20th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
NEVER FORGET – 09.11.01
IZZO DESIGNS INC
I still remember that day. I watched live as the second plane hit the second tower when it became obvious that what was going on was no accident. I also watched live as both the towers collapsed. I knew that there were emergency service personnel in those towers. The visuals have remained with me ever since and each year on this date I pick a Twin Tower (World Trade Center) postcard from my collection to depict here in remembrance of all those who lost their lives on that day.
This remembrance postcard is copyrighted to 2011 which would have been the tenth anniversary. I found this on sale when I visited New York in February 2020 (on what was to be currently my last trip abroad because of the current world pandemic situation). I suspect it is still on sale today and it is a nice design which evokes the New York spirit.
SPV (SPECTRUM PURSUIT VEHICLE)
Gebr. Spanjersberg N.V., Rotterdam
Copyright 21 Ltd 1968
These Dutch 1960’s Captain Scarlet postcards can be quite collectible, and I have seen them priced anywhere around £8 - £12. I have always liked these, and I have quite a few different and will buy any that I have not seen before. This one here cost me £8, but that was a few years ago now! Out of interest I have just checked eBay and there is not-a-single one of these Dutch cards currently being offered. For collectors of television related postcard’s the 1960’s was a very productive period and it is cards from this decade which I love to hunt down, especially from Holland and other mainland European countries.
IT’S A FREE COUNTRY – PRETTY SOON WE’LL BE NEEDING A LICENCE TO BREATHE!
BAMFORTH & CO., LTD
Ref: “COMIC” Series No. 1212
It has been a while since I last posted a card on the website, and this is mainly because we have been trying to get life back to a bit more normality. We have had a break away in the camper van and had a night away in a hotel before attending the Nottingham Postcard Fair last weekend (we attended the Canterbury Postcard Fair the weekend before). It has been nice to have some travel again although I do carry my mask and wear it when ever I am around other people. I think I will be wearing my mask for some time yet, and that thought came to me as I saw this card amongst my scanned images. The man wearing the mask is topical as ever all-be-it that the reasoning here is different. This card came my way for several reasons, firstly I do like the Bamforth comic cards and try to hunt down any that have a television reference. This one mentions television but calls it ‘Televish’, and this is the only card I have found which uses this abbreviated name for TV. Then of course you have the addition of a policeman, and I do like my policeman cards.
THE STANDARD TEN
Official Promotional Standard Ten Postcard
The Standard Motor Company Limited, Coventry, England
We are off on a short break in the morning, but we will be driving around in our camper van and not one of these old cars. If I am correct, and my research has taken me to the correct car, this is a 1954 Standard Ten Saloon. This postcard is probably from the late half of the 1950’s and I have mentioned before, these car promotional postcards have steadily been rising in value of the years and are now highly collectible. Is this because some elder gentleman collectors are looking back at their parent’s cars (see how I completely bypassed any references to these collectors looking back at their own previous cars… their first perhaps if we are talking about the 1950’s!)
EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC FESTIVAL
EY OF 2019
SARAJEVO & EAST SARAJEVO
BH POSTA (One of the official postal authorities in Bosnia Herzegovina)
Official BH POSTA Postcard
Considering everything that has gone on sports wise over the last few weeks I should probably have posted an Olympic Games themed postcard, but somehow my heart was not in this year’s games, although it was nice that the England team did well, and I am sure the Paralympic team will also achieve some gold medals. This is not your typical Olympics themed card, but it is one which I really liked when I saw it, and who had heard of the European Youth Olympic Festival before seeing this postcard? I had not.
BALLON MIT STEUERRUDERN
(VERSAGTEN ALS LENKUNG) DES VINCENZO LUNARDI, 1784.
1. OSTERR. BALLONPOST – AUSSTELLUNG SALZBURG
‘Balloon with steering oars
(Failed as Steering) by Vincenzo Lunardi, 1784
1. Austria Balloon Post – Exhibition Salzburg
Balloon Post Philatelic Postcard
There has always been an interest in hot air balloon related postcards with a very strong and specific fascination in balloon flown postcards and cards which commemorate past or current balloon flights. This cards front image depicts a balloon with steering oars, which according to the cards text was a system that failed which seems probably obvious today, but we know so much more than we did, and you have-to applaud these early attempts at air travel.
The reverse side of this card has two stamps from Austria applied which have been cancelled with a special pictorial cancellation:
1. OSTERR. BALLONPOST – AUSSTELLUNG SALZBURG
28-7-78 (28th July 1978)
This type of postcard is common, although trying to hunt down any specific flight event card can be a bit harder. I come across lots of this type of card in dealer’s boxes and if they are reasonably priced, which is often the case (50p to £1) I try and pick them up.
POLONUS PHILATELIC SOCIETY
MARCH 9 – 10, CHICAGO
WINCENTY WITOS 1874-1974
POLONUS PHILATELIC SOCIETY
Official society stamp fair postcard
(Plain Backed card)
If you are wondering who Wincenty Witos was, well, he was a polish politician who served three times as the Prime Minister of Poland during the 1920’s as the 6th, 11th and 14th Prime Minister. There are a number of Polish philatelic societies around the world and over the years they have produced a wide selection of philatelic covers and postcards with related special postmarks and cancellations all related to the special events these items were produced for. They are relatively easy to come across and are nearly always amongst the cheaper items on dealer’s stalls. Personally, I like these postal cancelled items.
POST-IMPRESSIONS (No. 6 of 6)
Print Run of 500
Ref: No. 246
The artist Brian Partridge produced a selection of artwork pieces for the PH Tropics series with many having a post box theme. Another major interest of Brian’s is Alice in Wonderland and this design features Alice seated down on the right side. Brian is always precise with his artwork and designs, and you may be interested to know that all the many postcards’ flying around this post box, where the fronts can be seen, are images of actual postcard releases. As an example, the one depicting a woman in a red and white polka-dot bikini on a light blue background, down in the bottom left corner is a card depicting the actress Brigitte Bardot published by ISV back in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. Where Brian has depicted a range of postcards like this, I have always enjoyed identifying the cards he has chosen to depict. The work put into these images by Brian I always found pleasing
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GREAT WHITE SHARK
CISKEI POSKAART (Postcard)
Official CISKEI Maximum Postcard (Maxi-Card)
Ref: No. 5 (v)
Limited edition of 1000
Stamp Cancelled 13th April 1983
Although technically a limited edition this is an easy enough postcard to source, especially as these South African area maxi-cards were widely dispersed. Some are better than others, but when I saw this shark one, I liked it. There is something fascinating about white sharks. Perhaps it was the book and the film ‘Jaws’ which has caused some of this fascinating, but I think people have been interested in sharks, and fearful of them, for longer. Shark postcards are certainly popular.
I’M SUPPORTING THE GREAT DAFFODIL APPEAL
Official Charity Appeal Postcard
This nice daffodil postcard came inside an envelope circulated in junk mail distributions, not that an envelope of material relating to the Marie Curie charity could ever be described as ‘Junk’, so please excuse my use of this well-known descriptive term. This postcard was circulated early in 2021. For a free postcard this one is well produced and printed on good quality card. I also think the front image is delightful. I depict the reverse side of this postcard below should anyone wish to contribute to this deserving charity.
LA TOUR EIFFEL
EDITION SPECIALE DE LA TOUR EIFFEL
We have been trying to get across to France for some months now as we have work that needs to be done over there, although nowhere near Paris. Postcards like this remind me how much I love France, but it is the countryside that I like the best rather than large cities like this. I have mentioned many times that my interest in the Eiffel Tower relates to its connection with the world of television history. This black and white postcard is a nice one and it is an official postcard as well. I also like the embossed stamp like image which can be seen best on the reverse side top left.
BOWS OF H.M.S. ‘ACHILLES’ (1757)
Contemporary model of a 60-gun ship
ADAMS BROS. & SHARDLOW LTD
There is a trio of London museums all in South Kensington which I have loved visiting since being a kid. These are the Natural History Museum, The Victoria & Albert Museum (to be honest I was not so intrigued in this one as a kid, but as I have grown up this has become one of my favourites) and the Science Museum. I am not sure many people collect specific museum postcards, except perhaps the London Transport Museum series, but some older museum postcards can be interesting, collectible and quite hard to source. The postcard depicted here is from a period of Science Museum postcards which depicted models and artifacts from the museum’s collection, but it is the model cards which seem to be popular and are often priced around £1.50, which is quite a reasonable value for a museum issue.
Ref: Best.-Nr. 0214-261399
The 1978 Superman film was directed by Richard Donner who sadly recently died on the 5th July (2021). Although best known for the Superman film he also directed the ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies that I was a big fan of.
This black and white postcard I bought in Germany in the German city of Nuremberg on a visit a couple of years ago (but it seems so much longer ago now). I have a real thing for superhero themed postcards and it is another of the many topics that I have built up a reasonable collection around.
WORLD CUP WILLIE
Copyright – FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION 1966
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC GREETING CARD CO. LTD., LONDON
GORDON BANKS (England 1966 goalkeeper)
The 1966 Football World Cup UK stamp issue overprinted:
WEMBLEY First Day of Issue – 18th AUGUST 1966
The EURO 2020 football final is today, and England have gained their place against Italy. It has been a long time since England fans have last had a final to cheer at, 1966 in fact, and that was the world cup, but I think excitement for the Euro’s is up there. I am not a big football fan, but I still wish my country’s team all the luck in the world… COME ON ENGLAND!
DAVIS CUP WIMBLEDON
INTERZONE FINAL - JULY 18, 20 & 21
CHALLENGE ROUND – JULY 25, 27 & 28
POSTER DESIGN BY GOETZ – 1936
LONDON POSTCARD MUSEUM
Ref: LTM 557
Considering that Wimbledon has returned this year and is on as I am typing this it seems that this is an appropriate poster postcard to depict. The London Underground produced a wide range of event advertising posters both before WW2 and after, but I think the designs from the 1930’s are superb.
“DID YOU PASS YOUR DRIVING TEST DARLING?”
“DON’T KNOW YET MUM, THE EXAMINER’S STILL IN HOSPITAL!”
-A BAMFORTH COMIC-
BAMFORTH & CO., LTD (Holmfirth and Yorkshire)
Ref: ‘COMIC’ SERIES No. 1638
Possibly less saucy than many of the cards in this series, although the young woman still has the top of her brassiere showing, which would have been naughty still. This is a nice card and although postal used is still in great condition.
(THE BLUE ANGEL)
EDITION PCV PARIS
Today is the anniversary of D-Day 1944, when the allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy and started their advancement across German held France. This anniversary is more subdued than those which fall on a ‘0’ or ‘5’ ending year, but it is a day which needs to be remembered every year. Although this postcard does not mention D-Day it is a D-Day themed image. It is also a great French issue and one which was worth the £1.50 I paid for it many years ago.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIBERATION OF LA ROCHELLE
1945 – 1995
8TH MAY 1995
This is a superb maxi-card with the joint connection between the black and white photograph of a tank (a French Tank, I believe) in one of the streets of La Rochelle along with the 50th anniversary of liberation stamp cancelled with a special hand stamp which also celebrates this 50th anniversary.
RAPHAEL TUCK & SON’S
Ref: EDUCATIONAL SERIES OF POSTCARDS – No. 2 “WILD ANIMALS”
A recent acquisition and a card I have sought for some time. I love tigers and have collected them on postcard throughout my postcard collecting time. This one I had to have as it is a cracker and a part of a series that I am looking at collecting more of. Really pleased with this purchase.
There have not been quite as many posts as normal recently. This is because I am working on a project which is taking up much of my spare time. I am writing a book on one of my themed collections. I will continue to make posts, like this, but perhaps not daily for a while.
MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU
Happy ‘Star Wars’ Day everyone
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the Rebel Base on the ice planet, Hoth.
Official Lucasfilm copyrighted image
DRAWING BOARD GREETING CARD INC
This is a single card from a great series which came out at the time the second Star Wars film was released. These are not common, and I have seen single cards from this set sell on eBay at £8+ (but I have also picked up one at a postcard fair for £1.50, so it depends, if the seller knows what the card(s) are worth), so they are very collectible, but then Star Wars items can be, especially items issued around the time the original films came out.
TIGER SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY
(Although this is not named on the postcard)
KUNSTVERLAG E. A, SCHWERDTFEGER & CO. AG. BERLIN
Ref: 9327 (L/0983)
This is a beautifully printed postcard, printed on a matt board card. When I first saw this, I thought it was a swallowtail butterfly, but something was not quite right about the wing pattern. I did a little research on swallowtails and discovered the patterning that appears on the wings of the Tiger Swallowtail and knew that this was what I was seeing on this card.
MICHAEL COLLINS ….. R.I.P.
31ST October 1930 – 28th April 2021
American astronaut and member of the Apollo 11 crew, Test Pilot, Major General in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and awardee of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Presidential Medal of Freedom, NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal.
(from my collection)
Michael Collins was my favourite member of the Apollo 11 crew and an incredible and humble man considering his position. Collins had to fly the command module (Columbia) around the moon whilst his two crewmates took the lunar module down for the first manned landing on the moon in 1969. Because he did not walk upon the moons surface he was often forgotten, but his was possibly the hardest of jobs, left alone circulating the moon without any contact to confirm that the landing went well or that their departure from the moons surface was successful. How hard must it have been knowing that if anything had gone wrong, he could have ended up returning to Earth alone. That must have been a tough period especially as he orbited the Moon 30 times. I also was impressed that he had already turned down the opportunity to take part in the next moon landing and to be able to walk upon the moon. He had told his family and NASA that Apollo 11 was his job, he did not need to go again. He had of course previously gone into space as a member of the Gemini 10 crew and had taken part in EVA’s (extravehicular activities – otherwise known as ‘Space Walks’). Collins was the first man to perform more than one EVA - space walk.
Collins went on to be the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and was a director of the National Air and Space Museum which he held until 1978 when he stepped down to become the Undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
An amazing man and a member of a famous Apollo crew for which he deserves much more recognition than I believe he often received.
1908 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER GHOST
THE GUERNSEY MOTOR MUSEUM
La Charroterie, St Peter Port
Printed for the museum by
BERIC TEMPEST & CO. LTD, ST IVES, CORNWAL
Four Stamps from the:
GUERNESY PUBLIC TRANSPORT CENTENARY 1879 – 1979
Cancelled first day of issue – 7th August 1979 – with special hand stamps.
This is from my collection of philatelic related postcards, which contains a wide range of postcards used with commemorative stamps cancelled first day of issue or with a related special cancel. These are often neglected by postcard collectors, and I do understand this as these items cross the boundary between postcard and stamp collecting and it is trueful to say that they are far more collected by stamp collectors.
JOUR DE RECOLTE AU POTAGER
M. C. ROY
EDITIONS D’ART JACK
Ref: COLLECTION MINIJACK [SERIES NAME]
I bought this lovely card some years ago in France and as the series name – COLLECTION MINIJACK – suggests this card is smaller in size to your normal postcard size, even smaller than golden age size. There were a few cards in this size, but it was this one with the children and animals which appealed to me the most (I wanted to have an example of this series and I suspect it was my old collecting interest of animals which led me to this one).
WE’RE GOING CAMPING!
‘HAS IT STOPPED RAINING YET?’
J. SALMON LTD
Well, maybe not yet, but camping will be happening soon and today our campervan passed its MOT first time, and it has been a good year and a half since its last one! This postcard does remind me of better times.
AUSTIN ROVER MAESTRO VAN
Copyright BRITISH MOTOR INDUSTRY HERITAGE TRUST
I have an interest in all aspects of the world of postal history including the many vehicles that have been used by the post office and Royal Mail. It is a topic which is extensively covered by postcard releases. I suspect most of the worlds postal vans have appeared either in photographic images on postcard or as art, which is my preference. Despite also collecting the old horse drawn carriages from the early days of letter delivery I prefer the postcards which depict the more modern vehicles being used, like this one. This postcard is not an easy one to source and this copy here is the only one I have seen.
THE MOOMIN SHOP
LONDON, 43 COVENT GARDEN
THE MOOMIN SHOP, LONDON
This postcard is understandably an exclusive to this wonderful little shop located within Covent Garden, the well-known shopping area in London. I have been here many times in the past (obviously pre covid) and have bought a lot of Moomin related postcards from here, including this exclusive one. When things get back to a position where travel is safer, and when more shops are back open, which is close now, I will pay another visit to this great little establishment (assuming it has survived the lockdown closure period).
MARTIN’S PURBECK MEMORIES
Design & Print by
There is not much to say about this postcard except that it is indicative of what can be found locally when you visit places on holiday (when we can all do that again, which is hopefully not that far away now). You will only find this card in the locale it was made for and who could resist a steam train and what I believe are the Red Arrows (I mean, who else could it be?)
HAPPY 80TH YOUR MAJESTY
‘NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK’
MAY 7-13, 2006
HAL N. OTTAWAY
Limited Numbered Edition of 500
This postcard design represents happier times for Her Majesty the Queen but having said that I thought she showed everyone how to behave at the funeral of a loved one.
Today in Windsor the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was held. Like any funeral held in these lockdown times only 30 people were allowed in the church itself, but the streets were lined by members of the public with military personnel escorting the flag covered coffin which was taken to and from the service in a green land rover, as per the wishes of the Prince himself.
I thought this was a nice postcard when it came out 15 years ago and as it features the late Prince, I thought it was worthy of posting today.