17/10/2018

“AFTERNOON – VIEW FROM THE WATCHTOWER

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA

From a Painting by

GUNNER WIDFORSS

Published by

FRED HARVEY

(HOTELS – DINING CARS – RESTAURANTS – SHOPS)

Ref: H-4488

 

This lovely painting of the Grand Canyon is very appropriate to me today as tomorrow I shall be heading to the Grand Canyon for my very first visit to this natural wonder. I am really looking forward to seeing this famous natural canyon. Knowing I was going to be visiting I scanned in this card from my collection before leaving the UK. I think this is a real cracker, but I suspect I will be able to pick up some more when I get there.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

16/10/2018

 

HOWDY FROM

WICKENBURG

ARIZONA

‘DESERT RIDERS’

PETLEY STUDIOS,

PHOENIX, ARIZONA

 

This is a different area of Arizona than the one I have been travelling through and I didn’t get to see any of these iconic cacti. This is another postcard I had pre-scanned before leaving on this current holiday and it goes to show what was laying around in my collection before I got to make this visit.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This was posted in 1977 from CAREFREE (what a great name for a location) Arizona. The stamp, a 21cent airmail, has been cancelled with a CAREFREE AZ large circle cancellation dated 1st August 1977. This was sent to somewhere called BRASSCHAAT which is a municipality in Belgium and upon arrival has received a BRASSCHATT single circle cancel dated 11th August 1977, which means this took ten days to make the trip, which seems like quite a lot even for the 1970’s. Nice clean and clear usage though.  

 

16/10/2018

 

WILDLIFE OF THE DESERT

WILDLIFE IN SOUTHWESTERN DESERT

Published and Distributed by

PETLEY STUDIOS,

PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Ref: K-999-C

(CROCKER)

 

For the first time ever, I have today been travelling through the desert of Arizona. The views were amazing, and more varied than I expected, as was the weather. I had scanned this postcard before I left home in preparation for todays posting. Unfortunately, the only things I saw from this selection were Prairie Dogs, deer and vultures, but the other critters would have meant a slower and more careful movement through the miles we travelled today. Still a cracking postcard though.

 

16/10/2018

 

‘REGENTS PARK ZOO’

FOR THE ZOO

REGENTS PARK

CAMDEN TOWN, CHALK FARM

Poster by

ANRID BANNIZA JOHNSTON, 1930

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

In their:

‘POSTER GIRLS – A CENTURY OF ART AND DESIGN’

Series

Ref: unusually this card does not appear to have any LTM number attributed – which appears to be the case with this specific POSTER GIRLS series 

This postcard was issued in 2018

 

I love the fact that here the animals are the visitors and the humans are on display in the cages. It is a wonderful idea and very well depicted. I also like the fact that the artist has included the ‘Maplin Terraces’ at the back. These imitation mountains were built between 1913 – 1914 and are now a Grade II listed structure.

 

 

SPRING (FOUR SEASONS)

SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN WINTER

FOUR SEASONS OF LONDONS FAMOUS SKYLINE

Poster by

PAUL CATHERALL, 2006

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: unusually this card does not appear to have any LTM number attributed

This postcard was issued in 2016

 

A nice poster design from the first decade of this new millennium. I assume there were also posters for the seasons of Summer, Autumn and Winter. I shall have to check my museum postcard collection and see if the other seasons also appeared on postcards.

 

BRIGHTEST LONDON

BARS BY BUS, TUBE, OVERGROUND AND DLR

Poster by

VIRGINIE MORGAND (No year of production given)

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: unusually this card does not appear to have any LTM number attributed

This postcard was issued in 2016

 

One of the more unusual of this museum’s recent postcard issues. Text on the reverse side refers to this as a poster design but there is no front text on the poster itself. I wonder if it was a piece of artwork which was commissioned but eventually not used, which might explain why no year is given in the descriptive text for when the design was painted or used. I like this one because it is so different from the other poster designs produced by this museum.

 

 

THE PENSIONERS OF THE

ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA

SURVIVALS OF THE PAST

BOOK TO SLOANE SQUARE

Poster by

DORA M. BATTY, 1924

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: LTM 496

 

I do like poster designs which I can also place into my military themed collection. This is a lovely one which depicts a part of London’s history as displayed by the year 1692 shown top right in the poster image.

 

BROCKWELL PARK (LIDO)

BY BUS

Poster by

RUTH HYDES, 2015

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: unusually this card does not appear to have any LTM number attributed

This postcard was issued in 2016

 

Another modern design with nothing special about it except its design and modernity, but that is what I like about this series, the fact that they publish the more unusual and even mundane modern poster designs. This postcard came out the year after the poster first came into use.

 

 

16/10/2018

 

CLOAK DECORATED WITH KANJI CHARACTERS

FOR THE

ALADDIN SANE TOUR

DESIGNED BY

KANSAI YAMAMOTO

1973

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

DAVID BOWIE EXHIBITION

(EXHIBITION EXCLUSIVE POSTCARD)

Published by the

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 120117

 

Another crazy piece of tour costuming from a David Bowie tour. Another superb Bowie themed postcard from the museum’s excellent exhibition series. I hope you like these, but if not dont worry as there is only another couple to show you before they have all appeared on the webpage. 

 

 

14/10/2018

LOVE THE BEACH

“Make mine a 99”

RETRO SEASIDE

Design by

JENNY WISCOMBE

Published by

J. SALMON LTD

Ref: 09/80/02/07

 

I have a few of these designs by Jenny and I like them a lot. They have a sort of nostalgia about them which clearly appeals to the general-public as these postcards can be found being sold up and down the UK in many locations, including my home town (although the company itself ceased producing postcards last December). The combination of images used here is very good and eye catching, especially with the inclusion of the old Ice Cream van, although I say old, but the one that still drives around my area still looks like this one.

For my readers from other countries who may not know what a ‘99’ is I shall explain as to UK readers of a certain age it is iconic. It is an ice cream cone with a chocolate flake stuck in it, something you can get from all UK ice cream vans.

 

SUMMER’S HERE!

“I’m at the beach”

RETRO SEASIDE

Design by

JENNY WISCOMBE

Published by

J. SALMON LTD

Ref: 09/80/02/01

 

This is the first card in tis series and for those from other countries who did not know what the ‘99’ was that was mentioned on the above postcard there is one depicted here in the bottom left corner. It seems strange to mention it on the above postcard, but to depict it on another, but then this is a minor point really as the cards in this set are really good, and I like them.

 

WERE GOING ON A SUMMER HOLIDAY!

RETRO SEASIDE

Design by

JENNY WISCOMBE

Published by

J. SALMON LTD

Ref: 09/80/02/03

 

Another card from this series, and I am on holiday at the moment so for me it is topical!

 

14/10/2018

BACK THEM UP!

ROYAL ARTILLERY WITH 4-IN MK 5 ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS

DEFEND THE COAST OF BRITAIN circa 1941

Recruiting Poster after

Terence Cuneo (1907-96)

Published by

HMSO c 1941

Published by

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM

CHELSEA

Ref: 8511-56

Copyright 1997

 

Some war posters you see a lot on different postcards, whilst some you see a lot less often, or only once or twice. This is one from the last type, a poster design I had not previously seen before, which was strange as I think this is a cracking poster.

 

 

 

13/10/2018

 

THE ROYAL FREE, NW3

“THE HEALTH SERVICE IS SAFE IN OUR HANDS”

M. THATCHER

Not published by Private Health Ltd., or Burial Services Inc., or E. Currie plc

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

Published by

POSTCARDS PAST

 

This would class as a political postcard because the text on the reverse side makes-reference to the policies of the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which also nicely dates this postcard to the early to mid-1980’s. The ‘E. CURRIE’ mentioned is of course Edwina Currie, a member of parliament with the Conservative party.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

“THE HEALTH SERVICE IS SAFE IN OUR HANDS”

M. THATCHER

Not published by BUPA or Burial Services Inc

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

Unknown Publisher

 

This card’s image is clearly a copy of the above card’s idea (unless of course this version came first), but with different company logo’s and banners on the building. This one is far harder to find than the above card and not all collectors are aware that there are two versions of this idea.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This time E. Currie fails to get a mention (I wonder if she would think this a good thing or a bad thing?)

 

13/10/2018

 

ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE

Walt Disney world

Official Theme Park Postcard

Ref: HSC-609-P

 

This parade has now gone from Walt Disney World. They like to change the location of their parades and they move around the theme parks areas. Fortunately, I had seen this one, with its famous dragon, as depicted here, many times. I bought this older postcard from a dealer as it pre-dates any of my visits.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

12/10/2018

 

THE PRINCESS VICTORIA

22 UPPER NORTH STREET

BRIGHTON

Real Ales, Log Stove, Excellent Food & Great Atmosphere

COMPLETELY REFURBISHED & REVITALISED

REOPENS ON THURSDAY 25TH APRIL

Privately produced for the Public House

Unknown Printer.

 

I picked this postcard up from a cheap box on a dealer’s stand at a postcard fair. I wanted it as an unusual addition to my royalty collection. I have not been to this pub, not that I know of anyway, but I have done a couple of stag weekends in Brighton and I don’t remember all the pubs we went into on these. It would be interesting to know when the refit took place and in what year it reopened on the 25th April.

 

12/10/2018

 

VIVE LES GIRLS!

Published by

H. S. CROCKER CO, INC., OKLAHOMA CITY

OKLAHOMA

A

MIRRO-KROME CARD

Ref: HSC-388

 

This is a cracking card which must be from the late 1950’s – 1960’s era. This is a nice collection of swimsuit photographs, one which would be of interest to anyone looking at the history of bikini’s and other swimsuit costumes. Other people I am sure will just look at and admire the pictures.  

 

 

 

11/10/2018

 

UNTITLED POSTCARD

Depicting a design by

ALPHONSE MUCHA

Unknown Printer Publisher

Issued in France (I believe)

 

Golden Age original Mucha postcards are highly sought after and expensive, and quite colourful. This card, despite its undivided reverse side, which makes it appear much older than it is, is a modern release (possibly circa the 1980’s). I believe this was produced for the postcard collector world rather than a general release.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

11/10/2018

 

ADVENTURELAND JUNGLE CRUISE

WALT DISNEY WORLD

FLORIDA

Official theme park postcard

Ref: 79913-C

(01110206)

“Amid lost Asian ruins, a python-like Banyan tree grips an ancient stone god in a living vise… one of the spectacular sights in store for guests aboard explorer’s launches on the “danger-filled” Jungle River Cruise”

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

 

I have mentioned before my love of this ride (But to quickly recap, it was because as a child I loved all things wildlife themed, and every bank holiday in the UK came with the showing of a new ‘Disney’ programme where a UK celebrity would go to the theme park and film segments there which showed bits and pieces of the various rides, characters and other park aspects. I loved this programme and through watching it fell in love with the idea of the Jungle Cruise ride), I ride it every time I visit Walt Disney World. I also try on every visit to try and photograph this face statue, but I fail on almost every trip, so it was nice to find this old postcard on a dealer’s stall which depicts it. It is located just before the boat goes into the tunnel area.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has the very early, first in fact, Walt Disney World logo heading across the top, which I believe places the issue of this card in the 1970’s, possibly early 1980’s (but I am going with the 70’s). The printing is in blue, which I think is attractive and there is a little toucan logo at the bottom of the central dividing line (I think this is reference to the ‘Tikki Tikki Room’ attraction, which is located in the ‘Adventureland’ area).

 

11/10/2018

WILDLIFE

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

2005

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

‘Yawning Fox’ by Bence Mate

Published by

AVANTCARD AUSTRALIA

Free Rack Postcard

Ref: #10238

Issued 2005 (no surprise there!)

 

Another cracking card from this company which has now sadly ceased producing free postcards in this series. As an initial wildlife-only collector as a kid I would have loved this one even more if it had come out back then.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

11/10/2018

“I’M THE KING OF THE WORLD”

Published by

BOOMERANG

In their:

“CINEMA IN CARDS”

Series

Ref: No 18 

 

BOOMERANG

“CINEMA IN CARDS”

SERIES

 

Time for another postcard from this very large series of cards which depict a phrase or quote from a specific film. Some of these are easy to work out, some from the fact that the quote is famous, some from the design of the card and others from personal fandom for that film.

I think this one may be one of the easiest of these cards to identify the film from. It is also of course another Titanic themed postcard for my extensive modern Titanic postcard collection. 

 

11/10/2018

THE RED ARROWS

Published by

CHARLES SKILTON & FRY LTD

(CHARLES SKILTON’S POSTCARD SERIES)

Ref: 367

 

The Red Arrows are famous in the UK and have performed all over the world (Royal Mail issued a stamp sheet depicting four Red Arrow themed stamps earlier this year). There are any number of themed postcards and at Air Shows and fairs if they had their own stand they used to give out plain backed (or information backed) postcard sized cards of the various pilots (I picked up two when I visited a Biggin Hill air show some years ago). This superb photograph here shows the Red Arrows performing one of their famous flying formations.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I don’t think I have shown the reverse side of a Charles Skilton card yet on the webpage, but that have such a distinctive standard design I depict this one to show this.

 

10/10/2018

A DESTROYER IN DRY DOCK

Published by

GALE & POLDEN LTD

Ref: 4431

 

Gale & Polden was a British printer and publisher which was founded in Brompton, near Chatham, Kent in 1868, although they moved to Aldershot, in the 1890’s where they remained until the company closed in 1981, after being bought by media mogul Robert Maxwell. The company specialised in military and naval printing, although they also did general printing as well. Their postcards do mainly have a military theme and this lovely early naval ship image is a classic Gale & Polden release.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

10/10/2018

 

CARTES D’ART

EDITIONS CARTES D’ART

NOVELTY ‘STICKERS’ POSTCARDS

SERIE: CARTES-STICKERS/STICKERS-CARDS

I bought a selection of these on my last visit to France (as mentioned with the previous posting on 20/08/2018) and I was fascinated to find what appeared to be matching cards with the same theme and basic shape of the images depicted but in two different styles, you will see what I mean when you look at these cards:

 

MES PETITES LICORNES

MY LITTLE UNICORNS

By

CORINNE LEMERLE

Published by

CARTES D’ART

EDITIONS CARTES D’ART

Ref: ST 356

 

Unicorns are still hot, for the moment

Again, everything is in the same position on both postcard designs. Everything except the small circles and hearts is a sticker (including the small yellow stars here).

 

LES JOLIES LICORNES

NICE UNICORNS

By

ISABELLE CHAUVET

Published by

CARTES D’ART

EDITIONS CARTES D’ART

Ref: ST 361

 

Again, everything is in the same position on both postcard designs. Everything except the small hearts are removable stickers. On this occasion it is the previous Unicorn design I prefer.

 

10/10/2018

MATILDA BEAR

AND

FATHER BEAR

“I LOVE YOU FATHER BEAR”

By

Rachel Sunman

From a book written by

Suzi James

Copyright 2012

Official Book Promotional Postcard

 

I still like Teddy Bear postcards and some still do get issued and have been issued in the past ten years. This one is a book advert postcard from around 2012. I believe this was originally a free postcard (but this is not confirmed), although now of course it would probably cost you few pennies from a dealer, if you can find a copy.

 

10/10/2018

UNTITLED

LIGHTHOUSE PAINTING

By

CHARLES CAMBIER

Published by

EDITIONS D’ART JACK

Ref: DF 185

 

I’ve not much to say about this one, except that I bought it in France, where the card was published, on a trip to Saintes, an area I know well, and which has been mentioned here on the webpage many times. The image is a simple one, but one which appealed to my eye, and Lighthouses do have a dedicated band of collectors.

 

10/10/2018

DISNEYLAND PARIS

MARVEL

ULTIMATE

SPIDER-MAN

3D Postcard

Official Disneyland Paris Postcard

Ref: FAC-020877-15090

 

I bought this 3D postcard way back at the start of this year on a visit to the Disneyland Paris theme park. Because it is 3D it does not scan very well, but I still like to picture these as you at least get an idea what the card looks like, just accept that the effect is much better in reality than as depicted on the scan of the card. Disney of course now owns the Marvel group properties and as a result, connected postcards have been appearing. Exclusive theme park ones like this are top quality cards and very collectible.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

These come in a cellophane bag, which I have not removed from my one, so you can still see the lines down the right side where the flap comes over and seals down. The reverse side is quite colourful and attractive, which Disney often achieve with their postcards.

 

DISNEYLAND PARIS

MARVEL

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE

3D Postcard

Official Disneyland Paris Postcard

Ref: FAC-020877-15090

 

This card has the same FAC ref number as the Spider-Man card depicted above, so these two cards are connected in a series, possibly of just these two as I found no others on my visit. This one scanned even worse than the Spider-Man card, but it is another cracker when you see it for real.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

These come in a cellophane bag, which I have not removed from my one, so you can still see the lines down the right side where the flap comes over and seals down. This card was obviously issued with reference to the record-breaking film ‘Avengers Assemble’.

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