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01/09/2020

 

WE WANT YOUR KITCHEN WASTE

PIG FOOD

World War II Poster

Published by

EDEN CAMP

(Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Malton, North Yorkshire)

 

This has always been my favourite of the poster design postcards sold at Eden Camp. A bought a copy on my very first visit, which was some time ago, probably around 16 years ago. I think it was a great poster and makes for a great postcard.

 

01/09/2020

 

USUAL ME – THIS WEEK

At

MABLETHORPE

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD

Ref: N1 ‘COLOR GLOSS’ NOVELTY SERIES

 

I found this one in an antiques centre in York. It cost me £1 but I really like how this is a mixture of photographic view and your more traditional seaside saucy cartoon card. I suspect, like many such designs, this one can be found with different locations printed across the bottom (and with a different central photograph, probably, I assume). I think this was worth £1.

 

30/08/2020

 

DR TV 1

Novelty – DIE CUT GLASSES

Published by

GO CARD STOTTER KULTUREN

(Copenhagen)

1995

Ref: # 1526

 

I do like novelty items, and cards where bits can be pushed out and then assembled into something are not that common. This card from Denmark allows you to make a pair of card glasses, I don’t know why, but then I am not going to damage my copy by doing this anyway!

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

30/08/2020

 

VIENNA

ST STEPHENS CATHEDRAL

HIGHLINE “WALK THE DOME”

Photograph by

HANNO MACKOWITZ

Published by

COLORAMA

Ref: Bestell-Nr.PK Dom 007

 

I’m fairly adventurous, but NO, I would not want to try this. I bought this one whilst in Vienna last year (ah, how I miss my trips abroad). I bought this postcard whilst Jo was inside St Stephens Cathedral attending morning mass.

 

29/08/2020

 

CHADWICK BOSEMAN…..RIP

 

Chadwick Aaron Boseman

 

28th August 2020

 

Actor who will be best remembered for his superb lead role in the Marvel film ‘BLACK PANTHER’

 

The postcard depicted here has appeared before, but I thought I would show it again after picking up on the sad news that the actor passed away yesterday at the young age of 43 from colon cancer.

 

Wakanda Forever

 

Photograph

 

Chadwick Boseman as ‘Black Panther’

 

28/08/2020

 

Le “LOUP GAROU”

By

DANIEL BONNEC

Published by

CLUB CARTOPHILE ET VIEUX PAPIERS DU MORBIHAN

1981

 

I have always liked this postcards image with its Red Riding Hood theme. The postcard itself was a ticket for the 2nd Salon Cartophile De Lorient, 5 – 6 September 1981. I bought this one in the late 1980’s and it cost me £1.50. With the collecting of postcard event postcards being a lot less popular now than it was in the 1980’s and 1990’s I do wonder if this postcard is ‘actually’ currently worth much more, I suspect not. It is a shame as this is a great card, and to be fair I have no intention of parting with it anyway.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

28/08/2020

 

CHATEAU DU PLESSIS LES TOURS

FONTAINE DU COUVENT DES MINIMES DU PLESSIS,

FONDE’ PAR SAINT FRANCOIS DE PAULE R D.

‘Fountain of the Convent of Minimes of Plessis

Founded by Saint Francois De Paule R D.’

Published by

Edit. DORANGE – TOURS

 

This may seem an unusual postcard from my collection, not that I have always depicted what people would call normal postcards, but I think this is what you would describe as a tourist souvenir postcard. This is obviously French and I have to admit that although I have seen parts of Tours this has only occurred on the many times I have driven through it on my way to where we used to stay in France, which is also where I bought this card from an antiques shop. My reason for buying this one is the same as it so often is, something on the reverse side.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

By now many of you will have grasped the fact that I like cachets and marks applied to cards. This one has a lovely cachet which was applied at the location and which reads:

CHATEAU DU PLESSIS – LEZ – TOURS

VILLE DE TOURS

(City of Towers)

 

27/08/2020

 

NEW YORK

Published by

STUDIO ZAKE, NEW YORK

Printed in NYC (New York City)

 

I bought this on my last visit to New York back in February of this year. I had to have this because of its depiction of the Empire State Building, which I have been fascinated in ever since I discovered it’s part in the early story of US television transmission. I add all my Empire State Building postcards into my TV collection, and as often stated, Television is my biggest theme. This photograph here is a beautiful one which is enhanced, I think, by being in black and white.

 

27/08/2020

 

THE GILA MONSTER

THE SONORAN DESERT

Photograph by

KEN CHRISTENSEN

Published by

IMPACT

1990

 

As I was going through my scanned postcard images and saw this one. It struck with me for one of the most unusual of reasons. I love watching old black and white 50’s sci-fi and monster movies, no matter how bad they are. Recently I watched one called ‘THE GIANT GILA MONSTER’. This came out in 1959 and it is best described as a film unlikely to win any awards but having said that I still enjoyed it. As with some of the films from this period no explanation is given as to how this gila monster became a giant real monster, and it was massive. I love how they wanted us to believe that this creature had grown as big as a train engine and no one had ever seen! Then it starts eating people suddenly! Still, watching it was a giggle.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Film Poster for the 1959 film I mention

(Someone should do a postcard of this poster, which is better than the film!)

 

26/08/2020

 

CHINESE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARDS

With a

COVID-19 THEME

I have a number of these but do not know the official sources or what is written on these where there is no English text block

I REALLY LIKE THESE SO WILL DEPICT THEM DESPITE HAVING LITTLE REAL INFORMATION ABOUT THEM (I think they are nice and very collectible)  

 

These four postal stationery post cards all have a PPE themed image. They all have the same reverse layout and have the same cancel on the pre-printed stamp value.

 

These have been depicted today because I have been working on my covid-19 collection and posting some images on a new facebook Pandemic group page - so my head is full of interest in the related items, so these cards will do nicely to convey my fascination in this theme. 

 

CHINESE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARDS

With a

COVID-19 THEME

 

CHINESE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARDS

With a

COVID-19 THEME

 

 

CHINESE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARDS

With a

COVID-19 THEME

 

I have seen this same image depicted on some Chinese postal stationery envelopes, one of which I have bought and which sits in my Covid-19 collection

 

 

 

STANDARD REVERSE SIDE LAYOUT

For all the above depicted postcards

 

24/08/2020

 

MORRIS

MAJOR SIX

SALONETTE £215

BUY BRITISH AND BE PROUD OF IT

Published by

J. ARTHUR DIXON

Ref: PAD 29338 (No. 4 in a series)

 

A lovely piece of advertising which is obviously one which would appeal to anyone collecting Car themed postcards, but this would also appeal to advertising collectors and military, with the horse guards riding behind the car. That is Marble Arch in the background.

 

24/08/2020

 

STERNWHEELER NATCHEZ

NEW ORLEANS – CITY OF ENCHANTMENT

Published by

GRANT L. ROBERTSON

Printed by

H. S. CROCKER CO., INC

 

This was a card I bought from an antique/collectibles shop I found in a great little town called Mount Dora in Florida. To be honest, most of the cards in this shop (a centre really) were highly priced, and in my mind way too expensive, but hidden amongst them was this single card priced at just $1. I liked this one and it was the only reasonably priced card I found throughout the shop, so I ended up buying it.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has a nice pictorial element down the far-left side, which caught my eye and helped with my decision to buy it. Never underestimate the pull of a nice reverse side layout.

 

24/08/2020

 

POSTAL BUDDY

AUTHORIZED (Authorised) UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

CHANGE-OF-ADDRESS STATION

1990 POSTAL BUDDY CORPORATION,

SAN DIEGO

Official US Postal Authority Pre-Paid postal stationery post card

 

This has been used first day of issue – 5th July 1990 – with a simple Merrifield, VA first day cancellation. The producer of this first day of issue card has also had printed a black ink cachet/image which appears bottom left, featuring an American Bald Eagle and the Capitol Building in Washington DC. This additional image makes the card much more appealing and has been done to make the card more collectible. These types of postal stationery post cards are collected more by postal history and stamp collectors than they are by post card collectors, but I think that is fair as there is a higher percentage of philatelic content with these.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

 

22/08/2020

 

THE ROYAL TOURNAMENT

Official Royal Tournament Postcard

 

When I was a kid my Mum took me and my brother to see the Royal Tournament. Back then it was a big event, often televised and held annually. Most people remember the race, the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition where two teams dismantled a field gun then took the pieces across an assault course and reassembled the gun and fired it at the other end (and if I remember correctly then did it all again back to the start positions). This race was both popular and exciting. At the time of our visit I was only collecting animal themed postcards, but as this one depicted a dog and a set of horse’s I could include it in my collection, and I remember buying one. That one was mint and still sits in my collection but recently I came across this example which has a special cancellation on it. This was in a cheap box and seeing it brought back great memories and I was delighted to obtain a second copy. The event was cancelled in 1999 and I was saddened to hear that there would be no more Royal Tournaments, but I still had this postcard to remind me of my visits.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This card has a nice special cancellation which reads: ‘BRITISH FORCES POSTAL SERVICES – 12 JUL 1978’. I suspect this was posted at the special British Forces Postal Services stand at the event (although this is not for certain, but I know they attended the event. I believe this was someone’s souvenir of a visit (or it was produced by a dealer to sell as a souvenir of the event that year).

 

22/08/2020

 

NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK

1 – 7, MAY 1988

“BRIGHTEN UP THE DAY.

SEND A POSTCARD!”

Printed by

THREE STARR PRESS, MASONVILLE, IA

Published by

EMILY DIVENTO

Printed in a Limited Edition of

300 copies (hand numbered)

Autographed by the Publisher on the reverse side

 

This is one of the many limited-edition National Postcard Week postcards published by collectors and small dealers across the USA. Most are simply, but often very nicely, printed and they are, despite their low numbers, often quite easy to find and cheaply priced. I have always liked this one.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Signed by the Published

EMILY DIVENTO

 

21/08/2020

 

IT’S SUMMER!

“SUMMER POST”

By

JENNY WISCOMBE

Published by

PAPER LOLLIPOP

Ref: PS1121

 

I found these postcards in a quirky little shop located in Totnes, Devon earlier this week. I had not heard of ‘Paper Lollipop’ before, but the few postcards I picked up on this trip were all interesting, but this one with its postcard reverse depiction as part of the main image was by far the best. This one I knew I had to have as soon as I saw it.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

20/08/2020

 

BUCKFAST ABBEY,

DEVON

GWR

(Great Western Railway)

Novelty Wooden Postcard

Published by

THE WOODEN POSTCARD COMPANY

 

We are back home after a five-hour drive from Devon (with a break for some ‘Services’ food and drink). Today the weather was a little too hot, which after a few days of rain and storms was a nice difference, but it did make it a warm journey.

Earlier in the week, when it was a little wetter, we went up onto Dartmoor and took a walk across the moor. On our way we passed Buckfast Abbey and as we had seen this structure, I decided to buy this wooden postcard depicting it when I saw it a few days later in Totnes. It was another one which cost me £4.

 

19/08/2020

 

COVID-19 THEMED

CHINESE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

(I cannot tell you what this relates to as I do not read Chinese)

Official postal stationery Post Card

 

This photographic postcard features a line of medical personnel all wearing masks. The connection with the pandemic of 2020 is clear (and this was a recent issue as well).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This is the better side in my opinion. You have a drawn piece of artwork featuring four people wearing PPE (this image can be found on the front of another separate postcard). The pre-printed stamp depicts a PPE wearing member of the medical staff, and this has been cancelled with a special red coloured Covid-19 themed cancellation. The black boxed text cachet applied across the image on the left side is a ‘Disinfected Mail’ mark and this is very collectible. Because of all the different component parts of this cards usage and design it is a very collectible version. I have seen this sell at around £35 - £45, so it is not a cheap option, but it is a great card.  

 

19/08/2020

 

“THE ROMANTIC POETS”

ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET

PHQ Set 469

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

Stamps issued – 7TH April 2020

(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 PROGRESS OF RHYME

By

JOHN CLARE

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (1)

 

I am in two minds about this set. The importance of the poems and their writers is undisputed, and their worthiness to appear on commemorative stamps again is undisputed but are these designs the best that could have been produced? I am not so sure. All the designs are at least clever and well designed, and all be Linda Farquharson. Anyway, here are the cards in question:

 

FROST AT MIDNIGHT

By

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (2)

 

AUGURIES OF INNOCENCE

By

WILLIAM BLAKE

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (3)

 

THE LADY OF THE LAKE

By

WALTER SCOTT

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (4)

 

TO A SKYLARK

By

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (5)

 

THE RAINBOW

By

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (6)

 

ODE TO THE SNOWDROP

By

MARY ROBINSON

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (7)

 

 

THE FATE OF ADELAIDE

By

LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (8)

 

ODE ON A GRECIAN URN

By

JOHN KEATS

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (9)

 

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY

By

LORD BYRON

Published by

Royal mail

Ref: PHQ 469 (10)

 

18/08/2020

 

HISTORIC TOTNES – DEVON

GWR (Great Western Railway)

“This England of Ours”

Novelty – Wooden Postcard

Published by

THE WOODEN POSTCARD COMPANY

 

This seems to be, by far, the most common wooden postcard producing company here in the UK. I have found such wooden cards in all sorts of places across Britain over the last few years. They also seem to produce a selection of railway company poster designs, often found on sale at, or near the location depicted. Today we were in Totnes and I bought this one as a souvenir of my visit (this was the first time I had been here).

Although wooden postcards are still popular, they do seem to fluctuate in cost. Some I have found at £3, some £3.50, and today this one cost me £4 (and I have seen them at £5, but, they have to be exceptional for me to buy them at that price). I have shown a number of this companies wooden designs previously over a number of previous postings, but they are nice and I suspect I will acquire more in the future.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

18TH August 2020

My photograph of the same street

 

18/08/2020

 

STONEHENGE

Published by

ENGLISH HERITAGE

Ref: 60204 SH PC Framed Pink Sky Photo

 

We visited here last week (I posted an image of the postcard racks in the gift shop on the facebook page). I have a nice little collection of Stonehenge postcards going back to the golden age of postcard publishing at the turn of the last century. It seems obvious to state that the site has been a popular postcard subject what with its ancient history and peoples fascination in why it was built, and so long ago (some of the ‘How’ has been explained, but people still often wonder at this as well). I first visited as a young child with my parents and my younger (just) brother. At that time there were no fences and people could walk right up to and touch the stones. I have a photograph of my brother and me standing on one of the smaller stones. This visit at such a young age imbued a fascination in the site and every return journey (not that there have been that many, maybe two or three since) produces a feeling of nostalgia in me.

This postcard was bought on the most recent visit and is another card that I have scanned today.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

18/08/2020

 

FUN ON THE BEACH

Artwork By

MARTIN WISCOMBE

Published by

ATMOSPHERE PUBLISHING LTD

Ref: R24

 

I bought this lovely postcard in Plymouth the other day (this is bonus of taking your scanner on holiday with you – more than possible when you do a campervan break). The image depicted here appealed to my younger animal collecting self. It is also a design I had not seen before.

 

17/08/2020

 

ORANGES AND LEMONS

SAY THE BELLS OF St CLEMENTS

1992 POSTER

By

GILLIAN AYERS RA

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: LTM 450

Printed by

BERIC TEMPEST

 

Another of this excellent museums postcard issues

 

 

17/08/2020

 

MICKEY MOUSE

Published by

DISNEYLAND RESORT PARIS

Veriplast Holland B.V. Wijchen Holland

 

I shall be missing my dose of Disney and the House of Mouse this year but thankfully I have my many Disney themed postcards to fall back on. This one is an early one linked to Disneyland Resort Paris.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

16/08/2020

 

COVID-19 ERA

DISINFECTED MAIL STICKERS

On

CHINESE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARDS

 

CHINESE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

(I cannot tell you what this relates to as I do not read Chinese)

Official postal stationery Post Card

 

Here I depict three postcards, two of which are the same card on the front, all text-based designs, but each has been used with at least one Covid-19 special cancellation (in one case two). More importantly, and more interestingly (and ‘definitely’ more expensively!) each postcard has received a yellow text based ‘Disinfected Mail’ sticker. These have become very collectible, and although many are on philatelic collector’s mail, mostly postcards, these are still ‘very’ hard to source and have become very, very, expensive. Fortunately, I managed to source some of these early on when the prices for these had not yet skyrocketed. This selection just shows the one type, although different areas produced different labels (more on these in a future posting).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

With

DISINFECTED MAIL yellow text sticker

 

CHINESE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

(I cannot tell you what this relates to as I do not read Chinese)

Official postal stationery Post Card

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

With

DISINFECTED MAIL yellow text sticker

 

This one is my favourite as I like both the cancels applied. This one would be quite an expensive postcard to acquire now.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

(SECOND COPY)

With

DISINFECTED MAIL yellow text sticker

 

16/08/2020

 

16TH WICHITA

INTERNATIONAL

16 – 27TH OCTOBER 1993

SHOW THEME: WORLD WAR II – AMERICANA

Artwork By

RICK GEARY

Published by the

WICHITA POSTCARD CLUB

(KANSAS)

 

The Wichita Postcard Club has had a long running connection with Rick Geary, something which I believe I have mentioned before. This design is a nice one and kind of references a character similar to ‘Rosie the riveter’, an iconic WWII character that was a cultural icon representing all the women who went to work during WWII in the factories and shipyards. This fitted well with the overall theme for the 1993 Wichita International postcard fair as the chosen theme that year was World War II.

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