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26/08/2019

LEFT SIDE CARD:

COMME IL FAIT BON VOGUER LE SOIR SUR LE FLOT VERT

QUAND LA BRISE D’AMOUR VIENT CARESSER LA MER

As it’s good voguer evening on the green flow

When the breeze of love happens the sea’

 

RIGHT SIDE CARD:

LE VERILABLE AMOUR NE PERD JAMAIS COURAGE

ET SORT VICTORIEUX DES FLOTS ET DE L’ORAGE

True love never loses courage

And victorious spot of the flows and the storm’

 

Both Postcards Published by

A N PARIS

Both postcards have the number

450

Bottom right side on the front

 

Another two French published photographic postcards which are part of a series. Clearly this couple have gone out for a sail on a most inappropriate night! Judging from the second card the storm has caused some damage to their boat, although they seem to have reached the rock without getting in the least bit wet!

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE TWO POSTCARDS

They both have the same layout

 

26/08/2019

LEFT SIDE CARD:

MERCI DE VOTRE BON SOUVENIR

‘Thank you for your good souvenir’

 

RIGHT SIDE CARD:

MERCI DE VOS BONS SOUHAITS

‘Thank you for your good wishes’

 

Both Postcards Published by

A N PARIS

Both postcards have the number

676

Bottom left side on the front

 

Two French published photographic postcards of the type so popular during the 1920’s and 1930’s in France. Both images have a nicely dressed pretty women on them and the traditional postcard content of flowers. They also have the spot colour which was popular at this time and which was used to make the cards stand out to people walking past.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE TWO POSTCARDS

They both have the same layout

 

26/08/2019

FRANCE

TELEFAUNE

‘UN GRAND BRAVO!’

‘BRAVO’

By

ANOUCHKA WINCZEWSKA

Published by

EDITIONS DES CORRESPONDANCES

Printed in France

Ref: TV 117

 

I bought this round cornered postcard in France a couple of years ago. I have always found France to be a good source of attractive and unusual modern postcards. This is another example of such a card.

 

26/08/2019

FOUR POSTCARDS

UNCUT SHEET

THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE

Came free with Issue:

Issue 317, September 2019

SFX MAGAZINE

 

With this recent issue there were four exclusive free postcards depicting artwork designs for the new television series based on the 1982 feature film ‘THE DARK CRYSTAL’. This new series is called ‘THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE’. If you were a fan of this original puppet film, made by the creator of the Muppets, then these cards are worth seeking out (I am sure some will appear on eBay as not all those who buy or receive the magazine will want them). I shall be keeping mine.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Cover of my copy of the SFX Magazine

I have a subscriber’s issue which comes without any extra writing on the cover – called ‘Text Free’ editions.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

There is also an A4 card with sketch designs for characters, an A4 sheet of stickers and a very large double-sided poster which all come with this issue.

 

26/08/2019

UNTITLED

YOUNG GIRL SAT ON BLOCK

PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO POSTCARD

PRINTED (Probably for a family member of the young girl)

By the

JEROME

Photographic studio

BRITISH MADE

 

Something about this image appealed to me, maybe the young child, who to me looks a little worried about having her photograph taken. Maybe this is why she has brought her little doll, or did the photographer have the doll in their studio for just such an occasion. To be honest though, it was when I turned the card over and saw the printers mark, or logo, as used down the centre of the reverse side. I like this sort of thing.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

26/08/2019

OSBORNE HOUSE

ISLE OF WIGHT

Novelty Jigsaw Postcard

Produced for ENGLISH HERITAGE

Sold exclusively at

OSBORNE HOUSE

Ref: PC Puzzle Osborne 500366

 

I recently posted some images of wooden postcards from different English Heritage locations. When I found them, I also found some jigsaw puzzle postcards, but not at all the places. This one here is the card from Osborne House.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE JIGSAW POSTCARD

 

These are £2.50 which I think is a reasonable price. As you can see you get this item in a sealed tight cellophane bag which contains the complete jigsaw postcard, an envelope, and the information back card that you can see here. The instructions for these jigsaw postcards have always been simple, and they have remained the same down through all the years these have been produced.

 

26/08/2019

 

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

ISLE OF WIGHT

Novelty Jigsaw Postcard

Produced for ENGLISH HERITAGE

Sold exclusively at

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

Ref: PC Puzzle Carisbrooke Castle 500367

 

This is in the same format as the previously depicted Osborne House jigsaw postcard. The image used here is the castles famous well wheel. This large wheel has been used for centuries to bring water up from the well that it is right beside it. This has historically been done by donkeys (human prisoners took too long) and they put on shows during the day where you can see a donkey using the wheel. These displays are always popular and the little wheel house gets packed, so if you come here find out what time the displays are (there are not many) and queue up early (unless the castle is empty of course, which is really only in the winter months).

 

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

JIGSAW

Produced for ENGLISH HERITAGE

Sold exclusively at

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

Ref: 502834 PC Carisbrooke Castle Jigsaw

 

This is not a Jigsaw postcard, Jigsaw is the name of the donkey depicted (I know, a bit confusing after the above postcard). The castle currently has four donkey’s and they each get a postcard of their own. The donkeys are so popular and have been a tourist attraction at the castle since its opening to the public, although there were donkeys at the castle for many, many years before this.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

JACK

Produced for ENGLISH HERITAGE

Sold exclusively at

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

Ref: 502832 PC Carisbrooke Castle Jack

 

If Was to have only bought one of the four donkey postcards it would have been this one of Jack. This is because Jack was the donkey that I saw using the well wheel during the display I watched. I suspect that people who are not collectors often buy just the one card, the one which depicts the donkey they saw during their display. Jack was a cheeky donkey and was always trying to escape the building (the person giving the display explained that Jack often escapes the donkey stables and lets the others out and the escape to the moat area where it takes staff all day to get them back).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

JILL

Produced for ENGLISH HERITAGE

Sold exclusively at

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

Ref: 502833 PC Carisbrooke Castle Jill

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

JUNO

Produced for ENGLISH HERITAGE

Sold exclusively at

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

Ref: 502837 PC Carisbrooke Castle Juno

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

PHOTOGRAPH

16TH AUGUST 2019

Jack showing the tourists how the well wheel works

 

PHOTOGRAPH

16TH AUGUST 2019

Jack showing the tourists how the well wheel works

 

PHOTOGRAPH

16TH AUGUST 2019

Jack showing the tourists how the well wheel works

 

PHOTOGRAPH

16TH AUGUST 2019

Jack showing the tourists how the well wheel works

 

 

26/08/2019

THE DONKEY IN THE WHEEL,

CARISBROOKE CASTLE I. W.

Published by

NIGH, VENTNOR, I. W.

Ref: 1381

 

I found this much older postcard depicting a donkey in the wheel when I visited an antique’s shop in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. I bought this the day before I visited Carisbrooke Castle. It is also a good example of just how long there have been ‘Donkey’ postcards being sold at Carisbrooke Castle.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

25/08/2019

SIEGFRIED FRENZEL

GEB. AM 24 OKTOBER 1931

IN LEIPZIG,

REDELLE BEREILS IM

MAI 1933 QUER DURCH DIE MESSESTADT!

DER JUNGSTE KUNSTREDFAHRER DER WELT!

“Siegfried Frenzel

Born on 24 October 1931

In Leipzig

Redelle Works Im

May 1933

May 1933 cross through the Messestadt

The youngest artist of the world!

 

Published by

ANSCHRIFT: SIEGFR. FRENZEL, LEIPZIG C 1, HINDENBURGSTR. 19b

Ref: B 4872 33

 

Clearly this is some sort of third Reich propaganda because of the German locations and the small, but clear, swastikas at the top left and on the handlebars of the cycle top centre. If I have got this right the card is celebrating the fact that Siegfried, aged just 1 year and 7 months seems to have cycled from Leipzig to Munich! (Messestadt is an urban district in the east of Munich). Now, I have looked into this, and the distance between Leipzig, Siegfried’s home, and Munich is around 430 km. That’s some cycling! By car this journey takes around 4 hours, so this seems a bit unrealistic to me, so was the cycling done around a different route? Perhaps just around, or through the district of Messestadt as that would seem more reasonable and could be considered an achievement for a child under 2 yrs, but as the card seems to have been printed in Leipzig perhaps my first presumption is correct!       

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

25/08/2019

 

LSWR 02 Class No. W24 ‘CALBOURNE’

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

Official Postcard Release

PRINTED IN THE UK BY WRITTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC, BRIDGNORTH

Ref: IWR 20J

 

This is one of 14 Isle of Wight Steam Railway postcards I bought on my visit two weeks ago. I am only showing you one here, but if you would like to see all 14 of the postcard’s I bought then check out the new tab:

 

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

 

Here all the postcards can be found. I think these are beautifully produced postcards but I did not want to flood the main webpage page with 14 images of steam trains and railway stations, so I created this new section.

 

24/08/2019

SUNGEI SEKAYAN ACTION

By

T. CUNEO

“In August 1965 a patrol of the 2nd Green Jackets (The King’s Royal Rifle Corps) successfully ambushed thirty Indonesians. Lieutenant Robertson was awarded the Military Cross for this action”

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

Published by

BERIC TEMPEST & CO. LTD

ST. IVES, CORNWALL

‘BERIC TEMPEST COLOURCARD’

 

Postcards related to military engagements that occurred post World War II are not that common. This is a good example of a small engagement which I suspect would be hard to source on postcard if it were not for this postcard issue depicting a painting by the great military and train painter Terence Cuneo.  

 

 

24/08/2019

QUEER EYES THESE

EARTH PEOPLE HAVE!

By

XERXES

Published by

UNNAMED PUBLISHER

(Has a COLOURMASTER INTERNATIONAL styled reverse layout)

Ref: 100074

 

There was a wide range of Xerxes seaside saucy styled postcards released and I have put together a personal collection which is reasonably large. I like these and although there were many who copied the style, I think Xerxes was the best and this artists issues, all with the artists name down one side of each image, are therefore the ones which are valued higher (anywhere up to £4 each depending on pictorial content). This is one I managed to pick up recently in a stamp shop in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. I had been aware of it for many years, but a copy had eluded me.

 

24/08/2019

LUCA, ITALY

Novelty:

JIGSAW PUZZLE POSTCARD

Unknown Publisher

(The jigsaw card is cellophane wrapped with an envelope which prevents you seeing the back of the actual jigsaw)

 

I really like novelty postcards and jigsaw postcards have been around for many years. These usually come with an envelope so that the sender can write their message on the back of the card and then break up the separate bits and place these in the envelope and send them to the recipient, who then has to make the jigsaw up to read the message.

This one here, and the jigsaw postcard below, I found in a charity shop in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It seems an unusual place to find such cards, but then it also goes to show that it is always worth checking charity shops.

 

LUCA, ITALY

Novelty:

JIGSAW PUZZLE POSTCARD

Unknown Publisher

(The jigsaw card is cellophane wrapped with an envelope which prevents you seeing the back of the actual jigsaw)

 

24/08/2019

ROUGH SEA,

CLARENCE PIER,

SOUTHSEA

Published by

THE “MILTON” SERIES

WOOLSTONE BROS

‘THIS IS A REAL HANDCOLOURED PHOTOGRAPH’

(Descriptive line down centre on reverse side)

 

This is described as a ‘Handcoloured Photograph’, but really this just means that the sea has been coloured blue. ‘Rough Seas’ postcards were highly popular with the Victorians, but this card here is from the 1920’s (someone has very kindly written the date they bought the card on the reverse side: 1928) and it is nice to see that some traditions keep going.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

24/08/2019

THE ISLE OF WIGHT

IT’S HARDLY CHANGED A BIT!

Clockwise from top left: Alum Bay with paddler Lorna Doone leaving pier (circa 1925).

Ryde Pier and the steam train (1935), Ventnor Pier and Western Esplanade (1926).

Godshill Old Cottages and Church (circa 1938).

Centre – Ladies from a 1950’s postcard

Published by

W. J. NIGH & SONS LTD

SHANKLIN I. W.

NIGH – VINTAGE ISLE OF WIGHT COLLECTION

Ref: WJN2853

 

I found this postcard two weeks ago when I visited the Isle of Wight. It can almost be said that this postcard has been designed to appeal to postcard collectors. It has vintage black and white photographs, two of which have a transport theme, and a central image taken from an original postcard. What surprised me was how many non-collectors were also buying copies of this card, but then it was a bargain at just 25p.

 

 

23/08/2019

ORDERS OF THE GERMAN COMMANDANT

JULY 2ND, 1940

‘ORDERS OF THE COMMANDANT OF THE GERMAN

FORCES IN OCCUPATION

OF THE ISLAND OF JERSEY

Published by the

GERMAN MILITARY UNDERGROUND HOSPITAL,

ST LAWRENCE, JERSEY

Copyright 1979

 

I do like postcards which depict items of memorabilia which are military related, and this one definitely fits the bill. It reproduces the orders that were given to the Islanders upon the commencement of the German occupation of the Channel Islands. No 11 made me laugh: ‘BANKS AND SHOPS WILL BE OPEN AS BEFORE’.     

 

22/08/2019

IGHTHAM MOTE,

KENT

NATIONAL TRUST

 

I visited this lovely house on Tuesday on my way home. If you are ever anywhere near here this is a delightful house to visit and one which has history going back to the 14th century. It is the oldest house with a full moat in the UK and it also has a Grade II listed dog kennel!

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

THE EAST FRONT IS THE MOST COMPLEX,

OF MANY DIFFERENT DATES

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 1013784

 

This is the front of one of the postcards I bought at the gift shop. I had some real fun with these as you will see below. But, getting back to this image, it does show how this house has been added to over the centuries.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

When you pay at the entrance to the property, which is some short walk away from the front of the actual house, you get a circular orange coloured sticker which you need to show to gain access to the house itself. Obviously, Jo and I got one each, so I had two, but I returned to the desk later and asked if it was possible to have a few more to stick on my postcards and the very kind lady gave me some. One of these is applied here to the back of this postcard.

Once I was inside the house, I found that there is a quiz for kids to use where upon their completion they receive a different sticker which depicts the Grade II listed Dog-Kennel. Now, clearly, I am not a child, but again I asked nicely, and another lady again gave me a handful (you don’t get if you don’t ask). I then stuck one of these down on this card as well.

National Trust properties each have a cachet which visitors can have stamped into a passport which can also be bought from them. People take their passport to places and get as many cachets as they can. I like to get these cachets applied to postcards as an extra little souvenir of my visit. The kind lady in the gift shop (the cachets are usually available at the gift shop counter) was happy to cachet several of my cards for and the cachet can be seen here on this one. I think this combination makes this a superb souvenir. You may like to try this approach yourself.

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

THE EAST FRONT IS THE MOST COMPLEX,

OF MANY DIFFERENT DATES

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 1013784

 

This is a second copy of this postcard where I applied the two stickers on the front. Again, I think this makes the card interesting.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF A THIRD COPY OF THIS CARD

 

On this third copy I had the passport cachet applied to the reverse side.

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

BEHIND THE COMPLEX EAST FRONT WAS THE SERVICEAREA OF THE HOUSE

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 1013785

 

This is probably my favourite postcard image of the house. I think this one shows just how unusual looking this structure is.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This card also had the passport cachet applied

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

BEHIND THE COMPLEX EAST FRONT WAS THE SERVICEAREA OF THE HOUSE

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 1013785

 

This second copy of the above postcard is one I used to apply the two stickers to the front of.

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

THE EAST RANGE AND DIDO’S 1891 KENNEL WITHIN THE COURTYARD

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 155878

 

Another of the cards on which I stuck down the two stickers on the front. This one seemed like a good one to use as the dog kennel which appears on one of the stickers also appears on this postcards image. The kennel appears bottom centre of the photograph.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

With no cachet or stickers

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

THE EAST RANGE AND DIDO’S 1891 KENNEL WITHIN THE COURTYARD

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 155878

 

Mint copy of above postcard

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with passport cachet

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

MOST OF THE NORTH FRONT WAS CONSTRUCTED c.1480

BY HAUT FAMILY

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 91757

 

As you can see, this another postcard upon the front of which I have applied the two available related stickers.

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

THE COURTYARD SEEN THROUGH THE GATEHOUSE ON THE WEST FRONT

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 1013795

 

As you can see, this another postcard upon the front of which I have applied the two available related stickers.

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

THE COURTYARD DOG KENNEL MADE IN 1891 FOR THE ST BERNARD NAMED DIDO

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 155826

 

This postcard’s image was one I just had to have for the dog kennel sticker. I also applied the circular orange coloured house entrance ticket sticker as well, but it is the dog kennel sticker which really goes with this postcard. Applying these stickers to the cards makes them something different.

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

NATURE AND ART

IGHTHAM MOTE, KENT – THE GATEWAY

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: NATTRUST001

 

This was the only art postcard on sale here, but it is a lovely one. This copy here was also the last one in the rack so I hope they have some more!

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with passport cachet

 

IGHTHAM MOTE

THE SOUTH-WEST AND SOUTH-EAST FRONTS SPAN THREE CENTURIES

Official National Trust Postcard

Ref: 69294

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with passport cachet

 

22/08/2019

‘AH! THERE’S BROWN AGAIN, A MOST ENTHUSIASTIC

BIRD WATCHER!’

No Publisher or Printer details given

Ref: 1006

 

There is something amusing about seeing one of your own hobbies being made fun of. I also do not know of any birdwatcher that uses quite such a big telescope!

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This postcard was posted in 1961 (22nd August) using a Queen Elizabeth II 2 ½ d Wilding definitive stamp issue. The cancellation is for CLIFTON, DEVON. I do rather like the unusual handwritten message:

 

“I’m a bird-dog

Love from

Huckleberry Hound”

 

I am assuming that Miss Jennifer Marchmont, from Warminster, knew the real name of ‘Huckleberry Hound’ because if not this would have been a very strange message to have received!

 

22/08/2019

GREETINGS FROM BRIGHTON

Madeira Drive – Black Rock Bathing Pool

Palace Pier

The Aquarium – The Fountain, Steine Gardens

Unnamed Publisher – Printer

Ref: 45 D

 

These are the type of postcards which are a great source of information to local historians. Postcards from the different eras show how buildings, roads and shops have changed. Even the major structures in any location can go through changes (I know this because the Pier in my own town, probably our main landmark, has gone through all sorts of quite major changes just in my own time).  I also like looking at the vehicles on these cards. Take a look at that bus, or coach that’s in the photograph bottom left. There are also more parked along the road.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A very simple layout, but I like this

 

22/08/2019

“GOSH WE NEARLY HAD A NASTY ACCIDENT, MR EXAMINER!!”

“NEARLY – I’VE HAD ONE!!”

By

A. TAYLOR

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD

Ref: “COMIC” Series No. 1988

 

This is a recurring joke across comic postcards, I have one where two people in a car have narrowly missed a train with the same, or practically the same, words.

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