THE WORLD OF TRADING CARDS
GUM GUIDE - 1ST EDITION
This was the first trading card guide catalogue I bought. What has this to do with postcards? Well, not a great deal, but there have been some postcard sized trading cards and some trading/collectible postcard sized cards included with video & DVD releases. This catalogue does cover some of these later items and I used this book to find out details of postcard sized cards which came with the very first video releases of X-Files TV programmes here in the UK. So, here are the three catalogues I have used and if you have any interest in these smaller trading cards then I can recommend all of these catalogues, although this one here, the GUM GUIDE remains my favourite because of its eclectic listings.
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NON-SPORT & ENTERTAINMENT TRADING CARDS - Volume 1 (from 1985)
This quite large catalogue is by the American 'Non-Sport Update' magazine publishers, the biggest related magazine in the US for trading cards. This one is a trading cards only catalogue, which is why I prefer the one depicted above which also covers some other material including stickers and some postcards, but if you like trading cards (modern ones about TV and Film etc post 1985) then this is a good book.
THE VINTAGE TRADING CARD PRICE GUIDE (1960 - 1985)
If you are interested in the older trade card sets (mostly American to be honest for the first years of this collecting trend) then this is your catalogue, but because of the time frame it covers you also need this one for all the original 1970's Star Wars trading cards (I still have my original first series set I collected as a kid). This book is entirely in black and white, but it holds far more information about the cards than the above two issues do, this is because this is the era that most serious collectors are looking at and with some sets and individual cards information can sometimes be scarce, and interesting so the author gives you the story behind the cards release. A superb book for this collecting trend and worth seeking out if this is of interest to you.
VINTAGE POST CARDS OF NEW YORK
In February 2020 I was in New York (just before the pandemic hit the world outside of China). On my last day, just before we flew out I checked out a small book shop I found in the airport and came across this lovely book packed with old postcards of landmarks I had just spent the last few days seeing. This was a great last minute souvenir of what was to become my last foreign holiday for several years.
MORE LOCAL HISTORY BOOKS
We have recently (Noveember 2021) been over to France to clear out my late in-laws house. My father-in-law (Brian) had a nice collection of history books about their (and our) home town area. These books have now been added to my collection and have given me more information about the local postcards related to the themes and the local history of my local view postcards. Each of these books have some postcards included amongst their images .
Depicted here are the books I have now inherited.
SOUTHEND AT WAR
SOUTHEND'S PALACES OF THE SILVER SCREEN
A very specific topic, the cinemas of my local town. A fascinating book and my father-in-law bought a signed copy from the local Waterstone's book shop (these always have a good local history book selection and are worth a look where ever you are).
PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES - ESSEX
Depicts images from the Francis Frith Collection. Another example of a book from my own area which I can use as a topographical (Views) postcard collector. Clearly, most of my books of this type are from either the more specific location of Southend on Sea (and its nearby local areas of Leigh, Westcliff, Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay) or the county of Essex (which Southend is in), but I show you these to enable you to see what might be avauilable for your own village, town, city or county. These are always enjoyable and they sell to many people who do not collect postcards, but have a local history interest. Possibly the most popular trype of history book in any local shop.
SOME RONNIE BARKER BOOKS
These are all a bit saucy as they have the theme of exotic and erotic women as their main content, but they all have at least some (some more than others) postcards illustrated. For anyone interested in the saucy cartoons, images and postcards of the late Victorian era into the 1930's then any of these books are worth a look. Now probably not very PC they all remain a fascinating look at the naughtiness of the era's included, especially the opening years of the 20th century
BRITISH POST OFFICE STATIONERY POST CARDS 1870 - 2007
NEIL A. SARGENT
(Published by Neil Sargent)
Another book for my postal stationery post card fascination. This one is superb and all illustrations are in full colour. This has only recently come out (2020) and I have already found much specialised information included which is missing from my Higgins & Gage book for GB cards.
I have a specific collection of UK postal stationery post card wrappers, often around complete sets of the cards, so I was pleased to find illustrations of many of these contained within this book (the advertising for this book mentioned the inclusion of these wrapper bands and was partially the reason why I bought a copy)
POSTCARD FROM THE PAST
Tom takes old postcards from the 1970's and decades either side and pictures them in this book at one per page with a funny, unusual or just plain weird comment written by the sender in their messge. This makes this a very funny book which I highly recommend.
I have met Tom who has a great postcard podcast which he records from a studio in London. I had the pleasure of being one of his guests and appeared on a podcast released Christmas day 2019
SPECIALISED STAMP CATALOGUE OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS AND DEPENDENCIES
INCLUDING POSTAL HISTORY AND CANCELLATIONS 1800 - 1996
There is no better catalogue for philatelic information about this area. I bought my copy for its information about flight cachets to and from the islands in the decade before the 1982 war, although there is also a small chapter on the material related to the war as well. If you collect the Falkland Islands stamps, postcards, covers or any other philatelic material you need one of these catalogues.
CONSTABULARY DUTIES - A HISTORY OF POLICING IN PICTURE POSTCARDS
Having been a PC I suppose I was always going to be drawn to this book. The images are superb and you get a nice selection from across the entire history of postcard production. If I had one complaint to make about this book it is that there is little or mostly no information about publishers re the depicted cards, lots of informatuion around the uniform changes, the incident depicted and police history, which is all superb, but I would have liked a little more detail around the actual cards themselves, but that is a minor complaint to what is after all a very pictorial book.
THE LONDON 1948 OLYMPIC GAMES - A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE
This soft cover book is an example of exactly how to do a collectors book on a single event. Printed in full colour, where applicable to the item issued, throughout, this has many postal stationery postcards and other postcards depicted, but it also has a dedicated 'Postcards' chapter as well. An absolutely superb and highly recommended book. You do not have to be a fan of this event or a collector of its material to enjoy this very informative and well presented book.
THE POSTAL CARD WORLDWIDE 1869 - 1974
JAMES PETER GOUGH
This fantastic two volume set was published last year (2019) by the Royal Philatelic Society and is available (whilst stocks last) from their website.
Anyone, anywhere in the world, who has an interest in the postal stationery post card and the rules and regulations relating to their issue as applied by the Universal Postal Union will find these two volumes essential. I learnt more from these two books than I have from all the other ones I have read put together.
There is one small set back though, these two volumes, sold as a single package, cost £115 (which does not include the £10 postage for the UK). But having said this, I was more than happy to pay this to receive these and to obtain all the information enclosed.
A BRIEF GUIDE TO BRITISH POSTCARD INTEREST POSTCARDS 1959 - 1993
Dont get this one confussed with the magazine depicted below, as the covers are very similar, but this one has a much wider theme.
This one lists cards for the centenary of the first British postcard (the postal stationery card), Exhibitions and postcard competitions, Postcard fairs (old and modern), National Postcard Week, Postcard Clubs, Postcard dealer cards, Postcard Publications and cards related to printing and publishing.
This is another great listing and another essential for anyone interested in any of these areas of collection.
A GUIDE TO BRITISH POSTCARD CENTENARY POSTCARDS 1994
A large number of postcards were issued celebrating the 1994 Picture Postcard Centenary. Thankfully, for anyone trying to compile a complete collection Ron Griffiths produced this superb small publication. This is essential to anyone collecting this topic
There is a one sheet supplement that was also produced to go with this booklet, sadly this is often missing (although I still have mine).
I produced my own card for this centenary and I appear in this books list, which details my card release.
I collected these cards and have almost a complete collection. I am missing just one card, and despite years of searching I have never seen a copy of the one I am missing, and 500 copies of it were printed! One day I will complete my collection, one day...
...that day came in 2021 when I finally found a copy of the one card I was missing...my collection is now complete.
FRED JUDGE 1872 - 1950 - Exhibition catalogue & guide - Hastings Museum & Art Gallery 1981.
This was the guide to an exhibition of the works of Fred Judge, who was behind the great postcard publishing company of 'Judges of Hastings'. Although not illustrated sadly, there is an interesting biography of Fred Judge included.
MODERN POSTCARDS AUCTION CATALOGUE 1991
This catalogue is worth a look as it is partially illustrated, but does give some ideas of the prices some of these cards and sets were considered to be worth at this time (towards the end of the height of the modern postcard resurgance era).
This is my copy of the catalogue, it was a postal auction, and I spent £200 buying lots from this auction (a lot of money in 1991!)
BRIAN PARTRIDGE Newsletter issue 6 - 2001
Brian has been one of our great modern postcard artists. For awhile, not very long, he issued these hand made newsletters. All the text was hand written and then the sheets photocopied and folded to make the newsletters. They were packed with information and illustrations of Brian's work and postcard images. I dont think there were ever more than 30 to 40 of each issue produced so they are extremely hard to source, but if you collect Brian's work these are well worth hunting down.
The best thing about subscribing to this newsletter was that Brian sent out free postcards with every issue and he signed every one of these and sometimes even printed up exclusive postcards for the subscribers, all in an edition of around the 30 to 35 mark (and these are very collectible indeed)
YORK POSTCARD CLUB MAGAZINE Issue No. 6
These local club newsletters can be hard to source, but they can be a rich source of local history facts and images and articles.
This magazine went on to become THE POSTCARD MAGZINE (see top of previous page). This issue clearly came along after the one depicted below.
This issue was the first to have a four page additional 'BAMFORTH POSTCARD COLLECTORS CLUB pull out section