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07/08/2019

LONDON 2010

FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

8TH – 15TH MAY 2010

 

Today I thought I would depict something different. Next year they will hold the LONDON 2020 stamp exhibition in London. Every ten years they hold a major International London exhibition and I have already booked myself accommodation so that I can attend next year’s exhibition, but I also attended the event held ten years ago.

These large International exhibitions have stands for the stamp issuing authorities for different countries around the world. It is normally the case that you can obtain special cancellations and, or, cachets from these stands which are unique to that event (these are normally produced because these large exhibitions have a product called a ‘Philatelic Passport’, which is a book you can buy and then take around the many separate country stands and buy and have a stamp stuck into the passport and then cancelled – or stamped – with the cancellation or cachet. That’s the reason why these things exist).

These cancels/cachets can be applied to any philatelic item, and some stands have their own special cover they have it used on. For these larger exhibitions many countries attending also issued a special stamp related to the exhibition.

When I attended in 2010, I used postcards to obtain my collection of cancels and cachets. I used the Royal Mail’s PHQ cards for the special stamps and stamp sheet issued for the 2010 exhibition (as the event was held in London UK the Royal Mail decided, as they have for previous London decade exhibitions, to issue a special stamp set).

It is almost certain that there will be a stamp set next year and that there will be cancels and cachets, and next year on this webpage, and on the facebook page I hope to show you many illustrations from the show, but meanwhile as a warm up, I will show you here some of the postcard souvenirs I produced just over nine years ago.

 

GEORGE V ACCESSION

6TH MAY 1910

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

Miniature Stamp Sheet

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (3) 5. 10

 

This is the miniature stamp sheet which was issued across the UK to celebrate the London 2010 stamp exhibition. Whilst you are looking at this picture take note that there is no text across the top right edge of this sheet. You will understand what I mean by this when you see the reverse side image below.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Sold exclusively to attendees at the LONDON 2010 exhibition, and only available from the Royal Mail stand at the event, was a copy of the GEORGE V ACCESSION 6TH MAY 1910 stamp sheet with an extra line of text printed across the top right edge of the sheet which read:

 

BUISNESS DESIGN CENTRE, LONDON 8 – 15 MAY 2010

 

There was no special postcard depicting this overprinted version of the sheet so I took the postcard depicting the normal issue sheet and used this to apply my event exclusive sheet to and then had this cancelled first day of issue with one of the special F.D.I. cancellations produced for the release of this sheet. This was a great personal souvenir, and these are not that common as most attendees stuck their sheets down on envelopes (covers).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

GEORGE V ACCESSION

6TH MAY 1910

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

Miniature Stamp Sheet

 

This copy of the miniature George V Accession sheet PHQ postcard, but here I took the card to the German postal authority stand – DEUTSCHE POST. On this stand they both a cancellation and a cachet. I had the cachet applied top left. This purple coloured cachet was available throughout the exhibition.

There was also a cancellation which could be applied to German postage stamps. I chose a stamp with a television connection (no surprise there as its my favourite theme) and had this cancelled with this special hand stamp. The hand stamp is dated 8th May 2010, the first day of this International exhibition. It is a great souvenir of my visit on the first day of the show.

 

 

GvR – EIIR

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

1ST CLASS SPECIAL EXHIBITION CELEBRATION STAMP

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (1) 5. 10

 

A copy of this stamp appeared in the miniature sheet depicted above, but it was also sold as a single separate stamp or in sheets, or part sheets with a boarder which had added text which mentions the exhibition.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

To make my PHQ Card a little special I chose to buy two copies of this stamp joined together, as this showed it was not one of the stamps from the miniature sheet. I also asked for the two stamps from the top left corner of the sheet with the stamp sheet boarder attached. This meant I got the boarder area with the additional text which read:

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

ACCESSION OF KING GEORGE V

I then had these two stamps cancelled with a different first day of issue cancellation. Another personal souvenir.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

GvR – EIIR

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

1ST CLASS SPECIAL EXHIBITION CELEBRATION STAMP

 

My second copy of this card I took to the Korea post stand. There was a wide choice of single stamps, but I decided to spend a little more and buy this nice four stamp sheet featuring African animals and mask. I then applied this, and had it cancelled with their special cancel (more a cachet really) which features a London bus and the Big Ben clock tower (this same cancel/cachet was in use each day of the exhibition).

 

THE KINGS STAMP’S MINIATURE SHEET

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (8) 5. 10

 

Another stamp sheet which was issued by Royal Mail and available across the country.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Sold at the LONDON 2010 exhibition was a special show exclusive stamp sheet which contained eleven different Machin Queen’s head postage stamps and a LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS postage stamp sized logo label (bottom right corner). I bought a copy on the first day of the exhibition and as there was not a PHQ card issued for this stamp sheet (PHQ Cards are only issued for stamps and sheets available generally across the country. As this sheet was only available at the exhibition Royal Mail did not produce a card for it) I used this different, but still LONDON 2010 exhibition related, stamp sheet card. After applying the stamp sheet, I had it cancelled first day of issue with a special 8th May 2010 special hand stamp. Thus, I made another exhibition souvenir for myself (and it is rare to find this sheet on postcard as again most were applied to cover envelopes).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

THE KINGS STAMP’S MINIATURE SHEET

 

On some country stands you could obtain the special cancel/cachet without having to buy any stamp. This was free under these circumstances and here I obtained three such marks:

1 - Australia post – London 2010

2 – Guernsey Post Office (a nice large boxed shaped cachet with the exhibitions logo)

3 – Jersey Post

 

SEA HORSES – THE KINGS STAMPS

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

10/- TEN SHILLINGS STAMP

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (7) 5. 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Just the one countries cancel/cachet on this card, although two strikes of it (two because the first one he applied upside down by mistake). This is the exhibition cachet for Finland (Suomi) – see further down for another example of this cachet on a stamp, and the proper reason why I got these ones here. 

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Here I took the card to two stands. On the left side is a stamp from the FAROE ISLANDS cancelled with their special exhibition cancellation.

On the right side is a stamp from Japan cancelled with their purple coloured Mount Fuji LONDON 2010 International Philatelic Exhibition special hand stamp.

 

SEA HORSES – THE KINGS STAMPS

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

£1 STAMP

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (5) 5. 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The Singapore stand had a large cachet (top left) which incorporated the exhibition logo (as a number of the cachets did), but they also had a special different dated cancellation for each day of the exhibition. I bought one stamp, a Tiger one, I love tigers, and had this cancelled with the special hand stamp for the 12th May, which depicts a pad stamp for applying cancels. This card has three strikes of this cancel as the first two were quite light. I then got two more:

8th May 2010 – depicts the front of the Business and Design Centre

10th May 2010 – depicts an aeroplane (used on ‘Air Mail’ day at the exhibition)

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

On the left side you have the circular shaped (here with its boarder blocks still in place) NEW ZEALAND $1.10 stamp (a stamp I really liked which is why I chose it), also, the kiwi appeared in the special hand stamp as well as the stamp.

On the right side is the Euro 1.30 stamp from Monaco which was issued to celebrate their appearance at the LONDON 2010 Festival of Stamps. This stamp depicts the Tower Bridge in London. The stamp has been cancelled with their special show cachet/cancel.

 

BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION – THE KINGS STAMPS

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

1 ½ PENCE STAMP

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (6) 5. 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

On the left side is the special show cachet used on the combined stand of the following postal history societies:

1 – Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain

2 – Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group

3 – Pitcairn Islands Study Group

4 – St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society

This nice, and quite large cachet features the head of an albatross and has ‘Festival of Stamps’ underneath the image. This cachet was free and the people on the stand were happy to apply it to anything philatelic.

On the right side is the CANADA POST ‘Year of the Ox’ postage stamp with a bottom section of boarder. There are also two strikes of the ‘CANADA POST – POSTES CANADA – LONDON 2010 INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 2010 – LONDON, ENGLAND’ cancellation/cachet, which both missed the stamp, although one did catch the boarder section underneath the stamp.       

 

BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION – THE KINGS STAMPS

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

1 ½ PENCE STAMP

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (6) 5. 10

 

The front of this PHQ stamp card has the HONG KONG LONDON 2010 cachet. They kindly applied a strike of this cachet to the front of this card because the one on the reverse side was partially, in their opinion, not mine, obscured by the stamp I used on that side – see below

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The HONG KONG, CHINA postal authority had issued a nice special single stamp miniature sheet which was available on their stand. I visited Hong Kong back in 1981 and have always had an interest in the island and the mainland area called Kowloon. So, when I saw this $10 sheet, I had to have it and apply it to one of these cards for my collection, and get it cancelled with the stands very nice perforated edged cachet. I think this looks great (and it may even be unique if no one else did this, and who else is as mad as me?)

 

£1 ACCESSION OF KING GEORGE V

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (2) 5. 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

On the left side you have a 7.00 value stamp from Greenland (Kaalaallit Nunaat Gronland) which has been cancelled by the stands special LONDON 2010 show cachet.

On the right side you have the special stamp issued by Norway (Norge) to celebrate the LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS and their appearance at the show. This a ‘A - Europa’ valued stamp and this has been cancelled with a LONDON – NORWAY POST – 2010 cachet. As is the case with Norway and other Scandinavian countries they have applied a second strike of the cachet away from the stamp.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

At the exhibition there was an Olympic themed stand which had its own two cachets, this time applied in blue ink. One read:

 

VILLE CANDIDATE

LONDON 2012

CANDIDATE CITY

JEUX OLYMPIQUES 2012

 

And a second blue box like special cancel:

 

STAMP WORLD EXHIBITIONS

LONDON 2010

FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

8 – 15 MAY 2010

 

Both these cachets would be of interest to anyone who collects Olympic themed items, but for me it is the LONDON 2012 Olympic games connection with the top cachet that really appeals as I subsequently collected the postcards connected with the London Olympic games. This cachet is an early philatelic item related to those games.

 

BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION – THE KINGS STAMPS

LONDON 2010 FESTIVAL OF STAMPS

1 PENCE STAMP

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 336 (4) 5. 10

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

On one of the above PHQ postcards I had some of the daily Singapore cancels applied (8th, 10th and 12th May). On this card here I had some of the others:

9th May – this one shows a magnifying glass and a stamp in tweezers

11th May – this one depicts Tower Bridge  

13th May – this one has a guardsman depicted (an iconic London landmark as well)

14th May – a cachet showing the red post box

15th May – the iconic red London bus

The card also has the large ‘SINGAPORE - LONDON 2010 – FESTIVAL OF STAMPS’ cachet which was in use every day.    

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

Three different stands were attended to obtain the stamps that have been used here:

TOP LEFT: ICELAND (Island). This is another of the many occasions when a stamp needed to be bought to obtain the special show cachet/cancel. I thought this stamp was quite a nice one.

BOTTOM LEFT: SWEDEN (Sverige). I try to go for wildlife stamps if there are any nice ones and this seabed one with the starfish appealed. I also liked the child themed SWEDEN POST cachet.

RIGHT SIDE: FINLAND (Suomi Finland). The teddy bear stamp is a self-adhesive stamp which I had to very carefully peel away from its backing paper so that the stamp did not come away from what I thought was an attractive sheet boarder area which I wanted to keep. The cancel used on the Finland stand was one which would not dry quickly enough so tended to smear if applied to any stamps, as what happened here, but as you will have seen above, I also had the cachet applied to another card but without any stamps (the kind server on the stand was happy to do this for me).

 

So, there you have it. Some of my souvenirs from the last big decade London international back in 2010 (there was another big London fair held in 2015, but it was not one of the big Decade events). I am looking forward to the next one being held in May 2020. Hopefully through this webpage we will visit it together     

 

06/08/2019

THE THING vs THE HULK

The Thing vs The Hulk. These two incredibly powerful creatures battled for the first time in Fantastic Four #25 and #26”

Published by

MARVEL COMICS GROUP

Copyright 1978

 

This postcard is one that has been removed from a large postcard book that was issued in 1978. The full book is quite a collectible item if found complete, and individual cards from it sell, or at least appear for sale, on eBay for what I think are some ridiculous prices ($18 and above). Cheaper singles from the book can be fund though, and apart from being lucky enough to have a complete mint book I also have a number of single cards I picked up way back in the early 1980’s when I got them for a reasonable, but not cheap price.

So, when I decided to visit an event called ‘Multicon 98’ (a science fiction film and television fair organised by David Prowse – Darth Vader in Star Wars – and held in Blackpool) and discovered that the actor Lou Ferrigno was attending I immediately thought of this card and decided to have him sign it – see below. If you are unaware, I should explain that Lou Ferrigno played the Hulk In the television series that ran from 1977 to 1982. So, this card was then an ideal card for his signature.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Signed by Lou Ferrigno

 

PHOTOGRAPH

The actor Lou Ferrigno

 

06/08/2019

BUSH MOTHERHOOD,

KOALA’S

AT KOALA PARK

SYDNEY

Unknown Publisher / Printer

 

Koala Park, or Koala Park Sanctuary as it is now known, is a privately-owned wildlife park located in West Pennant Hills, Sydney, Australia. The sanctuary was built in the 1920’s and it opened in 1930. The owner Noel Burnet was concerned about the number of koalas being killed for the fur trade. Fearing that the koalas would become extinct he spent the rest of his life dedicated to preserving the koala’s habitat.

The park/sanctuary was and is a popular tourist location, but controversy hit the sanctuary in 2010 when the Department of Primary Industries inspected the site and found ageing and dirty exhibits, drainage problems and poor record keeping. Notices were served on the sanctuary to fix these problems. Issues appear to have continued as the sanctuary was fined by the RSPCA at a court hearing in 2016 ($75,000).

Anyway, this postcard is hopefully from a much better time at the sanctuary, which I hope has overcome the issues mentioned above.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A very simple layout

 

06/08/2019

UNTITLED

PANDA

By

MAL WATSON

Published by

BEECHWOOD PUBLICATIONS LTD

Ref: 553589

 

Mal Watson was a popular artist of the early 1980’s and more than one company produced his artwork on postcard (ATHENA INTERNATIONAL was another one of these). Beechwood Publications Ltd were issuing postcards in the early to mid-1980’s and I first came across their postcards in 1984, but by then they already had a large output. This panda design is one of their best and one you rarely come across on dealers stalls and there are none currently on eBay (I checked today).    

 

06/08/2019

KARKONOSZE

SNIEZKA

Published by

KRAJOWA AGENCJA WYDAWNICZA

 

The Karkonosze are also known as the Krkonose, Riesengebirge, Riesageberge or Giant Mountains. They are a mountain range located in the north area of the Czech Republic and the south-west of Poland and are part of the Sudetes mountain system.

Sniezka (or Snezka) is a mountain on the border of the above two countries and its summit, at 1603 metres is the highest point in the Czech Republic. The building you see here is the restaurant Sniezka at the top of the mountain.

Ordinarily, I would not buy a card like this (unless on a holiday here, which I have not done), but this is another example of me being far more interested in something on the reverse side.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

What I like here is the applied purple restaurant cachet which could only be obtained by visiting the restaurant building depicted on the front of this postcard and buying a card up on top of this mountain. As I have mentioned before, I love cachets and other marks when they applied to postcards, it is something I look out for.

 

06/08/2019

RICHMOND ROYAL HORSE SHOW

UNKNOWN ARTIST

1928

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: LTM 501

 

This is an older card which is no longer available at the museum, but it is a superb poster design and one which is probably only available on this issued postcard. Another example of the excellent cards published by this museum, and why they are collected by so many people.

 

06/08/2019

A DAY IN THE ZOO

Photograph

1981

DANIEL S. SORINE

Published by

THE AMERICAN POSTCARD CO., INC.

Ref: 275

 

I briefly, but only briefly, considered placing this one in my Censored area, but then I realised that there is nothing here to be offended by. It is just something that animals do, and which is the highlight, when it happens, of any schoolboys visit to a zoo! I assume this was taken at an American zoo because of the publishing company (and the sunshine, he says whilst laughing).

 

06/08/2019

BELLE HUGS BOO

“BELLE & BOO”

Published by

NINETEEN SEVENTY THREE LIMITED (1973)

Copyright 2009

Ref: CARD: 2105

 

This is one of a bunch of postcards that my daughter bought for me some years ago for my birthday. I like both children and animal postcards, especially when they are combined. I think this design could be described as cute.

 

 

06/08/2019

PHQ STAMP CARDS

FULL UNOPENED SEALED PACKS

THE WEDDING OF PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER

1981

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref:

(1) – 14p Value Stamp – PHQ 53 (a) 7/81

(2) – 25p Value Stamp – PHQ 53 (b) 7/81

 

PHOTOGRAPH

 

The two sealed packs for the 14p and the 25p stamps issued to celebrate the royal wedding in 1981. These are not the first sealed packs of these PHQ stamp cards that I have shown on the webpage, but these are the first, I think, that I have shown which are sealed in the cellophane wrapping with the orange ‘House of Questa’ logo on them.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH

 

Front and back of packages

 

PHOTOGRAPH

 

The two packs stacked on top of each other

 

06/08/2019

POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

“CUT OUTS”

Used on envelope

 

The pre-printed postage stamp impressions printed on postal stationery post cards technically retained their postal payment even if they were removed from the postcard by cutting them out, thus the name for these cut off (out) post card printed postage stamps. Philatelic collectors love to play around with their stamps so many did cut out these stamps and then glued them down onto envelopes and posted this, often to themselves for their collection. I suspect this is what happened here.

Some people of course could potentially have received a postal stationery card through the post on which the post office had failed to cancel the stamp. Although technically illegal, they could cut off the uncancelled stamp and use it as here. Although I suspect this did happen, I still believe most of these contrived items are philatelic in origin and come from collectors. They are sought after as something different.

 

05/08/2019

TABLE MOUNTAIN

ORIGINAL ROCK

Novelty Item Postcard with encapsulated piece of

TABLE MOUNTAIN

attached to card

Published by

MAIL – A – PIECE

 

The card is a bit tatty and looks like it has been to the wars and back, but it was given to me and I loved the fact that the encapsulated piece of rock which is alleged to be from Table Mountain, which is the iconic flat topped mountain which is in South Africa. The mountain overlooks the city of Cape Town and is a major tourist attraction, thus the postcard you see here.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I notice that you can see even more of the ruggedness of this postcard, but as I said above, I do like this one anyway. Also, I got a good laugh from the line of text down the far-left side which reads:

 

‘CONTENTS NOT CONSUMABLE’

 

Who would even consider eating this? I know there is ‘rock’ at the seaside which we all love and consume when on holiday, but really? Would you mistake this piece of grey-brown stone as something you could ‘consume’?

 

05/08/2019

NOVELTY “POSTCARD” ITEM

BALSA WOOD PLANE THAT LOOPS

AND GLIDES, IN A POSTCARD!

“Make your own plane”

CARTE POSTALE AVION!

Designed by

MAT LYON

Published by

SUCK UK LTD

“Fill in the postcard & decorate the plane, then send it through the post. Whoever you send it to can then assemble the plane with your message on and take to the skies!”

(Text on reverse side of packaging)

 

This item has been around for a couple of years and I saw it several times before I decided to obtain one for my novelty collection. It’s a weird thing, but then I like weird, and I also like aeroplanes.  

 

 

INSIDE OF PACKAGING

This is the Balsa Wood Aeroplane Postcard within the folded card

 

 

05/08/2019

NODDY GETS A SHORT,

SHARP SHOCK!

By

PUNCHARD

Published by

RHINOCEROS POSTCARDS

 

I first saw this postcard many years ago, in fact I think it was late 1980’s, so it is an older modern design. It originates from the political postcard publishing high of that decade when many anti-police and anti-government designs were coming out. Poor old Noddy does seem to be getting a bit of a beating here!

 

05/08/2019

SOUTHEND

THE HIGH STREET

Published by

WRENCH

THE WRENCH SERIES

(Printed in Saxony)

Ref: No. 4432

 

My hometown High Street has changed almost entirely from when this photograph was taken. The postcard depicted here was posted in 1903 so the photograph is from probably quite close to this time. This picture is a great one for early history, especially my local history. The cloths are fascinating and there is an abundance of horse drawn transportation, which is always a good indicator of how early an image was taken. We still have a W.H. SMITH, but it’s not anything like the one shown on the corner here. All this local history for just £3, worth every penny.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Posted locally in Southend on the September 17th 1903 with the postage stamp cancelled with a boxed ‘SOUTHEND-ON-SEA’. I know people who collect the local cancellations of their hometown or county and my friends here would like this cancel, although it is a common one.

 

05/08/2019

“QUEEN VICTORIA BICENTENARY”

ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET

PHQ Set 457

(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)

Stamps issued – 24TH May 2019

(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)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

 

The Victorian era is one of my favourite, if not the favourite, periods of history. It was when postcards were invented, and so much more. As a result, I do love postcards which relate to the history of this time, and nothing is more important to this time than the queen herself. The portrait stamps in the individual stamp set are all paintings showing Queen Victoria throughout her long reign, but for me it was the stamps in the miniature stamp sheet, and the sheet itself, which were more interesting.

 

(TOP)

1890 – QUEEN VICTORIA IN HER LATER YEARS

1ST CLASS VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (1)

 

(BOTTOM)

1878 – QUEEN VICTORIA AND BENJAMIN DISRAELI

1ST CLASS VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (2)

 

 

(TOP)

1876 – QUEEN VICTORIA WITH SERVANT, JOHN BROWN

£1.35 VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (3)

 

(BOTTOM)

1859 – QUEEN VICTORIA WEARING HER ROBES OF STATE

£1.35 VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (4)

 

I think this is one of the nicest portrait paintings of the Queen, although the lack of a smile is still a consistent element with her pictures, both paintings, as shown here, and in photographs.

 

(TOP)

1840 – MARRIAGE OF VICTORIA AND ALBERT

£1.60 VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (5)

 

(BOTTOM)

1830 – PRINCESS VICTORIA AGED ELEVEN

£1.60 VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (6)

 

This image might be the most unusual of this set of six. Pictures of Queen Victoria when she was younger and still a princess. Images like this appear on postcards far less than later images when she became Queen.

 

(TOP)

MODEL LODGE, KENNINGTON

1ST CLASS STAMP FROM THE MINIATURE STAMP SHEET ISSUED ALONGSIDE THE ABOVE QUEEN VICTORIA SIX STAMP SET

1ST CLASS VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (7)

 

(BOTTOM)

BALMORAL CASTLE, SCOTLAND

1ST CLASS STAMP FROM THE MINIATURE STAMP SHEET ISSUED ALONGSIDE THE ABOVE QUEEN VICTORIA SIX STAMP SET

1ST CLASS VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (8)

 

One of the Queens residences and depicted here in what I think is a delightful picture which is again enhanced here with a superb pictorial cancellation on the applied stamp.

 

 

THE NEW CRYSTAL PALACE, SYDENHAM

1ST CLASS STAMP FROM THE MINIATURE STAMP SHEET ISSUED ALONGSIDE THE ABOVE QUEEN VICTORIA SIX STAMP SET

£1.55 VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (9)

 

This is my favourite stamp from this entire set as it depicts a building which I collect on postcard. My reason for collecting any image of the Crystal Palace is its much later connection with the early days of British television. I also find the whole story behind the construction of this palace fascinating and I have books, stamps, covers and other ephemera from its lifespan in my collection.

 

ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON

1ST CLASS STAMP FROM THE MINIATURE STAMP SHEET ISSUED ALONGSIDE THE ABOVE QUEEN VICTORIA SIX STAMP SET

£1.55 VALUE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (10)

 

THE LEGACY OF PRINCE ALBERT MINIATURE SHEET

THE ENTIRE MINIATURE SHEET

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 457 (11)

 

This is the full stamp sheet that contained the four stamps depicted above. With this sheet it was just the right size for an entire sheet to be applied to the front of a single PHQ card and cancelled. I liked the fact that Alberts contribution to the era, which was quite exceptional considering his fights against prejudice at the time. This sheet shows what he did achieve.

 

04/08/2019

UNTITLED

Published by

Paperchase

 

I have not seen this one for awhile so it may not be available any longer. Not sure how you would describe this one as it is an unusual piece of artwork. I like robots, so this sort of appealed to me, although I do think it’s weird.

 

ENLARGEMENT OF LOWER AREA AT BOTTOM

OF THE REVERSE SIDE

I liked the little added coloured ‘thing’

 

04/08/2019

SOISSONS

Unnamed Publisher

Ref: 42

 

There is not a lot of details on this card, just the location: Soissons, and the number 42. There is even less on the reverse side! So, some research was required.

The image here depicts the ruins of the Abbey of St Jean des Vignes which was founded on St John’s hill in the year 1076, for a community of Augustinian Canons. The abbey was later suppressed during the period of the French Revolution and the structure was then put to military purposes with an arsenal added to the building.

The site was acquired by the town of Soissons (thus the title on the postcard) in the 1970’s when the buildings that remained were eventually turned into an educational and heritage related offices.

If you did not know otherwise, you could be mistaken and believe this was a WWI shell damage card, but it’s not.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

See, no information whatsoever! I assume this was a local issue and one designed to be sold to tourists who would have visited this northern French commune in the department of Aisne in the region of Hauts-de-France.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

As the ruins above look today

 

04/08/2019

GOLDEN KAMUY

2014 TO PRESENT

NODA SATORU

Graphic reproduction

Lent to the Museum by the Artist

Copyright Satoru Noda SHUEISHA

Published by

THE BRITISH MUSEUM

Ref: E16040

 

This is the piece of artwork that the museum has used for its special Manga Exhibition that is currently on at the museum. This artwork appears on the main banners outside the museum and on the advertising posters and other publicity material like brochures and flyers. As a result of all this, this is a great souvenir for anyone visiting this exhibition.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has a nice little round sticker applied to it which reads: APPROVED BY SHUEISHA, which makes this an official card.

 

04/08/2019

REMOTE CONTROL

REVOLVING FLASHING

ROBOT

BATTERY OPERATED

WITH NOISE

1950

Published by the

 SCIENCE MUSEUM (LONDON)

Ref: 447089

 

Another piece of packaging artwork for a Robot toy made in Japan but designed for sale in America. These postcards, there were several (I have already shown a ‘Space Dog’ one previously), were amongst my best finds on my last trip to London. These are great examples of what can be found in specialist museum gift shops and why they are always worth a look.

 

04/08/2019

DUG’S ‘UP’ FOR FUN

IN CINEMAS OCT 9

Published by

BOOMERANG (MEDIA CARDS)

 

No year is given in the text on the reverse side, but then why would they have needed one. As the film came out in 2009 it is naturally to assume this postcard was released then. I only recently got ahold of my copy but am willing to assume that there were other cards printed for some of the other, especially main, characters. I shall have to keep my eye out for them

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

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