CORPORAL (MEDICAL ASSISTANT)
ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
SOUTH GEORGIA 1982
ABACUS (COLOUR PRINTERS) LTD., CUMBRIA
One of my specialized postcard-collecting themes is the Falklands War, 1982. I collect all related postcards including designs issued long after the war itself had finished. This is one is an artist drawn card depicting a medical corporal from the war period, shown on South Georgia with the Argentine submarine in the background.
The artist, Alix Baker issued a huge number of military uniform artwork postcards showing soldiers from across history, but with many WW1, WW2 and more modern era warriors, although the earlier Napoleonic era is also nicely covered. The cards are superb, and I have quite a collection of these and met the artist in 2002 and have some cards signed as well.
THE MAGIC KINGDOM
“Stage Coaches, Conestoga Wagons and the Mine Train pass balancing rocks and natural bridges on a journey through the desert region of Frontierland in Disneyland”
(Text from reverse side of postcard)
Official Disneyland – California – postcard
It had to be a Disney theme park related postcard today because we have been discussing our options for our next Disney holiday. It looks very much like our 2021 trip to Walt Disney World in Florida is going to be cancelled. So, we have looked at 2022 and going somewhere different, and we are looking at Disneyland in California. We have not visited Disneyland before, but Jo and I have been to California before. Plans are afoot, and we all seem to like the idea, and it would open-up new sources of postcards for me. So, here we have an early Disneyland postcard from my collection. This one was posted in 1958, just three years after the park officially opened (17th July 1955). The sender seems to have enjoyed Disneyland considering her message. So, a postcard from California posted to Canada and now residing in a collection in the UK. This postcard has ‘definitely’ done some travelling.
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR,
WEAR A MASK
I have posted a number of Covid/Pandemic/Lockdown postcards here over the months we have been in one or other lockdown, but I have tried to spread them out and to continue posting other themed postcards here on the webpage, but today it kind of had to be a related one because I had my first vaccine jab this morning. The whole process was handled smoothly, quickly and very efficiently and the jab itself was all but painless. As a bonus, so far, I have had no issues, except a minor headache which was quickly sorted via paracetamol. I now just have to wait for my second jab appointment.
MAKING THE MOST OF MY TIME
Printed and Published by
This is a nice example of a standard postcard upon which has been added the words ‘AT’, in a different font entirely which makes the word stand out somewhat, and ‘Southend-on-Sea’, again in a different font, but at least this is as black as the postcards main text. This one is from my collection of postcards with my home-towns name printed on the front. I would not be surprised to find this same postcard with other destinations printed on the front.
ITALIAN POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD
Philatelic Exhibition/Show – PALERMO
24TH – 26TH September 1993
Used with a 1994 dated special cancellation
Exhibition overprint on Official Italian Postal Card
For those who do not know, Operation Husky was the name given to the military WWII operation by the allies for the invasion of Sicily. This was one of the major operations of the Italian Campaign. The invasion by Allied forces took place over the 9th and 10th of July 1943, so this card (with the overprint added – the card without the added show details and military image was issued earlier) commemorated the 50th anniversary of Operation Husky.
The cancel used here is from the following year, 1994, and reads something like ‘Joy of the conquest of the long stone’. Unfortunately, so far, I have not been able to track down exactly what this relates to. If you know I would be interested in hearing from you.
UPDATE TO TAB
DISNEY “WONDERGROUND GALLERY”
New Postcards added Today.
Today I have updated the ‘DISNEY WONDERGROUND GALLERY’ Tab – I have placed a further 74 images of these superb artist drawn postcards under a sub-tab titled WONDERGROUND 3. So, if you like Disney themed cards, or nice art cards (with a Disney theme admittedly) then hit the main tab ‘Disney Wonderground Gallery’ and then hit the sub-tab ‘Wonderground 3’.
Novelty Postal Cookbook
I did get away twice last year in the campervan, between lockdown one and lockdown 2. One of the places we visited was Bridlington. Here I found an antiques shop, and I cannot resist an antiques shop, especially very eclectic ones (I am not a big fan of furniture, porcelain and glass themed shops, but I love the shops with all sorts of eclectic material, old and more recent). Whilst looking through a box of pamphlets I came across this booklet of recipes from the southern USA. The artwork caught my eye as it had an authentic and older modern era look about it. I was therefore delighted when I turned it over, after flicking through the pages and checking out some of the recipes, which naturally enough includes a bit of BBQ, and found that it has a reverse cover designed so that the booklet could be posted. Now, clearly this is not a postcard, but how could I possibly resist this item? Especially considering it was priced at just £1.
BECOME YOUR OWN HERO
AND WEAR A MASK!
(I believe this card, and the one below, was originally a free postcard – possibly a ‘rack’ postcard)
I obtained this postcard, and the one shown below, from the Delcampe online auction site. They came from a seller in Belgium and this may well be their country of source, although this would not explain why the test is in English, although I have other cards from European countries where the printed front text is in English, so that does not negate Belgium as the point of origin. They were issued last year, and the designs are themed around the wearing of masks during the pandemic (so these are additions to my Covid-19 collection).
#CARRY US THROUGH
Official Postal Stationery Postcard.
Free Postcard Given Away free to each Isle of Man household.
Produced by the
ISLE OF MAN POST OFFICE
In cooperation with
MANX SOLIDARITY FUND
Last year when the Pandemic was just starting to hit us here in the UK and areas started to go into lockdown the Isle of Man postal authority had these cards printed up and one given away free to every Isle of Man resident (household). The cards were not placed on sale, and only one each was given out, so you had to be a resident on the island to receive one. These have become very collectible as a result are now much sought after, especially with those like me who are collecting the pandemic/lockdown/Covid-19 as a theme.
Fortunately for me I have a mate, an ex-police colleague who transferred to the Isle of Man Force some years back, who as a resident managed to track down a few mint copies of this card for me. The card has a pre-printed postage stamp imprint on the reverse side which pre-pays the postage of the card to anywhere in the world and the cards were distributed to help those in lockdown to keep in contact with their family and friends. The image used on the front of the long-shaped postcard was by the same artist and in the same format as the related stamp issue which the Isle of Man post office issued at the same time. I consider this to be quite a scarce card to source now, and a nice one (despite its unusual long shape).
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
Although I mention above that my mate obtained a few mint copies of this card for me this particular card is one which he sent to me for my birthday in February of this year. A nice little added extra as the card came through the post, although the pre-printed stamp was not cancelled.
BRITISH LIONS BADGE
Badge combining the crests of the four Home Unions,
as used by the British Isles Touring Team since the 1940’s
Published by the
MUSEUM OF RUGBY TWICKENHAM
Spoke with my youngest son the other day (Saturday) and he was watching some sporting event, which I was unaware of, which was some sort of rugby match which apparently was Wales vs England (which I subsequently found out Wales won 40 – 24, so my apologies to all the England fans out there…). Anyway, this match… game… whatever, was part of the Six Nations, apparently a regular rugby tournament, to be fair I have heard of it, but I am not a big sports fan (as I have no doubt you have guessed by now, so I cannot explain why I have such a sport related collection!). So, having remembered this I came across some Museum of Rugby postcards in my collection and thought depicting one would be appropriate. Having said all that, I do like the postcards published by the Museum of Rugby.
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD’S 100TH
GREATER L.A. POSTCARD & PAPER COLLECTIBLES SHOW
SAT JULY 18TH – SUN JULY 19TH
400 W. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California
(Southern California’s Largest & Most Prestigious Postcard Show)
Official Greater L.A. Show Promotional Postcard
Ref: GLA 13 (1987)
A fine example of a postcard fair/show promotional postcard that crosses over into another collecting theme, or two. Anyone collecting Marilyn Monroe (still very much collected) or Frank Sinatra (a crossover into Music as a theme) would be interested in their appearance here, although Sinatra is here more because of his film career, as are the others so the more general overall theme of ‘Film’ is the best represented here. Also included are Jayne Mansfield, who does not appear on anywhere near as many cards as Marilyn, and Clark Gable.
This 1987 US postcard fair/Show card is of the more traditional ‘golden age’ size, so slightly smaller than the more modern larger cards you get today, which harks back to the older postcard publishing days.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
Plain Backed Postcard Sized Official Promotional Cards
Official Walt Disney Cards
BAGHEERA AND MOWGLI
(Interestingly, this is the only card with the animal’s name placed before that of Mowgli – see below cards to see the difference)
These arrived this morning after I was fortunate enough to win them in an eBay auction (I got them, in my opinion, very cheaply as I was the first and only bidder!). The original source of these is not currently known to me but the seller believed that they might have been given away at cinemas showing the film. Now, having received these and had the chance to view them I can clearly see that they have some age to them. The Disney film was released in 1967 although here in the UK, where I believe these cards were released/used, the film first appeared in 1968 (in November – the 18th). I believe these cards are from that period of the film’s era. The pictures clearly show earlier sketches in colour rather than stills from the animated film, and this is something which drew me to these cards in the first place when I initially saw them.
I think these are beautiful and being a huge fan of Disney themed cards, I knew I had to have these when I saw them. I accept they are plain backed, so therefore not considered by some as being true postcards, which they are not, but they are great promotional cards and I have never seen these before and am delighted to add them to my collection.
ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET
PHQ Set 479
(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)
Stamps issued – 13TH November 2020
(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)
JAMES T. KIRK
1st Class Stamp
Ref: PHQ 479 (1)
This is the last set of PHQ Stamp Cards from 2020, and as is nearly always the case I need to catch up with these and start showing you the early 2021 issues, so I need to get these Star Trek cards depicted. As a collector of television themed postcards, I obviously loved these.
This is one of the larger sets of the year although all the stamps were 1st class issues (no high value stamps included, even in the miniature stamp sheet, which is unusual). Characters appear from all the live action TV series related to the Star Trek franchise (there was an original animated series, and a more recent new animated one as well, but these are not represented here). There are also a few characters from the feature films included, although, of course, many of the earlier characters from the original series and The Next Generation also appeared in some of the films.
BEWARE OF RHINOS
“SOUTH AFRICAN ROADSIGN SERIES”
Novelty ‘STICKER POSTCARD’
Printed in South Africa
I obtained this postcard, and the two others shown below, when I bought a small bundle of modern novelty postcards from a charity. These appealed to me because I still have a fondness for animal themed postcards, and you all know that I love novelty postcards anyway.
ANZAC VOYAGE 2015
SYDNEY TO GALLIPOLI
POSTCARD INTERACTIVE COMPANY OF SYDNEY
I have buying some covid-19 material from a dealer based in Australia. With each sending he includes a free postcard. Some of these have depicted some unusual images, nearly always photographs, scenes and forms of transport, but this particular postcard, with its World War 1 Centenary connection and theme is one of the best. This would also appeal to the many ocean liner collectors out there. A superb freebie.
“CRUMBS, ANOTHER BIRTHDAY!”
“DON’T BE BLUE, DAD! YOU’RE NOT OLD, YOU’RE JUST EXTRA MATURE!”
Printed, Published and posted by
It was my birthday last week and because of the lockdown it was a ‘very quiet’ one, but my eldest son and his family arranged for this postcard to be posted to me from the ‘Moonpig’ company (I am sure you have all heard their advert tune ‘Mooonpiiiiig, Dot, Com’, it stays with you when you do). Although probably best known for their range of different, and personally designable greetings Card, they do also have a postcard range.
I have spent a large part of today working on my Covid-19 related collection, so it seems logical to post one of my related postcards which has not yet appeared here. This is a simple design, but it is one I really like, a lot as it happens.
ZEPPLIN MAIL ‘Giants of the Sky’
Under this new tab I have placed the fifty-eight pages of my mounted ‘Giants of the Sky’ display of zeppelin mail and related postcards. Much of the material shown here was carried on board the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg zeppelin airships, with a few items also carried on the lesser-known Graf Zeppelin II. Some contemporary black and white photographic postcards are also included towards the end. To view this display, go to the top of the page (or the home page) and click on the new tab (which is amongst the other topical themed tab links).
THE NEW FORD
YOU DON’T STAY AHEAD BY STANDING STILL
ESCORT VAN WITH OPERATIONAL HALF BULKHEAD
FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ref: SP 1201 March 1986
There was a time when the Ford car company gave away free postcards advertising new car releases or popular car types. This postcard here, as with most of these Ford car advertising postcards, were available from the Ford showrooms. Sales representatives would give them out to potential buyers with their details applied in a box on the reverse side, applied by handheld small-inked cachet machines (or ‘stampers’ as I believe they were also called). As a result, these cards could not be bought, so they are slightly harder to source, but copies do turn up and they are not too expensive either, maybe somewhere between £1 - £2, each. Fortunately for me one of Jo’s relatives worked within Ford at the time these cards were circulating, and I had access to copies, not all but many of the different designs.
I have shown some of these delightful English Heritage specific location art postcards before. They are all from places I have visited and from where I obviously picked up the cards. I have also previously depicted wooden postcards from the same locations and these too, have artwork on the front (see below posting).
I think that English Heritage have been producing some great postcards which use just a small range of artists, which mean you can almost collect these as some sort of series, and they are worth looking for too.
Sadly, the artists in question are not named, but we have found out who has been producing the images used on the wooden postcards (again, see below posting), but who has been supplying the images for these art postcards in this series? It could of course be the same artist (possible), but the style looks different (which does not mean its not Sally Barton of course) . If you know, then let me know, as I am fascinated in detail’s like this.
ENGLISH HERITAGE WOODEN POSTCARDS
These have appeared before on the webpage (August 2019 Blog 3), but I wanted to show a couple again as I received a nice email from the artist responsible for the artwork on these delightful cards. It is always nice when you receive some source information and when an original artist makes contact with you. Below I depict the email in question, and as you can see, the artist is Sally Barton.
The Times – 15/02/2021
Another newspaper article hotly on the tail of yesterdays appearance. This time my name appears in The Times, with images of two of my favourite postcards from my collection, which look pretty-good together here. It still amazes me that people are, or at least appear to be, so interested in my collection.
P.s dont worry, Jo wont be selling 'All' my collection, as much as she may wish to, as collecting is intrinsically part of my make-up and new cards will always be coming my way and much of my collection is never going to be up for bids.