16/06/2019

30TH WICHITA INTERNATIONAL 2007

Design by

RICK GEARY

Published by

WICHITA POSTCARD CLUB

 

Another superb postcard design by one of my favourite American postcard artists (the top position is 50/50 between Rick and Ann Rusnak). This one also appealed due to the obvious military connections and theme.

 

16/06/2019

LA GUERRE DANS LE NORD

VERMELLES – DANS LES RUINES

LA VISITE DU PRINCE DE GALLES

 

WAR IN THE NORTH

VERMELLES – IN THE RUINS

THE VISIT OF THE PRINCE OF WALES

 

Publisher not known

(although there is a distinctive logo front bottom right and another in the bottom left corner on the reverse side, but I do not know the company either belonged to)

Ref: 15

 

I found this postcard a few years ago in a 50p box. It appealed to me because of my interest in military history and the postcards connected to wars. This is a first world war issue which doubly appealed because of the royalty connection. There is no date on this card, but I know that the prince visited the battlefields between January and September 1915 and although the prince was to visit again in further year’s I believe this photograph is from the princes 1915 period in France. This photograph clearly shows that the prince had quite an entourage following him around. There are some high-ranking French and British officers trailing behind him.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

16/06/2019

WIEN – VIENNA

BEHA – VIENA – VIENNE

‘VIENNA – ST. CHARLES’S CHURCH’

Published by

COLORAMA

Ref: BESTELL-NR. PK VIE05

 

Vienna has some beautiful landmarks which are stunning to see and which no matter how good the photographer is a photograph just cannot capture but having said that the pictures that appear on good postcards are always better than my own attempts to capture the same structure. This one is a good example of such a situation. This church is truly stunning, and I wanted a ‘really-nice’ postcard image of it…. and this was the one I picked.

 

16/06/2019

OLD VIENNA

OLD VIENNA – DAS OPERNTHEATER 1885

VIENNA 1873 – WIENER STAATSOPER

Published by

LUKA BASIC EDITION

Ref: LAGR-WIG-103

 

This is one of the postcards I picked up whilst in Vienna on my most recent holiday. I do like to find cards which depict locations I am seeing as they were back in older times, especially during the Victorian era. This one was one of the best I found whilst travelling around the souvenir shops in central Vienna.

 

15/06/2019

COLCHESTER PAGEANT

STATELY DANCERS

Published as one of the:

JARROLD’S PAGEANT SERIES

 

Colchester is in my home county of Essex and I have visited it and worked there many times over the years. I do not specifically seek out postcards from its past, but when I come across cheap ones I try and pick them up. This one here was posted in 1911.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This one has a message related to either some sort of competition or exam result. The message is dated 5th July 1911. The stamp is cancelled with a Chelmsford double ring cancel dated 24th July 1913 with no obvious explanation as to why there was such a delay.

 

15/06/2019

PHOTOGRAPH

INDIVIDUAL PHOTO POSTCARD MACHINE

BERLIN

6TH MAY 2019

 

I came across this machine on my most recent visit to the German city of Berlin. Its located in Friedrichstrasse (to the south of Unter Den Linden). It was located outside of a newsagent styled shop and when I saw this, I knew I had to give it a try. I have seen similar type machines in the US in Disney World, but these are more like booths, whilst this machine is on the street itself.

This is a photograph of the machine taken slightly from the side.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

INDIVIDUAL PHOTO POSTCARD MACHINE

BERLIN

6TH MAY 2019

 

A second photograph showing the machine head on

 

 

PHOTO POSTCARD

GRUSE AUS BERLIN

HEARTY GREETINGS FROM BERLIN

Machine produced individual postcard

COSMOCARD

 

This was a nice multi-view option which appealed to me because I visited many of the places depicted, and one of them includes an image of the TV Tower.

 

PHOTO POSTCARD

BERLIN

HEARTY GREETINGS FROM BERLIN

Machine produced individual postcard

COSMOCARD

 

Another multi-view option this time depicting night-time views of some of Berlin’s major attractions. Again, the TV Tower is included, but here it appears on two of the images.

 

PHOTO POSTCARD

HEARTY GREETINGS FROM BERLIN

Machine produced individual postcard

COSMOCARD

 

This one has a single Berlin view, but I had to have this one as it was the best view of the TV Tower amongst the options available. This is my favourite, although I think the others are more touristy and will appeal to those who are after an unusual souvenir.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

INDIVIDUAL PHOTO POSTCARD MACHINE

THE MAIN SCREEN WITH THE OPTION FILES

BERLIN

6TH MAY 2019

 

You are given a choice of six main headings under each of which there are a number of options available. The main headings are:

GENERAL

CONGRATULATIONS

FAMILY/FRIENDS

FUN

LOVE

PARTY/SEXY

 

PHOTOGRAPH

INDIVIDUAL PHOTO POSTCARD MACHINE

THE MAIN SCREEN WITH THE OPTION FILES

BERLIN

6TH MAY 2019

 

Close up of the screen. Personally, I think you need to pick the options in the GENERAL category as these were the ones which appealed to me and which had the nice views of Berlin landmarks.

The cost was as follows:

1 PHOTOCARD – euro 3.50

2 PHOTOCARDS – euro 7 (which seems a bit redundant considering what 1 card costs, but this was an option!)

3 PHOTOCARDS – euro 9. This was a better option and the one I used. I think 3 euros per card is a good price (especially when in the US I have paid $5 for a single card).

Are these worth the money? I don’t really care as I had fun using the machine and choosing my designs. I would ‘definitely’ use one of these machines again.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ONE OF THE ABOVE POSTCARDS

 

13/06/2019

UNTITLED

‘SPITFIRES’

Published by

F. J. WARREN LIMITED

A ‘DUFEX’ POSTCARD

Ref: 501888

 

I have always liked the ‘Dufex’ postcards with their glitter shine and general novelty value. The company produced hundreds of designs throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s moving from a more silver look to the more modern all colour designs like this one. For anyone who likes the Spitfire fighter plane, the classic WWII British Battle of Britain plane, then this postcard is a cracker.

 

 

13/06/2019

TIERGARTEN SCHONBRUNN

WIEN VIENNA

Published by

SMILE GMBH, WIEN

Ref: 18503

 

My love of animal postcards is something that has never gone away so when I found this one on my recent visit to Vienna it was always going to end up in my collection. A nice selection of animals superimposed on a view from Vienna. I did not visit here, but still bought the postcard when I saw it in a tourist souvenir shop.

 

12/06/2019

NUTSHELL FAIRIES

THE NUTSHELL, BURY ST EDMUNDS

Design by

JOHN PULHAM

Published by

OVERDALE CARDS

Ref: OC31

 

I couldn’t attend the recent Bury St Edmunds postcard fair, but I am aware that each visitor received a copy of this postcard upon entry. It is one of a series of cards with designs by John Pulham which have been issued for the postcard fairs held here. Although I did not go I was kindly sent a copy by the fairs organiser (many thanks Lee).

 

11/06/2019

PRITTLEWELL

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

Locally Published Postcard

Ref: 2558. 12.

 

The road you can see here is now dual carriageway with two lanes in each direction. The road has been widened on what is the right side of this photograph. This is a road I know well, especially as I have been driving along it every day for the past few weeks whilst I have been doing some part time work at a local school. I also know that this stretch of road was very popular with local postcard publishers as it appears on many different postcards. It is also a view that I like.  

 

10/06/2019

HELLO SUMMER

‘HELL – exam zone – O’

YOU ARE CLOSE TO VICTORY,

DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP NOW!

YOU CAN DO IT!

Published by

GUILDCOH

 

We are almost at the end of the school exam period. This is the last full week of exams. I have been doing some invigilating work at a local school watching the year 11 students taking their ‘O’ and ‘A’ level exams. I just have until Friday then it all ends. It has been interesting seeing how the exams are set up and run and helping to do this. Being in this world for the last four weeks does add some extra amusement to the text on this card, especially when I see the exam coordinator trying to make sure all the right exam papers are in the right rooms and all the desks labelled and correctly set out. I am sure these few weeks do sometimes feel like hell.

To all those who have been, and are taking exams, and all those parents, grandparents and guardians who have kids taking or having taken exams over these few weeks I hope all has and does go well for everybody.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

10/06/2019

UNTITLED

Teddies on beach

Printed by

PEMBROKESHIRE EYE POSTCARDS

Printed by

HAVEN COLOURPRINT, PEMBROKE DOCK

Ref: 7020

 

Picked this one up recently at a postcard fair. I still like Teddies on postcard designs but as I have mentioned several times before they are not any where near as popular as they once were (although they do go through spells, so maybe they will come back round again!)

 

 

09/06/2019

A SOPWITH PUP LANDING ON

HMS FURIOUS

2ND AUGUST 1917

“Commemorating the 50th Anniversary - first aircraft landing on ship underway,

by Sqn. Cdr. E. H. DUNNING in a Sopwith Pup on 2nd August 1917”

Proceeds in Aid of Naval Air Relief Fund

 

I bought a copy of this postcard many years ago from a stamp shop that used to be in my hometown (and that shop closed down more than ten years ago, if not much earlier). I always liked it, especially because of some special Cinderella stamp labels which were applied to the reverse side. Then, about two years ago I came across a number of these cards in a cheap box at a Stampex show in London. Looking at them I realised that they had different ships cachets on them. So, I bought them all and will depict the reverse sides of these cards below (remember they each have this same front photograph).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ONE OF THESE POSTCARDS

 

This one has two special ‘50th Anniversary first aircraft landing on ship underway’ airmail ‘Ship to Shore’ paid carriage labels and these have been cancelled with a special blue boxed cachet related to the 50th anniversary.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ONE OF THESE POSTCARDS

 

This one has a red boxed ‘H.M.S. BULWARK – AUG 2, 1967’ ships cachet applied. This one has also been posted using a 3d Queen Elizabeth ‘Wilding’ definitive stamp cancelled with a wavy line machine cancel dated 2nd August 1967.  

    

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ONE OF THESE POSTCARDS

 

This one has a blue boxed ‘H.M.S. EAGLE – AUG 2, 1967’ ships cachet applied. This one has also been posted using a 3d Queen Elizabeth ‘Wilding’ definitive stamp cancelled with a B.F.P.0. (British Forces Post Office) LONDON cancel dated 2nd August 1967.

You can also see that the two labels also have an EAGLE text addition in yellow underneath each pictorial aircraft image.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ONE OF THESE POSTCARDS

 

This one has a blue oval ‘OPERATIONS OFFICER - H.M.S. EAGLE – AUG 2, 1967’ ships cachet applied. This one has also been posted using a 4d radar stamp cancelled with a B.F.P.0. (British Forces Post Office) LONDON cancel dated 2nd August 1967.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ONE OF THESE POSTCARDS

 

This one has two red oval ‘MAIL OFFICE - H.M.S. ALBION – AUG 2, 1967’ ship cachets applied. There also a blue boxed ‘H.M.S. ALBION – AUG 2, 1967’ ships cachet. This one has also been posted using a 3d Queen Elizabeth ‘Wilding’ definitive stamp cancelled with a B.F.P.0. (British Forces Post Office) LONDON cancel dated 2nd August 1967.

You can also see that the two labels also have an ALBION text addition in yellow underneath each pictorial aircraft image.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ONE OF THESE POSTCARDS

 

This one has a red boxed ‘H.M.S. HERMES – AUG 2, 1967’ ships cachet applied. This one has also been posted using a 3d Queen Elizabeth ‘Wilding’ definitive stamp cancelled with a British Forces Mail 9 cancel dated 2nd August 1967.

You can also see that the two labels also have a HERMES text addition in yellow underneath each pictorial aircraft image.

 

So, these are the ones that I now have in my collection. I think these are great and there may well be even more different ships cachets on these, but I admit that the ones you see here are the only ones I have seen. One of these has a £6 pencil price on it, another £8, but I found these cards in a 50p box, and I was delighted to pick these up for such a low price.

 

09/06/2019

JAMAICA

THE RED-BILLED STEAMERTAIL HUMMINGBIRD

NATIONAL BIRD OF JAMAICA

Known to the locals as the ‘DOCTOR BIRD’

Published by

ISLAND IMAGES

Ref: JA107

 

On my one day visit to Jamaica last year I only picked up a couple of postcards, but this was my favourite.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

8TH August 2018

 

This postcard rack is the one from which I obtained the above hummingbird postcard from. The card can be seen top right, although it was in the slot sideways.

 

09/06/2019

BAYEUX JUIN 1944

Published by

EDITIONS HEIMDAL

EDITIONS NORMANDES LE GOUBEY – CAEN

PRODUCTION LECONTE

Ref: 2784

 

After the D-Day landings, which we have been celebrating the 75th Anniversary of today, Bayeux was liberated on the 7th June. This multi-view French postcard celebrates the liberation and the subsequent visit by General De Gaulle.

 

 

06/06/2019

 

PEGASUS BRIDGE

GONDREE

Published by

THE CAFÉ GONDREE

Printed by

ARTAUD FRERES

 

As a prelude to the beach landings in Normandy on D-Day there was an air-borne glider assault on the bridge now known as Pegasus Bridge behind the beach landing area. The first liberated building was the home of the Gondree family which can be seen on the far side of the river in this photograph. This building is now a well-known café which is much visited by battlefield tour groups. The café is run by Arlette Gondree who was a child when the assault took place. She now runs the building as a café/small museum and gift shop. A large selection of exclusive postcards, and postcards by other publishers can be bought here and each has a large exclusive circular AIRBORNE – PEGASUS BRIDGE cachet on the reverse side.

When I visited here in 2004, I bought a large number of the cards and got to meet Arlette Gondree.         

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has the cachet, a nice written message and has been posted using an exclusive and lovely ‘CAFÉ GONDREE – PEGASUS BRIDGE – LA POSTE private postage stamp. Finding one of these nicely used on a postcard like this is a real find., especially when it was posted in 2014 which was another anniversary year, the 70th anniversary (the card was also posted in June of that year - the 16th)

 

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