19/02/2020

 

CODE FOR THE COUNTRY

“RESPECT THE LIFE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE”

By

NORMAN THELWELL

Prepared for the

NATIONAL PARKS COMMISSION

By the

CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION

Printed in England for Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

By

T. L. Ltd

Ref: CODE FOR THE COUNTRY 12

 

This is one postcard design in what was quite a large series of cartoon images especially drawn by well known British cartoonist Norman Thelwell (23/5/1923 – 7/2/2004) who is perhaps best known for this drawings of children on horses and ponies who are often depicted taking part in Gymkhana’s. I have a small selection of these cards but am far away from having a full set as these cards do not turn up very often. These are far harder to source than their value indicates. If you come across one and like it then I suggest buying it, especially if its under £3.

 

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19/02/2020

 

“I PROMISE TO…”

MAKE A # MENTAL HEALTH PROMISE

MENTAL HEALTH BEGINS WITH ME

2016 OCTOBER 10TH

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Published by

AVANTCARD AUSTRALIA

Ref: #19981

 

A very simple postcard design, but one with a very important message. This card is unlikely to ever be very valuable, but not every postcard will be or needs to be.

 

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18/02/2020

 

WICHITA POSTCARD CLUB

18TH WICHITA INTERNATIONAL

(POSTCARD FAIR)

21 -22 OCTOBER 1995

Show Theme: Advertising Postcards

Design by

RICK GEARY

Published by

WICHITA POSTCARD CLUB

 

Yet another Rick Geary postcard design. I have often mentioned that his artistic style is immediately recognisable. I have always liked his cards and have tried to obtain as many as I can.

 

18/02/2020

 

HMS VICTORY

PORTSMOUTH

Artwork by

JOHN MORTLOCK

Published as

SOUVENIR VIEWCARD

Ref: 05

 

I came across this postcard, and the one below, whilst going through a cheap box at a postcard fair. I thought the artwork here was lovely, but even more important though is the way this has been designed, as in the whole image and text combination. Looking at this postcard. Although there is no informative text detail related to where this card was published or sold, I obviously assume it is a card sold locally in Portsmouth, and perhaps the artist is also from this location, or nearby.

 

THE SINKING OF THE

MARY ROSE

OFF PORTSMOUTH 19TH JULY 1545

Artwork by

JOHN MORTLOCK

Published as

SOUVENIR VIEWCARD

Ref: 03

 

Having found the HMS Victory card, I then found this card further along in the cheap box. I think the HMS Victory design is the better of the two, but that does not detract from this excellent design. I have been interested in the Mary Rose story since she was brought up from the seabed and later preserved, well, one half of her frame anyway. I have also visited the exhibition and seen the recovered section of her hull. Quite a lot of postcards were issued around this time and I collected many of them, although I missed this one, although I think this one may have come out a little later.

 

REVERSE SIDE AS USED FOR BOTH OF THE ABOVE POSTCARDS

 

18/02/2020

 

P. & O. S.S. CHITRAL,

15,000 TONS GROSS

AUSTRALIA MAIL AND PASSENGER SERVICE

Printed and Published for the

PREMIER HOTEL, RUSSEL SQUARE, W.C.1

 

Chitral is the capital of the Chitral District situated in Pakistan. The ship depicted here was built in Linthouse, Glasgow in 1925 by Alexander Stephens & Sons. Initially the ship ran between London and Australia via Suez and Colombo. In 1932 Bombay was added to her route. She was commissioned as an armed merchant cruiser in October 1939 and rescued the survivors of the HMS Rawalpindi off Iceland in that same year (23/11/1939). Later in the war, in 1948, she became a troopship and remained in naval service until the end of the war and beyond. She did not resume on her Australian route until 1948. She was broken up at Dalmuir in Scotland in 1953.

 

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This copy was posted in France from a philatelic exposition held in Paris in 1943. The French stamp has been cancelled with a special airmail cancellation for the event. So, what you have here is a British postcard used in France during the period of German occupation during world war II. I think this fact alone is enough to make this postcard that little bit more interesting.    

 

17/02/2020

 

LOCAL VIEWS

SOUTHEND ON SEA

WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA Cliff Gardens      LEIGH-ON-SEA Marine Parade

SOUTHEND AIRPORT

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA The Pier     LEIGH-ON-SEA Cockle Boats

Published by

COASTAL CARDS LTD, Holland-on-Sea

Printed in Holland by

VITA NOVA

Ref: K. 632 A

 

We are back in our hometown of Southend-on-Sea after a few days in New York (which was covered by a variety of posts on our facebook page). Therefore, I thought I would post this older modern postcard which depicts some views of my home area. The top two views have only changed a little bit whilst I believe that the depicted Leigh cockle boats, bottom right, may well still be working (perhaps not all of them, but certainly some).

The biggest change would be in relation to the aeroplane shown in the middle. This is a ATL-98 Carvair and if you are a James Bond fan you may remember that this was how the films baddie ‘Auric Goldfinger’ flies his Rolls-Royce Phantom III put of the country, and this scene was filmed here at Southend Airport. This film scene was the first thing I thought of when I saw this postcard on eBay.

 

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15/02/2020

 

ALL THAT’S MISSING IS YOU.

Published by

MODERN TIMES

Distributed by

MAINE LINE CO., ROCKPORT

Printed in the USA

Ref: MT 045

 

An early US modern postcard from my television collection. Looking at it today I realise that it could also have been posted yesterday as a vague(ish) valentines day postcard, the message is corny enough

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

15/02/2020

 

THE RIVER

By

BETTY SWANWICK

1949 POSTER

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: LTM 667

 

Another good example of how this museum postcard series has covered all eras. This is a nice example of an early post WW2 poster from the museums collection.

 

15/02/2020

UNION STATION

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Published by

LONGSHAW CARD CO., LOS ANGELES, CALIF

Ref: 706

(Linen Postcard)

 

This station covers 40 acres and cost 11 million dollars to build. It is in the Spanish architecture style of Southern California.

This was one of the stations we pulled into during our cross America train holiday back in 2018. I remember it well as I thought it one of the more beautiful exteriors of the stations we visited, not the most impressive (I think Washington DC was perhaps that) but certainly a lovely looking station.

Having only flown in and out of Florida on my previous US holidays I did not know much about US rail stations and I admit I had not known that more than one station was called ‘Union Station’. When I came across several on my trip I realised that it was not just a single name for one impressive station but is the standard name for stations which where the facilities are shared by more than one separate railway company (this allows passengers to connect between them for travel). Something which makes sense when you know it, but it was something I learnt and is why I enjoy travel so much (that and the ability to access more postcards of course…)

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