GREET THE UNSEEN WITH A CHEER
VALENTINE & SONS LTD
Ref: VALENTINE’S “HELPFUL THOUGHTS” POSTCARDS
I am not ready to start my Christmas countdown yet, but somehow this postcard has always had a bit of a Christmassy feel about it to me, although it is not themed as such. Perhaps it is the religious context and look about it that does it and until you realise that one of the depicted people is a woman there is a three wise men initial look as well, but this is definitely not in anyway linked to the nativity story. It is a lovely card though and was extremely cheap so I could not resist it for the collection.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY
NIGH (SHANKLIN I.W)
JARROLD & SONS LTD, NORWICH
Ref: KIW 903
When our kids were quite young, we went to the Isle of Wight for a holiday and visited Blackgang Chine and walked through here. Jo, my wife, has a photograph of her and her brother sitting on a horse here when they were both children on one of their family holidays, so Jo has been here many times as the Isle of Wight was one of their regular holiday destinations. Although I have been to the Isle of Wight a few times I have only been to Blackgang Chine once, so my memories are all as an adult (although Jo says that where I am concerned it still counts as a child!)
This postcard was posted in the early 1980’s as it has a 14p Machin head stamp, although cancelled slightly off card so the year cannot be discerned, but the 14p was the first class rate between 26th January 1981 and 1st February 1982, so the card was logically used in this period, and this is where stamp knowledge can help you with your postcards.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY AMERICAN FRIENDS
No Publisher Named
Ref: Thanksgiving Series
Postal Used 1909
Another postcard from my small collection of these Thanksgiving cards. For some reason, which I cannot explain, I do like these US festive embossed Thanksgiving cards. Looks like you also get some pumpkins as well with this design.
Unnamed US Publisher
Postally Used from Brooklyn NY in 1909 (Nov 24th)
Thanksgiving starts tomorrow for all my American friends, so I am going to start early by showing a card from my collection. I don’t have a large collection of these, but I like to pick up US holiday and special day postcards when I am actually in America. This card, and the one I will depict tomorrow were both picked up at an antiques fair in Florida back in January of this year. I do think that the style of these Thanksgiving cards are great and I like that they are often, like this one, embossed.
17TH NOVEMBER 2023
CHILDREN IN NEED 2023
‘REFLECTIONS OF PUDSEY’
Postcard Published To Raise Money For the Charity
MARK ROUTH (Yep, me)
REFLECTIONS OF A BYGONE AGE
(All proceeds from the sale of this card go to BBC ‘Children in Need’ appeal)
I was delighted to be asked by Brian and Mary Lund (from ‘Reflections of a Bygone Age) to design this years money raising postcard for the annual Children in Need charity. I have a particular love of the postcards that depict the Pudsey Bear mascot for the charity, so I used him, or lots of him, to make up the piece. I hope you all like what I came up with.
LEST WE FORGET
GRAVESHAM REMEMBRANCE 2021
Mr G. Com
No Publisher Named
We had our church remembrance service yesterday on the actual 11th November, but today is still Remembrance Sunday so this year we remember those who lost their lives during military conflicts across two days, so, for the whole weekend, and I cannot think of a more deserving cause to receive these commemorations.
This is a postcard I picked up earlier in the year from a cheap box and it is a superb example of how across the country the 11th November Armistice Day anniversary is remembered.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE
A THRILLING HALLOWEEN
MECHANICAL MOVING PART POSTCARD
(The pumpkin head held by the central cat revolves around)
1990 MERRIMACK PUBLISHING CORP
85 FIFTH AVE, NEW YORK
Ref: No 6464
Printed in Hong Kong
I bought this great card in America in 2019 and have been waiting for this year’s Halloween to come around to show it to you as it is a favourite of mine. It was an expensive card despite being a reproduction card, but then in the US Halloween cards are highly collected and reach much higher prices than they would do here in the UK.
MATTHEW PERRY….. R.I.P.
Matthew Langford Perry 19th August 1969 – 28th October 2023
American-Canadian actor who will forever be remembered for his character Chandler Bing in the award winning US TV series ‘Friends’ (1994 – 2004)
POSTCARD FROM THE ‘FRIENDS’ POSTCARD BOOK
My wife and daughter were, and are huge fans of the FRIENDS series, and I believe we have them all on DVD somewhere, but they are repeated on TV so often that they get to watch episodes regularly. As a result of their fandom, I got to watch every episode as well and must admit that I also enjoyed them immensely at the time. When I woke up to this news today it came as a bit of a shock and I think it has surprised and saddened many people around the world.
SIR MICHAEL JOHN GAMBON CBE.....R.I.P.
19TH October 1940 – 27th September 2023
Irish born English actor who was awarded three Olivier Awards, four BAFTA TV awards and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Although known for numerous Shakespeare plays and TV and film appearances he will perhaps be best remembered for his portrayal of the wizard ‘Albus Dumbledore’ in the Harry Potter films, having taken over the part from Richard Harris following his death in 2002.
DAVID KEITH McCALLUM ….. R.I.P.
19th September 1933 - 25th September 2023
Scottish actor and musician who will for ever be remembered for playing the character Illya Kuryakin in the TV series ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’. He also appeared in the series ‘Colditz’ (1972 – 1974), ‘Sapphire & Steel’ (1979 – 1982), and more recently was well known for his many appearances (as a regular character in the early series) as Dr Donald “Ducky” Mallard in the long running (20 series) US series ‘NCIS’. One should not forget his appearance in the POW war film ‘The Great Escape’ (1963).
C. G. WILLIAMS
(Plastichrome Ref: P81332)
DIA MUNDIAL DE LA SALUD 2020
WORLD HEALTH DAY 2020
Used on front with COSTA RICA Covid-19 postage stamp
MINISTERIO DE SALUD DE COSTA RICA
I am amazed that I am still finding new, unusual, and interesting Covid-19 themed postcards. This one is a recent acquisition but is from 2020, although the stamp applied is more recent and is cancelled 2023 (7th September) and is from Costa Rica and is a Covid-19 issue.
World Trade Centre Twin Towers
FOUND IMAGE PRESS
A modern postcard reproducing an older postcard image. This company specialize in issuing these re-production postcards, all with a white boarder. I bought this card, along with many others depicting the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building on my last visit to New York in 2020 (in mid-February, just about a month before the Covid pandemic shut down the world, although New York shut down just a few weeks after we left).
My Thoughts and Prayers are with all those who have suffered loss due to the earthquake which hit Marrakech (Marrakesh)
I hope all the people I met just over two weeks ago when I was in the city of Marrakech have made it through this disaster unharmed.
This postcard was bought during this recent trip and depicts the Medina and the Jemaa-el-Fna market square, which was hit by the earthquake.
MAROC – VILLES IMPERIALES
SOCIETE D IMAGERIE
Ref: 93 CA
Very saddened to hear of the high casualty rate from this natural disaster. The loss of life and all the people who have sustained injuries is truly tragic and I naturally hope that all the people who helped make my recent holiday in the city so fantastic have not suffered. Also, as someone who was only recently in the area and who was fascinated by the beauty of the buildings and architectural heritage of much that I saw, I am also saddened by the damage I have witnessed in images coming from the area of the buildings concerned.
H. M. QUEEN ELIZABETH II
1926 – 2022
FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF H.M. QUEEN ELIZABETH II
This postcard is currently available in London on a number of stands and in shops and I picked up my copy on my last visit. It seems an appropriate card for posting today in commemoration of Her Majesty.
I AM TRYING SO HARD TO FORGET YOU
Printed in Germany
This is almost certainly pre-WW1 as it was printed in Germany but clearly designed to be sold in either the UK (most probably) or the US. Looking at this I do find myself wondering just who this man is having trouble forgetting. Also, I assume you could send this to someone you had recently split up hoping that receiving this card might make them reconsider… I wonder if it ever worked. Somehow, I doubt it.
AN EYE OPENER
‘PLEASE PITY THE BLIND’
C. P. C. LONDON
Ref: Series 623
The look on both the mans and the dogs face made me laugh, so I had to buy this one. It did help that it was in a 10p box (possibly because it does have some postal usage damage, but that didn’t bother me.
CHILD PLAYING WITH TOY BRICKS
Russian Published Postcard
Ref: SERIES No 4
Postcard No 6
The quality of printed postcards does often depend on the productivity quality and monetary position of the country in question. This card is very simply printed on what I think it would be fair to describe as cheaper quality matt card stock, but having stated that the card here is not well printed there was still something about it which made it appeal to me. Perhaps it was the price, just 10p, but it may also have been the Russian connection. I like looking at cards produced in foreign countries as there is often a lot of social history wrapped in the story behind how these cards were printed.
‘VALENTINE’S NAME SERIES’
I could never resist any postcard which depicts animals of any type, even unusual ones like this name card. The reason this card also caught my eye is that there was something about the animals which rang a bell. Going back through my old London Zoo postcards I realised my initial thoughts were correct and at least some of these animal photographs were taken from photographs used to produce postcards from London Zoo. I strongly suspect that all these animals were photographed at London Zoo. As I collect London Zoo postcards, I think this will make an unusual unofficial addition to that collection.
This time tomorrow I will be in Marrakesh in Morocco. Therefore, it seems only appropriate to illustrate these few poster-styled postcards my daughter bought me whilst visiting Marrakesh earlier in the year. These are all poster images designed to attract early tourists to the country. They are elaborate art pieces which evoke the feel of the place. Hopefully I will find some myself during my trip.
F. W. BOND
Published by (reverse side text)
‘From the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London, Regent’s Park, N. W.’
Ref: No. 21
It has been a long time since I last visited London Zoo and it is probably time I returned. In the meantime, I will continue to collect the many postcards published by the London Zoo over the many decades they have been issuing them, which is pretty much the entire timeline of picture postcards. Although I am very fond of the early art cards it is the black and white photographic postcards which I really love.
BET THIS MAKES YOUR EYES SPARKLE!
BLOW THE TOP OFF, AND HELP YOURSELF.
BAMFORTH & CO., LTD
Ref: COMIC SERIES No. 3919
PRINTED IN ENGLAND
Many people enjoy a pint of beer, although I unfortunately am not one of them as I never liked the stuff and have never been a drinker, but I do like a Bamforth postcard which is related to drinking. I suspect this postcard was a popular one for many years.
IN THE 12 DANCING PRINCESSES
Official Barbie Animated Film Publicity Postcard
My daughter and her friends went to see the new Barbie film last night, the one everyone seems to be talking about and starring Margot Robbie, and they really enjoyed it. I have not seen any postcards featuring the new film yet (but they will come if they are not already out there). So, to be topical I am depicting this postcard showing artwork from the 2006 animated film featuring Barbie. This was initially released on the 19th September 2006 and was distributed by Universal Pictures.
I am unaware of the exact source of this particular postcard, but it has the feel of a freebie card and possibly, just possibly, it could have been a DVD/Video free extra. It just has the feel of a card given away with something rather than an individual issued card. If you know where it came from then let me know.
THE QUEEN AND PADDINGTON BEAR
(The card is technically untitled, and the artist is not named on the reverse, so I am glad that the sender – Melissa Reed – kindly supplied all the details for me in her message)
No Publisher named – but possibly published by the artist.
I had seen this pictorial tribute on some Facebook postings in the period after the Queen died. I really liked this, and I am delighted that it has been made available as a postcard. I have a large collection of Paddington Bear postcards and when Melissa read about this, she very kindly sent me this copy all the way from Italy. I think this is a delightful postcard.
P.M. & Co.
Ref: “PRETTY CATS & DOGS.” Series 4142
Printed in Prussia
Posted from Colchester in 1903
Printed on thick textured card which gives this a canvas like look. This is another early attempt to find a way to make postcards look and feel a bit different, this is because postcard publishers were always trying to find something different to make their cards stand out to customers. Dogs were always popular as a theme and many cards featuring them were issued during the golden age period of postcard production, but they are still popular today.
(FIRST CLASS BATTLESHIP)
GD & DL
(Posted from Aldershot 27th July 1906)
The HMS Majestic was ‘Majestic’ class pre-dreadnought battleship which was commissioned in 1895. She was attached to the Channel Fleet until 1904 and then transferred to the Atlantic fleet. When the first world war broke out, she initially was attached to the Channel Fleet again before being moved to escort duties for the Canadian troop convoys. In 1915 she could be found in the Mediterranean participating in the unsuccessful Dardanelles campaign. She took part in bombardments of Turkish forts and supported the allied landings at Gallipoli. Sadly, she became the victim of a U-boat off Cape Helles and was sunk by torpedo on the 27th May 1915 with the loss of 49 men.
This is what I like about postcards like this. I found it in a 10p box at a fair and bought it without any knowledge of the battleship or its history. Having the card has caused me to research it and discover the story of its involvement in the Dardanelles and its tragic ending. A great early military postcard with a fascinating story attached to the depicted battleship.
THE REAL THING
Design based on the bottle from Ireland.
Created by 11yr old Una Martin
Promotional Postcard for the
COCA-COLA FOLK ART EXHIBITION
4TH – 28TH SEPTMEBER 1997
The Exhibition is a display of 35 bottles created by artists from around the globe in celebration of the famous Coca-Cola bottle.
Official Promotional event postcard
Not entirely sure what to make of this design, but I do know that there are many Coca-Cola collectors out there and many postcards have been published down through the years. Most are advertising postcards for the product itself although this one is for a related art exhibition.
SANTA MARIA BRAND
Vintage Santa Maria Brand Vegetable label circa 1940
LANTERN PRESS (Seattle)
Ref: Image # 1615
This lovely American postcard has the bonus of fitting into several themes including Trains, Transport, Food, Advertising and possibly even posters, although this last one is a bit of a push. Being a posted postcard, the card has received some transit damage, something which is not unusual and happens when the cards go through the sorting machine. Despite this minor image damage, I thought the image was superb and I do like these food advertising labels which were so popular in America and which often appear on postcards. This cracking card cost me just 10p, from a box of 10p cards I just had to have a look through.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
I like the message from the sender, clear.ly as mentioned a postal worker. Two nice stamps have been used and these comply with the great cachet in red which reads ‘LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR UGLY STAMPS’. This is a postcrossing card and I think we will be seeing more and more of these postcrossing sent cards in the future, if in fact this could not already be said to be the case if you look on either eBay or Delcampe online auction sites.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Film Poster for the 1974 feature film
Distributed by MODERN POSTCARDS WHOLESALE
Ref: FC 309
This postcard has the poster for the 1974 film version of this Agatha Christie book. I am posting this one here because last night I watched again the more recent 2017 Kenneth Branagh version which I prefer. I really enjoyed this one when I saw it at the cinema and have watched a few times since so when I saw it was on last night, I settled down for an enjoyable night of viewing. Having said I really enjoyed this film I found it such a shame that the next film, ‘Death on the Nile’ (2022), which is my favourite Christie book, which also meant I was looking forward to it, was such a disappointment and was in my mind just too dark and lost much of the background humour that was built into how the character interacted with others. In this case I preferred the earlier 1978 version starring Peter Ustinov. I shall therefore not be holding my breath in anticipation of ‘A Haunting in Venice’ which is released this year (currently booked for September). This new Hercule Poirot film is based on the Christie book titled ‘Hallowe’en Party’ which was first published in 1969. The books story is based in the UK so the film is taking some major leaps situating it in Venice – do I need to be worried again?
R.I.P… ALAN ARKIN
Alan Wolf Arkin – 26th March 1934 – 29th June 2023
American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Winner of multiple awards including an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and a Tony Award. Film appearances include CATCH-22 (1970), FREEBIE AND THE BEAN (1974), THE ROCKETEER (1991), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992), GROSSE POINT BLANK (1997), AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS (2001), LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006), GET SMART (2008), THE MUPPETS (2011), DUMBO (2019) and MINIONS: RISE OF GRU (2022 – voice of character called Wild Knuckles).
MAX LA MENACE
(This film was called GET SMART in the US and UK)
Steve Carrell – Anne Hathaway – Dwayne Johnson – ALAN ARKIN
AU CINEMA LE 10 SEPTEMBRE
Free Advert Postcard Published by
Alan Arkin appeared in many, many films and at quick notice after the sad news of his passing released late yesterday, I found this card advertising a film that he appeared in. ‘Actually’, I quite like this film and probably, I think he was the best thing in this one, very funny indeed. I depict this postcard despite the sad fact that he does not appear in the poster, but he is named.