New additions under separate headings:
I have added a new book to the listing – the book for the British Museum exhibition ‘THE WORLD EXISTS TO BE PUT ON A POSTCARD’ that I visited on Wednesday. It is always nice to find a new book for the collection. Check the main heading then the BOOKS 3 tab.
I picked up a set of postcards from the London ‘BODYWORKS’ exhibition shop on Wednesday. I have previously posted on the main webpage some animal cards from the exhibition in Berlin. These caused some consternation with some viewers – they do after all show animal carcasses with the skin removed. The ones I got from London all depict actual human bodies with their outer skin removed to reveal muscles and bones. If animals caused some issue’s I suspect human bodies will cause me no end of troubles, so I have placed these six cards under the CENSORED heading (sub heading Censored 2) … PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE only take a look at these if you find the idea interesting as these are graphic images, natural, but graphic.
INEBRIATED GENT (SINGING): “WE WON’T GO HOME TILL MORNING”
CHORUS OF POLICE: “AND THEN YOU WON’T GO HOME”
LIVING PICTURE POST CARD Co, LEICESTER
H. G. L. (Henry Garner of Leicester)
I still can not resist a ‘police’ related image especially an old one like this. I picked this one up on Wednesday in a coin, banknote and medal antique shop in Cecil Court, London (a nice well-known little walkthrough lane which has antique book shops and collectible shops all along it). This shop has one box of postcards in it, but I like to stop and take-a-look through it if I have the time. This card cost me £2, but I think it was worth this as policeman cards always have a dedicated band of collectors.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
Please note the central old ‘box-camera’ like logo with the letters H, G and L in it. The H and G stand for Henry Garner whilst the L stands for Leicester. Garner started the ‘Living Picture Series’ of postcards around 1904 (having previously issued local view cards of Leicester). The cards appear to have been issued until around 1909 when the company went into decline and it seems to have ceased operating soon after (and to get information like this you need a copy of Anthony Byatt’s excellent ‘PICTURE POSTCARDS AND THEIR PUBLISHERS’ – depicted in my BOOK listing SECTION – see tab towards top of Home page).
GOING AWAY SOON?
Royal Mail Advert Postcard for:
ROYAL MAIL KEEPSAFE
Official Royal Mail Advertising Postcard
Whilst I am posting about things that have come through the door recently, I also had this card delivered. One of my collecting themed is ‘Postal History’, which includes material related to official post office authorities, like Royal Mail. So, for me this is a great free collectable. It could also be an interesting addition to my ‘Police & Crime’ collection with its mention of burglars.
Also, the service this advertises is quite a good one and could be useful to people who have clear glass front doors because, as stated, a stack of mail in your hallway or porch does give a massive clue that you are away.
P & O FERRIES
EIFFEL TOWER, PARIS
Official P & O Ferries Advertising Card
You gotta love a freebie, and this one is a cracker as I collect Eiffel Tower postcards. This arrived through the post the other day. It is a bit large, A5 size, but I am not bothered by sizes where cards are involved (although I know many collectors are). I also suspect that many people who receive this card will immediately put it in the bin as ‘Junk Mail’, which technically it is, but junk mail which I rather like and will keep
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
This ‘Junk Mail’ piece has a full postcard reverse layout, was delivered by Royal Mail, so travelled through the post to my door, has a personal touch through the use of my name at the start of the message (so each card will have a slight difference, obviously) and a cracking front image. What’s not to like?
NATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION
CENTRAL HALL, WESTMINSTER
JANUARY 10 – 17, 1953
Official event postcard
I have always liked this card with its artwork of a horse drawn carriage and the penny black top right. This would still be considered as a modern card by many old card collectors, but I struggle to see how an item that is over-65 years old can be considered as still modern!
It is also a shame that most of these cards end up in the collections of stamp collectors and with those who specialise in postal history and stamp event covers. I suspect few reach the collections of pure postcard collectors, and this why I like to also attend stamp shows and fairs as these often produce a range of different items for almost anyone’s collection.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE TEA PARTY
NEWMAN PUBLISHING, YORK, ENGLAND
In their ‘JOLLY TEDDIES’ series
(No Reference Number)
I bought this yesterday from one of those ‘over-the-top’ souvenir shops in London where they sell just about anything with a ‘I [Heart] London’ motif on it, and anything with a London or royalty reference, you know the type of shop I mean (these can often be a good source of cheap local view postcards which make great holiday souvenirs). I have not seen this one before and I do like Teddy Bear cards. I think it is a delightful image and exceedingly well printed and produced which, when you consider this was just 35p, came as a pleasant surprise.
PANDA SHAPED POSTCARD
Normally I scan my shaped postcards against a black background card, but as you can see here this time it just meant that I lost the ears, arms and legs of the shape! So, I have scanned the card against a light brown card, this is not the edge of the card as can be seen by the scan of the reverse side shown below which shows clearly the panda outline of this card. This is a recent buy, just yesterday in the paperchase store in The Strand, London.
THINGS I DID IN LONDON
THE FINGERSMITH LETTERPRESS
I have been in London all day and have placed many photographs on the facebook page. I have just this past few minutes returned home so thought a quick posting before I retire with exhaustion. This nice London card seemed appropriate.
I have bought quite a few new cards today and will be scanning them tomorrow with a view to posting lots of them on the webpage over the next few weeks.
REVOLUTION DE 1953
LE BATAILLON DE LA SUPREMATIE FEMININE ARRIVANT AUX BARRICADES
‘Revolution of 1953
‘The Battalion of female suprematitis arriving at the barricades’
LES DOSSIERS DE LA DESOPILENCE
A. ROBIDA, le Vingtieme Siecle
Paris, G. Decaux editeur. 1884
‘A. ROBIDA, The Twentieth Century
Paris, G. Decaux editor. 1884’
DAILY-BUL, 29, RUE JULES THIRIAR, 7100 LA LOUVIERE – BELGIQUE (Belgium)
Ref: Deuxieme serie : No 11 a’ 20
This is a postcard I picked up at a French antique’s shop a few years ago for a little less than 50p. It was the year date of 1953 which aroused my interest. Having translated the title, I am still a little confused as to the reason for this cards issue. There seems to be an obvious feminist content, and the image itself appears to be an older one (possibly 1884 as this date is mentioned), but I would love to hear from anyone who can give me any background into this cards release.
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN MILNE’S
14TH March 1928
Published by the
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
This teddy bear does not much resemble the now far better-known Walt Disney version of Pooh Bear, but this one is the true original. This postcard has not been available at the galleries gift shop for some years now, but it has long been a favourite of mine and does show that this location has produced some really interesting postcard issues.
No Message to be Written
This unusual postcard could (and may still be) found at several English Heritage locations, in their official gift shops. It is a commemorative design created to celebrate the secret war of spies and resistance organisations created during the second world war. I do not know if it was (is?) popular with other visitors, but I picked up a copy for my military collection.
JOURNEE DU TIMBRE 1995
LE CINQUANTENAIRE DE LA MARIANNE DE GANDON
‘Day of the Stamp 1995
The 50th Year of Marianne de Gandon’
IMPRIMERIE DELORT (Perpignan)
Editee par la Federation Francaise des associations Philateliques
A nice artwork design for what we would call a ‘Stamp Day’, if we had such a thing. This type of postcard was once quite common in France, but their postcard production has, much like here in the UK reduced tremendously. Thankfully we still have these older issues to hunt down.
“Wolf are you there?”
LES EDITIONS DU MAI
Avril (April) 2005
I picked up this postcard in France several years ago. When I saw it in a shop it amused me and seemed to be very French in its drawn styling. It also has a great animal theme and thus it harks back to my original collecting theme, the one I started off with as a child: wildlife.
Printed in SWITZERLAND
Ref: Nr. 1103
Photoglob, based in Switzerland, published a huge number of poster design postcards many of which were from Switzerland or elsewhere in mainland Europe. This meant that in the UK they had poster designs which most of us had not seen on postcard before. As many were transport related, trains, aeroplanes and the early days of hot air balloons, many of these were snapped up by those collectors who specialised in these themes. Many were sold at the time and as a result these are now cropping up more and more in dealer’s current cheap boxes. These are worth looking at and I think they are due a reappraisal with interest in them growing again.
THE SECRET OF HER SMILE
NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK
MAY 3 – 9, 1992
I have mentioned before that I am a big fan of the postcards designed, and often published by, Ann Rusnak. This Mona Lisa styled design was Ann’s National Postcard Week issue for the 1992 event.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
THE “PHILCO” PUBLISHING CO,
HOLBORN PLACE, LONDON W. C.
Ref: SERIES No. 2468
The ‘PHILCO SERIES’
I was in Walsingham for the weekend, again, having been here last year for last year’s pilgrimage to the Roman Catholic shrine, an event my wife attends and to which I drive herself and a group of others attending. Although I do not attend all the mass’s held here, I do find the location a very peaceful and tranquil place and enjoy sitting in the grounds and watching the people and the many birds which frequent the open-air area.
Last year I did a long posting of many of the postcards I found on sale in the shrines gift shop. I checked out the gift shop again this year and have-to report that the postcard selection available has reduced with some of the postcards I bought and showed you all now no longer being sold.
The ones on display I had already, and there were no new cards. So, as my weekend had a distinct religious feel and aspect to it, I have decided to go back through my collection to find an older, more golden age religious themed postcard. I found this nice ‘Lord’s Prayer card which fits the bill nicely.
Although I did not post here on the webpage over the weekend I did place some photographs from my weekend away on the sites facebook page. If you have not checked this facebok page out then please do take a look as extra material often gets placed here.
When I was in Prague recently, I came across a selection of postcards depicting the artwork of Mucha published by this ‘Museum Boutiques’ company. These I thought were lovely and it cost me a few pennies to buy what think was the shops complete range of options. As there were so many, I thought I would place them all on this one posting. I am a great fan of the artwork of Mucha and postcards of his artwork have been issued since the early days of picture postcards (early issues can be very expensive – so I like the fact that you can pick up modern issues much cheaper).
I would think that a complete set of these would be quite impressive, not to mention expensive, but I think these postcards are superb.
I found a shop in Prague which specialises in traditional souvenirs all related to well known local pieces of work, artists and objects. This shop had a range of little information cards which were free. Whilst there I picked up this little Alphonse Mucha card which goes well with my postcard collection.
SOUVENIR STAMP PACKS
(with postcard(s) included)
OFFICIAL ROYAL MAIL PRODUCTS
EXCLUSIVE TO W.H. SMITH SHOPS
These have only recently started to be mentioned in philatelic magazines as the philatelic world has only just really caught up with these, but of course they have been appearing on this webpage (and its connected facebook page) for a couple of years. Because they are not sold officially through Royal Mail their existence has bypassed many stamp collectors. Or more importantly they have bypassed those collectors that like the unusual stamp related item, especially official Royal Mail authorised releases. Each pack (with one exception) has at least one postcard, which has recently increased to two, along with an A4 information card, double sided (with lots of information and photographs and in some cases with further stamp illustrations as well). So, as the rest of the stamp collecting country is catching up with us, I thought I would show you all-of the packs I have so far found. These seem to be exclusively sold in branches of W.H. SMITH, with airports and shopping centre branches being popular. I have in the past, and initially, found these in my local Southend-on-Sea branch so local shops, in bigger towns, could be worth checking. The reverse side of the packs illustrate the contents including the postcard(s). Below I will depict the front of the packs and the reverse sides so you can see the illustrated content, especially the postcard or postcards. You will see two different packs side by side then underneath that the reverse sides of the corresponding two packs. Before that though I will list the pack’s I have so far found, including the two which I picked up just this past weekend.
So, the full list so far is:
THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1916: one postcard with six mint stamps attached (the 2016 WWI commemorative set) and an A4 card poster.
BEATRIX POTTER: one postcard with six mint stamps attached (the set of six individual stamps – this pack does not include any of the miniature sheet Potter stamps) and an A4 card poster.
H.M. THE QUEEN. A GLORIOUS CELEBRATION: this pack contained one postcard which the Queen’s 90th Birthday miniature stamp sheet applied (the one with the four stamps making up one photograph which includes individual stamps for Prince Charles, The Queen, Prince George and Prince William). This was the first time a miniature sheet was used for one of these packs. There were no stamps from the stamp set that formed this issue, just the miniature sheet. There was also the standard, but uniquely designed, A4 poster card
AGATHA CHRISTIE. THE QUEEN OF CRIME: one postcard with all six mint stamps from the set applied and an A4 poster card. For some reason this is the only pack so far that is in an A3 sized plastic sleeve and folded over which means you can open it out and see the contents inside. All the other packs before and after are sealed in single A4 sleeves so you have-to open the pack itself to see the contents. I think this open sleeve format caused issues with damage on the shelfs as people pushed them back etc (and possible even theft as it would be easier to remove the contents), so it was not used again.
STAR WARS – SOUVENIR STAMP PACK: this is the one with the Yoda stamp on the front. This pack contains one slightly larger postcard with the twelve Royal Mail Star Wars stamps applied (four horizontal rows of three) and an A4 poster card
STAR WARS – CREATURES, DROIDS AND ALIENS SOUVENIR STAMP PACK: this is the one with the BB8 droid stamp on the front. This one is different to all the others because it has no postcard in it, but it does have a stand-up (POP – UP they call it) BB8 shaped card which has eight Star Wars stamps applied (a different 8 to those on the postcard in the pack mentioned above). This also has an A4 poster card.
MR MEN – LITTLE MISS: contains a postcard with all 10 of the stamps released in this set applied, and an A4 poster card (all the poster cards are double sided, as previously mentioned)
GAME OF THRONES: this is where these packs became far better value as this one came with two postcards. The first postcard has the 10 individual stamps applied whilst the second postcard has the sets 5 stamp miniature sheet attached. There is also the double sided A4 poster card. This pack was good value and the cards are great.
This was also the start of the double postcard issues where rather erroneously they claim that there is a ‘FREE POSTCARD’ included, meaning the second postcard, normally the one with a miniature sheet attached. I think you can just accept that this is part of the package, although I accept there had only been a single card prior to this release and that two cards are much better value, but as all subsequent packs (so far) state that there is a Free Postcard (on the Harry Potter pack its called a ‘Complimentary’ postcard) included I think we can say this is just the norm now (a good ‘Sales Pitch’ though I suspect, especially with anyone seeing a pack for the first time).
HARRY POTTER: two postcards contained, one with the 10 individual stamps from the set applied, and a second postcard with the 5-stamp miniature sheet attached. The usual A4 poster card is included.
ROYAL AIR FORCE 100 YEARS: two postcards included. The first has the six stamps from the set attached, each stamp depicts a different aircraft. The second postcard has the 4-stamp Red Arrows miniature sheet applied. With the A4 poster card included this is surely going to be one of the more popular packs with stamp collectors (with the general public I think the Star Wars, Harry Potter and Marvel – see below – packs will be more popular).
D-DAY 70TH ANNIVERSARY: two postcards included. The first has the six stamps from the set attached whilst the second postcard has the 5-stamp miniature sheet applied. The A4 poster card is included.
MARVEL: this has two postcards with the first having the 10 individual character stamps applied and the second postcard having the 5-stamp miniature sheet attached. This also has an A4 poster card but also comes with an additional sheet of stickers (surely all this is a bargain for just £9.99, especially as the cost for the stamp set and sheet is £11.41 alone!)
THE WYE VALLEY
But in the format of a COLOURMASTER INTERNATIONAL published card
One of the lovely multi-illustrated map cards from the 1960’s which were once so popular (I predict that at some future point there is going to be an historic resurgence of interest in these cards and they are going to be popular with a whole new range of collectors looking backwards for interesting older modern postcards).
This design has a range of thematic connections like the Roman Soldier for Military, King Henry VIII for Royalty, Tintern Abbey for Religion, Jockey on a horse at Chepstow for Sport and a Deer and Hereford Bull for Animals. With a few castles and a Geologist included this card could and should appeal to many collectors.
REVERSE SIDES OF TWO COPIES OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD
I have more than one copy of this card. The lower card shows one posted from Hereford, depicted on the design, in 1969. This is a nice clearly machine cancelled card with a simple message. The top card was not posted so may have been placed within an envelope and sent that way. This has a message on it dated 1995. Twenty-six years separates the messages on these two cards.
DINOSAUR PULLING CARRIAGE
I met Laura at the last MCM Comic-Con event at Birmingham. On her stand she had a range of her designs printed on postcard sized card, these were plain backed. Two, in particular caught my eye, although I did buy more. These were the two unusual dinosaur and Victorian carriage designs depicted here. I thought they were weird and very clever.
If these designs have caught your eye then visit Laura’s webpage at:
I need to catch up with the PHQ stamp cards issued by Royal Mail as I am now some months behind, so here is the second of this years issues released way back in February (I will still depict all of these, I just need to catch up a bit!)
“500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF LEONARDO DA VINCI”
ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET
PHQ Set 453
(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)
Stamps issued – 13TH February 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)
A SECTIONED SKULL
Ref: PHQ 453 (1)
I have-to-be honest here, and say that this set did not greatly appeal to me despite my love of art. I saw the historic importance of the date and obviously Leonardo Da Vinci is a truly great historic figure, but the images, although important in their own context, are not stunning visually beyond their importance, well, to me anyway. So, this was not a great set in my mind.
A SPRIG OF GUELDER ROSE
Ref: PHQ 453 (2)
THE ANATOMY OF THE SHOULDER AND FOOT
Ref: PHQ 453 (5)
Now, this one, and the other anatomy design further down, I did like. These are unusual and the sketches are pretty-interesting beyond just their anatomic interest.
THE HEAD OF LEDA
Ref: PHQ 453 (6)
A DESIGN FOR AN EQUESTRIAN MONUMENT
Ref: PHQ 453 (11)
THE FALL OF LIGHT ON A FACE
Ref: PHQ 453 (12)
As with many of the Royal Mail’s stamp releases it does depend on your interest and the quality of the designs as to whether you are likely to want the PHQ cards in your collection. The quality of these images is superb, its just that I think some of these are not classic Da Vinci sketches or drawings, but as stated I do agree that these are historically important images and ones worth a small (in fact very large) fortune, but beauty is in the eye of the individual beholder… what do you think?