(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 as 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 service 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.
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.