DISNEY CRUISE LINE
Official Disney Cruise Line Postcard
Only sold on board the Disney Cruise Liners
There has been a Disney cruise ship here in the UK since the early lockdown began. It was here awaiting a European cruise when it got stranded and remained. Now that things are opening-up it looks like there maybe some two night and three-night cruises leaving from Tilbury (not far from me) over the early summer period (and some from Southampton later in the year). Could this be a chance for us to get some Disney magic? Possibly.
This postcard here I picked up when I was on a Disney Cruise Liner in the Caribbean in 2018.
PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH ….. R.I.P.
10TH June 1921 – 9th April 2021
Member of the British royal family as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II
QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Published by the
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Through obtaining the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award when I was much younger, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Prince Philip. He was very entertaining and moved through a hall full of young adults with ease and remained smiling and happy throughout the session. I remember speaking with him, but not what we discussed, something I know is not unusual when people encounter members of the royal family. Today’s report of the death of Prince Philip is sad news, he made have had a few quirks, but I believe he was a popular member of the royal family and he will be greatly missed.
A – Z RULES OF COVID-19
POSTCARDS VILLE 2020
Printed (and created) in India
I spent the last few days on a Pandemic project which came to fruition today. Therefore, it had to be a Covid-19 post today as that has been all that has been on my mind recently. This postcard here came through the post to me last year (it arrived on the 9th October) and it has some nice India postage stamps on it. This is the type of postcard which is going to be hard to find in the future. I have not seen one up for sale on either eBay or Delcampe, and I only got my copy through a facebook swap, one of my postcards for this one. So, I think this is a nice scarce issue, one which will be a nice card for people to hunt down in the future, and as it was released in India, and not available in the UK or Europe, I wish people luck tracking a copy down.
THE ROADS ARE NEVER UP ON THE
From a London Transport Poster from 1928
Official London Transport Poster release
Before the official numbered series of postcards were released by the London Transport Museum you had these earlier London transport poster design postcards. Many of the posters that appear on these earlier postcards do not appear elsewhere and this has made these cards very collectible and valued anywhere between £2 and £5 depending on the poster depicted (and the theme that the poster relates to). I have a handful of these, and it is a series that I like a lot and if I find the cards at reasonable prices, I pick them up.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE
Published (or/and Printed) by
Ref: Glacee 576
Printed in France
On Easter Sunday it seems appropriate to post this nice French Easter postcard design. This design includes the traditional easter references to coloured eggs and lambs, nicely combined with a young girl dressed in a fancy costume (possibly a traditional costume?)
This card has a deckle edge which in this case adds a nice element to the visual effect of the image. My copy is mint, so it is not possible to place an exact age to this one, but with the deckle edge and the reverse side layout I suspect this is from the mid period of the last century, maybe early 1950’s (but also there is the option for this being a little bit pre-WWII).
A VIEW FROM AN AEROPLANE OF THE OPENING
OF THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL JAMBOREE AT
ARROWE PARK, BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND 1929
DAILY DISPATCH (Manchester & London)
Possibly an official for the event but from an outside source
The pandemic has been awful for the scouting movement as groups have been unable to meet now for some time. There was a brief spell of some meetings between lockdowns, but with the organising needed and the setting up of the locations this was only for a few weeks (my own cub pack only managed to meet for one evening). There have been no camps, and certainly no jamborees. I hope the organisation can pull through this long pause, although some children will have moved on and some will be between ages and may not want to start late into a section.
Certainly, the days of the Jamboree seen here are behind us for the moment.
A. H. JUDD & Co
We lived in Shoebury for a few years, and to be fair we live just a few minutes-walk from it today (and we do our shopping in Shoebury). So, we know the area ‘really’ well. It was once a garrison town with a strong military history, but the garrison itself has now been turned into flats and has closed-up as a military location (although Foulness next door is still very much a Ministry of Defence property). This postcard here depicts the old, tented camp and it was posted in 1911, one hundred and ten years ago. This is a great piece of local history and was a card I could not resist when I came across it many years ago.
BULL O’ THE BOG
I have a few of the cards in this series (although the cards are not numbered, so I suppose its not technically a series, just a selection of issued images). The delightful artwork of Robert Gillmor has always appealed, and I could not resist this card, and the others, when I when I came across them in a shop in a Norfolk town.
This is the only bird from the four depicted here across these postcards that I have not seen here in the UK, but then it is a hard bird to see and most people see them when they are in flight. I have though, seen an American Bitten, which is pretty much the same bird, in Florida when one was disturbed when I was out horse riding in the wild swamp land (sounds a bit cowboyish, but I totaly recommend it as an activity if you get out to Florida at any time - look up the company 'FOREVER FLORIDA').
This one sits nicely beside the bitten card above. Both the bitten, and the grey heron, depicted here, are estuary birds, the bitten is near exclusive to reed beds, whilst the heron can now be found much further inland, but still around water like inland lakes, rivers and other water sources like garden ponds (not that the owners of the fish in these garden ponds like the herons very much)
Long Tailed Tits are some of my favourite birds and I always enjoy seeing them when I come across them. They can be found locally to me and since my younger bird watching days have become more common, although there are many people who do not realise what they are seeing. When in bright plumage the pink of the lower body and across the top really shows up.
Why this is the only one with the bird ‘actually’ named I do not know, unless, as I assume, the other names are local names or traditional old names for the birds. The reed bunting is a bird I have only seen a handful of times, but I have had a couple of ‘really’ close encounters.
This is a superb collection of postcards and I would love to hear from anyone who has knowledge of the set and perhaps knows of others released by this company.
PINEAPPLE COACH HOUSE
HIGH STREET, STOKE FERRY
Photograph taken by
Ref: No. 490
Today I received the sad news that Pat Holtan has passed away
It may seem strange to post a Christmas themed postcard design towards the end of March, but today I received the sad news that Pat Holton, who took the photograph depicted here, has passed away. Pat is well known amongst modern postcard collectors here in the UK for her superb and eclectic postcard publishing company ‘P.H. Topics’ (a small personal company which was pretty much Pat on her own, with the help of her family), which was made up of her initials and which described uniquely what her publishing ethos was. Pat produced 500 different cards in the series, and they covered all sorts of topics, political events, sport and other national and international events along with many great artist designs and paintings including those of Brian Partridge (who informed of Pat’s passing away this evening). Although this card is currently not of a very topical theme with its Christmas theme, it is topical because the door depicted is from Pat’s home. Pat sent me this card as an early Christmas card in 2009 and had signed it. It is a card which nicely recalls my memories of my correspondence over many years with Pat and it also reminds me of how much Pat gave to the modern UK postcard scene and how much her cards were missed when she ceased publishing. Now we will miss Pat herself, a true loss to our postcard fraternity.
1912 – LEICESTER & STONY STRATFORD
RICHARD BLAKE (1987)
RICHARD BLAKES MAIL COACH CARDS
LITHO TECHNIQUES (KENLEY LTD)
Ref: 24RB FIRST EDITION
I have mentioned Richard before, and depicted some of his postcard artwork and designs (there are four interesting ones under the Censored tab section), I have also mentioned that I had the good fortune to meet Richard a couple of times back in the late 1980’s, early 1990’s when he was at the height of his postcard publishing. Although not exclusively so, most of Richards postcard designs had a philatelic connection, with many mail coaches and vehicles being depicted. This image is typical of the precision with which he often drew these vehicles, although his other artwork designs for postcards were in a different style.
GREETINGS FROM CORNWALL
LUCKY CORNISH PIXIE
Cachet Top Left
(Probably produced locally)
This is a ‘very’ simple design which has a late 1950’s, early 1960’s feel to, but I cannot confirm this as this is an unused postcard. I have always been interested in creatures and characters from myths and fantasies, and the animals that people believe are hiding out in out of the way places, creatures like Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, Mermaids and the Surrey Puma. This interest has caused me to build a small collection of related postcards, and because I have visited Cornwall a couple of times, I do have a few pixie postcards.
ET CAMIONS LEGERS
A MOTEUR “85 CULBUTE”
- Renault Fourgon 1000kg –
Document Roland Botton
Ref: 23 VEHICULES UTILITAIRES
It will come as no surprise that I bought this card in France on one of my many past visits, back when my in-laws were still alive and were living in France. They had a house just outside Saintes, which is where the company that published this card were (possibly still are) located. I found them being sold in a newsagent’s located in the local large supermarket. I fell in love with these for a couple of reasons, firstly the images are superb, and I had not seen any of them on postcard before, and secondly, I suspect I would have never come across any of them if I had not visited the area. This one is a cracker.
SIDI GABER MOSQUE
Ref: L.C. – 79.
A nice early Egyptian postcard showing the two early aspects of local Egyptian life, farming and religion. This postcard would have appealed to me when I was younger because the inclusion of the cow would have allowed me to have added it to my then purely ‘Animal’ themed collection.
This was quite a popular postcard image and if you put the mosques name into a google image search you find the same postcard image with a white boarder, colourised and with the location name top left (with and without a white boarder).
This card here has a perforated edge down the left side, so this item is from a postcard book.
COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU SOON…
Join the 24,000 strong team working for
the local NHS and make a difference.
For dates in September 2003 and venues visit: (webpage)
Published for the
BEDFORDSHIRE AND HERTFORDSHIRE NHS
Louise Bounds, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire WDC
Promotional Advertising Postcard
Although several years old now, in fact a bit more as out came out in 2003, you can not deny that the NHS theme is an extremely topical one what with all their issues with the pandemic over the last 12 months and the recent 1% pay rise being offered by the government and its reception (which if you did not know was not received well at all).
This ‘particular’ postcard would also be of interest to those who like unusual bus postcards, although for some reason this also reminded me of that Brexit bus which seemed to promise that the NHS would receive £350 million more a week if we left the EU – what happened there then? (although that is a completely different story of course, so, let’s not go there).
I SURVIVED THE 2020
TOILET PAPER HYSTERIA
(Titled as 'QUARANTINE 2020')
Today is the first anniversary of the UK’s first national lockdown period, which commenced on the 23rd of March 2020, the first day of what was to be almost a constant for pretty much most of the year with some breaks. So, it is almost compulsory to post a Lockdown themed postcard on the webpage tonight.
QUEEN ELIZABETH 11
STATE VISIT TO GERMANY 1965
Special Postmark postcards
In 1965 The Queen (Queen Elizabeth II) visited West Germany (as it was then). The Queen and her husband flew into Berlin Airport from where their visit commenced. This official trip also included visits to Munich, Hamburg, and a trip down the Rhine. A selection of special cancellations was produced to celebrate this visit, all originating and naming different locations in Germany. Two simple postcard designs were produced to receive the various cancels and large numbers of these were issued. Although I like these, I do understand that they have little real catalogue value, mainly due to the quantity made, but when you can build up a collection like this one shown here, I think it can look attractive and worthwhile. For your information, the cards have a plain back, which was the normal format for this type of German cancel card.
TOP – DUSSELDORF
MIDDLE – BONN
BOTTOM – KOLN (Cologne)
LES JARDINS DE LA BD
DE SEPTEMBRE 2000 A’ MARS 2001
“Une plaquette de presentation de l’exposition est disponible gratuitement dans le hall d’accueil de l‘Hotel de Ville, dans les mairies d’arrondissement et au Parc de Bercy (12e)”
(Text from reverse side of Postcard)
"A brochure presenting the exhibition is available free of charge in the reception hall of the Hotel de Ville, in the district town halls and in the Parc de Bercy (12th arrondissement)"
ANDRE’ JUILLARD (?)
Unnamed Publisher – French Free Postcard
Lots of cartoon characters are depicted on this poster postcard for an exposition which was to be held between 2000 and 2001, so I suspect it got either cancelled or delayed due to the pandemic.
I have picked this one for today because it includes Batman. This is because I have today watched the ‘Jack Snyder’s Justice League’ film which is known as the ‘Snyder Cut’, and one of the films main characters, if not 'The' main character is Batman. This new 'cut' was first aired yesterday (18th March) and I recorded it to watch today. It is nearly four hours long and I admit watching it in two separate periods during the day.
My review? It is clearly much longer than the original released 2017 film and although it retains much of the original film’s storyline, it does deviate from this and has a different feel to it. It is a more serious film and most of the comedic elements (which I assume were added by the later director Joss Whedon) have been removed. It also fleshes out the back stories of some of the other characters like The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman, and this aspect of the earlier stages of the film I did like. The film also increases the villain content and changes the ‘Big Bad’ of the story. Honestly? I enjoyed it and would probably say that it is better than the 2017 version.
Slightly Embossed Image
RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS
Ref: EDUCATIONAL SERIES OF POST CARDS N0 2 “WILD ANIMALS”
I have always loved this set of postcards. It is something about the artwork used, the quality of the early printing and the general look of these cards. They can be quite expensive though, although this slightly damaged (small crease across the top right corner) one was priced at £4 when I bought it, without the damage I would not be surprised to see it somewhere between £6 and £8 at a fair, which I suppose looking at it differently is not so expensive for such a delightful card.
HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY EVERYONE
IRISH POSTAL UNIFORM POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD SET
POST STAMP EXHIBITION CARD
IRISH POSTAL UNIFORM 1580
Official Postal Stationery Post Card
This Irish set of four postcards depicting Irish postal uniforms down through the ages seemed like a suitable set to be showing you today. These are all mint, so the pre-printed postage mark top right has not been cancelled. All the printing on these cards is on this side leaving the other side completely blank, for the sender’s message.
IRISH POSTAL UNIFORM POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD SET
POST STAMP EXHIBITION CARD
IRISH POSTAL UNIFORM 1987
Official Postal Stationery Post Card
1987 may seem a weird year to pick, but it becomes much clearly why when you realise that this was the year these four postcards were issued. First day of issue copies can be found but they are far less common than mint cards like these.
JERSEY WILDLIFE PRESERVATION TRUST
Stamp Postcard Set
(Postcard images matching the stamps designs – Cancelled first day of issue on the front)
Stamps issued 12th March 1971
Produced by the
CROWN PHILATELIC PRODUCTIONS
This stamp set was issued to celebrate and promote the island of Jersey’s connection with the famous zoo started and initially run (until his death) by the author, tv presenter and naturalist Gerald Durrell. I have previously mentioned that Gerald Durrell was one of my heroes as a kid and I read most of his books. I had the good fortune in the early mid-1980’s of visiting the island. I knew even before I had booked the trip that one location I would definitely be visiting would be the Jersey Zoo, or Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust as it was more properly called. It was a wonderful and very me memorable visit. Many, many years later I came across this stamp card set at a fair and had to have them.
ST. PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH,
H. FASCHING, WILHELMSBURG
ST PETER’S R.C. CHURCH
One of the wonderful things about travel is that it allows you to discover beautiful and fascinating buildings and their interiors. It is probably this that I have missed most about a year without any foreign travel being allowed. When things clear up and safe travel is authorised, and some time is allowed for things to settle down a bit I will travel back to Europe. This means I will again be able to visit such structures as the St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Vienna, which as you can see is beautiful. When I visit such places I always check to see if there are any postcards on sale at the premises. With many of the smaller churches I often find that the postcards are sold on an honesty system. They are either on a table or in a wall rack with either a quoted price or a request for an unnamed donation printed on a card or sheet nearby to a coin slot (either into a locked desk drawer or metal box, I have even seen one set into a stone pillar with an old solid metal front plate, with coin slot). I have a great interest and liking for old church buildings and have accumulated quite a collection of postcards like this which rather than being a themed collection I view as souvenirs of my visit to these churches.
MURRAY WALKER ….. R.I.P.
Graeme Murray Walker
10th October 1923 – 13th March 2021
Well known and extremely popular English motorsport commentator and journalist. Provided the television commentary for the live Formula 1 coverage (BBC from 1976 to 1996, and ITV from 1997 to 2001).
FORMULA 1 ‘97
Free Double-sided poster while stocks last
When you purchase your copy of
Formula 1 ‘97
(Computer Game advert)
(Free Rack Postcard)
I have only just read that Murray Walker has passed away today. I checked my scanned cards and I have this one Formula 1 racing themed postcard, which does depict one of the racing cars. It also depicts the television presenter and former glamour model and page three girl Melinda Messenger (I am sure Walker would have approved of the image)
“WHEN YOU SAW THIS STRANGE MAN IN YOUR BEDROOM,
DID YOU SCREAM?”
“GOOD GRACIOUS NO! SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE HEARD ME”
Ref: No. 2020
This cartoon policeman postcard was posted in 1947, which was not long after the end of WW11. It is a simple design not uncommon of many postcards from the post war period, although there is a slim chance this was printed earlier (although looking at the general design and the quality of the paper and its overall look I think it is post war).
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
Posted from Ramsgate on the 11th June 1947 with the stamp cancelled with a ‘VOLUNTEER FOR A FORCES CAREER’ slogan postmark. This slogan was used between the 23rd May and the 21st June 1947 (these are the official dates, but there was late usage of the slogan with the latest recorded date from Penzance on 10th November – late usage of slogans is quite common but late usage examples are collectible and of interest, but not often of great value).