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.
MICHAEL CAINE (Born 1933)
THE IPCRESS FILE (1965)
GEORGE COURTNEY WARD
(THE RANK ORGANISATION)
RAITHBY, LAWRENCE & COMPANY LTD.’ LEICESTER AND LONDON
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.
TED LEWIS AND THE BIRTH OF BRIT NOIR
Free Book advert Postcard
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.
CALLING ALL EMERGING ARTISTS
(CONSUME – ARAMAS)
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.
GREETINGS FROM VIRGINIA
THE OLD DOMINION STATE
VALLEY VIEWS, BRIDGEWATER, VA
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.
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.
PARIS – LA TOUR EIFFEL
(LEVY ET NEURDEIN REUNIS. 44 RUE LETELLIER, PARIS IM)
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
12th ANNUAL POSTCARD SHOW
WICHITA – KANSAS
OCT 21 – 22, 1989
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.
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.
THE WYE VALLEY
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.
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.
LUFTSCHIFF IN DER HALLE
‘Airship in the Hanger’
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.
DORNIER DO X D-1929
FLYING BOAT – MAXI-CARD
CORREIOS E TELECOMUNICACOES DE PORTUGAL
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.
I’M GOING TO FLY THE CHANNEL,
WHO’LL COME WITH ME?
NOVELTY – ‘SQUEAKER’ POSTCARD
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.
‘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.
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.
Published by (?)
STAMPA: D GP, ‘SAVA MUNCAN’ B. CRKVA
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.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
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.
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.
1989 – MILWAUKEE
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN POSTCARDS
Published and Printed by
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.
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.