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24/02/2019

SPRING STAMPEX

February 2019

Official STAMPEX postcard

Ref: No. 37 (in the ongoing series)

 

Excuse the delay, but here at last is the official free postcard given to each attendee of the Spring Stampex this year. Having been less than impressed with the last few designs I did like this one. I picked up a few copies for myself over my three days of visits to the event, but I am surprised to have seen copies appear on eBay priced at £1.60. My advice is that you don’t pay more than 50p for this card until at least we are out of this year as it is not going to be an uncommon card.

 

23/02/2019

UNDERGROUND RAILWAY STATIONS

PROVIDE AIR RAID SHELTERS FOR THOUSANDS

1940’S BOOK COVER

Published by

ROBERT OPIE

Ref: 01WH10

In their:

WWII HOME FRONT SERIES

 

A great piece of artwork which would appeal to those who collect cards related to the Underground train system and World War II.

 

 

23/02/2019

MICHAEL CAINE (Born 1933)

In

THE IPCRESS FILE (1965)

Photograph by

GEORGE COURTNEY WARD

(THE RANK ORGANISATION)

Printed by

RAITHBY, LAWRENCE & COMPANY LTD.’ LEICESTER AND LONDON

Published as

A BRITISH FILM YEAR EXHIBITION POSTCARD

 

Now, British Film Year was 1985, so I assume this postcard was from that year although I had not previously heard of the British Film Year Exhibition.

I have always been a fan of Michael Caine films, especially the thriller and more action-based ones, and the Ipcress File is a favourite of mine.

 

 

23/02/2019

GETTING CARTER

TED LEWIS AND THE BIRTH OF BRIT NOIR

NICK TRIPLOW

Free Book advert Postcard

Published by

NO EXIT

 

The 1971 film ‘Get Carter’ is another of my favourites, although I will admit its violent and the main character is one who you find hard to like! Michael Caine does do a good job of portraying a man with a pure streak of violence running through him. It is a classic British film though.

 

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21/02/2019

CALLING ALL EMERGING ARTISTS

(CONSUME – ARAMAS)

Published by

AVANTCARD AUSTRALIA

Ref: #14942

Issued 2011

 

An art card from the prodigious output of the Australian free rack card company. This one depicts an art design showing an octopus with chopsticks. Personally, I have always liked octopus having first tried it back in 1982 on a trip to Greece. I have eaten it many times since.

 

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20/02/2019

GREETINGS FROM VIRGINIA

THE OLD DOMINION STATE

Published by

VALLEY VIEWS, BRIDGEWATER, VA

Made by

DEXTER PRESS

Copyright 1963

 

This is an unusual multi-view postcard from America which appealed to me when I saw it in a tray of postcards in an antique shop in Flagstaff, Arizona last year. The full descriptions for the images appear on the reverse side which is depicted below.

 

 

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Postally used 1975

 

19/02/2019

HIGHLAND CATTLE

Published by

HARTMANN

 

This is an old ‘Golden Age’ postcard which depicts a group of Highland cattle. The card is nice but in of it self nothing special, but someone made it special by doing something with the reverse side.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Someone, a clever collector I think, has applied a 1984 issued 16p Highland Cow royal mail postage stamp to this side and then had it cancelled first day of issue with a CENTENARY OF THE HIGHLAND CATTLE SOCIETY – EDINBURGH  6 MARCH 1984 special hand stamp. I like this one.

 

19/02/2019

EIFFEL TOWER

PARIS – LA TOUR EIFFEL

Published by

LL

 (LEVY ET NEURDEIN REUNIS. 44 RUE LETELLIER, PARIS IM)

Ref: 786

 

I have mentioned before that I collect Eiffel Tower postcards because of the structure’s connection with the early years of Frances television story. Television is my favourite theme and the biggest part of my collection. I have a large range of postcards showing this tower but have never visited or seen it! I shall have to something about that

 

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Postcard posted in 1926

 

18/02/2019

12th ANNUAL POSTCARD SHOW

WICHITA – KANSAS

OCT 21 – 22, 1989

Design By

PATRICK HAMM

Published by Patrick HAMM for the event

Limited Edition of 425 numbered postcards

 

A typical Hamm design and one using shiny reflective ink for the lettering and thin boarder. Hamm designs are bit like Marmite, people either love them or hate them, and for some reason, which I can’t explain, I am in the ‘Like’ camp. Hamm is a French postcard artist whose earlier editions from the 1980’s can cost many pounds.

 

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This copy has been hand signed by Patrick Hamm in blue ink just the centre left along the bottom. This card is number 216 of the 425 produced.

 

18/02/2019

HONG KONG

DISNEYLAND

Official Theme Park Postcard

 

Considering my love of Disney theme park postcards, it may come as a surprise that I have hardly any from the theme park located in Hong Kong. This is one that I probably only obtained because it was posted to here in the UK.

 

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17/02/2019

I spent three days at the SAMPEX show in London recently and picked up some nice items. Unfortunately, my thumb is still not fully working (it is still in a splint) and this makes it difficult to manage my scanner, so it will be awhile before I can scan the cards involved. I will do so once I have more digit flexibility, please bare-with me in the meantime.

 

 

17/02/2019

THE WYE VALLEY

Printed by

COLOURMASTER LIMITED

(COLOURMASTER INTERNATIONAL)

Distributed by

MARSHALL SMART

(SMARTCARDS)

Ref: PT11138

(WVA174)

 

One of the popular pictorial map designs that appeared on so many postcards during the 1970’s to 1990’s. These were once very much collected, but for some reason their popularity has waned, but topics come and go and maybe they will become popular again. I hope so as I like them.

 

17/02/2019

TRUE ROMANCE

Cartoon by

VIV QUILLIN

Published by

CATH TATE CARDS

Ref: CT106

 

I think this came out either in the 1980’s or possibly the early 1990’ (I tend to think more towards the late 1980’s). It is typical of the type of postcard design being published by Cath Tate.

 

 

17/02/2019

UNTITLED

UNICORN DESIGN

Artwork By

NAOMI WILINSON (2019)

Published by

LAGOM DESIGN

Ref: 3154

 

A new issue by this company with a 2019 date. This again shows the current popularity for unicorn designs. I wonder how long this trend will continue?

 

 

17/02/2019

SS PATRICIA

Printed by

WEZATA

For the

SWEDISH-LLOYD (Shipping Line)

GOTHENBUG – LONDON – GOTHENBURG

 

Nice official shipping line postcard depicting artwork of the SS Patricia. This one was posted using a Swedish postage stamp. Unfortunately, the cancellation is too feint to make out the year of posting, but it is still a delightful card.

 

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15/02/2019

LUFTSCHIFF IN DER HALLE

‘Airship in the Hanger’

Published by

Graph. Abtlg. der Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H.

 

This superb photographic postcard depicts the Graf Zeppelin airship in the hanger at Friedrichshafen. It fits into my ‘Zeppelin’ collection alongside my flown cards and covers. This little beauty cost me £20 when I bought it, which was over ten years ago.

 

15/02/2019

DORNIER DO X D-1929

FLYING BOAT – MAXI-CARD

PORTUGAL

09/10/1987

Published by

CORREIOS E TELECOMUNICACOES DE PORTUGAL

Ref: BPA-53

 

I have a specialised collection relating to this flying boat and as a result I always pick up anything I find which relates to it. This maxi-card is a good example of what I am now looking out for.

 

14/02/2019

I’M GOING TO FLY THE CHANNEL,

WHO’LL COME WITH ME?

NOVELTY – ‘SQUEAKER’ POSTCARD

Unknown Publisher

 

There is a small hole in the reverse side of the is card and a bulge at its centre. If you push this central bulge the postcard squeaks. The air is pushed through the small hole on the reverse side. This is quite an early example which I recently got for a £1 at a fair. I bought my first ever ‘Squeaker’ postcard when I went on a school trip to France (Boulogne I think), which would have been around 1976 – 1977, so they have been around for a while.

 

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You can see the little hole on the left side in the centre

 

14/02/2019

‘HEARTS AND FLOWERS’

ST VALENTINE’S DAY

FEBRUARY 14TH, 1983

LOVER, SALISBURY, WILT

Published by the

SALISBURY STAMP CENTRE,

15 FISHERTON STREET, SALISBURY. 1983

 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. This is a great related postcard issued in 1983. Copies often still turn up, but they are creeping up in price as the years pass by.

 

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12/02/2019

It has been over a month since I last placed any cards on the CENSORED page, so today I have amended that with a couple of nice art cards. As always, the page (now the CENSORED 2 page) can be accessed via the CENSORED tab top centre/right.

 

 

12/02/2019

MMKMSEB 3AbABHNK

‘WALT DISNEY’

‘DAISY DUCK’

Published by (?)

STAMPA: D GP, ‘SAVA MUNCAN’ B. CRKVA

Copyright 1990

 

This is a foreign issued postcard, possibly even one that came free with a children’s Disney comic or magazine (although this is not confirmed – it just has that feel about it). It was posted out of Yugoslavia (Jugoslavia) in 1990. I like the more unusual Disney related postcard, especially ones from the European mainland.

 

 

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I do like the strip of Mickey Mouse cartoons across the top and how they appear to each be drawing the next one along the time line. Has a nice Jugoslavia plane themed postage-stamp postmarked MARIBOR – 17TH August 1990.

 

MMKMSEB 3AbABHNK

‘WALT DISNEY’

‘DAISY DUCK & DONALD DUCK’

Published by (?)

STAMPA: D GP, ‘SAVA MUNCAN’ B. CRKVA

Copyright 1990

 

Another postcard from the same card producer and under the same circumstances as the above postcard. This one has the couple shown wearing Mickey Mouse watches.

 

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The sender of this card has coloured in the Mickey Mouse drawings along the top, something which adds a touch of uniqueness to this particular, individual-card. This has again been posted out of Yugoslavia in 1990 with the stamp cancelled ‘HERCEG NOVI’ on the 8th November 1990. Herceg Novi is a town in Montenegro.

Both these cards are addressed to Craig Shergold, who I have mentioned before (he was a child with a serious illness who wanted to be in the Guinness book of records for having the world’s largest postcard collection). I like individual postcards which have a story behind them.   

 

10/02/2019

OLD DOMINION POST CARD CLUB’S

14TH ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE!

NOVEMBER 1 – 2, 1991

Official Event Promotional Postcard

By (Printed by I think)

JOHN H McCLINTOCK

 

This one was bought for my postcard club and fair related collection, but it would also fit nicely into my police officer collection as well.

 

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10/02/2019

WELCOME APIC-NATIONAL

1989 – MILWAUKEE

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN POSTCARDS

Design by

RICK GEARY

Published and Printed by

HAL OTTAWAY

Limited Edition of 300 postcards

 

Another of the many Rick Geary postcard designs published by the American collector Hal Ottaway. This one is from 1989. I also like the use of green card.

 

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08/02/2019

ALBERT FINNEY…..RIP

9TH May 1936 – 7th February 2019

English actor from the worlds of theatre and film who appeared in films like The Entertainer (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Scrooge (1970), Annie (1982), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ amongst many others.

 

06/02/2019

A HAPPY BIRTHDAY

TO MY

NEPHEW

Unknown Publisher

Ref: 2009/2

 

Standard styled birthday greetings postcard with an embossed pattern boarder. This one has a nice photograph of a dog which gives it some added thematic interest.

 

06/02/2019

LEIPZIG

NEUES RATHAUS (SUDSEITE, HAUPTPORTAL)

New City Hall (South Side, Main Portal)

Published by

DR. TRENKLER CO., LEIPZIG 1903

Ref: 160

 

This is a great early photograph on a postcard posted in 1904. The building is still standing as well.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

New City Hall, Leipzig

 

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Undivided back and used with two postage stamps which have been cancelled with nice clear LEIPZIG 13d circular bridge cancels date 18th June 1904.

 

06/02/2019

WEYMOUTH

Harbour  -  Esplanade

Nothe  -  Sands

Esplanade  -  Pier

Unknown Publisher

Ref: 671

 

Classic multi-view topographical postcard from the 1920’s, this copy having been posted in the area and postmarked Weymouth on the 2nd August 1927.

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