I’VE SEEN A RAILWAY LINE
AND I’VE SEEN A TRAMWAY LINE
I’VE SEEN A FISHING LINE
AND A CLOTHES LINE
BUT I’VE NEVER SEEN
A LINE FROM YOU
PHILCO (‘PHILCO’ SERIES)
Ref: Comic Series No. 2703
The comic designs around the concept of receiving a ‘Line’ of writing from someone have appeared on many old postcards. The items which could be seen as being a ‘Line’ sometimes changed across different designs, but the idea remained the same.
PETER PAN - 1953
Rough Animation Drawing
JOHN LOUNSBERY (1911 – 1976)
Published for, and Printed by
THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM
Another superb postcard from this delightful museum located in San Francisco. Not only is the museum well worth a visit it also sells a wonderful array of unique to this museum postcards.
COME RAIN OR SHINE
I’M FEELING FINE
The Harbour – Princess Theatre
Anstey’s Cove – The Sea Front
Unnamed Publisher – but probably Colourmaster
Colour artwork of children have always been popular on postcards, so it seemed logical that when the multi-view cards were looking for something different, but popular, to place in the middle that children were chosen by some companies. Many used art-work that had previously appeared on postcards in full, as I suspect was the case this with this one.
(I would definitely have titled this as ‘Uni-cone’ – maybe the artist did!)
I said late in 2017 and early on in 2018 that ‘Unicorns’ would be a major theme of 2018, and I was right, not just about the postcard aspect either as just before Christmas 2018 I saw loads of unicorn mugs, teapots, cuddly toys and other items. This postcard here was a new addition to the postcard collection very late in 2018 (it seemed to come out with the Christmas 2018 postcards).
GOOD LUCK FROM
PALACE PIER – ROYAL PAVILION
AQUARIUM – BEACH
SHOESMITH & ETHERIDGE LTD., HASTINGS
A ‘NORMAN’ POST CARD
This is appropriately one of the cards I bought from the stamp shop I visited in Brighton on Saturday. I do like these multi-view postcards with a central animal motif, here a black cat, one of the popular additions to this type of postcard.
WITH LOVE TO MY DAUGHTER
Postcard Attached to front of folded Birthday Card
This is an unusual item I picked up on Saturday. The company have taken a birthday postcard and stuck this down on the front of a folded greetings card, the inside of which you can see depicted below where I have shown it opened- up. I shall place this unusual item in my novelty collection
Copyrighted Toronto, Canada
This ‘Larger Pictorial filled Letters’ design is typical of the North American continent, although this is the first one that I have come across from Canada. This one though is a delightful one with lots of animal content.
TO GREET MY DEAR
A VALENTINE’S SERIES
Another of the postcards bought from the ‘Gustamps’ stamp shop in Brighton this past Saturday. It is a nice appealing postcard, but I think it ended up in my collection because the reason why we were in Brighton on Saturday was to celebrate my daughter’s birthday with a day out. So, a card which was issued to be used on a daughter’s birthday seemed appropriate. I therefore bought it.
CHILDREN CARTOON POSTCARDS
Unknown Publisher (although I suspect ‘Colourmaster’)
These have no titles, beyond the text on the front, and have no reference numbers
The artist is not named either
I picked up these postcards from a shop I visited in Brighton on Saturday called ‘Gustamps’. It was nice to find so many cards from one series. I liked these a lot. Looking at the reverse side I suspect these are from the early 1970’s.
NOVELTY – MOVING EYES
I. G. ALVI (MADRID)
(EDITADO EN MADRID – ESPANA)
The novelty cards with these ‘moving eye’, often called ‘Google Eyes’, were popular for a while. Because the plastic cups used for the eyes stick out upwards from the card these are often found damaged and squashed down. But here the eyes still work and are pretty much undamaged, which is not bad when you consider this one was posted out of Spain in 1958.
LAGO DI GARDA
GRAFICHE BIONDETTI S.R.L. – VERONA
There are some Disney film characters which do not appear on postcard as much as others, and some which are quite hard to find. Here you have the main characters from the 1977 Disney animated film ‘The Rescuers’ riding on the seagull from the film. The mouse characters were called Miss Bianca and Bernard, whilst the seagull was called Orville (the seagull’s brother, Wilbur, appears in the sequel).
I TRAVELED THE
SHOWCASE AT EPCOT!
Official Disney postcard presented by ZIPLOC
If you go back and check out a posting I did on the 27th November 2016, you will see an entry related to the EPCOT WORLD SHOWCASE PASSPORT AND POSTCARD PACK package. Back then the package included a passport book, a large pin badge, sheets of stickers and a pack of postcards. When we visited last summer (2018) we bought packages for our two grandchildren and discovered that the package no longer includes the postcard pack. Everything else is still there. You can still take the passport and go around the world showcase and stop at each country and complete a page of the passport and collect a unique sticker from each passport post as well. Once you have all the stickers and have completed your passport you can take the completed book to any of the passport posts and upon production of your completed collection, they will give you a special and exclusive postcard, which can only be obtained in this way. This both my grandchildren succeeded to do and obtained their postcard.
Leo, my grandson, does not collect postcards, but he does collect pressed pennies and coins, for which he needed more money. So, we came to an arrangement and I now own one of these exclusive postcards. As you do quite a lot of work to collect one of these postcards those who get them seem to tend to keep them, so they are very hard to obtain. Other than the one I now own, and the one my Granddaughter now has I have not seen any others anywhere (except in the hands of those – mainly, in fact almost exclusively – children who were picking them up after completing their passports).
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
The scheme around obtaining this postcard via the collecting of the stickers etc is sponsored by ‘Ziploc’ who therefore have their name on this postcard. As part of the package, when you sign up to do the sticker collecting etc you also receive, at the start, an exclusive Ziploc bag to put everything in.
Official Warner Bros Studio Tour Postcard
This is one of the postcards which I bought whilst visiting the Harry Potter studio tour just outside central London. It is one of my favourites from the last visit.
Now, I have some advice about this card and the one depicted below. There is a massive (and I do mean Huge) gift shop at the end of the tour. This is well worth a visit and you will find some very interesting and exclusive tour postcards here… BUT, and this is the important thing, you will not find this card, or the one below in this shop. Halfway around the tour you will walk into a large area in which is located the Hogwarts Express, as depicted here on this postcard.
Opposite the train is a separate gift shop which sells items related to the Hogwarts Express and the railway aspects of the stories and films. This postcard here, and the one below is exclusive to this one gift shop, so if you do not pick these up here you can not do so later at the main gift shop.
This good luck cards, note the four-leaf clovers, was posted from MONTMIRAIL in France, which is in the Marne area of north-eastern France. The postage stamp applied to the front has been cancelled with a MONTMIRAIL double ring cancel dated 15th May 1908.
ALL SOULS COLLEGE, OXFORD
STENGEL & Co. DRESDEN – BERLIN Published by
ALDEN & CO. LTD., OXFORD
RADCLIFFE LIBRARY AND ALL SOULS COLLEGE, OXFORD
STENGEL & Co. DRESDEN – BERLIN Published by
ALDEN & CO. LTD., OXFORD
Two early Oxford college undivided back postcards sent by the same person to the same address in 1902. Both the cards have space left around the image, to the right side on the top card and along the bottom on the bottom card, for the sender to write a message. This was because before the invention of the divided back postcard (which interestingly occurred the very year these cards were posted - 1902) only the address was allowed on the reverse side. I do love the quality of the printing on these early photographic postcards printed in Germany. I have said before that Germany was the centre of printing quality in the world, and as a result, postcards from many countries, especially the UK and the USA, were printed here. With these two images here, I think you can tell the quality by the definition obtained.
REVERSE SIDES OF THE ABOVE TWO POSTCARDS
Posted the 6th June 1902 from Oxford to Brighton with the King Edward VII half-penny green definitive stamp (letter postage was 1p, whilst postcard postage was ½p – which was one of the reasons postcards took off so much during this period) being cancelled with an OXFORD 1 circular date stamp.
Posted the 24th May 1902 from Oxford to Brighton with the King Edward VII half-penny green definitive stamp being cancelled with an OXFORD 3 circular date stamp.
It is pure coincidence that these cards were posted to Brighton and the fact that I spent yesterday in Brighton, this did not occur to me until I typed out the addressed location above.
These are two nice clean early postcards which I bought last year sometime for not a lot. I like these, despite the colleges at Oxford not being a very collectible theme.
R.M.S. “QUEEN ELIZABETH”
AND THE DRAGONS
BEKEN & SONS, COWES (Isle of Wight)
J. ARTHUR DIXON, LTD. Newport I.W. (Isle of Wight)
Another card from my ocean liner collection. This one was bought just before Christmas at an antiques fair for £2. Its from the early to late 1960’s I believe (possibly early 1970’s but I don’t think so because of the colour and layout type of the reverse side)
Newton-Stewart from the South
River Cree – Loch Crool
Cree Bridge – Victoria Street
Minnigaff – Newton Stewart
VALENTINE & SONS. LTD (DUNDEE & LONDON)
“COLLO COLOUR” POSTCARD
One of the things often said about stamp collecting is that it introduces people to different places around the world. I think postcard collecting is even better as this can introduce you to places you have never heard of before in your own country! There are some location names here on this multi-view postcard which were entirely new to me, like ‘Minnigaff’, which I now know is a village in Scotland. Minnigaff is a civil parish in the county of Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries and Galloway.
The main place listed on this card is Newtown-Stewart which is a town on the River Cree (also mentioned and depicted on this card) in the same area as Minnigaff. As one of their main industries seems to be tourism, I should not be surprised that this postcard was issued. Newtown Stewart lies on the southern edge of the Galloway Forrest Park, an area which supplies a large amount of work for the residents, forestry being another top industry for the location.
Photograph Courtesy of Arthur Stanley Newens
Published by the Pub Landlord
This unusual card, more a card than a postcard, despite the Post Card heading on the reverse side, was a free card issued out to promote the opening of the pub after a restoration, one described as stepping back 200 years.
HE: LETS GET MARRIED OR SOMETHING!
SHE: LETS GET MARRIED OR NOTHING!!
BAMFORTH & CO., LTD (Holmfirth, Yorkshire)
Ref: No. 2518
I thought this one was quite funny, and for a change, without being too rude! Not sure what the car model is though, but it could be a Vauxhall.
SR UNREBUILT “MERCHANT NAVY” 4-6-2 No. 35017 “BELGIAN MARINE”
LEAVES WATERLOO ALONGSIDE A LOCAL ELECTRIC TRAIN BOUND FOR
(Text from reverse side of postcard)
Printed in Litho by
IN ALLAN LTD
At their works in Shepperton, Surrey, England
Golden Age sized modern postcard depicting a train painting. The descriptive text is quite precise, which makes a nice change.
OFFICIAL DISNEY CRUISE LINE POSTCARD
This is one of the postcards I bought last year whilst I was on my Disney Cruise around the Caribbean. The postcard can only be bought on board the Disney cruise ships. It is a lovely postcard, but like many official Disney postcards it was not a cheap one. There is a little embossed logo centre bottom in the margin area, but this is hard to make out on this scan but as it is also printed top centre on the reverse side, I shall depict the reverse side below.
PETER GARY TATCHELL
BELGRAVIA POLICE STATION
SEPT 30, 1999
Published by the
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Peter Tatchell is a British human rights campaigner who was born in Australia in 1952, but who took up British citizenship from 1989. With time spent in politics, especially as a campaigner for gay rights working for the Labour party (1978 – 2000), as an Independent (2000 – 2004) and the Green Party since 2004.
This photograph is more a piece of art photograph rather than a historical photograph because Tatchell was not arrested at this time, although he was prosecuted for an offence related to a speech he gave during a protest at the Easter sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury. As an aside, Tatchell was arrested, or at least detained, in Russia last year where he was protesting-against the treatment against gays in that country.
This postcard was on sale earlier last year but was another one which was not still available by the end of the year.
THE LEEDS ASTORIA
Published by the Fair Organisers
Published by the same people who organised the Leeds Postcard Fairs, for which they also, around this time, issued promotional postcards for. This one appealed to me because it depicts a police officer and I collect postcards which depict anything law and order themed.
PART OF JOHN CARY’S
NEW MAP OF ENGLAND AND WALES WITH PART OF SCOTLAND, SECOND EDITION 1816,
FROM INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY THE POSTMASTERS GENERAL.
Published by the
NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM LONDON
Ref: NPM 91/13
From the Postcard Set Titled:
MAPS AND THE POST OFFICE
This postcard, and the others in this set, was issued to coincide with the issue of Royal Mail stamps celebrating the bicentenary of the Ordnance Survey.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
Used with 24p UK Bicentenary of Ordnance Survey map stamp cancelled with the dinosaur themed AUTUMN STAMPEX - LONDON SW1 special hand stamp dated 16 October 1991. If you attended the event there was a stand for the National Postal Museum where they were selling this postcard and from where you could get a red event exclusive cachet applied which read:
NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM
AUTUMN STAMPEX/BPE 1991
MAPS AND THE POST OFFICE
The combination of special Stampex hand stamp and the exclusive show red event cachet makes this an attractive looking usage.
Starring ARDAL O’HANLON & EMILY JOYCE with HUGH DENNIS, LOU HIRSCH,
GERALDINE McNULTY, LILL ROUGHLEY, PHILIP WHITCHURCH & TIM WYLTON
Official Promotional Postcard
BIG BEAR FILMS
As a specialist [I have to be a specialist in something I suppose] collector of television related postcards this is the type of postcard I like to find. As an official promotional postcard, you would not have been able to buy this card. The best way to have gotten a copy was to write to either the programme itself or one of the actors asking for an autograph.
‘My Hero’ ran for six series between 2000 and 2006. It was a comedy based around a rather dim-witted superhero called ‘Thermoman’ (Ardal O’Hanlon) from the planet Ultron who marries an earth woman called Janet (Emily Joyce).
I watched the first few series when it was originally on, but I have recently caught a few repeats in the ‘GOLD’ channel, and although a little ridiculous at times I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed it. So, when I came across this card on eBay for a couple of pounds, I picked it up.