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23/12/2019

 

CHRISTMAS 2019 COUNTDOWN

CHRISTMAS POSTCARD SELECTION

 

CROIX-ROUGE 1996

FETES DE FIN D’ANNEE

‘Red Cross 1996

Christmas and New Year’

Maxi Card

Published by

MODELE DEPOSE – EXCLUSIVITE O.P.P.

Creation FIRST DAY COVER – MARQUE DEPOSEE –

PARIS – CARTE PHILATELIQUE

 

I do like these maxi-cards from France and this one is made a little n ore interesting with the use of red ink for the cancellation. This is a nice combination of a Christmas stamp (with snowman and Polar Bear in a hot air balloon) and silk image, a snowman with a Christmas Tree, with the stamp cancelled with a first day of issue special red coloured cancel.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

As I have mentioned before you usually get a nice clean strike of the special cancellation used on the front of these cards applied to the reverse side.

 

‘TIS THE SEASON

TO GET SLOTHED

Published by

PAPERCHASE

 

Another of the many Christmas postcards that paperchase have published over the years. This one was bought in the lead up to Xmas 2018. It is also another design featuring a Sloth, an animal which seemed to be popular last year (2018).

 

WHILE IT LASTS BE

OF GOOD CHEER FOR

CHRISTMAS COMES

BUT ONCE A YEAR

By

LOUIS WAIN

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS

An “OILETTE” postcard

Ref: POSTCARD C132

“LOUIS WAIN’S CATS”

 

Another ‘really’ nice early Louis Wain cat design with a Christmas theme. I really liked this one and it was another bargain which I found in an antiques Centre in Florida over a year ago now. What I liked about it, besides the image, is that it is a postcard that was posted in America.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Someone has removed the postage stamp from this side, or it fell off at some point, but I do not think this greatly detracts from the interest this card has. It was locally used within the New York area.

 

FROLICHE

WEIHNACHTEN

‘Happy Christmas’

DIE MAUS

‘The Mouse’

Published by

MODERN TIMES

Ref: Best.-Nr. 0103-1000371

 

This one fits nicely here in the Christmas selection, but the card is from my television collection as it features characters from the German TV animated series ‘Der Maus’ (or Die Maus). This has long been a popular series and it first started way back in 1971 so it must be popular for postcards to still be on release, and this card here was bought in Germany in December 2018. I think this shows just how popular these characters are (the mouse and the elephant have appeared on the webpage before as composite multiple postcard sets).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

LA, LA, LA

LAMETTA

LAMA

‘La, La, La Tinsel Lama’

Artwork by

FRIELINGHAUS DESIGN

Published by

KUNST UND BILD GMBH – GITSCHINER STRABE 91

Ref: Bestell-Nr. 848175

D - 10969 BERLIN

‘HAPPY LIFE’

 

What could be more Christmassy than a Tinsel Lama? This card is by the same company, and on the same plain card stock, as the Moose or Elk card that appeared on the webpage the other day.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Published by

MODERN TIMES

(German Published Postcard)

Ref: Bestell-Nr. 1123-305

 

23/12/2019

 

GET OUT TO A POSTCARD SHOW…

IT’LL DO YOU GOOD!

By

RICK GEARY

Published by

JIM TAYLOR

2010

 

When I see this postcard I often wonder if this is what I look like when I go through these machines on my way back from just about any holiday abroad, especially Florida and Berlin!

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

23/12/2019

 

A HURRICANE OF A POLISH SQUADRON.

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN (FEATURE FILM)

Published by

A DIXON – LOTUS PRODUCTION  

Ref: BB18

(L6/8716)

From a set of 32 Postcards depicting scenes from the film

 

Somewhere in my collection I have a complete mint set of all 32 postcards depicting actors and scenes from the 1969 feature film ‘The Battle of Britain’, as issued by this company (there was also a special album to put the cards in which I am delighted to have a copy of), but I also have some postally used doubles, a few mint doubles and this one here which has a rather interesting usage.    

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I bought this postcard as soon as I saw this great red coloured advertising slogan cancellation:

 

DOMINION TOTTENHAM COURT RD

BATTLE

OF BRITAIN

LONDON W.C.1

 

This is a 5d postage paid mark dated the 7th April 1970. What a great cancellation to have on this postcard. This cost me just 40p and was, in my opinion, a real bargain at that price.

 

23/12/2019

 

ROYAL SURPRISE #4

Photograph by

ALFRED GESCHEIDT

1982

Published by

THE AMERICAN POSTCARD COMPANY

Ref: 922

 

This company produced a range of black and white montage photographs featuring Prince Charles and the then Princess Diana. This one is the least controversial of the main three that I am aware of. The other two have a young pig instead of the baby whilst the second has a naked Princess Diana (this one is pictured under my Censored tab). This one here has the head of the President Ronald Reagan on the baby. This one is less controversial and a lot less expensive than the similar pig head one (which was banned in some places) but is still a collectible card.

 

23/12/2019

 

WORTH VALLEY

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’S RAILWAY

Photo By

JOHN SAGER

Artwork By

JOHN HOLROYD

Printed by

COLTEC-PARKER LTD (KEIGHLEY)

For (so, Published by)

KEIGHLEY AND WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY

Ref: [this is where things get a bit complicated – see below]

 

Jenny Agutter is my favourite actress and through her I discovered the story of the book ‘The Railway Children’. The film version was filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and I had the pleasure many years ago of travelling on this superb railway. So, when I came across this card, I wanted it for my collection. I found it on a dealer’s stall. I then found two more copies of the card but whereas most people would then disregard these other two I picked them up and examined them more closely. I discovered that each had a different formatted text font and a different reference number and on the last card different text as well. This is an aspect of postcard collecting which I enjoy so I bought all three versions. I depict below the three different reverse layouts.

 

REVERSE LAYOUT ONE

WORTH VALLEY

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’S RAILWAY

Printed by

COLTEC-PARKER LTD (KEIGHLEY)

For (so, Published by)

KEIGHLEY AND WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY

Ref: WV200A

 

This would be the first printing of this postcard as there is just the reference number WV200A with no additional letter ‘R’ in the reference number and no year date at the bottom (see reference numbers for following cards)

 

REVERSE LAYOUT TWO

WORTH VALLEY

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’S RAILWAY

Printed by

COLTEC-PARKER LTD (KEIGHLEY)

For (so, Published by)

KEIGHLEY AND WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY

Ref: WV200A/R

1995

 

Here you can see that the reference number does have the letter ‘R’ at the end. This R refers to this being a reprint. At the bottom there is the year 1995 printed, which was the year this reprinted version was released.   

 

REVERSE LAYOUT THREE

WORTH VALLEY

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’S RAILWAY

Printed by

COLTEC-PARKER LTD (KEIGHLEY)

For (so, Published by)

KEIGHLEY AND WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY

Ref: WV200A/R

1999

 

Another reprint, this time from 1999. I wonder if there are any other reprints from other years? Although there is no reason as to why there could not be other reprints, I think there were probably not any between these issues, its about the same time period between dates, assuming the first card came out around 1990 to 1992 then I reckon four to five years is about right to sell out of a printing.

 

22/12/2019

 

GREETINGS FROM DISNEYLAND PARIS

NOVELTY LONG SHAPED POSTCARD

Official Disneyland Paris Postcard

 

My friends Les and Arlene very kindly picked this card up and sent it to me. They are Disney fans much like me and Jo, and we met them on a Disney Cruise some years ago now and have maintained contact.

From left to right this image depicts three of the Disneyland Paris hotels with Sequoia Lodge, Newport Bay Club and then the Hotel New York. I have only stayed in one of these, but it is our favourite and we have stayed there a few times now and that is the Sequoia Lodge. The buffet they serve in the restaurant here is superb.

 

 

22/12/2019

 

DISNEY’S

TARZAN

Novelty 3D Picture

Published for

NESTLE

Produced by

ADPAC (Made in USA)

 

I have already posted a card from this series, or what I now know to be a series (although I did suspect this was the case), on a previous posting. That one I had found at a postcard fair. This one here I bought through eBay, to add to the card I already had. I have similar sized and styled cards for the animated film ‘Monsters Inc’ which I know came on the front of a Nestle cereal box, so I suspect that was the source of these Tarzan cards as well.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Notice the small semi-circle indentation along the bottom of this card. This also appears on the other Tarzan card and on all the ‘Monsters Inc’ cards, which I mention above, so it is part of the format of these cards, although I do not know why it appears on these.

 

22/12/2019

 

THINGS ARE VERY QUIET JUST NOW

Published b y

J. J. MARKS N. Y. [New York]

Ref: “COMICS” SERIES NUMBER 26

 

A nice American published comic postcard much in the style of the British postcards of a few years earlier. This one here was posted in 1912 from Indianapolis and has an unusual aspect to its message.

For me, it was the grandfather clock that appealed here.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The 1 cent US postage stamp has been cancelled with an Indianapolis wavy line machine cancellation with the number 2 and the letter ‘C’ in the lines. This is dated 23rd October 1912.

The message is from someone informing the receiver that they will not be making a what appears to have been an appointment or meeting with them on the upcoming Sunday. The bit I find interesting is the bit that reads “GENE AND CARL HAVE QUIT AND I GUESS THEY WONT COME EITHER”. Quit from what? And why would this mean that they would not be meeting the receiver – Pearl – either? All very interesting and one of the things I love about written messages on postcards.

 

22/12/2019

 

UNTITLED

PEACOCK

NOVELTY – REAL FEATHERS APPLIED

&

EMBOSSED DESIGN

Published by

J.S.

 

I have always liked postcards with real feathers attached and I have found that the peacock was a very popular choice for this type of postcard. This postcard also has some embossing, with the cut down branch being embossed out from the card. This was a great little find and although it is European, I found it on sale in Florida at an antiques fair.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

22/12/2019

 

2nd ANNUAL

DELAND, FLORIDA

ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES, VINTAGE & MORE SHOW & SALE

22 & 23 FEBRUARY 2020

Published by

ANGEVINE PROMOTIONS

 

It is always nice to find a free postcard on your travels and here is one I found in Florida last month. The card advertises a show in February of next year, with all the appropriate details on the card. What caught my eye were the alligators around the edge of the show advertising text. Because of my interest in Florida postcards I immediately knew where they had come from. There is a golden age series of Florida view postcards which had this alligator alignment as their boarder. These original postcards are very collectible and extremely expensive, which is why I do not have any copies in my collection (cards I have seen on eBay have been priced anywhere from $75 to $350).

I cannot therefore show you one of the original boarded cards from my own collection, but I want to show you how important these cards are in Florida, and just how many different ones there are. So, I have taken some of the images on display on the internet:

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Please Note

***This is not a card from my own collection***

I depict this to show how these cards were set up with this alligator edging

 

REVERSE SIDE OF THE MAIN POSTCARD AT THE TOP

 

22/12/2019

 

IDRIS ELBA

Archival digital print

By

RICH HARDCASTLE

2013

Published by the

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

 

I was in London last week and again visited the National Portrait Gallery and found a handful of new issues which I had not seen before. I like to pick up any new ones which depict someone linked to television. This is the case here with Idris Elba who has a range of TV appearances to his name with perhaps the starring role as ‘Luther’ being his best known. The finding of this postcard is also topical as Elba appears in the new feature film version of the theatre show ‘Cats’, although the reviews I have been seeing have not been very good!

 

SIR TREVOR McDONALD

Archival inkjet print

By

SIMON FREDERICK

2016

Published by the

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

 

I was very pleased with this new design as I have always been a fan of the broadcaster Trevor McDonald and have enjoyed his programmes that he has done outside of his news broadcasting for ITN (he retired from the news show, for the second time, on the 30th October 2008). This is a great card for my TV collection.

 

22/12/2019

 

CHRISTMAS 2019 COUNTDOWN

CHRISTMAS POSTCARD SELECTION

 

“CHRISTMAS 2019”

ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET

PHQ Set 464

(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)

Stamps issued – 5TH November 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)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

 

This seems a good opportunity to post the royal mail Stamp Cards here under todays ‘Christmas 2019 Countdown selection’. Also, I quite liked this set and thought the artwork (by Hari & Deepti of Charlie Smith Design) was lovely and festive.

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

2ND CLASS

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (1)

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

2ND CLASS LARGE

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (2)

 

This is an enlarged version of the painting that appears on the smaller sized 2Nd class stamp depicted above. This seems to be the normal set up for the Christmas 2nd and 1st class stamps now.

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

1st CLASS

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (3)

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

1st CLASS LARGE

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (4)

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

£1.35 VALUE

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (5)

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

£1.55 VALUE

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (6)

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

£1.60 VALUE

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (7)

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

£2.30 VALUE

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (8)

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

MINIATURE STAMP SHEET

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (9)

 

LEFT SIDE OF STAMP SHEET

 

This is one half of the stamp sheet applied to one of the postcards depicting the whole stamp sheet. Because the stamp sheet is so long you require two of the stamp cards to depict the entire sheet, with the sheet cut in half and each half applied to a separate card (see below)

 

CHRISTMAS 2019

MINIATURE STAMP SHEET

Published by

Royal Mail

Ref: PHQ 464 (9)

 

RIGHT SIDE OF STAMP SHEET

 

21/12/2019

 

CHRISTMAS 2019 COUNTDOWN

CHRISTMAS POSTCARD SELECTION

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

NADOLIG LLAWEN

Christmas 2019

Hand-made Christmas Postcard

Made and coloured by

DAVID RYE

 

David and his wife Pat send me a postcard every Christmas, and it is always something special. I always look forward to any card from David

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

CHRISTMAS TREE-REX

By

CHARLY CLEMENTS

Published by

BRAIN BOX CANDY

Ref: PO 8768

 

This one gave me a giggle! Only the two Xmas cards today as I have been in Canterbury all day and am a bit tired now (but relaxing and enjoying the film ‘Where Eagles Dare’, not very Christmassy, but what a great movie).

 

 

21/12/2019

 

MARTIN PETERS ….. RIP

 

Martin Stanford Peters MBE

 

8TH November 1943 – 21sts December 2019

 

English footballer and member of the 1966 England football team that won the World Cup that year. Born in Essex (Plaistow) he played for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Sheffield United.

 

IGRZYSKA OLIMPIJSKIE MONACHIUM 72

‘Munich Olympic Games 72’

REPREZENTACJA POLSKI ZDOBYLA 21 MEDALI:

7 ZLOTYCH, 5 SREBRNYCH, 9 BRAZOWYCH

‘Polish representation wins 21 medals:

7 Gold, 5 Silver, 9 Bronze

Published by

KARTKA POCZTOWA

Official Polish Postal Authority Postal Stationery Post Card

 

PHOTOGRAPH

MARTIN PETERS

 

20/12/2019

 

WITH BEST WISHES

No Publisher or Printer named

Printed in Germany for distribution and sale in America

Ref: 203

 

This is a delightful golden age period cat art postcard which was sold in America. I picked this one up last year in Florida at an Antiques Centre. Unfortunately, the artist is not named, and the publishers have not printed their name or any other details on this card. This is a great postcard though, and worth every penny of the $5 I paid for it.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

20/12/2019

 

CHRISTMAS 2019 COUNTDOWN

CHRISTMAS POSTCARD SELECTION

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS SAUSAGE

NOVELTY MATERIAL (‘FELT’) ADDITIONS

Published by

PAPERCHASE

 

Our little sausage has a felt bacon jacket and hat! Pigs in Blankets is a well-known Christmas party food and accoutrement to the main Christmas dinner and we certainly be having them over the holiday period.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

(Dogs in Christmas hats)

Published by

PAPERCHASE

 

I found this card last year in the lead up to Christmas 2018. I used this one as my Christmas postcard in my December ‘Picture Postcard Monthly’ article, and as I said there, it’s a good reminder that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas.

 

GIVE BOOKS OF STAMPS

AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

1948 POSTER

By

P. VINTEN

Published by

THE BRITISH POSTAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVE

Ref: BPMA-PC-10c

 

Not sure many parents would be looked on kindly if they gave out books of postage stamps as presents! Still, this is a poster from 1948 and this was before the days of mobile phones and easy family contact, so more people used stamps then.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD 

 

PLAY IT AGAIN, SANTA

By

JUDITH CASELEY

Published by

CAMDEN GRAPHICS LTD

Ref: XPC 8

 

If you go to the previous page and check out the Christmas selection posted on the 18th December, you will see a card titled ‘Christmouse Fairy’. On this post you will read about the early XPC numbered postcards issued by Camden Graphics and how important these are. They are also very hard to find. In all my years of collecting I have only ever seen one copy of this ‘Santa’ card and although I got it for a bargain price this does not diminish its scarcity and catalogue value.

.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

POSTENS JULEKORK 1999. MUSEVISA

Design By

ENZO FINGER DESIGN

Large Sized Postcard

 

This is the 1999 Postcard which was sent out by the Norway Postal Authority to all their subscription clients. The only way to get a copy of this postcard at the time was to be a collector of Norway stamps. Fortunately, these sometimes become available as those who are only interested in stamps let go of them.

 

.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The stamp image is printed directly onto this postcard, thus making it a postal stationery post card. The pre-printed stamp is even cancelled with a special cancellation (dated 13.12.99). The cards are sometimes unpopular with some collectors because of their size (slightly over A5 size), but I like these cards and the size is not an issue with me.

 

 

UNTITLED

NOVELTY FELT/MATERIAL ADDITIONS TO POSTCARD

Published by

PAPERCHASE

Copyright e-co

Printed on recycled paper

 

One of the unusual postcards published by paperchase in 2018 for that years Christmas time. It’s not one of my favourites but I am a collector of novelty postcards, so it slipped into my collection.

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