THE STAMP ATLAS
STUART ROSSITER & JOHN FLOWER
If you are in any way interested in the different times and dates that the countries of the world commenced a postal service and the history behind them then this is the book you need. It is a specialist book, but a very good one which I have often gone to to confirm when a country started or ceased issuing stamps.
ROUTE 66 - SPIRIT OF THE MOTHER ROAD
I first saw this book on my visit to Flagstaff , Arizonia, on Route 66 a couple of years ago, but it was very expensive (it was in a collectors/antiques shop). When I got home I searched eBay and Amazon and came across a copy for a fraction of the price that had been on the copy I had seen.
I wanted it as a souvenir of my visit to a very small part of Routee 66. It caught my eye because the cover is made up of old postcard images. There are quite a few inside the book as well and it is a good example of a release which uses postcard images to invoke nostalgia.
ON BOARD RMS TITANIC - MEMORIES OF THE MAIDEN VOYAGE
Clearly this one is for anyone interested in the RMS Titanic story, which I am. This one is full of letters, messages and postcards sent by those on board and those who survived the voyage and its disasterous sinking. Some of the postcard messages are fascinating.
CONFESSIONS OF A COLLECTOR
This book has a whole chapter on postcards, but postcards also make appearances in other chapters as the author, a well known prolific and eclectic collector, has many really interesting collections.
This is a fantastic book which looks at the world of collecting through the authors own collections. Postcards are a prominent feature of the book.
PEEP SHOW PINUPS: THE GOLDEN ERA
JO AND PAUL RICHARDSON
This book contains at least 179 postcard images. I suspect there are many, many more, but that is still an impressive postcard ratio. There is even an entire chapter on Postcards.
Interestingly, some of the older images depicted in this book I have seen on modern glamour issue postcards which have displayed older photographs and which were on sale in the 1980's and 1990's (some which I had not known were older images).
Probably needless to say, but this book does contain a lot of nudity.
LEN DEIGHTON & ARNOLD SCHWARTZMAN
I collect Zeppelin postcards, especially cards which were carried on the Hindenburg and the Graf Zeppelin airships. This book gives details of all the airships and how they came to an end, which was often by crashing. Books like this are great sources of information around cards in peoples collections. This one, and the one below were both charity shop finds and were just £2 each.
MAIL RAIL: FROM BEGINNING TO END
This one fits into my postal history collection. I have had the pleasure of walking some of the tunnels that the mail rail ran along and have travelled along one in the new 'Mail Rail' trains in what has became a major London tourist attraction. This book gives me a great insight into the building and use of the tunnels I walked along.
THE PHILATELY OF THIRD REICH GERMANY 1933 - 1945
ROBERT W. JONES
I have a download computer version of this book (the book itself is long out of print and copies are much sought after and cost anywhere between £120 and £200). It is an excellent production which is packed with images of all the stamps, cancellations and Postal Stationery Post Cards issued during this period by the Germans. It also puts these into a historic period context with details behind what was happening at the time each item was released. Every item is pictured, and all in colour. If you dont fancy spending over £100 on a physical book I highly reommend a download digital version (which is around £7 on eBay)
BATTLE IN PICTURES
Published and sold by
THE BATTLE MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY
This is another example of a local history book packed with images, some of which are postcard images.
This book is currently on sale in the museum reduced from £8 to just £2.50 (whilst stocks last I suspect). This soft bound book is absolutely packed with information about the people, houses, structures and other aspects of this historic town.
I have an interest in this location through my ancient family history
CANTERBURY THROUGH TIME
As you can see from the sticker top right, this cost me just £5 in 'The Works' in Canterbury (Just down the same street it was in W.H. Smith for its full retail price of £14.99)
This book contains 52 postcard images (and a number of other images which I also suspect to be postcards). I visit Canterbury a lot and I really enjoyed looking through this one.
CZECHOSLOVKA FIELD POST 1918 - 1921
BRIAN C. DAY
This is quite a big book with lots of information in it, but it is a theme which is very specialised. This type of information can often be found in these special releases by Philatelic Societies - this one was published by the CZECHOSLOVAK PHILATELIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN
NURNBERG IN ALTEN ANSICHTSKARTEN
Nuremberg in old postcards
I picked this one up at a recent fair for just £2. It is a book for tourists and visitors to Nuremberg (the text is all in German), but I visited here last year so I can see illustrations of places I visited.
This ones in my collection for something to enjoy looking at rather than a reference book.
COLLECTING BRITISH ARMY POSTCARDS
The essential guide and reference bokk for collectors of Military Postcards
This is the second edition of this book and it is one of the best of this type of specialised subject books. Besides listings and illustrations this also has nice little boxed biographies of the artists and some useful descriptions of the source of the military jargon and specific words linked to the military world.
POSTAL MARKINGS OF RAF, RFC AND RNAS STATIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1918 - 1968
This one is a specialist book, but as I collect military history on postcards this is a useful and quite thick edition. This is one for those after specific and detailed information on the RAF stations around the country through many decades
DAS BRANDENBURGER TOR (The Brandenburg Gate)
BERLIN STORY VERLAG
Postcards are part of our history and nothing depicts history better than contemporary postcards. This pictorial guide to the history of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin depicts at least 20 postcards, but also a number of images which have also appeared on postcard releases.
It is a tourist book, large and packed with large images. It is a superb souvenir of a visit to the gate and I bought my copy from the gift shop which is actually under the gate itself.
The book also has two pages of telephone cards, two pages of postage stamps and pages of other related collectibles as well as some artist representations of the monument. It is a book that uses pictures to tell nearly all of its story and is none the worse for doing so.