COLLECTING POSTCARDS IN COLOUR 1914 - 1930

By

Valerie Monahan

This was the very first postcard book I ever bought, way back in the very early years of the 1980's. It was the book that taught me about the early days of picture postcards and which set me on the raod to collecting like I do today.

This has a superb illustrated section at the back.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS CARD

By

George Buday

This may seem like a different topic at first, but this book has an excellent section on the sending of Christmas postcards at the height of the early postcard story. There are also many illustartions of postcards as well. This is a hardbook book which is long out of print and copies are sought after so this is a £20+ book these days. 

 

PICTURE POSTCARD VALUES 2008

Yet another old postcard yearly catalogue

 

GERMANY & GERMAN COLONIES - STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE 1971

Yet another cheap buy, but for a country I have a large postcard collection of.

 

RF PICTURE POSTCARD CATALOGUE 1988

This was another yearly catalogue, now long gone, which was an annual source of pricing and information. As stated below, old catalogues like this are a great source of images and information. 

 

THE PICTURE POSTCARD CATALOGUE 1993

With prices and many images

 

THE POSTCARD CATALOGUE 1994

Old catalogues like this are a great source of images and scarcity. The values go out of date but if you compare hem yoy can gauge which cards are more valuable than others etc.

 

ELVIS MEMORABILIA

THE COLLECTOR'S CORNER

I check out any books like this just in case there is any recorded postcard information included - with this book there were several pages of postcards. This was a £1 cheap book shop buy.

 

Page from above book

I did a previous posting about this Elvis stamp and the voting postcard that was used. It was nice to see details shown in this book.

 

Page from above book

This page was about billboard advertising postcards for Elvis concerts

 

Another page from the above book - possibly the best page.

 

COLLECT BRITISH POSTMARKS

By

Dr. J. T. WHITNEY

An early edition (1979) of this authoritive publication.

 

COLLECT BRITISH POSTMARKS - THIRD EDITION (1983)

A further edition with updated details and information

 

COLLECT BRITISH POSTMARKS - FOURTH EDITION (1987)

Yet another updated edition of this essential guide

 

GENTLEMAN'S RELISH

By

RONNIE BARKER

Another of the mainly postcard related collection of female images of the late great comedic actor 

 

TILL THE BOYS COME HOME - THE PICTURE POSTCARDS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

By

TONIE & VALMAI HOLT

A superb book packed with images and information and one which is the 'Go To' book for postcards of this conflict.

 

Same book as above, but with a slightly different cover 

 

I'LL BE SEEING YOU - PICTURE POSTCARDS OF WORLD WAR II

By

TONIE & VALMAI HOLT

Almost a companion book to the above issue but this time about the Second World War. This is another of my favourites.

 

STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE - PART 11 - SCANDINAVIA (4TH EDITION)

This was another 50p bargain from a bourse night at my stamp club. For specialised information around early stamps used on my postcards these are a great source of detail and scarcity (a number of other similar catalogues are depicted on another earlier BOOK LIST page).

 

CHANNEL ISLANDS STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY

STANLEY GIBBONS SPECIALISED CATALOGUE

This superb book is a must have for any one who collects the postal history of the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey and their sub islands). This book contains details of the postal stationery post cards issued on the islands which is why I have a copy.

 

IMAGES OF CHILDHOOD IN OLD POSTCARDS

By

COLIN & TIM WARD

Another collection of golden age postcards on a specific theme

 

BESIDE THE SEASIDE - A PICTURE POSTCARD ALBUM

This specialist book depicts lots of golden age postcards of seaside towns and activities.

 

THE COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO POST CARDS (2008) 

By

JANE WOOD

This is an American book which consists of pages of multiple black and white images all under thematic headings with values underneath. This obviously leans heavily towards American themes and topic's, like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Indians (Native Americans as they are properly called) and Black History, amongst the other usual topics. If anyone is interested in what is collected in the US and what the value of these cards are then this is worth a look  

 

A HISTORY OF POSTCARDS

By

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY

A good solid written history of the postcard, filled out with colour illustrations and interesting information

 

SAUCY SEASIDE POSTCARDS

By

ALAN WELLS

The history of the iconic saucy comic cards. Illustrated throughout with many illustrations in full colour this is a great read. 

 

THE QUEEN'S STAMPS - THE AUTHORISED HISTORY OF THE ROYAL PHILATELIC COLLECTION

By

NICHOLAS COURTNEY

The Queen has an amazing stamp collection, possibly one of the best in the world, if not the best. This book covers the background history of the collection and some of the stories behind their issue. This is a specialist book, and one only for those interested in this specific collection, but it has some interesting images and stories in it.

 

MAPPING BRITAIN'S LOST BRANCH LINES

By

PAUL ATTERBURY

Some books are a surprising source of postcard images. This book covers a large number of small railway lines and their stations. Every single one of these is depicted via a postcard image which either shows the station itself or a postcard from that location. I found this a great book and a great way of incorporating postcards within a story.  

 

DRAWN INTO WONDERLAND

BRIAN PARTRIDGE

 

This book was published by the postcard publisher P. H. Topics in a limited numbered edition of just 300 copies. Brian Partridge has produced a wide range of postcard designs, some have appeared on this webpage. When this book was announced I booked my copy immediately. I already knew the publishers and I was also in contact with the artist himself as well. This is now a very scarce book with a strong postcard connection because many of the illustrations within it are from postcard releases.

 

Every copy of the 300 books published was signed by the artist on the first main page of the above book.

 

Because of my contact with the publisher and the artist himself my copy of this book received an extra signature and dedication, which makes it that little bit special to me.

 

The last page of this special little book and the page where the books individual number was hand written in. My copy is number 25 or 300.

As can be seen this book was published in 2004. This could well be a very difficult book to pick up today.

 

STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN CONCISE STAMP CATALOGUE (1994 EDITION)

Still issued yearly this catalogue is the essential guide to all British stamp issues. I use this to check up on the stamps used on my GB postcards

 

COLLECT POST OFFICE CARDS - 4TH EDITION (1985)

 

COLLECT POST OFFICE CARDS - 5TH EDITION (1986)

 

Both of these catalogues continued gathering information around the isues of the Post Office cards, PHQ Cards and in these books the Benham Silk Post Cards as well.  

 

COLLECT POST OFFICE CARDS

This was the final edition of this catalogue. It contained a PHQ Card listing - a listing of all the postal region postcards - and many other official roayl mail cards (along with the then still popular telephone cards). This is the essential guide to the post office card issues.

 

STANLEY GIBBONS POSTCARD CATALOGUE - SECOND EDITION (SUMMER 1981)

 

STANLEY GIBBONS POSTCARD CATALOGUE - 1981

They issued a few of these catalogues. The first one I bought was issued in 1983 (see below), and it was one I used a lot in the period after it came out. This earlier one I bought much later. 

 

STANLEY GIBBONS POSTCARD CATALOGUE - 1983 (THIRD EDITION)

This was the first SG Postcard Catalogue I bought. It was a very useful guide although the prices are long out of date now.

 

STANLEY GIBBONS POSTCARD CATALOGUE 1985 (FOURTH EDITION)

With this issue they changed the size of the catalogue into this long thin version, which I always thought was a weird size, but it was handy to carry around at fairs though.  

 

STANLEY GIBBONS POSTCARD CATALOGUE 1987 (FIFTH EDITION)

This was the last one I bought (and may have been the last one they issued). The information across the various catalogues remaind basically similar, although there are different check lists in each one which almost makes it worth having them all.

 

POSTCARDS FROM THE NURSERY

THE ILLUSTRATORS OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS AND POSTCARDS 1900 - 1950

One of the best, and largest (it is a 'Huge' book) books in my collection. It is fully illustrate throughout with colour postcard images. These deals individually with each artist and gives a fairly detailed biography for each of them. It is a superb source of information and a book which every collector of children's book artist postcards should have.  

 

COLLECT MODERN POSTCARDS

By

PETE DAVIES

This is the 'Bible' for UK modern postcard collectors. A brilliant book written by an old friend of mine and ex-postcard dealer Pete Davies. I have used this book countless times.

 

COLLECT MODERN POSTCARDS - SECOND EDITION

By

PETE DAVIES

The follow up book to the above issue. This updated issue carried on a number of the checklists started in the first edition and was fully populated with new images. Both books are superb.

 

COLLECT MODERN POSTCARDS - THIRD EDITION

By

PETE DAVIES

This was a much slimmer edition compared to the previous two releases but it still contained a wealth of new information. This issue is special to me as I am mentioned under the Acknowledgements and thanked for my assistence with the 'Television' section. My copy is also signed and dedicated by Pete who wrote 'Thanks for your help'. This has far fewer illustrations but a wealth of written information.

 

THE ANZACS IN WORLD WAR 1

ILLUSTRATED IN POSTCARDS AND CIGARETTE CARDS

This is a magazine styled book which was published by the 'Queensland Card Collectors Society Inc'. It was kindly sent to me by an Australian contact. It is a superb full colour pictorial history of the Anzac forces and a brillaint source of information. Another specialist book well worth trying to track down if this is your theme.

 

THE BOOK OF POSTCARD COLLECTING

By

THOMAS E. RANGE

This is an American book which, naturally enough, was aimed towards American postcard collectors, or more specifically stamp collectors or anyone wanting to start up in the world of postcard collecting. It is a fascinating insight into how postcard collecting was/is done in the US. This book came out in 1980 so it is a bit old now, but has a wide range of images.  

 

MABEL LUCIE ATTWELL

By

CHRIS BEETLES

This has full page, full colour images of many of this artists pictures, many made famous as postcard images. A specialist book, but a superb one.

 

THE WORLD OF DONALD McGILL

A superb book, in full colour, which gives a detailed history of the postcard work of this famous cartoon postcard artist. This is one of my favourite books.   

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