CHRISTMAS 2019 COUNTDOWN
CHRISTMAS POSTCARD SELECTION
E VIII R PILLAR BOX,
Published by the
NORTH WESTERN POSTAL BOARD
Ref: NWPB SERIES 5 (b)
I suspect your first question is going to be ‘What has this card got to do with Christmas?’ Well, I admit that this side has nothing to do with the holiday season, but as is often the case with cards in my philatelic collection it is something on the reverse side that is more interesting and, in this case also Christmas themed.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
This is one of a small number of these postcards which received a red over print which reads:
With Best Wishes for
Christmas and the New Year
The Philatelic Manager & Staff
NORTH WESTERN POSTAL BOARD
The addition of this red overprint does add quite a bit of extra catalogue value to this ‘particular’ card. Without the overprint this card, mint, sells for around 50p - £1, but these overprinted cards are £5+. All the copies I have seen also have the applied Christmas stamp and this MANCHESTER PHILATELIC COUNTER special hand stamp dated 16 DEC 82 .
I obtained one copy via a specialised postal themed auction a few years ago, but I found a second copy in a cheap box and could not resist picking this one up as well.
Clearly the overprint is my ‘Christmas’ connection.
Novelty Small Sized Postcard
I have enlarged the postcards image here for you to see, but as you will see from the below image, this postcard is much smaller than the normal postcard issue size. This has a great front image though I think. The Christmas connection is through the title on the reverse side.
Ref: Best.-Nr. 2320-1163
Another great postcard picked up in Germany last year. I was really impressed with the selection of Christmas designs available in this country. Not all the cards are immediately Christmassy in their design, but I like some of these more than the obvious ‘Santa’ pictures.
PUGS & KISSES
My daughter would love to have a Pug, but its not happening. Yes, I know, I’m mean, but we have done the dog thing and I like my ability to just go off on a trip without any real planning. We may get a dog in the future, but not for a few years if I have anything to do with it.
HO HO HO!
NOVELTY SHAPED POSTCARD
We have done the ‘Cat’ thing as well… I don’t think anyone ever really owns a cat. I think cats just allow people to think they own them. I know our cat was its own boss. We found out at one point that our neighbour had taken in a stray cat and was feeding it most days… we then found out that this was our cat, who was getting quite large as it was eating at our house and next door, every day! With a cat, never believe you are in charge!
Printed for the zoo by
TICHNOR BROS INC
‘TICHNOR QUALITY VIEWS’
I love panda postcards [ it comes from seeing Chi-Chi at London Zoo when I was a child. Pandas have fascinated me ever since], and I had been watching a copy of this postcard on eBay for some weeks, but $6 was a bit steep when put with a large additional postage cost as well. So, you can imagine my joy when I came across this card on stall at an antiques fair in Florida on my recent holiday. I was especially pleased as it was just $1, which for me was a bargain.
WALT DISNEY WORLD
I find myself yet again apologising for another image of me! Every year that I visit Walt Disney World I get at least one of these ‘YEAR’ dated photocards. They can be obtained from a photo-styled booth in the area towards the end of the ride called ‘Journey into Imagination with Figment’ (it is not one of the better rides in the EPCOT theme park, and it is one you can normally get on with hardly any queue time – for reasons I have never been able to explain, it has been a ride we do every trip. Perhaps its because I get my photocard at the end!). These are $5 each, which is not bad, and I think they make a great souvenir of a visit.
EDWARD KENNEDY “DUKE” ELLINGTON
NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK
MAY 2-8, 1999
Limited Edition of just 300
Another great Rick Geary design and one which would be of interest to anyone collecting music themed images. With such a small print run this could be a hard card to track down now, and I suspect it would be a few quid as well, especially on eBay.
CHRISTMAS 2019 COUNTDOWN
CHRISTMAS POSTCARD SELECTIONS
Ref: XPC 4
CAMDEN GRAPHICS was once one of the UK’s major postcard publishers. I was a massive fan and over the years before they ceased production amassed a reasonable collection of their cards.
Collecting their postcards was fun because they numbered their postcards numerically from No 1, which makes collecting them ‘fairly’ easy, with one small exception group. Before they started from No.1 they produced around a dozen cards with XPC before a number. These XPC cards were the very first Camden Graphic postcards and they are not easy to find and are catalogued appropriately at anything between £2 and £5+. So, if you find one of these then you have an important card in both the Camden Graphics story and the modern UK postcard story.
IL Y DE LA MAGIE DANS L’AIR
NOEL FEERIQUE JUSQUAU 4 JANVIER 2004
‘There is magic in the air
Christmas Fairy until January 4, 2004
DISNEYLAND RESORT PARIS
EURO DISNEY S. C. A.
An official Disneyland Resort Paris advertising postcard from Xmas 2004 which gives details on the reverse side of special price offers. I also like the idea of Santa borrowing Dumbo to pull his sleigh.
CHRISTMAS ON THE RHINE
BASS’S WAR EFFORT 1914 – 1918
JOHN MACKIE PRINTER, BURTON UPON TRENT
This is an unusual Christmas themed postcard which also has military content as well. Some of the most unusual and unique postcard images come from museum issues. This one is from a brewery company museum, the Bass Brewery which was founded in 1777.
This card certainly makes for a different entry in my Christmas selection today.
KUNST UND BILD GMBH
BERLIN – GERMANY
Ref: HAPPY LIFE
Another German postcard from my visit to Nuremberg last December. This one has some shiny printed areas, the stars and the words across the top, which enhances its look. This is probably required as the image is printed on matt rough board, a deliberate approach which adds a different dimension to the card.
LE VILLAGE ENCHANTE
DE NOEL A NEUDORF
‘The enchanting village of Neudorf at Christmas’
Ref: CARTE No 643
Limited edition of 2000
This postcard has some shiny aspects in its printing, the star and its lines, the boarder and the bow on one of the presents in the sack. This image is very typical of the art style of Patrick Hamm who was once a much-collected postcard artist in France and some other countries.
LEGACY KIT 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Back in August of this year (2019) I posted a selection of pictures of a box set of memorabilia items celebrating the film Jurassic Park (see posting dated 13/08/2019 – tab ‘August 2019 Blog 3’). I bought that box at a Memorabilia fair at the N.E.C. Birmingham.
Yesterday I was in my local HMV music store when I saw this Jurassic Park box set. When I checked its contents, I found that everything was different, some of the items are the same but of a completely different design. So, I had to buy this one and add it to my other one. Interestingly, this new box set has two postcards whilst the other box set only had one.
The contents of this new box set are as follows:
1) BANNER ‘WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH’
2) TICKET – double sided entry ticket for the park
3) JURASSIC PARK PIN
4) LICENCE PLATE – these are highly collectible in the US but will be an unusual item to most UK people who have not visited the US and seen all the plates on sale.
5) T-REX STICKER
6) MR DNA STICKER – the character from the information film that is shown in the first feature film
7) MR DNA PIN
8) JURASSIC PARK STICKER
9) MAP – this is a folded map with lots of interesting information on the other side (see below photograph)
10) TRADING CARDS – 18 trade cards all about individual dinosaurs (these are a great addition to this box set and will make this very collectible to all the trade card collectors out there)
11) VIP PASS
12) LANYARD (for the VIP PASS listed above)
13) NIGHT VISION GOGGLES SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS LEAFLET – one of the more unusual items in this set
14) SIGNED [supposedly] LETTER FROM JOHN HAMMOND – an interesting addition to this box set
15) 2 POSTCARDS (in my opinion the best bits)
THE STAMP SHOW 2000
EARLS COURT, LONDON
22 – 28 MAY 2000
Ref: STAMP CARD SERIES
I believe I have pictured one of these Postman Pat label postcards before, but this one here was a recent acquisition and I bought it because of a very interesting addition to the reverse side…
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
Someone has applied one of the labels depicted on the front of this card to the bottom right corner, but without a doubt it is the John Cunliffe signature which lifts this postcard from interesting to superb. John Cunliffe, who sadly passed away on the 20th September 2018, which was mentioned here on this webpage at the time, was the creator of the character Postman Pat. Which is why having his autograph on this postcard is such a good thing.
STOP THE WHALE-KILLING NOW
HERRON / GREENPEACE
I found this anti-whaling campaign postcard on a stall at an American fair I visited on my most recent visit. I have previously posted similar styled campaign cards here on the webpage. This one is pre-addressed to the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries in Tokyo. This particular copy was not used.
JEDI FALLEN ORDER
Published as a free advert promotional postcard
When we are in Florida, we always visit a certain WALMART store along the 192. It is where we buy food, when that is required, normally if we need a picnic or similar. I have also been buying postcard/invite party packs from here as well. On this most recent holiday we were shopping as normal when I saw a promotional stall which had a stack of this postcard on it. No one seemed interested in this free postcard and when I spoke with the lady behind the stall, she said hardly any had been taken! She allowed me to take a small handful as it was clear they were not moving. Other people’s loss was most certainly my gain. I checked eBay today and there is one copy on there priced at £3.75 (but it has a £15 postage cost to the UK!).
THE WORLD’S LARGEST CUCKOO CLOCK
“OHIO’S SHOWPLACE OF CHEESEMAKING”
INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHICS, INC
DEXTER PRESS, NEW YORK
Apparently, this massive clock is in the ‘Cuckoo Clock Capital’ of Ohio. More detail about this clock appears in the text block on the reverse side of this postcard, which I depict below. ‘Clocks’ is an unusual theme, but I do know at least one collector who specialises in clock faces on postcard.
ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET
PHQ Set 461
(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)
Stamps issued – 3RD September 2019
(As always, I have my copies used with the appropriate stamp applied to the front of the card and cancelled first day of issue with a special hand stamp)
Having The posted the ‘Gruffalo’ PHQ Stamp cards yesterday and said that I was waiting on one card from the Elton John set and the shipping set, Guess what? They all arrived today (typical!). Anyway, this means I can now post all the Elton John cards here. The set, as with previous music heroes sets, depicts album covers. This means that some are very good whilst others are much simpler in design, always an issue with this approach:
1ST Class Stamp
Ref: PHQ 461 (1)
Published as an advertising postcard by
KATHE WOHLFAHRT GMBH & CO
When I was in Berlin during the summer, I visited this permanent Christmas shop and walked down the spiral walkway depicted. Anyone visiting this great themed multi-floor Christmas shop can obtain one of these advertising postcards free of charge. It is probably one of the best freebie postcards I picked up this year.