FAGA CATALOGUE No 6
This listings (originally printed on A4 sheets before moving to these smaller booklets) are a great source of information on printing types, special hand stamps used and varieties. Any FAGA collector should seek these out as invaluable sources of information on this amazing postcard artist
POSTAL ISSUES OF LITHUANIAN REPUBLIC CATALOGUE 1990 - 1991
This independent Republic was only formed on the 11th March 1990 so this was the very first specialised catalogue with just 32 pages but illustrated in full colour throughout. This booklet contains details of all stamps, postal stationery, special cancellations and Maximum cards (although by this time only 3 maximum cards had been produced). An unusual and collectible little issue.
BRITISH MUSEUM (NATURAL HISTORY) PICTURE POST-CARDS
This official museum release (N.H.M. Form 170) is a 39 page listing of all the museums postcards. Released in 1926 this is a superb piece of reference for any collector of this museums early postcard sets. A scarce and hard to source piece of postcard writing.
DISNEY A TO Z
I collect Disney themed postcards of all types, characters, films, animated scenes and especially related to the Disney theme parks. This brilliant book, with its 630 pages, has all the background information I need on every aspect of the world of Disney.
If you love Disney then this book is a must have.
PICTURE POSTCARD ANNUAL 2020
REFLECTIONS OF A BYGONE AGE
There was no annual for 2019, so it was nice that there was one for this year. It is a fascinating read but sadly it also now relates to what has been a very bad year for postcard events, fairs and shows much information of which was included in this issue, but it does have a very nice price guide to picture postcards, which is worthwhile and which has been missing in the hobby for a few years now.
TRADE AND COLLECT COLLECTABLES (Revised Edition 2012)
This is another multiple collectibles book, but it is a rather good one and printed in full colour and illustrated on every page. Postcards has its own three page section with the prices of the illustrated postcards being actual auction prices that the depicted cards did sell for (with the date this occurred). Postcards also appear under Miscellaneous, Zoo, World War 1 (6 cards), Valentine Cards, Tennis (1 card), Smokerama (smoking related items - 2 postcards), Shipping (5), Royalty, Railwayana (2), Noddy, Motor Racing, Militaria, Greetings Cards, Blue Peter, Advertising and Aeronautica. So, there is a lot to look at in this book.
Also, at the back of this one is a few useful information guide pages like 'Roman Numerals', Ephemera Reference Numbers (re paper ephemera items) a very useful 'Ephemera Date Finder' (which you can use when you know a specific day of the week and month but do not know the year - this I have found very useful where postmarks on postcards are not clear what year the card was sent).
So, there is quite a lot to this little book - I like this one a lot.
THE EASTER REBELLION 1916
I visited Dublin in 2016 and was there for the Easter Parade which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising. I am interested in history in general and can be enthused about a specific incident through contact with it in some way. Whilst in Dublin I collected all the 100th anniversary postcards I could find (some of which have appeared on the webpage since), but I wanted to learn more. Now, as a postcard collector I am interested in images, I would rather see something than read about it, so I tend to go for the more illustrated guides. Now don’t get me wrong, I love reading about history and a detailed book will always enlighten, and there are many books on the history of the 1916 uprising and many are worth a read I have no doubt, but you cannot beat looking at a photograph of a house involved and seeing it, the same with the faces of those involved. As my interest was sparked, I searched in Dublin for a book that visually would take me through the locations, people and history of the incident. I ended up with these two because I could not choose between them. The first has a lot more postcards depicted within it and is the better of the two re the background history, but the second book has more location photographs and maps allowing a real run through visually of the fighting. I love both of these because they each give a different feel to the rebellion.
THE EASTER REBELLION 1916 - A NEW ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
COURAGE BOYS, WE ARE WINNING - AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE 1916 RISING
This one has fewer depicted postcards than the one above but has more location photographs allowing you to see and find the specific areas of fighting and defence.
Also, interestingly, despite there being some obvious duplicatuion of pictures across the two books, there is far less than you would imagine which makes buying both books an option (one which I clearly took)
ART DECO POSTCARDS
This is a massive collection of postcard illustrations all depicted in colour where issued as such (and many were). There are 288 pages in all with 240 with a postcard, sometimes two displayed on them.
There are also eight detachable postcards at the back of the book which add a nice little different dimension to the book.
I love this one and really enjoy looking through it. Well worth seeking out.
One of the 8 detachable postcards that can be found at the back of the above book.These are all facsimilie postcards depicting actual postcards as issued in the past. They are all well printed and on thick shiny card so I doubt anyone with any knowledge would be fooled into thinking a detached card was an original, so I think these are a nice extra with this book.
There is no text in this book. No descriptive text, no details of publishers, or anything itself. It is just a book of illustrations of postcards that the author considers boring.
Having said that there are some postcards in here which are, in my opinion, great, especially the Motorway selection which starts off the book ( see below for three of these). Not a book for the specialist, but fun to look through.
This was a best selling book which lead onto the author issuing one for Germany and one for the US, amongst some sequels I believe or copycat books.
HOWE'S TRANSCENDENTAL TOYBOX
DAVID J. HOWE & ARNOLD BLUMBERG
If you collect something of a specialised theme, then sometimes you can find books based on the numerous types of collectibles of this theme which may contain a section on the postcards related to this theme.
I collect Doctor Who postcards and have a very specialised collection, so I found these four books here very useful. All four have a postcard chapter which although smaller in the later thinner editions (the first two books are much more hefty, with the first book having 486 pages and the second 596 – who knew there was this much Doctor Who material out there!) all have useful information.
LONDON - MEMORIES OF TIMES PAST
With Paintings by
I saw this in a charity shop and picked it up to have a look through and was delighted to find that it contains many illustrations of postcards included within it.
The book is quite beautiful with the majority of it laid out with a London landmark painting on one page opposite a write up with some postcards depicting the same landmark on the other side. At the back of the book are some old London maps with postcards illustrated down each side.
For £3 I thought this was a bargain and it is now in my Postcard/Philatelic book collection.
THE BEST OF FRAGMENTS FROM FRANCE BY Capt BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER
TONIE & VALMAI HOLT
The postcards depicting the cartoons by Bruce Bairnsfather are probably amongst the best known of the World War 1. This book shows one cartoon on each page with the cartoon pretty much filling out each page. This is wonderful illustrated book with very strong postcard connections.
THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO STAMP COLLECTING
DR JAMES MACKAY
I have mentioned before that there is a strong connection between the Postcard world and that of stamps. Some knowledge of stamps is a useful tool for postcard collectors. This book is a basic one but a very good one, and the author, Dr James Mackay was a renowned and proficient author of stamp books and articles (and this is not the first book on this webpage that he was the author of)
POSTCARDS FROM THE BOYS
This one is actually a great postcard book and one packed with images. It contains images of postcards sent to Ringo Starr by the other members of the Beatles, mainly after the group split up.
What I found fascinating, from a postcard point of view, was the normality of the postcard designs picked up and sent by Paul, John and George.
You also get a great insight into the movements and lives of the band members in the post band years.
THE ‘MILLER’ COLLECTABLES
These books have been around for years and each year a new issue is released completely updated with new images and prices across all the themes and subjects contained within.
But, postcards only appear on one or two pages per book, so these are not going to be a source of much information on this one form of collectible, but I have found that many postcard collectors are also interested in other items and collectables such as photographs, comics, signatures, books, posters, newspapers and other paper ephemera, and these all appear in the basic guides (although I admit that a large segment of these books are themed around ceramics and pottery items, which are not my thing, although Jo likes to look these).
Only buy these books if you have a general interest in nic-nacs, and the general history of collectable items and like looking at this type of item as every item is illustrated (so there are hundreds of pictures in each guide).
The above Millers book had a section on the artist Mabel Lucie Attwell and although no postcards are shown on this page there are some on the third page of this section. This is a good example of how these Miller guides can give you information on other aspects connected to our postcard world (you could of course just buy the Mabel Lucie Attwell book which appears elsewhere amongst my depicted books)
RUDY & BARBARA FRANCHI
Another Miller's guide which, like the book above, does not have any postcards in it, but which is still a fascinating read and a release with lots of topical full colour illustrations and details. As you can see by the price sticker on the front this one cost me just £2. I recommend looking in charity shops for these books.