SWEET THOUGHTS FLY SWIFTLIER THAN THE DRIFTING SNOW
RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS
Ref: “ART” POSTCARD No 3594
Designed in England
Chromographed in Saxony
I live in an area that receives hardly any snow. So far this winter we have had one little five-minute minor snow fall, which was so minor, and short, that nothing settled, and it is not unknown for an entire winter period to pass with no snow at all. So, we do not have any drifting snow here to measure against ‘Sweet Thoughts’.
This is an early UK postcard from around the turn of the last century, possibly before or around 1902 as it has an undivided reverse side. Despite this being such an old postcard, it was not finally posted until 1943, during the second world war (on the 1st of October). This means that someone either found this card amongst family items or bought it from an antique or collectors’ shop or market stall. Its usage is very unusual as it must have been around 40 years old when it was used (not that there is anything wrong with this as a postcard carries no expiry date).
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
This was posted to my home town of Southend-on-Sea. If the cancellation had not been so clear re the year of use (and the fact that the stamp clearly is a King George VI definitive issue) it could seem, to some, to be a much older sending what with its simple address and no message written on this side.
PER LE FORZE ARMATE.
A CURA DELL UFFICIO PROPAGANDA R. ESERCITO
VERA - MILANO
For The Armed Forces
By The Propaganda R. Army Office
Printed in Milan
This is an official Italian army propaganda postcard from World War II. There were a number of these, and I think the artwork on these is great, although the others I have are better because they include people and these fascist styled poster/card designs are more impactive with soldiers included. This one though is collectible because it includes artwork of one of the more popular military machines, which, of course, first appeared in WWI but which became vastly greater in number during WWII. I bought this card some years ago for £10 and I believed it was a bargain when I bought it.
Ref: XX 900/ 24
I always find interesting when I come across a postcard depicting a film poster for a well-known, and popular feature film but where the poster design itself is one which is not the obvious poster that comes to mind when you think about this film. Most films have more than one poster design and collectors of these on postcard often find that they have several for the films they like. I have always, like many people, loved the film ‘Casablanca’ but when I saw this postcard it was ‘definitely’ a design I had not seen before. I do think it is a cracking piece of artwork.
POSTCARD INTERACTIVE COMPANY OF SYDNEY
I wrote about this Australian company in an article in ‘Picture Postcard Collecting’ last year. I have been receiving a range of different cards and I have liked this map series and I now have a few different including Australia itself. The output seems prolific but there are some really interesting cards being published by them.
THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER
WARNER BROS, STUDIO TOUR
‘A CELEBRATION OF SLYTHERIN’
Official ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ exhibition gift shop postcard
Now, the reason why I am showing you this postcard today is that we are off to visit this exhibition tomorrow. It will be our fourth visit, but we always enjoy our visits and they have opened-up a Gringotts Bank area since our last visit. My only worry is the gift shop as this has ended up costing me a lot of money in the past (he says, laughing). This postcard here was bought for me by my eldest and his family and it was one of the cards they gave me for Christmas, and it is one which I had not previously see which worries me about what I am going to find tomorrow!
WE SALUTE THE CORONA WARRIORS
IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 PANDEMIC
“Say No to Covid-19”
Published (Issued) by
POSTMASTER GENERAL, WESTERN REGION
COIMBATORE PHILATELIC BUREAU (INDIA)
24TH APRIL 2020
This is a lovely coronavirus postcard from last year from the early months of the pandemic, well, at least the early months here in the western half of the world. This very colourful postcard is from a set of four which were available either mint or used with a special red covid themed cancellation. The four postcards are all good, but my favourite is this one because this has a medical content which fits nicely with the theme.
It had to be a Coronavirus themed postcard today because I had recently received a package containing some new stamps and philatelic material which needed sorting and I have spent the last couple of days going through it and so this meant the subject has been on my mind (and last night I finished reading the book ‘UnPresidential’ by the BBC reporter Jon Sopel which is all about the 2020 presidential election race, which therefore was also about the pandemic – it is a great read and I highly recommend it if you are interested in this theme).
PLAN CAVALIER DE LA VILLE DE SAINTES EN 1560
BURIN 5 COULEURS, H. 36; 1.45,5 CM AU TRAIT CARRE
(Cavalier map of the city of Saintes in 1560
Chisel 5 colours, H. 36; 1.45,5cm a square line)
Official Museum Postcard:
MUSEE D’ART REGIONAL DUPUY-MESTREAU – SAINTES
G. BREUN (ecole allemande, XVIe siècle)
This is a postcard I bought in Saintes on a visit some years ago and long before the pandemic. If you go back over my postings you will find a number of postcards related to this town in France and any long term followers will perhaps even remember that we have a house just outside this town which used to belong to my in-laws (initial mentions related to postcards from here were whilst both my in-laws were still alive and because of our visits I would post cards from here whilst I was in the area – sadly because of the pandemic the house became very overgrown, but we did get to pay a visit last November, spending much of the time clearing back the extreme overgrowth – the house now has a buyer so hopefully soon we will no longer own property in this area, but it is such a part of our family past now that we all have said that we will continue to visit the area in the future).
I do love map postcards and it is always interesting to see much older maps of areas you know well, and which show just how much the area has changed, and this map image is a favourite of mine.
This is the first postcard in a set of eight. Although this card is from the series published by ‘TOYWAY LTD’ this set of dinosaur model photographs was published by at least one other postcard publishing company as well (they also appeared on much smaller cards given away free with curly-wurly chocolate bars when I was a kid – I managed to put together a complete set which I still have somewhere). Because I collected these as a kid, I have always been fond of the cards and as a result I have collected all the different published versions I could find. For me this is part of the joy of collecting, finding the different versions and types of any cards in any series. Dinosaur postcards have always been popular and are always found to be fascinating by kids of all ages. Perhaps this is one theme to being young kids into our collecting world.
PRACOWNIKOM STUZBY ZDROWIA
ZA WALKE Z COVID-19
‘Thank you for the fight against Covid-19’
POCZTA POLSKA S.A., Nr 6/WROCLAW, IV 2021, NAKLAD 300 szt.,
Prog. Joanna Rupnicka
Two images which depict the same postcard but with each used with a separate vaccine themed postal stamp. The stamps are not an official Poland stamp issue, but they do have postal validity so are genuine postage stamps, both with a vaccine theme. A special hand stamp has been used which reads:
#SZCZEPIMYSIE PRZECIW COVID-19
15.07.2021 WROCLAW 1
‘We vaccinate ourselves against Covid-19
(Wroclaw is a city on the Oder River in western Poland)
These special postcards were produced in very low numbers (believed to be around 200, but that may include mint copies of these cards as well) and they are very hard to source, very hard indeed. Fortunately, I have made-contact with a very special collector in Poland who obtained these cards for me (along with some stamp sheets including sheets for the two stamps used on these cards – all additions to my Covid-19 philatelic collection).
AND A DAM-SEL
Novelty Pull-Out comic postcard
Initially this looks like an image of a monk in a cell with a table loaded up with drink and books. On the right side there is a tab halfway down the side which needs to be pulled to reveal a further additional image (see below)
WITH TAB PULLED OUT (on right side)
When the tab is pulled this reveals an image of a female dancer apparently doing the can-can. There is also now more text revealed reading ‘AND A DAM-SEL’. This type of ‘Reveal’ novelty card became popular, and copies are still highly collectible. When I saw this one, I was immediately drawn to it as the idea is simple but effective.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
This nice ‘Happy New Year’ postcard is from Belgium and was posted from Antwerp in the mid 1930’s (possibly, and I think it was, 1934 – the stamp used is a promotional stamp for the 1935 Exposition, but it was released in 1934, so this seems an option – Ref SG 659). This was posted on the 29th December so would have arrived nicely in Rotterdam for the addressee to receive it in time for New Years celebrations.