorama PostcARDd

Ref: 100HS

 

We did not visit the opera, but this was such a beautiful postcard image I had to have it. I also liked this 360degree panorama view App idea, very clever I thought. The reverse side of this card is the same as above except for the reference number (of course).

 

09/04/2020

 

ESPLANADE & PIER

SOUTHSEA

Published by

J. WELCH & SONS, PORTSMOUTH

(Printed in their works in Belgium)

TRICHROMATIC POSTCARD

Ref: JWS 3

 

There is something which I cannot explain, but an old view photograph like this just appeals to me as soon as I look at it. Maybe it’s the old cloths and fashions, which instantly denote age to me, maybe it’s the often ‘unanswered question’ of how much the area has changed over time. The basic hand colouring of the photographs is definitely a factor, as I love the little splodges of colour, often only used where the person adding the colour can have a reasonable guess at what colour the item is (all anchors are brown after all, are they not?). I don’t have to know the area, visited the location or have any previous connection with it, I still like this type of card.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Posted 27th July 1907 – Portsmouth cancellation

 

PHOTOGRAPH

 

I have stolen this postcard image from the internet, but it shows that the anchor monument has survived, but the pier building beyond it has changed a lot!

 

09/04/2020

 

ALSACE

DANS LES BLES

‘In the Wheat’

Published by

Ch. COURMONT, 17, RUE MARTEL, PARIS

 

The national costume of the people of Alsace is well known even outside of France and I know that many French collectors specialise in collecting postcards that depict it. Photographic postcards are preferred, but I think this simple art design is a delight, and if you have not already guessed, yes, these young ladies are wearing that national dress.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

09/04/2020

 

“UNE GRENOUILLE A CROQUER”

A chewy Frog

By

LUCIE BRUNEELLIERE

November 2005

Published by

LES EDITIONS DE MAI

Ref: LU03

 

A pink frog being eaten by a crocodile, because what else do you need on a postcard?  

 

09/04/2020

 

UNE STAR SE CACHE QUELQUE PART …

‘A star is hiding somewhere ...’

By

MAGALI MEMBRE

Published by

EDITIONS DES CORRESPONDANCES

Ref: CL 174

 

This is what all the Easter Bunnies do in the days leading up to their biggest day of the year! This is a French postcard I bought a few years ago. There is a star hidden in the picture somewhere, but if you want to know where you need to scratch off the cover over the answer on the reverse side, I’ve not been tempted to do this yet!

 

p.s. I hope they are not watching ‘Fatal Attraction’!!!!

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

There is a ‘scratch-off’ area top left which reveals the answer. No, I don’t know as I have not been tempted to remove this… Yet!

 

09/04/2020

 

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

3D LENTICULAR POSTCARD

Published by

DMA – DESIGN MASTERS. COM

2012

CRAFTED IN CHINA

 

As you tilt this postcard King Kong moves up to the top of the Empire State Building and takes a swipe at the biplanes which fly above him (if you want to see it moving I have placed a short film of it on the facebook page today). I bought this postcard in the large shop at the end of the Empire State Building experience, where you go up to the observation deck, one of the tourists ‘Must Do’s’ of any visit to New York. It’s a great and very popular postcard.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

09/04/2020

 

THE OFFICIAL “THUNDERBALL” 30TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER

VERY LARGE POSTCARD

Published by

EON PRODUCTUONS AND MAC B, LTD. 1995

 

Last week the first of my James Bond Maxi-Cards started returning and as with anything that is in the forefront of your mind that ‘particular’ interest carries over into other things, like eBay searches. Having put Bond postcards into the search box I was not surprised to be going through lots of postcards which are well known and common. Then, all-of-sudden this one came up. I admit that I did not look at the size of the card, a mistake I have made before, but this was a poster I had not seen before on postcard (and it is also one of my favourite film posters from this film). So, I bought it, and it was a reasonable price, £1.75, which became even more of a bargain once it arrived and I saw how big it is! It really is a cracking postcard, and a superb piece of Bond memorabilia.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

 

09/04/2020

UNICEF – PADDINGTON BEAR

LARGE SIZED POSTCARD SERIES

“GREETINGS FROM INDONESIA”

Published as an exclusive for

UNICEF

(these can only be accessed via a sign up for a regular monthly donation to the charity)

FRONT OF LARGE POSTCARD

 

Today has been a good day for the collection as quite a bit arrived in the post. This is my third instalment of this postcard series. As with previous sending’s, you get a large (A5 ish) sized postcard depicting Paddington bear with a scenic photograph from the country chosen for this package. You also get some ‘Fact Cards’ about aspects of the country and a sticker sheet and a small, more normal sized postcard, depicting something from the country (so far these have been wildlife related – although there was no card with the initial London sending, but this seems the norm with this one as other people who have this also did not receive an extra small postcard with that sending).

Another aspect of these packages which I like is that each outer envelope has a different design, so I also save these as I include Paddington Bear in my TV themed collection.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF LARGE POSTCARD

 

 

GREETINGS FROM INDONESIA

KOMODO DRAGON

Published as an exclusive for

UNICEF

 

This is the normal sized postcard included with this latest sending (I was extremely lucky as they had mistakenly placed two copies in my envelope – lucky me). I have found that the Komodo Dragon does not appear on a large number of postcards, so this is a nice addition to my collection, and as Paddington Bear is mentioned in the text on the reverse side I can still keep it in my TV collection.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

 

STICKER SHEET

These stickers are for the Travel Book that came with the first sending

 

FRONT OF ONE OF THE FOUR

‘FACT CARD’S’

 

FACT CARDS

The information side of two of the Fact Card’s contained within this sending

KOMODO DRAGON  -  ORANGUTAN

 

 

MAIN ENVELOPE

This is the envelope that all the above items were sent out in.

I think these are quite collectible in-their-own right as well.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH

All the items depicted together

 

09/04/2020

10 cent IOLANI PALACE

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – HISTORIC PRESERVATION)

POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

UNITED STATES

Official United States Postal Service Postal Stationery Post Card

(The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps – 28th Edition – Reference UX81)

 

FIRST DAY USED - 1ST OCTOBER 1979

 

This is normally a plain fronted card with just the exclusive pre-paid stamp imprint top right, but a first day card producer has added the printed area down the left side, the two stamp images and the text around them. As mentioned in previous postings of such cards, this was/is a common approach used by cover/card producers in the US. Many collectors specialise in certain FDI Card imprint producers and artists. This is a fairly simple design, but still a very nice one. These are obviously far more collected in the US than here in the UK, but we do still have collectors of these over this way.      

 

09/04/2020

 

MONTENEGRO

REPLY POSTCARD

3n Black on Light Grey

Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalog

Section 12

Montenegro - Page 1

Reference No: 2

Issued 1888

 

TOP FRONT CARD

 

A Reply-Card is two postcards attached together with one folded over the top of the other. The idea being that the receiver could use the ‘Reply’ half to respond (without cost to themselves) to the sender of the complete reply card (who would have paid the reply cost through the postcards original cost). This is the first Reply Card produced by Montenegro.

 

MONTENEGRO

REPLY POSTCARD

3N black on Light Grey

 

THE UNDERNEATH ‘REPLY’ HALF OF THE CARD

 

09/04/2020

 

“BY GUM, LOVE, I SHOULD FEEL

SOFT IF THEY GOT ME ON

TELEVISION!”

By

ARNOLD TAYLOR

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD., HOLMFIRTH, YORKSHIRE

Ref: “COMIC” Series. No. 773

 

This is the type of television connected postcard that could easily be missed if you don’t see the word in the title. I collect all ‘Television’ related postcards and I do like this unusual one.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This one was posted in 1954 (21st June from Wisbech, Cambs). Do you think the sender was being ironic with there message? “Hoping you have not got lost”. I think the two added squiggles underneath the message also show a touch of impatience. Was this card being sent to someone who had not responded to a letter/postcard? Or perhaps had taken awhile to write anything at all? We will never know, but I do wonder if the sending of this card resulted in a reasonably rapid response!

 

09/04/2020

 

OLD JACKS BOAT

Published by

BBC – CBEEBIES

 

This also arrived today and is an eBay buy. ‘Old Jacks Boat’ is a British television programme for what they call ‘pre-school children’. It stars Bernard Cribbins as Old Jack who is the owner of a multi-coloured boat called The Rainbow. Jack (or for us adults… Cribbins) tells a story to his dog in each 15-minute episode. The dog is called Salty. The first episode was shown on the 21st January 2013 and the first series included the actress Freema Agyeman as Shelly Periwinkle (Freema is better known to many as Martha Jones in Doctor Who appearing alongside David Tennant). The final episode was shown on the 5th April 2015. Was it any good? I honestly don’t know as I never got to see any of the episodes, but it starred Cribbins, who is a national treasure, how bad could it have been?

The postcard is an official one sent out to people writing into the BBC and/or Bernard Cribbins. It was not placed on general sale so could only be sourced through direct contact with the BBC. When I saw this I had to have it and it was a real bargain at just £1.99 + £1 postage (I cant remember if it was a lucky auction win or a tremendously cheap ‘Buy-it-Now’, I think the later).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Autographed by

BERNARD CRIBBINS

 

Nice use of colour here with an additional photograph of Salty. This card has also been signed by Bernard Cribbins which adds a lot of extra appeal to this copy.   

 

09/04/2020

 

URGENT MESSAGE

REGARDING YOUR

SUBSCRIPTION

Published by

FUTURE PUBLISHING LTD

Exclusive to subscribers – notification postcard

 

The coronavirus has caused issues for many publishing companies who issue monthly magazines for specific themes. I have a standing order for the science fiction magazine SFX and as a result received this postcard through the post today. Ordinarily the front of this card would have little great interest except that it features a James Bond image (Total Film magazine cover – top row), but for me this card has another interest as it has directly come about due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, this is another item to go into my coronavirus themed collection.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I did like the ‘DELIVERED BY ROYAL MAIL – THE DELIVERY GROUP – C9 10017’ information printed top right. The C9 number at the bottom of the stamp box is the official company postage paid business number, unique to each company using such a system.     

 

09/04/2020

 

STAMP COLLECTOR

May 2020, Volume 2, Issue 5

FREE POSTCARDS

 

The most recent issue of this monthly stamp magazine comes with five free exclusive postcards These are numbered between 1 and 5 of 10 (the other five will probably come later in the years, which is what they have done with past postcard sets like this). The postcards are issued by Stamp Collector Magazine in association with Mark Bloxham Stamps Ltd.

 

NEW ZEALAND SG4 1d ON BLUED PAPER, A SUPERB PAIR, VERY RARE Ex FRAZER £3,000

Published by

Stamp Collector Magazine in association with Mark Bloxham Stamps Ltd.

Ref: Collectible Postcard 01 of 10

 

NEWFOUNDLAND SG191 1930 AIRMAIL 50C 0N 36C SAGE-GREEN COLUMBIA, FRESH AND FINE £3,650

Published by

Stamp Collector Magazine in association with Mark Bloxham Stamps Ltd.

Ref: Collectible Postcard 02 of 10

 

2d MULREADY ENVELOPE WITH 2d PAID IN BLUE AND ORANGE LONDON TOMBSTONE CANCELS £12,000

Published by

Stamp Collector Magazine in association with Mark Bloxham Stamps Ltd.

Ref: Collectible Postcard 03 of 10

 

5TH DECEMBER 1839 UNIFORM 4 PENCE POSTAL NOTICE

[no price given, shown as £POR, price on request so must be expensive!]

Published by

Stamp Collector Magazine in association with Mark Bloxham Stamps Ltd.

Ref: Collectible Postcard 04 of 10

 

10th JANUARY 1840 UNIFORM PENNY POST NOTICE

[no price given, shown as £POR, price on request so must be expensive!]

Published by

Stamp Collector Magazine in association with Mark Bloxham Stamps Ltd.

Ref: Collectible Postcard 05 of 10

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Magazine with the free postcards

 

08/04/2020

 

APFELSTRUDEL

Apple Strudel

RECIPE CARD

Published by

SMILE GMBH, WIEN

Ref: 18543

 

When we were in Vienna, Austria last year we had the opportunity to eat many meals and food items which are famous in that area. We attended a tutorial on how to make proper apple strudel (I have previously posted the exclusive postcard sold in the gift shop attached to this cooking show). I admit, it was cracking apple strudel as we got to eat a rather large slice of it as a tasting. So, buying a recipe postcard seemed a good idea. I believe they did have copies of this card in English, but I though I would buy the card in the right language, so I did.

 

WIENER SCHNITZEL

Vienna Schnitzel

Published by

SMILE GMBH, WIEN

Ref: 18549

 

This is thin breaded pan-fried veal cutlets. I have always liked Wiener schnitzel and took the chance to eat it whilst in the country and city for which it is famous. Strangely, I had some of the best Wiener schnitzel on a train.

 

SACHERTORTE

Published by

SMILE GMBH, WIEN

Ref: 18547

 

Now, this is a slice of Vienna history as this was originally invented in Vienna by Franz Sacher in 1832. It is probably one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialities. It was also the one piece of food both Jo and I were determined to try. We had ours outside the café close to the giant Ferris wheel, the Wiener Riesenrad, which is a famous Vienna landmark (I did a whole section of images of postcards of this Ferris Wheel on the webpage). This is a chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam and chocolate icing, and it is lovely.  

 

08/04/2020

 

PINK PANTHER

By

JEFF KOONS

1988

Porcelain 41 x 20 ½ x 19 (104.1 x 52 x 48.3 cm)

One of Three (from an edition of three + one artists proof)

Published by

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA),

NEW YORK

Postcard copyrighted 2013

 

This was one of my favourite finds in this superb modern art museum, but then I love all things TV related. So, I was even more pleased to find a postcard depicting it although I preferred the view from the other side showing the Pink Panther’s face, I can’t imagine why they thought this side would appeal more (he laughs).  

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH

15TH February 2020

 

This is my photograph of this piece of art. This is the other side of that which is depicted on the above postcard release. As you can see the Pink Panther face is great.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH

15TH February 2020

 

My photograph from a similar perspective as that on the card. This obviously is not a studio photograph like the postcard image, which has a white background.

 

08/04/2020

 

MINEHEAD

THE GATEWAY TO EXMOOR

TRAVEL BY TRAIN

Railway poster from the NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM collection

Published by

STAR EDITIONS LTD

Ref: RAIL215

 

Minehead was where my brother and I were taken for several summer holidays when we were kids. We stayed at the Butlin’s Camp which opposite this depicted beach, not too far further along (as if travelling outwards from this picture) from where these beach goers are enjoying the sun and sea. So, this poster image brings back fond childhood memories.

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