CUNARD WHITE STAR LINER “534”
THE WORLD’S LARGEST LINER
Interestingly. Although Queen Mary is depicted in the cameo picture top right the actual name of the ocean liner is not given here on the postcard. Here the ship is just referred to by its number, 534. This is interesting as the company kept the name of the ship secret up until its launch, which was by Queen Mary. There is a story that the ship was to be called ‘Victoria’, but when a company representative asked the kings permission to name the ship after Britain’s ‘Greatest Queen’ the king apparently replied that his wife, Mary of Teck (Queen Mary) would be delighted. Therefore, the company were left with no other choice but to name the ship the ‘Queen Mary’. It is a great story, and it may even be true.
NOVELTY “BIRD” POSTCARD
The bird is attached to the card by a plastic strip and can be lifted up
When I recently saw this postcard in an antique’s shop for just £2, I knew I had to have it. I love novelty postcard items and I also love wildlife cards, especially bird related. This was made for me really.
Metal plaques with Donald McGill Postcard images on the front
These are not postcards as they are plaques designed to be mounted on the wall
(plain metal backed)
LESSER & PAVEY LTD
I was fortunate to come across five of these metal wall plaques (postcard sized) in a sale. I have always loved Donald McGill postcards, so when I saw these, I had to have them. The original price I believe was £2.99 (although I suspect they would cost more now as it was some years ago that I bought these. They were just 99p each in the sale). I depict all five here with the reverse side of one just to show you that they are plain metal backed.
Inkognito publisher some truly weird artwork postcards and I have been collecting examples of their cards for many years. This one I suspect is a recent one, one which I found last month whilst in Berlin. Today seemed to be a good day to post this one as although I have not heard of Trump dropping any clangers today, I can see our ‘Boris’ in the background there and Boris Johnson, our Prime Minister (at the moment anyway) is definitely not having a good couple of days. So far over the last two days Boris has had his first Prime Ministers Question Time in the House of Commons, he swore in the House of Commons, lost his majority, lost his parliamentary first vote in the House of Commons, sacked 21 Tory MP’s for voting against him in the pre-mentioned lost vote (these include Winston Churchill’s grandson, and an ex-chancellor – and may I just point out that Boris voted against the last Prime Minister…and kept his job), he was ‘told-off’ by the Speaker of the House for not following procedure by referring to Mr Corbyn by name and not referring to him as the honourable gentleman (a long standing rule and tradition of the house) and, if I am right, Boris is currently trying to trigger a vote on a General Election, but may be losing this as well. All in all, not a prestigious first couple of days in power.
Also, as an aside, who is that other bloke on the right, because I think he has the best hair!
POSTCARD EXHIBITIONS 1966
Top: THE LANDING STAGE, LIVERPOOL. YEAR 1930
Bottom: MARKET STREET, MANCHESTER. YEAR 1932
VALENTINE & SONS LTD (Dundee & London)
VALENTINE’S “REAL PHOTO”
Ref: M 7645
I did not visit this one, but then I was only 3 at the time! So, I only found out about this one through buying this postcard. I think this is a great postcard and it is one which does not turn up very often and when it does should cost you a pound or two.
REAL PHOTO-PHILIP G. HUNT – LONDON
What I like about this postcard is that it is mainly a photograph, certainly it is for the buildings and structures across the top half of the image, but, the vehicles, the lorries, across the bottom look like they have been artist drawn onto the photograph! I am wondering if it was too difficult to get the photograph done during the time all the delivery lorries were in place, and that when the photograph could be taken. they were all out doing their deliveries. So, they needed to be placed here as drawings.
EDWARD VIII CHINA
TRANSFER-PRINTED FOR HIS CORONATION CELEBRATIONS,
Published for the
CAMPFIELD PRESS, ST ALBANS, HERTS (Hertfordshire)
I have a large Royalty themed collection, but to be honest with you many of these are portrait photographs and paintings of members of the current and past royal families. Having said this, what I really like to hunt down is the more unusual royal postcards, like this one. Here you have the china which would have been available in 1937 for the coronation of Edward VIII if he had not abdicated in December 1936.
CHARLES SKILTON & FRY LTD., LONDON
“CHARLES SKILTON’S POSTCARD SERIES”
The Laker Airways charter airline was a wholly private, British independent airline founded by Sir Freddie Laker in 1966. The airline became a famous low-cost ‘no frills’ airline in 1977 flying between Gatwick airport and the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Unfortunately, the company crashed during the recession filled early years of the 1980’s with their last flight occurring on the 5th February 1982 (the company went bankrupt that same day). It was the flamboyance of Freddie Laker that led to the company growing in popularity with the public and which made such a well-known aviation company. As a result of this celebrity this postcard here is quite a popular one and can sell for £2 (£2+ on eBay)
Licence: BAVARIA SONOR
Ref: Best.-Nr. 1000-266 STARSCHNITT MAUS 1
This is the first card in a four-card composite issue which I bought in Munich about ten years ago. I think this is the type of postcard issue, which is both attractive and fun, something often missing with postcard production, but I think fun is very important.
SPECIAL DRY GIN
“By the 1930s cocktails were all the rage for high society. Giving ladies extra dash and bravado”
ROBERT OPIE COLLECTION
Ref: GLAMOROUS LADIES SERIES
I thought this was a stunning advert poster and could not resist it.
ANDROMEDA: Portscatho 1915
SALUTO: Mounts Bay 1911
BENCOOLEN: Bude Breakwater 1862
MARY BARROW: Porthminster Beach, St Ives 1908
From a watercolour by
HARRY McCONVILLE, Cornwall
JBA TRELEIGH EST, REDRUTH, CORNWALL
My son and his family bought me this one whilst on a holiday in Cornwall. I like transport and history and shipwrecks happen to combine both in a very interesting, and sadly often tragic way. The artwork here is very good and each image captures the horror and the bravery of each situation extremely well. The bravery comes from the lifeboat team that can be seen in the image top right.
THE SHELL SEEKERS
“Available from June 1st at your local branch of WH Smith”
Official Promotional Postcard
I can remember when this postcard appeared in the shops to promote this book. The book came out in 1987, so I assume logically that this card is from the same year. It never sounded like my sort of book, but I have always liked this piece of artwork, which was used on the cover.
DO YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH ME?
“If you like your action hot, you’ll love it heavy”
An advert for a certain type of computer game using a very un-pc image, but one which follows the type of images that originated in the original ‘Heavy Metal’ magazine, which I assume this game is based on. A bright and garish image, but a not unappealing one.
IN THE HEART OF SCENIC WISCONSIN
CELEBRATING NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK
POSTCARD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
KRAUSE PUBLICATIONS, INC., IOLA WI 54990
When I saw this postcard, I was intrigued by the text on the reverse side which read ‘Compliments of: POSTCARD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE’. I like postcards which have a bit of a story behind them and I felt this one probably did, and it was initially free (but I had to pay 50p to a postcard dealer)
PLAYFUL LITTLE CUSS,
TICHNOR QUALITY VIEWS
TICHNOR BROS., INC., BOSTON, MASS
A ‘Linen’ print American cartoon postcard which would have been considered quite risqué at the time of its release, although nothing like the cards published here in the UK. There is very little nudity here in comparison to what would have been on show with a saucy postcard from England, but who is to say this is not a bad thing.
JOHN PAUL II
PILGRIM IN ASSISI
(ASSISI: TOMBA DI S. FRANCESCO)
I have often lamented the lack of interest in religious themed postcards, but the bonus for the few that might be interested is that they are cheap, extremely cheap. Having said they are hardly collected by collectors, there are a whole number of religious people who buy this type of card and mount them on the wall or keep them as a souvenir of a papal visit.
TIGER, PANTHER AND KING TIGER
THE TANK MUSEUM, BOVINGTON CAMP,
THE TANK MUSEUM
Printed for the museum by
J. SALMON LTD., SEVENOAKS, KENT
Ref: 5 – 02 – 06 – 80
An old friend of mine posted on facebook today from this tank museum. It is a museum I have a range of postcards from but have never personally visited. I will have to amend this soon! I am definitely going to arrange a visit as tanks fascinate me and I collect images of first world war tanks on postcard and am fascinated by German WWII tanks, which is why I bought this card from a dealer.
FILLING UPPER MIRAFLORES LOCK,
Published as an advertising postcard by
SUCESION DE I. L. MADURP, JR.,
34-46 CATHEDRAL SQUARE, NEXT TO CENTRAL HOTEL,
P. O. BOX 281,
(Panama Hats, Silks, French Perfumes, Souvenirs, etc., etc)
The image here is quite interesting, especially to anyone who has an interest in the Panama Canal. I thought this side had some interest but to be honest it is the reverse side which fascinated me more.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
This card has been posted using a one cent ‘CANAL ZONE POSTAGE’ stamp which has been cancelled with a ‘NEW YORK. N.Y. 31 – PAQUEBOT’ cancellation. The Paquebot mark means that this postcard was posted at sea on board a boat or more likely a ship. There is an interesting range of dates and locations here as the hand written message is dated the 7th August 1938, and appears to have been written in Kingston Jamaica, although the postcard would have been bought at the advertised shop in Panama, and I am assuming the card was posted, possibly, whilst the ship was travelling through the Panama Canal, thus the Canal Zone Postage stamp. The card seems to have only taken a few days to be cancelled as the Paquebot mark is dated 11th August 1938. I think this has a nice and unusual usage and for just 50p a real bargain as well.
Russian Issued Postcard (so sadly I can not tell you who published this as I can’t read Russian)
(Bonus Postcard with attached extra image at side)
I picked this one up in a cheap box and I like postcards which depict old buses and coaches. This image is a great older modern postcard depicting a great old bus. Originally this postcard was published in Russia, but the city of Rivne is now located in Ukraine. This would explain why the “RIVNE” HOTEL is now called the Hotel Ukraine. It has also received a major paint upgrade and looks considerably more appealing now than it does here in this image
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
Exclusive design by
Published by the
I have found this map postcard on sale at two National Trust locations in Kent so far, Chartwell (Winston Churchill’s home – depicted on the map with Jock the cat who lives here and who appears on his own postcard sold at the house, a card which I have previously posted on the webpage) and Ightham Mote, which I have recently posted about. So, this map postcard should be easier to track down than each of the location’s exclusive postcards. If map postcards do ever come back into vogue this should be a collectable one.
DOVE AND COVER
MARK HATFIELD –
THE CENTRAL ILLUSTRATION AGENCY,
36 WELLINGTON STREET,
COVENT GARDEN, LONDON
Free Rack Card
This is a nice design which has an almost cartoon like style, although the message is obviously a more adult one, and one cleverly wrapped up in the title and the use of doves of peace and the CND logo which appears on the flag being raised by the soldiers bottom right, soldiers which mirror those who were photographed raising the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II. Overall, I think this was a nice free postcard design.
“PRIDE OF THE SOUTH”
A BURRELL SHOWMAN’S ENGINE No. 2870
J. ARTHUR DIXON LTD
I was with my grandson when I came across this postcard in an antique’s shop on the Isle of Wight. Initially I was going to pass on it, but as I was looking at it my grandson, Leo, got all excited because he has driven this traction engine at a steam show. Well, how could I resist it after that?
(MANGA BOARD GAME)
OKAMOTO IPPEI (1886 – 1948)
Published by the
This is another exclusive postcard from the Museums ‘Manga’ exhibition which finished just four days ago. I bought a small selection of the postcards produced to coincide with this exhibition and they are all unusual. Two have already appeared on the webpage previously, and more will appear in the future. This is one of the older items from the exhibition depicted on postcard. I also think it would grace any collection based on ‘Toys & Games’.
CATNIP THE CLOWN
ART PRESS PUBLISHING LIMITED
TINY TOM THE TEACUP CHIHUAHUA
ART PRESS PUBLISHING LIMITED
These two go with the penguin card I posted two days ago. These two were also presents from my daughter alongside the penguin one. I like these.
M. T. SUN XX
Built: 1957. Gross Tonnage: 192. H.P.: 1210
Owner: W.H.J. Alexander (Sun Tugs) Ltd
Sold to Ruiniti Nnapoli Naples now SOLE SECUNDO
IAN H. BOYD
LEANDER (Gravesend, Kent)
Ref: TUG SERIES No. 5
TB – 005 1993
Limited Edition of 1650
It is nice to find a postcard that gives you lots of information about what is depicted. All of the above text appears on the reverse side of this postcard.
“Never again! The struggle of Germany and your work will save Europe from Bolshevism”
DAL VOLUME “STORIA VIVA” – EDIZ. GOLDEN ITALIA – ROMA [Rome]
Ref: DOCUMENTI STORICI
NAZIONE: Germania 1944 (Per la Russia occupata)
PROVENIENZA: Berlino – Staatsbibliothek
NATION: Germany 1944 (For occupied Russia)
ORIGIN: Berlino [Possibly ‘Berlin’] State Library
A modern postcard showing a grotesque poster from the second world war. By 1944 things were becoming desperate for the German army and its leaders and their poster designs became even more, if that’s possible, ethnically racist. Desperate to keep their army fighting on the Eastern front and extreme posters like this, aimed at both the occupied peoples and the army were designed to achieve this.
Free Rack Advertising Postcard
K-RACKS POSTCARD ADVERTISING
FLUSING, NEW YORK
Mistakes, especially when I am looking through postcards at a fair and stacking up cards I want, can always lead to something different. This was the case with this one. Now, you all know I collect Disney related postcards and when I first looked at this one, I thought immediately of the Magic Castle in Walt Disney World! Oh, but later I found out just how wrong I was. Apparently ‘Magicastle’ is a stationery store in New York (which explains the Flushing, New York connection I later found on the reverse side). So, something different then, but still in my mind a delightful and simple postcard which I still want in my collection.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
I was unaware of this free postcard advertising company and I assume their postcards were distributed via free postcard racks, I also assume that this was in the area of New York, but was it only New York? It is always nice to come across something new and I will look out now for more cards from this company.
PLACE DE LA MAIRIE ET HOTEL DE FRANCE
L F TOULOUSE
PHOTOTYPE LABOUCHE FRERES, TOULOUSE
Ref: No. 1228
A nice early issue with hand colouring to a higher standard than many of this type. It is a great postcard with a ‘really’ well balanced and appealing local view photograph. Anyone who collects historic views of Biarritz would love this one, and it cost me just 50p!
EAST AFRICAN GAME (LIONS)
FRANK STUDIO, MOMBASA
Ref: EDITION EAST AFRICA 1426
A nice deckle-edged African issue both produced and sold in the country. This one was posted by someone from a ship who bought the postcard in Africa, and then posted it on board a British ship therefore allowing for a UK stamp (Queen Elizabeth II 3d Wilding issue) to be bought and used. The stamp is then cancelled with a POST OFFICE – MARITIME MAIL cancellation.
VICTORIA COACH STATION
Published by the
LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM
Ref: LTM 598
This one has all sorts of staff of interest in it, nice architecture, a military band and a police officer. Military and Police are two themes which I really like, so this was probably always going to come my way. I think this is a great poster and one which probably no other publisher has released on postcard.
LITHOGRAPH COMMEMORATING QUEEN VICTORIA’S
DIAMOND JUBILEE IN 1897.
FOUR GENERATIONS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY, ALL OF WHOM SPENT TIME AT OSBORNE.
Ref: 12145 PC Osborne House Four Generations
This was on sale at and may be exclusive to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. I have a collection of Queen Victoria related postcards and this is a nice new addition to this. The collecting of Royalty postcards is in a bit of a decline at the moment, but it always has fluctuated as a theme and it will become popular again at some point, probably after or around the next coronation!