17/01/2019

CHEERS FROM OUT WEST!

Design by

ED CLEARY

Published for

THE LAUGHIN’ PLACE

“WE SELL SMILES”

CRAWFORD, COLORADO

 

One of the cartoon postcards I picked up as I crossed North America in October of last year. It appealed to my sense of humour.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A nice use of the front image greyed out for the reverse side (although faintly coloured out rather than greyed out if I’m to be honest)

 

 

17/01/2019

PETER PAN - 1953

(CAPTAIN HOOK)

Rough Animation Drawing

By

JOHN LOUNSBERY (1911 – 1976)

Published for, and Printed by

THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM

 

Another superb postcard from this delightful museum located in San Francisco. Not only is the museum well worth a visit it also sells a wonderful array of unique to this museum postcards.

 

15/01/2019

COME RAIN OR SHINE

I’M FEELING FINE

AT TORQUAY

The Harbour – Princess Theatre

Anstey’s Cove – The Sea Front

Published by

Unnamed Publisher – but probably Colourmaster

Ref: PLC2066

 

Colour artwork of children have always been popular on postcards, so it seemed logical that when the multi-view cards were looking for something different, but popular, to place in the middle that children were chosen by some companies. Many used art-work that had previously appeared on postcards in full, as I suspect was the case this with this one.

 

15/01/2019

UNTITLED

UNICORN

(I would definitely have titled this as ‘Uni-cone’ – maybe the artist did!)

Design by

PAUL FUENTES

(Copyright 2018)

Published by

LAGOM DESIGN

Ref: 3099

 

I said late in 2017 and early on in 2018 that ‘Unicorns’ would be a major theme of 2018, and I was right, not just about the postcard aspect either as just before Christmas 2018 I saw loads of unicorn mugs, teapots, cuddly toys and other items. This postcard here was a new addition to the postcard collection very late in 2018 (it seemed to come out with the Christmas 2018 postcards).

 

 

15/01/2019

GOOD LUCK FROM

BRIGHTON

PALACE PIER – ROYAL PAVILION

AQUARIUM – BEACH

Published by

SHOESMITH & ETHERIDGE LTD., HASTINGS

A ‘NORMAN’ POST CARD

 

This is appropriately one of the cards I bought from the stamp shop I visited in Brighton on Saturday. I do like these multi-view postcards with a central animal motif, here a black cat, one of the popular additions to this type of postcard.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

14/01/2019

WITH LOVE TO MY DAUGHTER

Postcard Attached to front of folded Birthday Card

Unknown Publisher

 

This is an unusual item I picked up on Saturday. The company have taken a birthday postcard and stuck this down on the front of a folded greetings card, the inside of which you can see depicted below where I have shown it opened- up. I shall place this unusual item in my novelty collection   

 

14/01/2019

GREETINGS FROM

CANADA

Unknown Publisher

Copyrighted Toronto, Canada

 

This ‘Larger Pictorial filled Letters’ design is typical of the North American continent, although this is the first one that I have come across from Canada. This one though is a delightful one with lots of animal content.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Posted to England from Canada in 1953. The ‘Victoria’ wavy line machine cancel is dated 9th July 1953.

 

 

14/01/2019

GRAND TEMPLE LUXOR

Published by

ED. M. HANDRAS – PORT SAID

Ref: 34

 

I have had the good fortune to visit Luxor and see this temple, although this postcard long pre-dates my visit. This is another fine example of an early photograph from the early years of such tourist postcards.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This postcard has a delightful reverse side all printed in red ink.

 

14/01/2019

TO GREET MY DEAR

DAUGHTER’S

BIRTHDAY

Published by

VALENTINE’S

A VALENTINE’S SERIES

 

Another of the postcards bought from the ‘Gustamps’ stamp shop in Brighton this past Saturday. It is a nice appealing postcard, but I think it ended up in my collection because the reason why we were in Brighton on Saturday was to celebrate my daughter’s birthday with a day out. So, a card which was issued to be used on a daughter’s birthday seemed appropriate. I therefore bought it.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This was used on the 18th February 1921, appropriately enough it was posted locally in the Brighton area. The stamp has been cancelled with a Brighton wavy line roller machine cancel.

 

14/01/2019

CHILDREN CARTOON POSTCARDS

Unknown Publisher (although I suspect ‘Colourmaster’)

These have no titles, beyond the text on the front, and have no reference numbers

The artist is not named either

 

I picked up these postcards from a shop I visited in Brighton on Saturday called ‘Gustamps’. It was nice to find so many cards from one series. I liked these a lot. Looking at the reverse side I suspect these are from the early 1970’s.  

 

14/01/2019

UNTITLED

NOVELTY – MOVING EYES

“GOOGLE EYES”

By

I. G. ALVI (MADRID)

Published by

CREACIONS CIMER

(EDITADO EN MADRID – ESPANA)

Ref: 104

 

The novelty cards with these ‘moving eye’, often called ‘Google Eyes’, were popular for a while. Because the plastic cups used for the eyes stick out upwards from the card these are often found damaged and squashed down. But here the eyes still work and are pretty much undamaged, which is not bad when you consider this one was posted out of Spain in 1958.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

13/01/2019

LAGO DI GARDA

CIAO

Published by

GRAFICHE BIONDETTI S.R.L. – VERONA

 

There are some Disney film characters which do not appear on postcard as much as others, and some which are quite hard to find. Here you have the main characters from the 1977 Disney animated film ‘The Rescuers’ riding on the seagull from the film. The mouse characters were called Miss Bianca and Bernard, whilst the seagull was called Orville (the seagull’s brother, Wilbur, appears in the sequel).

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Published in Italy and posted from there in 1998. Addressed to the UK and posted using one the castle definitive stamps.

 

13/01/2019

I TRAVELED THE

WORLD

SHOWCASE AT EPCOT!

Official Disney postcard presented by ZIPLOC

 

If you go back and check out a posting I did on the 27th November 2016, you will see an entry related to the EPCOT WORLD SHOWCASE PASSPORT AND POSTCARD PACK package. Back then the package included a passport book, a large pin badge, sheets of stickers and a pack of postcards. When we visited last summer (2018) we bought packages for our two grandchildren and discovered that the package no longer includes the postcard pack. Everything else is still there. You can still take the passport and go around the world showcase and stop at each country and complete a page of the passport and collect a unique sticker from each passport post as well. Once you have all the stickers and have completed your passport you can take the completed book to any of the passport posts and upon production of your completed collection, they will give you a special and exclusive postcard, which can only be obtained in this way. This both my grandchildren succeeded to do and obtained their postcard.

Leo, my grandson, does not collect postcards, but he does collect pressed pennies and coins, for which he needed more money. So, we came to an arrangement and I now own one of these exclusive postcards. As you do quite a lot of work to collect one of these postcards those who get them seem to tend to keep them, so they are very hard to obtain. Other than the one I now own, and the one my Granddaughter now has I have not seen any others anywhere (except in the hands of those – mainly, in fact almost exclusively – children who were picking them up after completing their passports).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The scheme around obtaining this postcard via the collecting of the stickers etc is sponsored by ‘Ziploc’ who therefore have their name on this postcard. As part of the package, when you sign up to do the sticker collecting etc you also receive, at the start, an exclusive Ziploc bag to put everything in.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Summer 2018

 

This is my Grandson Leo (my Granddaughter Rose is on the far left side wearing the pink wristband) at the passport stand in the Norway area shop. The passport is on the table in front of him. You can also see two of the Ziploc bags I mentioned above on the table.   

 

13/01/2019

UNTITLED

HOGWARTS EXPRESS

Official Warner Bros Studio Tour Postcard

 

This is one of the postcards which I bought whilst visiting the Harry Potter studio tour just outside central London. It is one of my favourites from the last visit.

Now, I have some advice about this card and the one depicted below. There is a massive (and I do mean Huge) gift shop at the end of the tour. This is well worth a visit and you will find some very interesting and exclusive tour postcards here… BUT, and this is the important thing, you will not find this card, or the one below in this shop. Halfway around the tour you will walk into a large area in which is located the Hogwarts Express, as depicted here on this postcard.

Opposite the train is a separate gift shop which sells items related to the Hogwarts Express and the railway aspects of the stories and films. This postcard here, and the one below is exclusive to this one gift shop, so if you do not pick these up here you can not do so later at the main gift shop.

 

THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER

HOGWARTS EXPRESS

Platform 9 ¾   

Official Warner Bros Studio Tour Postcard

 

Postcard depicting the platform sign for the Hogwarts Express.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH

12TH December 2018

THE RAILWAY SHOP

 

This is the shop which can be found in the large room that houses the Hogwarts Express train. The shop is opposite the train itself. On the shop front on the outside of this shop is a hanging postcard rack that contains the two postcards depicted above

 

PHOTOGRAPH

12TH December 2018

 

The postcard rack which can be found outside the above shop, as mentioned above. This is where you can pick up copies of these two postcards, although they can also be found inside the shop as well.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

12TH December 2018

THE RAILWAY SHOP

 

Another view of the shop taken from the other side

 

13/01/2019

MARCELLE

Unknown Publisher

French Produced

 

This good luck cards, note the four-leaf clovers, was posted from MONTMIRAIL in France, which is in the Marne area of north-eastern France. The postage stamp applied to the front has been cancelled with a MONTMIRAIL double ring cancel dated 15th May 1908.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

13/01/2019

(TOP)

ALL SOULS COLLEGE, OXFORD

Printed by

STENGEL & Co. DRESDEN – BERLIN Published by

ALDEN & CO. LTD., OXFORD

Ref: 19267

 

(BOTTOM)

RADCLIFFE LIBRARY AND ALL SOULS COLLEGE, OXFORD

Printed by

STENGEL & Co. DRESDEN – BERLIN Published by

ALDEN & CO. LTD., OXFORD

Ref: 19266

 

Two early Oxford college undivided back postcards sent by the same person to the same address in 1902. Both the cards have space left around the image, to the right side on the top card and along the bottom on the bottom card, for the sender to write a message. This was because before the invention of the divided back postcard (which interestingly occurred the very year these cards were posted - 1902) only the address was allowed on the reverse side. I do love the quality of the printing on these early photographic postcards printed in Germany. I have said before that Germany was the centre of printing quality in the world, and as a result, postcards from many countries, especially the UK and the USA, were printed here. With these two images here, I think you can tell the quality by the definition obtained.

 

REVERSE SIDES OF THE ABOVE TWO POSTCARDS

 

(TOP)

Posted the 6th June 1902 from Oxford to Brighton with the King Edward VII half-penny green definitive stamp (letter postage was 1p, whilst postcard postage was ½p – which was one of the reasons postcards took off so much during this period) being cancelled with an OXFORD 1 circular date stamp.

 

(BOTTOM)

Posted the 24th May 1902 from Oxford to Brighton with the King Edward VII half-penny green definitive stamp being cancelled with an OXFORD 3 circular date stamp.

It is pure coincidence that these cards were posted to Brighton and the fact that I spent yesterday in Brighton, this did not occur to me until I typed out the addressed location above.

These are two nice clean early postcards which I bought last year sometime for not a lot. I like these, despite the colleges at Oxford not being a very collectible theme.

 

 

13/01/2019

R.M.S. “QUEEN ELIZABETH”

AND THE DRAGONS

Photograph by

BEKEN & SONS, COWES (Isle of Wight)

Published by

J. ARTHUR DIXON, LTD. Newport I.W. (Isle of Wight)

Ref: S.S.3

 

Another card from my ocean liner collection. This one was bought just before Christmas at an antiques fair for £2. Its from the early to late 1960’s I believe (possibly early 1970’s but I don’t think so because of the colour and layout type of the reverse side)

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I do not often see this companies cards with black printing on the reverse side, mostly these are blue printed. So, if you see a black print version they are from the older cards.

 

 

12/01/2019

NEWTON-STEWART

WIGTOWNSHIRE

Newton-Stewart from the South

River Cree – Loch Crool

Cree Bridge – Victoria Street

Minnigaff – Newton Stewart

Published by

VALENTINE & SONS. LTD (DUNDEE & LONDON)

“COLLO COLOUR” POSTCARD

Ref: A8218

 

One of the things often said about stamp collecting is that it introduces people to different places around the world. I think postcard collecting is even better as this can introduce you to places you have never heard of before in your own country! There are some location names here on this multi-view postcard which were entirely new to me, like ‘Minnigaff’, which I now know is a village in Scotland. Minnigaff is a civil parish in the county of Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries and Galloway.

The main place listed on this card is Newtown-Stewart which is a town on the River Cree (also mentioned and depicted on this card) in the same area as Minnigaff. As one of their main industries seems to be tourism, I should not be surprised that this postcard was issued. Newtown Stewart lies on the southern edge of the Galloway Forrest Park, an area which supplies a large amount of work for the residents, forestry being another top industry for the location.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with a Wilding Queens Head 2 ½ d stamp cancelled with a AYR wavy line machine cancellation dated 13th August 1960

 

12/01/2019

KINGS HEAD

NORTH WEALD

Photograph Courtesy of Arthur Stanley Newens

Published by the Pub Landlord

Alfie Molinaro

 

This unusual card, more a card than a postcard, despite the Post Card heading on the reverse side, was a free card issued out to promote the opening of the pub after a restoration, one described as stepping back 200 years.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Some would argue, not necessarily incorrectly, that this is not a true postcard, but I don’t care, as this could possibly sit in my ‘Novelty’ collection as something different, or perhaps more correctly it would fit in my advertising collection.

 

12/01/2019

HE: LETS GET MARRIED OR SOMETHING!

SHE: LETS GET MARRIED OR NOTHING!!

By

Fitzpatrick

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD (Holmfirth, Yorkshire)

Ref: No. 2518

“COMIC SERIES”

 

I thought this one was quite funny, and for a change, without being too rude! Not sure what the car model is though, but it could be a Vauxhall.

 

12/01/2019

SR UNREBUILT “MERCHANT NAVY” 4-6-2 No. 35017 “BELGIAN MARINE”

LEAVES WATERLOO ALONGSIDE A LOCAL ELECTRIC TRAIN BOUND FOR

SHEPPERTON

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

By

V. WELCH

Printed in Litho by

IN ALLAN LTD

At their works in Shepperton, Surrey, England

 

Golden Age sized modern postcard depicting a train painting. The descriptive text is quite precise, which makes a nice change.

 

THE LMR MANCHESTER – ST PANCRAS MIDLAND PULMAN

NEAR BEDFORD

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

By

V. WELCH

Printed in Litho by

IN ALLAN LTD

At their works in Shepperton, Surrey, England

 

Another card by the same publisher depicting another railway themed painting by the same artist.

 

11/01/2019

UNTITLED

OFFICIAL DISNEY CRUISE LINE POSTCARD

 

This is one of the postcards I bought last year whilst I was on my Disney Cruise around the Caribbean. The postcard can only be bought on board the Disney cruise ships. It is a lovely postcard, but like many official Disney postcards it was not a cheap one. There is a little embossed logo centre bottom in the margin area, but this is hard to make out on this scan but as it is also printed top centre on the reverse side, I shall depict the reverse side below. 

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

 

11/01/2019

PETER GARY TATCHELL

QUEET TERRORIST

BELGRAVIA POLICE STATION

SEPT 30, 1999

Photograph by

POLLY BORLAND

Published by the

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

 

Peter Tatchell is a British human rights campaigner who was born in Australia in 1952, but who took up British citizenship from 1989. With time spent in politics, especially as a campaigner for gay rights working for the Labour party (1978 – 2000), as an Independent (2000 – 2004) and the Green Party since 2004.

This photograph is more a piece of art photograph rather than a historical photograph because Tatchell was not arrested at this time, although he was prosecuted for an offence related to a speech he gave during a protest at the Easter sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury. As an aside, Tatchell was arrested, or at least detained, in Russia last year where he was protesting-against the treatment against gays in that country.

 This postcard was on sale earlier last year but was another one which was not still available by the end of the year.

 

 

11/01/2019

THE LEEDS ASTORIA

BOOK FAIR

1988

Design by

FRED CAMP

Published by the Fair Organisers

Printed by

INTERPRINT, SCOTTON

 

Published by the same people who organised the Leeds Postcard Fairs, for which they also, around this time, issued promotional postcards for. This one appealed to me because it depicts a police officer and I collect postcards which depict anything law and order themed.

 

11/01/2019

THAILAND

13TH ASIAN GAMES

Official Thailand Postal Authority Maxi-Cards

SWIMMING

First Day of Issue Cancelled

7TH MARCH 1998

 

This was a cheap set of maxi-cards which I believe I picked up for the princely sum of just £1.

 

THAILAND

13TH ASIAN GAMES

Official Thailand Postal Authority Maxi-Cards

SHOOTING

First Day of Issue Cancelled

7TH MARCH 1998

 

THAILAND

13TH ASIAN GAMES

Official Thailand Postal Authority Maxi-Cards

WINDSURFING

First Day of Issue Cancelled

7TH MARCH 1998

 

The inclusion of windsurfing I thought was quite interesting as it is a sport you do not often come across on stamps and maxi-cards

 

THAILAND

13TH ASIAN GAMES

Official Thailand Postal Authority Maxi-Cards

GYMNASTICS

First Day of Issue Cancelled

7TH MARCH 1998

 

This was my favourite of the four stamps.

 

11/01/2019

PART OF JOHN CARY’S

NEW MAP OF ENGLAND AND WALES WITH PART OF SCOTLAND, SECOND EDITION 1816,

FROM INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY THE POSTMASTERS GENERAL.

Published by the

NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM LONDON

Ref: NPM 91/13

From the Postcard Set Titled:

MAPS AND THE POST OFFICE

 

This postcard, and the others in this set, was issued to coincide with the issue of Royal Mail stamps celebrating the bicentenary of the Ordnance Survey.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with 24p UK Bicentenary of Ordnance Survey map stamp cancelled with the dinosaur themed AUTUMN STAMPEX - LONDON SW1 special hand stamp dated 16 October 1991. If you attended the event there was a stand for the National Postal Museum where they were selling this postcard and from where you could get a red event exclusive cachet applied which read:

NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM

At

AUTUMN STAMPEX/BPE 1991

MAPS AND THE POST OFFICE

The combination of special Stampex hand stamp and the exclusive show red event cachet makes this an attractive looking usage.

 

11/01/2019

MY HERO

Starring ARDAL O’HANLON & EMILY JOYCE with HUGH DENNIS, LOU HIRSCH,

GERALDINE McNULTY, LILL ROUGHLEY, PHILIP WHITCHURCH & TIM WYLTON

Official Promotional Postcard

BIG BEAR FILMS

 

As a specialist [I have to be a specialist in something I suppose] collector of television related postcards his is the type of postcard I like to find. As an official promotional postcard, you would not have been able to buy this card. The best way to have gotten a copy was to write to either the programme itself or one of the actors asking for an autograph.

‘My Hero’ ran for six series between 2000 and 2006. It was a comedy based around a rather dim-witted superhero called ‘Thermoman’ (Ardal O’Hanlon) from the planet Ultron who marries an earth woman called Janet (Emily Joyce).

I watched the first few series when it was originally on, but I have recently caught a few repeats in the ‘GOLD’ channel, and although a little ridiculous at times I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed it. So, when I came across this card on eBay for a couple of pounds, I picked it up.    

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Signed by actor

TIM WYLTON

Who played the character Stanley Dawkins

(Top right on photograph – the father of the main female nurse character)

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