20/06/2018

STAN LAUREL

&

OLIVER HARDY

TWO OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST CLOWNS,

CAPTURED ON AN EARLY EXAMPLE

OF MOVIE MEMORABILIA

(LAUREL & HARDY JIGSAW PUZZLE)

Published by

MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

(SOUTHBANK, LONDON)

Printed by

EXPRESSION PRINTERS, LONDON

Ref: 4

 

The specialist museums, from all over the world, are often the source of some amazing postcard images. This cracking early jigsaw puzzle is in the collection of the Museum of the Moving Image. I know that Laurel & Hardy are extremely popular with collectors and there is even a specialist collectors club entirely related to the two actors. This would be a great postcard for anyone interested in these two. I wonder if this is the only time this puzzle has appeared on a postcard.

 

20/06/2018

ALEXANDRA TUGS ATTENDING THE

QUEEN ELIZABETH 2

ON HER FIRST VISIT TO LIVERPOOL,

IN CELEBRATION OF CUNARD’S

150TH ANNIVERSARY

24TH JULY 1990

Photograph by

B. S. CLARKE

Published by

ALEXANDRA TUGS

(Tug Owners since 1833)

 

This is a superb photograph of the QEII from 1990 when she visited Liverpool on her first visit. Although the front image is worth placing in a collection on its own right, someone has taken this postcard and applied some cachets to the reverse side which make it even better.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This side has two special applied cachets. One is worded:

 

CUNARD “QUEEN ELIZABETH 2”

CALLS AT LIVERPOOL

30TH AUGUST 2004

 

I believe this is a cachet which the person who has created this usage has designed and applied themselves. It is a nice three coloured cachet which is date specific.

Then you have a second cachet which reads:

 

POSTED

ON BOARD

QE2

 

This looks very much like an official cachet applied by the ship’s crew and which was available for use by anyone who was onboard the ship. I know that they changed this cachet often and I have three different versions in my collection.

Then you have the 1st class UK ‘Lion’ definitive stamp which has been cancelled with the ‘ROYAL MAIL LIVERPOOL’ philatelic counter special hand stamp dated 30th August 2004, which was the date of the QEII’s visit here. A great card with superb usage.

 

20/06/2018

RINGLING BROS

And

BARNUM & BAILEY

COMBINED SHOWS

WORLD FAMOUS EQUESTRIENNES

IN DARING FEATS OF HORSEMANSHIP

Published by

KRUGER

Ref: 491194

(Printed in Venezuela)

 

Superb circus themed poster. The artwork used on these early posters was fantastic and I fully understand their appeal. This postcard was published by the company ‘Kruger’. Their cards were sold across Europe and I have seen them in Belgium, Germany and France, although I suspect they were (are?) sold elsewhere as well as the language used on the reverse side around the company logo is in Spanish.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Taken in 2016

Mount Dora, Orlando

Open air Antiques and Flea Market

 

When I was in America a couple of years ago I spent a fantastic day at a massive open-air antiques and collectors fair event. I managed to pick up some postcards here, but I was also amazed at what else was present to be bought. If Jo had not dragged me away and, quite correctly, stated that we would not get it into our luggage I suspect I might have been very tempted to buy this superb metal circus sign, Jo would have killed me though! I thought this was great.    

 

19/06/2018

LOST IN SPACE

BLUE ROBOT

WIMPEY Restaurant

Official ‘Wimpey’ Postcard

(Possibly a free issue – or given away with the children’s meals which they used to give out)

 

This robot was in the 1998 feature film version of the television science-fiction series ‘Lost in Space’. I have been a regular eater at the Wimpey beef-burger chain of restaurants since being a kid, but despite this postcard being twenty years old now I was totally unaware of its existence until I came across it on a stall at this years Woking postcard fair. Because of the films connection to the original TV series I picked up every card I could find when they came out, but I did not see or hear about this one. This is what I love about postcards, the fact that even supposed big collectors like myself cannot know everything, or, be even close to knowing most of the postcards issued. So, the next question is are there anymore postcards like this for other characters from this film.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

19/06/2018

GREETINGS

FROM

SHEFFIELD

Anonymous Publisher

Posted from Sheffield in 1909

 

As a simple local postcard design, you probably could not find a better example. This design could have been used for any location in the UK with the simple addition of that locations name printed where SHEFFIELD appears here on this one. I like these simple designs, they are not popular with many collectors, but they tell a very important part of the postcard story.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used locally and the stamp has received a nice clear SHEFFIELD cancel dated 10th August 1909. This usage adds to the local interest of this postcard.

 

19/06/2018

LLANDUDNO, CAERNARVON, WALES

LLANDUDNO LIFEBOAT

The

“LILLY WAINWRIGHT”

37 ft long Oakley type.

Published by

N. P. O. Ltd, Belfast

(npo fotocolor)

 

I have a small collection of ‘Lifeboat’ themed postcards and I have always bought them when I have come across them from lifeboat shops and stalls, this is partially because I like these, but mostly I like that they raise money for this excellent organisation, the R.N.L.I. (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

I am not sure this postcard did raise money for the RNLI, but it is such a nice photograph that I am happy to add it to my collection anyway. I also liked that there are two women wearing Welsh national costume included in this picture.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

19/06/2018

PELICANS

AT THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS,

LONDON

Published by

J. SALMON (SEVENOAKS)

Ref: 3068

 

I have collected all sorts of different postcards related to London Zoo, but it is the early painting issues which I like the most.

 

19/06/2018

TARZAN

POSTCARD PACK

28 Postcards

(Walt Disney ‘TARZAN’ animated feature film)

Published and Printed

In Thailand by

STARPICS/SUWAN STUDIOS

 

PHOTOGRAPH

PACK COVER

 

This is a pack of 28 postcards all featuring scenes and poster styled artwork from the 1999 Disney animated feature film ‘Tarzan’. Over the past few years there have been some extremely well crafted and professionally produced postcard sets coming out of Thailand, this is one of these sets. They have the added-bonus of also being reasonably priced. This set cost me £10, which I think is very reasonable.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Image of the complete package from the side

<< New image with text >>

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Selection of postcards from collection

 

PHOTOGRAPH

REVERSE SIDE OF PACKAGE

 

REVERSE SIDE OF POSTCARD

 

All the postcards contained within this package have the exact same reverse layout, without any differences.

 

18/06/2018

GUERRRE DE 1914

(War of 1914)

S. M. KING GEORGE

(King George V)

Published by

LL

Ref: 50

 

A postcard of the King issued in France during the first year of World War 1. This one would appeal to any early royalty collector and, also to anyone collecting first world war related postcards. This is a nice official portrait photograph of King George V.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Very basic early WW1 French postcard reverse layout

 

18/06/2018

GENEVE

LA RADE ET LE JET D’EAU (130 m)

Geneva

The Rade and the Water Jet

Published by

EDITIONS JAEGER & CIE

(J &Cie)

Printed in

IRIS MEXICHROME

Ref: 113

 

The Rade is the waterfront area of Geneva City and the development of this area has been the subject of a design competition. I like postcards that depict swans, something which harks back to my original wildlife postcard collecting, but it was something else related to this scene which made me buy it. This is one of the most unusual additions to my television themed collection. The reason why this water jet lakeside scene is so well known to me is that I saw it many times during the opening credits of one of my favourite television series of the late 1960’s, ‘The Champions’ (the original release dates for the only series of this programme was the 25th September 1968 – 30th April 1969 – In all 30 episodes were made). As each of the three main actors (Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo and William Gaunt) playing the main three characters were introduced during these opening credits the water jet you can see here on the postcard was seen in the background behind them. I watched re-runs of this series and I also had a Gum Card set which shows images from the first opening episode of the series, so I was a fan. Seeing this postcards image reminded me of the fun I had watching The Champions as a young boy.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Geneva is in Switzerland so naturally enough this postcard was posted using a Swiss postage stamp which has been cancelled with a nice collectible aeroplane slogan cancellation dated 1971. The slogan reads as:

LA POSTE AERIENNE

EST RAPIDE ET SURE

 

THE AIR POST

IS FAST AND SAFE

 

There is a nice outline of a commercial passenger jet plane incorporated within the slogan cancel. It is this which makes this so interesting, in my mind anyway.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Picture taken from the opening credits of ‘The Champions’ television series showing the water jet depicted on the postcard above...Ah, memories

 

18/06/2018

HAN SUR LESSE

Published by

Ern. Thrill, Bruxelles No 3

(Ref: No. 3 – possibly?)

 

Han sur Lesse is a village in Belgium (in the Rochefort, Namur Province) which is apparently famous for its caves, which are described as ‘exceptional’. These caves have been carved out by the passage of the river Lesse as it passes under a hill by the river.

This postcard, posted in 1962, has two photographs of these caves on a multi-view postcard which includes an artwork piece depicting a deer. I would not be surprised to find that this deer picture appears on other postcards as well, possibly even from other areas as this was a common practice both here in Europe and the UK.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I love the cancellation used here which reads:

 

HAN-SUR LESSE

16-7-62

SEE GROTTES MERVEILLEUSE

[See Wonderful Caves]

SES PROMENADE (? Possibly there is a number here – 1?)

 

This is a nice local cancellation which advertises the caves which the village is famous for. For me the cancellation adds extra interest to this postcard.

 

18/06/2018

TRACTEUR FENDT Fix 2

PROSPECTTUS D’EPOQUE

(1961)

“Tractor FENDT Fix 2 [Mark 2?]

Time Prospectus”

Published by

CENTENAIRE EDITIONS

13, rue Rabelais – 1700 SAINTE – FRANCE

Ref: 114 – MATERIEL AGRICOLE [Agricultural Equipment]

(This is the series of postcards which I discovered in the town of Sainte, which is located close to where my In-Laws house is located, in Venerand, France. The cards depict old adverts from all periods, but I particularly like the ones from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, and those depicting farm equipment & vehicles, Cars, Vans, Motorcycles and other forms of transport – many of which I have not seen on postcard before. I also like the fact that these postcards were locally published in Saintes. I like this series a lot and I have previously posted some examples)

 

I think I like the tractor advert material issued by this company the best. It is quite rare to find this sort of advertising material on postcard as mainly publishers seem to issue postcards related to the early horse drawn ploughing era of farming. Modern farming images are much harder to source, but this French company have produced a nice range of images.

 

CASE 630

4-PLOW TRACTOR

CASE-O-MATIC DRIVE

Published by

CENTENAIRE EDITIONS

13, rue Rabelais – 1700 SAINTE – FRANCE

Ref: 124 – MATERIEL AGRICOLE [Agricultural Equipment]

 

This appears to be an American Tractor advert, so it is nice to see that this company did not only source French adverts

 

TRACTEURS RENAULT

D35

Publicity from 1956

Published by

CENTENAIRE EDITIONS

13, rue Rabelais – 1700 SAINTE – FRANCE

Ref: 111 – MATERIEL AGRICOLE [Agricultural Equipment] Series 3

 

VENDEUVRE

5

TRACTEURS DIESEL

Published by

CENTENAIRE EDITIONS

13, rue Rabelais – 1700 SAINTE – FRANCE

Ref: 35 – MATERIEL AGRICOLE [Agricultural Equipment]

 

This is another superb piece of advertising material which the company have sourced in France and placed on this postcard. The company seem to have made-contact with a range of collectors of this type of material as the people from whose collection the images have come from are named on the back of the cards. This one is a bit different though as the source is shown as Collection de l’Editeur, which means this material here was from their own collection.

 

17/06/2018

HARTELYK GEFELICITEERD

‘Congratulations’

Published by

Gebr. Spanjersberg N.V. Rotterdam

Dutch Postcard

 

Honestly, this could be me at that age. I, like many kids at the time, collected stamps at a young age. I was started out on this journey by my Mum who gave me her own childhood stamp album (which I still have). Me and a friend of mine at school approached one of the teachers and created an after-school stamp club, so my collecting streak started at a young age. I do like this cards image as it reminds me of how stamp collecting used to be. I may concentrate on postcards these days, but I have never lost my love of stamps.

 

17/06/2018

NON-POSTCARD ITEM

(ADVERT FLYER CARD)

MARVEL

INSIDER

 

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS

 

FUTURE FIGHT

 

I picked up a couple of copies of this ‘Flyer’ card advert because I collect anything card like which features superheroes, especially Marvel and DC Comics. This is clearly from Marvel and relates to what I believe is a computer game? All I know for certain is that it depicts two different versions of Captain America and references the ‘Infinity War’. These unusual advert cards are much collected by those who are interested in the world of modern comic-book characters. These were free on the counter of a comic shop in London.

 

19/06/2018

Update

I noticed that 'Avengers Assemble' was on the TV today  so decided to watch it again for upteenth time - it might just be one of my top 10 favourite movies, and by far the best 'Superheroes' movie so far made.

 

REVERSE SIDES OF TWO COPIES OF THE ABOVE

ADVERT FLYER CARD

 

These each have a separate unique reference code which can be used to unlock bonus material connected to the game. Feel free to use either of the two numbers displayed here as I will not be using them 9this is why I have displayed the back of each of the two copies I have).

 

different code - feel free to use this one

 

17/06/2018

SAN BERNARDINO

COUNTY COURT HOUSE,

SNA BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA

Published by

FRASHERS, INC. POMONA,

CALIFORNIA

Ref: F-7600

A FRASHER FOTO CARD

 

This postcard fits squarely in my ‘Law & Order’ collection. The Courthouse depicted here was built in 1927 and it was designed by a local San Bernardino architect called Howard E. Jones, and apparently it is the only surviving Classical Revival building in San Bernardino. It is now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (added in 1998). If you ever visit here, and I have not had that privilege, then you will find this building located at 351 N. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino.    

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

To me this has a late, post war 1940’s or early 1950’s style and look to it. It is not dissimilar to the Kodak style of printing back which was widely used across the U.S. at this time.

 

17/06/2018

MARILYN

(Marilyn Monroe)

REINHARD COLLECTION

Published by

WIZARD & GENIUS

(W&G)

Switzerland - 1987

Ref: 5269

 

I think this is one of the best official photographs of Marilyn Monroe. When I saw this on this postcard I knew it was one I wanted in my collection. I know there is a soft lighting effect to this photograph, but I think you can see here why she was considered such a beautiful woman.

 

17/06/2018

HAZEL

By

EILEEN A. SOPER

Published by

THE MEDICI SOCIETY LTD,

LONDON

Ref: P.C. 1044

In their:

MEDICI BRITISH TREE SERIES

 

This is the second of these Eileen A. Soper illustrated Medici postcards that I have posted on the webpage, the other being a flower if I remember correctly. These are delightful cards which are very early Medici issues, but which, despite their age, are not that expensive to pick up.

 

17/06/2018

I SAW FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

AT THE 22ND WICHITA INTERNATIONAL

16 – 17th October 1999

Artwork by

Rick Geary

Published by

HAL OTTAWAY

Issued in a Limited edition of 300

Individually numbered postcards

 

Hal Ottaway issued a number of these ‘I Saw’ postcard designs, all by Rick Geary, and which all depict and name different famous people. Some of these people have been obvious to me, but by no means all of them as I had not heard of Frank Lloyd Wright. I now know, thanks to a bit of research, that he was an American architect, interior designer and writer. I also know that Hal was unlikely to meet him in 1999 as he passed away on 9th April 1959, but that was part of the fun of this series as it features people from both the past and the present.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This is a standard reverse layout for these postcards which has again been drawn by Rick Geary

 

 

17/06/2018

LES CHIENS

DOGS

Published by

NOUVELLES IMAGES

Ref: PHC 1850

 

This is one card in a series of these on which a ‘large-number’ of small images of one type of ‘thing’ are depicted. I have cards in this series covering Birds, Insects, Fire-engines and tree’s (amongst others). These are sold in France (source country for the issuing company) and here in the UK, although it was in France many years ago that I first came across them. I love these and buy them whenever I come across them.

 

AU FEU LESS POMPIERS…

CALL THE ENGINES

Published by

NOUVELLES IMAGES

Ref: PHC 1702

 

This is the fire-engine one mentioned above – I decided to show it here as well. These are toys with the year of issue placed underneath them. A superb thematic card this one.

 

17/06/2018

THIS THING CALLED SIN

BY

ROLAND VANE

“She revelled in passion & knew no shame”

Book Cover circa 1950

Published by

ROBERT OPIE

(ROBERT OPIE COLLECTION)

Another postcard in the massive output by this producer – these can be found in most museums, tourist sites and specialist shops all over the UK – Robert has all but cornered the ‘Modern’ postcard sales market, something Robert will, and should be remembered for

Ref: 01CR02

CRIME & PASSION SERIES

 

There is an added bit of text on the reverse side of this card which reads ‘Action, adventure and spicy romance are the three main ingredients in pulp fiction which flourished in America between the wars’, although, obviously, if this piece here is from the 1950’s then it came after WWII.

This image is just an inch or two away from making into my CENSORED category postings, but it manages, just, to be depictable here. I wonder if the story was ‘actually’ any good!

 

RICKY DRAYTON

SAYS

STIFFS DON’T SQUEAL

 “It’s a Milestone”

Book Cover circa 1940’s

Published by

ROBERT OPIE

(ROBERT OPIE COLLECTION)

Another postcard in the massive output by this producer – these can be found in most museums, tourist sites and specialist shops all over the UK – Robert has all but cornered the ‘Modern’ postcard sales market, something Robert will, and should be remembered for

Ref: 01AP04

AMERICAN PAPERBACK SERIES

 

There is an added bit of text on the reverse side of this card as well, although this reads as ‘Once considered throwaway items, pulp fiction novels are now collectors’ items, especially when they feature amusing titles’. I assume, probably correctly, that they feel this one does have an amusing title.

17/06/2018

 

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