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27/12/2018

A POLICEMAN’S LOT

Photographer:

VICTOR J. ATTFIELD

Published by

REFLEX MARKETING LTD

(Reflex Publishing and Licensing Ltd)

Copyright 1991

Ref: PD271

 

A Policeman’s lot is not a happy one…, or so the song goes, and it is a sad fact that old police officers find themselves attending the funerals of other officers, both colleagues and friends. Today was such a day. After the festivities of the past two days it was sad to have to attend a funeral this morning and along with many of my colleagues say goodbye to an old work friend. So, in remembrance of Mick, a good Sgt friend of mine and whose funeral it was, I post this photographic postcard depicting a policeman still working hard despite the atrocious weather. Mick would have approved.

 

27/12/2018

NUREMBERG

KONGRESSHALLE AM DUTZENDTEICH

Published by

VERLAG FRITZ LAUTERBACH, ZOPPOTER STR. 31, 8510 FURTH

Ref: 8500

FRILA VERLAG – FARB-KARTE 22081/15/335

 

This postcard depicts the abandoned coliseum in Nuremberg which was intended to be a grand and major Nazi rallying ground, but work stopped on it before the war came to an end. It was designed by Franz and Ludwig Ruff in 1935. It is located very close to the massive Nuremberg parade grounds where Hitler gave his speeches, and which is known to historians and TV viewers through the images of Hitler on the podium in front of massed Nazi supporters. The structure was clearly designed to resemble the Coliseum in Rome, and you can see the similarities, and I have been to both locations.

Today the edifice is the location of the Documentation Center Museum, although to be honest most of the buildings central parade area is now just an open site, which you can walk into free (the museum part does have an entrance fee). The main area is a bit derelict and rough looking, almost like a work site, but I wanted to pay a visit, and I took some photographs whilst there, which can be seen below.

I did not find any current postcards like this one on sale, but fortunately I found this one in a box of old postcards on sale at a museum shop.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

6th December 2018

 

PHOTOGRAPH

6th December 2018

 

PHOTOGRAPH

6th December 2018

 

 

27/12/2018

DU BIST SUPER!

You Are Super!

Design by

WILD THINK

Published by

HERGESTELLT FUR: MODERN TIMES GmbH LUDWIG-ERHARD-ALLEE 31, 33719 BIELEFELD

Ref:

Best.-Nr. 2320-1180

 

I collect super-hero themed postcards, even really-unusual ones like this one. The colours of the clothing on this peg are clearly meant to resemble the costume of Superman, with its classic blue body stocking and red over-the-top underpants, although here its more of a red belt. I picked up this card in Nuremberg, so its another of my German trip finds. Germany, and here I mean Nuremberg for my holiday, proved to be a wonderful source of modern and interesting postcards.

 

 

27/12/2018

“- AND THE MANAGER WANTS TO

TRY ME IN A DIFFERENT POSITION

EACH DAY”

Cartoon by

H. LIME

Published by

LESLIE LESTER LTD (Hurstpierpoint, Sussex)

Ref: 2D (reverse) 258 (front)

 

A superb example of the double-entendre on a saucy seaside styled postcard issue.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

27/12/2018

UNTITLED

LION

Novelty – Printed on thick cardboard

Published by

AVA & YVES

Ref: 1029

 

This design appealed to me and I wanted one of the cards published by this company when I saw a rack of them in a specialist shop in Nuremberg. I thought this lion one was the best of the bunch. I wanted one for my novelty collection as this is printed on really-thick cardboard styled card stock.  

 

27/12/2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS

AND A

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Published by

DENNIS PRINT & PUBLISHING

Ref: CPC 7

 

Before we move away from all the Christmas related postcards which have been appearing across the webpage over the past few weeks I just want to show this last one because it is a companion card to a Father Christmas card by the same publishers which was posted on Christmas Day, so I thought I would say goodbye to all the festivities with this last card.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

The same as the Father Christmas postcard, except obviously the reference number

 

27/12/2018

DACHAU

29.IV

1945 – 46

Published by

INTERN. INFORM. OFFICE, DACHAU, SCHLEIBHEIMER STRABE 90

Ref: N 0024

“GEDENKKARTE ZUM TAG DER BEFREIUNG DES KZ. DACHAU 29. APRIL 1945”

(Memorial Card for the Day of Liberation of the KZ. Dachau 29 April 1945)

 

I have wanted a copy of this 1946 issued postcard, which commemorates the first anniversary of the Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp, for a few years now. They do not crop up often and can therefore be hard to source. So, I was delighted to receive this copy as a Christmas present from Jo (you got to love a partner who knows what you like). When I first saw a copy of this card, in an auction catalogue a few years ago, I was surprised that someone had produced it, but I believe now that it’s issue may have some connection with the Jewish military or civilian organisation working at the Dachau location post war. With my interest in military related postcards, and all aspects of the history of World War II, this postcard immediately appealed to me. Now I own a copy.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Not only is the postcard itself a great item, but it is also one used with a special hand stamp:

 

TAG DER BEFREIUNG

I. I. O.

DACHAU

29. 4. 1945 – 46

 

Day of Liberation

I. I. O.

Dachau

29. 4. 1945 – 46

 

This hand stamp is dated for the first anniversary of the Liberation of this horrendous concentration camp. A few years ago, Jo and I were on holiday in Germany and were close enough to make a visit to Dachau and see the Concentration camp. The gas chamber and crematorium building still stands and it is without a doubt the most hauntingly awful place I have ever stood in.       

 

26/12/2018

HAPPY BOXING DAY

By

TOM SWEENEY

Published by

PH TOPICS

Ref: No. 186

Limited to 500 Postcards

 

I hope you all had a marvellous day yesterday and received all the presents you wished for. Boxing Day is a big day in our household and is ‘actually’ the day that we, in my family, all get together, so only a quick posting today during a short quiet period (not that quiet to be honest!) Christmas Day and Father Christmas postcards are fairly-common as could be seen by my Christmas Day Cunt Down postings up to and including yesterday, but ‘Boxing Day’ related postcards are far more-scarce. This one, and the one below, are the only two modern ones that I know of.

 

ENJOY BOXING DAY

By

TOM SWEENEY

Published by

PH TOPICS

Ref: No. 187

Limited to 500 Postcards

 

This is the companion postcard to the Father Christmas one depicted above and by the same artist.

 

 

25/12/2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS

AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

(MARILYN MONROE)

Photo by

SAM SHAW

Published by

HERSTELLER & VERTRIEB: MODERN TIMES GmbH

Ref: Best.- Nr. 0103-7950232

Printed and Issued in Germany

 

I could not resist this fabulous Marilyn Monroe postcard when I saw it on a spinner outside a shop in Nuremberg. I collect Monroe postcards anyway, but what a great combination of photograph and seasonal greetings. So, this one had to be saved for posting today.

 

25/12/2018

Count Down to Christmas

 

DAY SIXTEEN

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS DAY

FATHER CHRISTMAS POSTCARD SELECTION

 

HO HO HO!

NOVELTY – FELT APPLIED POSTCARD

Published by

Paperchase

 

This great novelty card has pieces of white felt attached for the facial hair and hat bits. This one I picked up in 2017 (did not see again this year).

 

 

HO HO HO HO!

NOVELTY – WOODEN POSTCARD

Distributed by

ORVAL CD

Published by (produced by)

THE GVA (A GREEN VALUE ATTITUDE)

 

I bought this one in France early this year on one of out trips over to work on the in-laws house there. I have been saving up for Christmas.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Published by

Paperchase

 

Over the last two years paperchase has been a great source of Christmas themed postcards. This was another of this year’s issues (that is one BIG robin though!)

 

HELLO FRIENDS! DON’T MISS THE

POSTCARD SALE at Mt LAUREL, NJ

Official Promotional postcard for the event

 

This American postcard is from, I believe, 1989 and makes great use of Father Christmas. The reverse side is quite ornate as well.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

AND A

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Published by

DENNIS PRINT & PUBLISHING

Ref: CPC 5

 

An older UK postcard with a great, but simple, design by an unrecorded artist. I liked this card a lot.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has a great printed message

 

FROHES FEST

‘WINTERSPIELE’

Happy Holiday

Winter Games

By

HENRIKE WILSON

Published by

INKOGNITO

Ref: 29350

 

Another recent buy whilst I was away in Nuremberg to visit the Christmas market there. There were a large number of Christmas postcards around, but I suppose this is no great surprise considering the areas massive connection with this holiday season.

 

NUREMBERG CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL

FATHER CHRISTMAS FACSIMILE POSTCARDS

Published by

HENRY WINKLER

 

On one stall within the Christmas Market I found a wide selection of reproduced old postcard images on facsimile ‘golden age’ sized cards. These are not titled, beyond the original front writing, and no details around original publication and printing are given on the reverse sides.

 

FROHLICHE

WEIHNACHTEN!

‘Happy Christmas’

FATHER CHRISTMAS FACSIMILE POSTCARD

Published by

HENRY WINKLER

 

FROHLICHE

WEIHNACHTEN!

‘Happy Christmas’

FATHER CHRISTMAS FACSIMILE POSTCARD

Published by

HENRY WINKLER

 

A GREEN FATHER CHRISTMAS DESIGN

FATHER CHRISTMAS FACSIMILE POSTCARD

Published by

HENRY WINKLER

 

Father Christmas was traditionally depicted in a tan coat, but many old original postcards from Europe do depict him in green. This is a good example of how our ideas of the character have changed over the years. I believe the red coat originated in America around the 1880’s with the drawings by Thomas Nast, who also came up with a green coat, the idea of which also caught on and as can be seen was used here   

 

24/12/2018

NORWICH

Published by

JARROLD & SONS LTD, Norwich

A COTMAN-COLOR SERIES POSTCARD

Ref: KN 200

“This map shows the city centre of Norwich, within the boundaries of its medieval walls. Parts of these walls still stand “

(Text from the reverse side of postcard)

 

Another of the many map postcards issued throughout the UK. This one is for Norwich a city which I have visited several times over the years both as a tourist and for work.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF POSTCARD

 

24/12/2018

THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER

WARNER BROS STUDIO TOUR, LONDON

THE QUIBBLER

SPECIAL EDITION

UNDESIRABLE No 1

HARRY POTTER

‘Poster Postcard’

Official Warner Bros Studio Tour Postcard

 

This was one of the postcards at the shop attached to the Warner Bros Tour that I had not previously seen here on my other past visits.

 

WANTED

BELLATRIX

LESTRANGE

‘Poster Postcard’

Official Warner Bros Studio Tour Postcard

 

This was the second of the two poster styled postcard images.

 

HARRY POTTER

AND THE

PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

Film Poster Postcard

Official Warner Bros Studio Tour Postcard

 

This poster has appeared on postcards before, several times as it is a very popular poster image. If you already have this poster on postcard then you may wish to bypass this one, unless like me you are interested in different reverse types and the same image released by different publishers.

 

HOGWARTS CASTLE

FILM PROP MODEL

Official Warner Bros Studio Tour Postcard

 

This is one of my favourite aspects of the tour. The large, and mean LARGE, model of the famous castle always impresses people when they first set eyes on it. This postcard is a nice souvenir of a visit, but it does manage to catch how good this model is.

 

HARRY POTTER

AND THE

CHAMBER OF SECRETS

Film Poster Postcard

Official Warner Bros Studio Tour Postcard

 

This one has also appeared on postcard before, but who could resist an image of the house elf Dobby? Clearly not me.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF POSTCARD

This is the standard reverse side layout for the postcards published for sale in the Warner Bros Studio Tour shop.  

 

24/12/2018

THE THREE KINGS

Hand Made Postcard

Made by

David Rye

Personal Christmas Card 2018

 

David and Pat Rye always send me something unusual every Christmas, usually a hand-made individual card. The image is made up from applied pieces of coloured card, which almost gives this a 3D(ish) affect which is far better than this scan depicts.

David has also applied the 2nd class Royal Mail 2018 postage stamp which has been cancelled first day of issue 01 DEC 2018 with a ‘MILFORD HAVEN PEMPS’ single circle date stamp. This also adds extra interest to the card as well.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE CARD

 

Always making his cards that extra bit interesting David has added some information to the back. All of David’s cards have some story behind them which makes them fascinating.

 

ENVELOPE

This is the envelope that the above card came in.

 

24/12/2018

 

FROHES FEST

‘Happy Holiday’

Illustration by

WOOSTER – FOTOLIA.COM

Text

IRMGARD ERATH

Published by

BUTZON & BECKER GmbH

Ref: Nr. 140 – 61 90 06 85

Printed in Germany

 

This is a nice religious themed postcard which I found in a large box of these in the highly religious shop (it was also a quite large shop as well) attached to the St Elizabeth Church, a large domed Catholic church in Nuremberg. For me the attraction was the illustrated bird, which is a Bullfinch, a bird I really like but rarely see around my way. I have oft mentioned the lack of interest in religious postcards by postcard collectors, but I have come to realise that on the continent of Europe these cards are picked up as souvenirs of visits by non-collectors who attend these churches, and although these people do not consider themselves to be collectors I think they are, all-be-it a different type of collector to someone like me.   

 

24/12/2018

 

NURNBERGER CHRISTKIND 2017 / 2018

REBECCA AMMON

Photo

CHRISTINE DIERENBACH

Official Christkindlesmarkt Postcard

 

For the past two years the Nuremberg Christkind has been portrayed by Rebecca Ammon. The Christkind is a traditional gift-bringer in Germany (also in Austria, Switzerland, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, Ital and other countries around these across Europe).

Now, I was very lucky to get a copy of this postcard as it can not be bought. Usually you obtain a copy by meeting the Christkind, i.e. getting to see Rebecca Ammon in this guise. She hands out copies personally. But, the philatelic counter in the main Nuremberg post office have a few under the counter. I visited here to buy a selection of stamp sheets for my television stamp collection. I had bought five sheets and a special presentation stamp folder and was having a nice chat with the man behind the counter. As I bought quite a lot of stuff it was clear I was a collector, so he very kindly pulled one of these cards out of a drawer and gave me a free copy. He also explained to me that normally the card was only given out by the Christkind personally. The card makes a great souvenir of my trip and is also another great example of why I always try and talk with people at these locations as you never know what else they might have.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

24/12/2018

 

3 PACK HOLY FAMILY SET

By

VOLKER DERLATH

Published by

INSTANT-WEIHBACHTEN

Ref: Nr. H5089

 

This rather unusual postcard is one I picked up recently in the German History Museum in Nuremberg. It obviously has a Christmas connection, but it is also an unusual image of a collectible. I assume people do collect Christmas and religious ephemera? It is probably a postcard image which is appropriate for posting at-this-time.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

24/12/2018

Count Down to Christmas

 

The 10th of December has passed, and Jo has put our Christmas decorations up, so I decided to start my Christmas Postcard countdown – I shall depict at least one ‘Xmas’ themed postcard each day until we reach Christmas Day itself.

 

Happy Christmas Eve…

DAY FIFTEEN

 

SWEET CHRISTMAS!

Design by

R.LOOIJ

Published by

CITYPRODUCTS

Ref: ART. NR. 4249

NOVELTY ‘DIE-CUT’ POSTCARD

SHINY INK PRINTED SURFACE

(Made in Germany)

 

I love the unusualness of these cards. The gingerbread man in the centre of this card has one half of him cut out around the edge, which can be seen easier from the reverse side (see below). Also, most of the cards in the Christmas selection issued by this company seem to have a shiny printing aspect, here being gold print.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Here you can see how half of the Gingerbread man is cut out and can thus be pushed out from the card.

 

 

UNTITLED

Santa hanging from sledge

Design by

R.LOOIJ / A. BIRKENSTOCK

Published by

CITYPRODUCTS

Ref: ART. NR. 3607

SHINY INK PRINTED SURFACE

(Made in Germany)

 

No shaping or die-cuts to this one, but I still think it has a great image, and there is that shiny surface effect as well.

 

 

MARCHENHAFTE

WEIHNACHTSGRUBE

“Fabulous Christmas Mine”

Design by

A. BIRKENSTOCK / E. HACCOU

Published by

CITYPRODUCTS

Ref: ART. NR. GF3083

SHINY INK PRINTED SURFACE

(Made in Germany)

 

On this one the text and all the little golden dots are printed using shiny gold surfacing. There is also a line of shiny gold across the bottom edge. The effect is far better than this scan shows. I also like the little bauble wearing red nosed reindeer at the bottom.

 

 

UNTITLED

Santa & Reindeer looking at church like windows

Design by

R.LOOIJ

Published by

CITYPRODUCTS

Ref: ART. NR. 3580

NOVELTY ‘DIE-CUT’ POSTCARD

SHINY INK PRINTED SURFACE

(Made in Germany)

 

On this design it is the two gold windows which are ‘die-cut’ and which can be pushed outwards from the card itself, as can be seen from the reverse side depicted below.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Again, you can see the cuts where the window shapes can be pushed outwards.

 

 

UNTITLED

Santa and sledge

Design by

A. BIRKENSTOCK

Published by

CITYPRODUCTS

Ref: ART. NR. 2608

NOVELTY SHAPED CUT TOP

SHINY INK PRINTED SURFACE

(Made in Germany)

 

This card has the top starburst edge cut around. All the stars are either gold glitter ink or plain shiny gold surfaced. The combination looks attractive.

 

UNTITLED

Santa and Lighthouse

Design by

A. WINDMANN

Published by

CITYPRODUCTS

Ref: ART. NR. 3645

NOVELTY SHAPED CUT TOP

 (Made in Germany)

 

This card has the same cut top as the card above, but otherwise it has a very different front look with a white plain background and plain un-shiny gold stars. It’s a nice image of Santa though.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Card laid on its side

 

UNTITLED

Santa and Christmas Tree Bauble 

Design by

R. LOOIJ

Published by

CITYPRODUCTS

Ref: ART. NR. 4248

NOVELTY DIE-CUT CARD

SHINY INK PRINTED SURFACE

(Made in Germany)

 

As with some of the cards above this has half of the bauble die cut so that it can be pushed outwards. I really like these die-cut cards which were on sale in several shops around Nuremberg and which appeared to be very popular.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

 

UNTITLED

Santa on top of Christmas tree

Design by

R.LOOIJ / A. BIRKENSTOCK

Published by

CITYPRODUCTS

Ref: ART. NR. 3616

SHINY INK PRINTED SURFACE

(Made in Germany)

 

EIN WEIHNACHTSMANN HAT

SEINE MUTZE VERLOREN

WO STECKT SIE?

“A Santa Claus has

his cap lost.

Where is it?”

Design by

CHARIS BARTSCH

Published by

SKOWRONSKI & KOCH VERLAG – BERLIN

Ref: PK 6017

 

This is a cracking Santa postcard with each of the little Santa’s being gloss printed on a plain blue matt background. This is from a series of similar cards depicting lots of little themed images with there being one for dogs and another for horses which I also picked up (and which I will depict at some future point).

 

I’M DREAMING

OF A PINK CHRISTMAS

By

NASTJA HOLTFRETER

(Picture titled ‘PINK CHRISTMAS’)

Published by

INKOGNITO

Ref: 28684

 

The company ‘Inkognito’ have been issuing postcards across Europe for many years and I have previously bought their cards in Germany and Holland. They are renowned for publishing some very strange surreal images, so it was a surprise to find this fairly-normal image on one of their postcards – it is a great Christmas card design though.

 

24/12/2018

PADDY ASHDOWN….. RIP

Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG, CH, KBE, PC

27TH February 1941 – 22nd December 2018

British politician and diplomat who was leader of the Liberal Democrat between 1988 and 1999. He also served in the armed forces as a Royal Marine and as an officer (Captain) in the Special Boat Service.

GENERAL ELECTION 9 APRIL 1992

Design by

TOM SWEENEY

Published by

PH TOPICS

Ref: No. 129

Limited Edition of 550

 

Paddy Ashdown, as he was then (he was to become Lord Ashdown later) did not appear on that many postcards, but he can be seen here depicted as the referee during the election of 1992. This cartoon intimates that it was really a fight between the tory John Major and the Labour leader Neil Kinnock. Clearly the Conservative Tories won as Major can be seen standing over a knocked-out Kinnock. The results of the election were printed on the reverse side of this card:

Conservatives 336

Labour 271

Liberal Democrats 20

Others 24  

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Lord Ashdown

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