MCM COMIC-CON 2019
Acrylic on canvas
Published by the Artist herself
These large sized Tiger art postcards were one of my real finds at the MCM Comic-Con event I recently attended. As you know, I love tiger postcards and it is one of my specialist themes. When I saw these on Claudia’s stand, I had to have them. Claudia also signed them all for me on the reverse side. I really like these.
MCM COMIC-CON 2019
PHQ STAMP CARDS
With event exclusive
‘2019 – BIRMINGHAM – 23RD -24TH MARCH’
A company called BENHAMS, who I often buy stamp stuff from at STAMPEX and through the post attended Comic-Con for the first time this March. It was the release of the Royal Mail marvel stamps that gave them a reason to be able to attend such an event. On their stand their had the new PHQ stamp cards for the Marvel set and were selling these individually with the appropriate stamp and with the addition of an exclusive event cachet, which you applied yourself where ever you wanted it on the card. These were £2.50 each, so I settled for doing just two for myself for my collection. It is the type of thing which I like to add to my collection and I suspect that not very many were done, in fact I would be very interested in knowing how many ended up being sold (I am guessing a low amount, but I could be wrong – although I did not see any others being sold during my times around the stall).
There was a problem with the ink not drying on the cachets, which would mean if anyone just placed the freshly cachet applied card in anything like a bag etc., the cachet would have smeared. I struggled to prevent mine from making a mess (I carried them around for an hour in one hand trying to dry them!). Having said all this, I still like them and think they will be considered as unusual.
PHQ STAMP CARDS
With event exclusive
‘2019 – BIRMINGHAM – 23RD -24TH MARCH’
As you can see, I picked the two British superhero cards for my cachet application, as this seemed appropriate as the event was held here in the UK by a UK based company.
the full Marvel Stamp Card set will be displayed in the very near future here on the webpage.
MCM COMIC-CON 2019
I placed some of Sophie’s work on the webpage after my last visit to Comic-Con, back in November 2018 (check out the ‘November 2018 Blog 8’ page for images), so I was already aware of her designs. This one I did not see last time, so I picked it up this time.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE CARD
As with all of Sophie’s cards this is plain backed, but by buying and applying a related sticker, which also depicts a piece of Sophie’s artwork, and getting Sophie to sign the card for me I think I have produced a nice little souvenir of my visit. If Sophie attends again in the future, I will check out her stand for any new cards.
ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET
PHQ Set 452
(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)
Stamps issued – 15TH January 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)
QUEEN VICTORIA £1 GREEN OF 1891
1ST class stamp value
Ref: PHQ 452 (1) 1. 19
It is about time I started showing some of this years PHQ Stamp Cards as we are now three stamp sets into the year and I have yet to show you the first release, so here it is. For obvious reasons this one was very popular with the stamp collectors.
Ref: PHQ 452 (7) 1. 19
Another example of a stamp sheet which was too big to fit on a single PHQ Stamp card, so two have been used. The stamps depicted on the above PHQ cards were only available on this stamp sheet and were not sold separately. This set will remain popular because of its subject matter.
Artist not named
The trend for unicorn postcard designs does not seem to have abated any at-the-moment. This is a design I recently picked up, and it is not unlike some of the others which are still around, bright, straight lined, and simple un context, but still attractive.
“ABGEREIST, OHNE ANGABE DER ADRESSE”
Promotional Auction House Postcard
Published for the Auction House:
HENTRICH & HENTRICH VERLAG BERLIN
When I was at STAMPEX in February I picked up two free advert postcards which I liked because of the German connection and the fact that the depicted postal items on the front of these two postcards are from the WWII era, or at the very least the period immediately leading up to the first year of the European war time. They were really-nice to find, and we all love something that’s free.
FIFA FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTERSCHAFT DUETSCHLAND 2006
FIFA WM-STADT FRANKFURT
“FINANZMETROPOLE AM MAIN”
FIFA FOOTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GERMANY 2006
FIFA WORLD CUP CITY FRANKFURT
“FINANCE METROPOLIS AT THE MAIN”
Published as an
OFFICIAL GERMAN WORLD CUP POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD
(This has a pre-printed postage stamp)
This was quite an expensive postcard, but I have always liked any cards related to Football World Cup events. This one is an official artwork card for the event held between the 9th June and 9th July 2006.
IGEL MIT NACHWUCHS
‘Hedgehogs with Newcomers’
(Hedgehogs with babies)
JUGENDHERBERGS – VERLAG, DETMOLD
A nice photograph of an adult hedgehog with two young. This card was posted from Sweden in what looks to be 1993 and was used with a nice child like rabbit design postage stamp.
POLISH POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD
FINAL II OGOLNOPOLSKIEJ
SPARTAKIADY MLODZIEZY 1971
I cannot tell you much about this postal stationery post card as I have struggled to translate the text for some reason, but it is clearly sport related. The date on the text is 1971, but the date on the special hand stamp is 1972. There was an Olympic Games held in 1972, but this was in September and the hand stamp is for April, but the card could still have some reference to these games, which were held in Germany, possibly something to do with training, or the team being announced etc. Of course, this could be for something totally unconnected. It is a nice card though.
I’M COMING HOME ON………………………….
AND I WON’T FORGET MY STICK OF ROCK
PPC “PHILCO” SERIES
Ref: COMIC SERIS No. 5416
The sender of this postcard was ‘coming home’ on Friday, as this is what they have written in the area designed for this. The design here uses all the popular features of a seaside postcard from the 1920’s, the sea, the beach, the clothing and the giant stick of rock. This ‘particular’ postcard was posted from Margate in August 1923.
DR WHO DESIGN
DWAS (Doctor Who Appreciation Society)
Today I have been attending the MCM Comic-Con event held at the NEC Birmingham. I saw a range of Doctor Who related items for sale and saw many people dressed as various Doctors and his (and, of course, now hers) enemies. I had my photograph taken with a Cyberman and saw a full-sized Tardis model and a gold coloured Dalek, and a WW2 Battle Dalek as well which I have not seen before. So, when I was looking through my pre-scanned postcards for a posting tonight (whilst watching TV on my hotel bed) this one was ideal.
WE SWEEP THE SKIES
IWM (Imperial War Museum) DUXFORD
Design from 2015
Published by the
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS (DUXFORD)
This was a present from my eldest son and his family, after a visit they made to Duxford. It has been a few years now since my last visit there (I took the Grandchildren whilst I was still working, it must have been at least three, maybe four years ago now!). This superb postcard/poster design makes me want to go back soon.
Printed on behalf of Butlin’s by:
JOHN HINDE LTD
Ref: 2B 42
This postcard is slightly larger than the normal Butlin’s postcards, but it is also one that I had not previously seen. I found it on a stall at a Vintage ‘Retro’ antiques fair. It cost me £2, but I think it was worth that. I think it is a great multi-view postcard and I know that Butlin’s cards are highly collected by many people who had their early childhood holidays at these holiday parks, I know this is why I pick them up.
p.s - the hotel wifi seems to be working well!
I am travelling up to Birmingham tomorrow to stay overnight for my visit to the NEC for ‘Comic-Con’ on Saturday. I did a big report here on the webpage in relation to my last visit to this event and will be looking out for any new cards this time. This travelling, I’m travelling back on Sunday via Cadbury’s World, may affect my postings, but I will try and place some images on the facebook page. If I find the wi-fi is up to scratch at the hotel I may post something in the meantime.
4TH GURKHA RIFLES
A REAR-GUARD ACTION
(MAGAR AND GURUNG GURKHAS)
Watercolour by Major (later Brigadier-General)
A C LOVETT, CB, CBE, 1910
Published for the:
NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM, LONDON
I picked this nice military themed postcard up in an Oxfam charity book shop in Chelmsford, Essex sometime earlier last year. I like war themed postcards and have quite a nice collection of postcards just like this one.
WICHITA POSTCARD CLUB
SHOW – OCTOBER 20-21, 1990
GILBERT & MARGARET PITTMAN
Limited Hand numbered edition of 300 postcards
I thought it was time for another Ann Rusnak design, so I picked this one because I like it and because it is another one which was produced in a very low number. It is also another one of the cards which I took with me when I met Ann and is therefore another signed card from my collection.
“A Biplane is here depicted in the act of turning”
RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS
“IN THE AIR” SERIES I
Ref: “OILETTE” Postcard No. 3101
A typical Oilette art postcard from what was probably the UK’s most prestigious and prolific early postcard publisher. This one is circa early WWI period, or the few years immediately prior to the start of WWI. Aeroplane’s are always popular and despite the damage to the front of this card I thought it was still worth saving for my collection, it is after all over 100 years old and I doubt I will look this good at that age!
(Flamingo on a skateboard)
I honestly think that at the current moment, and over the past year at least (if not two), that the shops from the stationery chain line ‘paperchase’ are currently the best source of new modern interesting postcards. This is yet another one that I recently found in the paperchase shop in Chelmsford. I immediately liked this one, like many of the other animal designs by Fuentes, although they seem to have no logical theme, except they all have so far featured an animal, but that makes them no less attractive.
I AM SPENDING THE DAY
WITH A VERY OLD FRIEND
Made in Great Britain
Released in the:
Ref: No. 1462
This is an early comic postcard which was probably posted in 1912, this is because the hand-written message on the reverse side is dated 15/8/12 and the obvious assumption is that the card was posted on, or just after this date.
This image has a selection of interesting and popular themes including alcohol (a much-collected theme), smoking (the man has what looks like a cigar in his hand and I do know a few people who pick up any card that shows someone with either a cigarette or cigar). It has to be said that the evils of drinking was, and in some ways still is, a common theme on comic postcards. I also notice that in many cases the drunken male (females as well when they are chosen to be depicted) looks like they have a red nose, rounded features, darkened eye areas and fat cheeks, and this is ‘definitely’ the case with this man, he is still smiling though, and this is also a common characteristic.
LIVINGSTON APPEARS AS DAGGIT
IN RAY BERWICK’S ANIMAL SHOW
UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS, INC (1979)
UNIVERSAL CITY., CA
Ref: No. 213
“A Chimpanzee trained by Ray Berwick – with whom he is pictured – appears in animal show as Daggit from the TV series Battlestar Galactica”
Text from reverse side of Postcard
Have you ever bought a small collection of postcards just to obtain one in particular? I did this recently because the selection I saw on eBay, about nine cards in all, included this card here. This one I knew I had to have so, I bought the lot. As a younger person I watched and enjoyed the television series Battlestar Galactica, a TV attempt to capture the then popularity of the Star Wars film. I remember it fondly, but related postcards are few and far between, so when I saw this one featuring the ‘Daggit’, a robotic dog like creature from the programme (I recognised it immediately, and would have known what it was even if the programme had not been mentioned on the back of the card (the details of which were not recorded on the eBay write up). To be honest, what I paid for the whole bundle I would have happily paid for just this one postcard. I was delighted to add another Battlestar Galactica to my small, but now slightly larger collection of cards related to this series.
ZIJ KOMEN VAN VER.
ZULLEN ZIJ HIER GRAAG WONEN?
‘They come from afar.
Will they like to live here?’
WAF-WAF : DAT HANGT VAN U AF!
‘Woof – Woof: It depends on you!’
Published in aid of:
Adventsaktie voor Kinderen in Nood (Kerstoproep)
(‘Advent Action for Children in Need (Christmas Call)’)
Caritas Hulpbetoon, Guimardstraat 5, 1040 Brussel
I am very fond of Tintin related postcards because as a kid I used to read the books and watch the animated television series’ which used to be played on TV in the mornings during the summer school holidays. This is a lovely postcard which I picked up from a specialist comic-book shop in Brugge, Belgium on a day trip to this wonderful location. I think it is an older postcard, maybe 1970’s – 1980’s, but it could be 1990’s (but I don’t think so, my money is on one of the earlier decades listed). On eBay I think this card would be worth several pounds (and I have checked and there is not a copy of this one on there).
‘The Duck Remains Out…’
NORDDEUTSCHE COMIC-BORSE, HAMBURG
4 OKT (October) 97
EDGAR GRATIS POSTKARTEN SERVICE
EDGAR CULTURE CARD
One of the ‘stranger’ Disney themed postcards from my collection. This one was a free rack-card from Germany from 1997. The presence of Donald Duck seems a little out of place on this design, but the card is an advert for a comic event, and Disney have always issued comic-books related to their many characters. I was considering placing this card in the Censored section of the webpage, but I have decided that is a thumb, it is a thumb isn’t it? Please tell me it’s a thumb…
WAT DOEN DIE KATTEN IN ONS HUIS
VRAAGT MUIZEKIND AAN MOEDERMUIS
‘What are those cats doing in our home
asks mouse child to Mother Mouse’
Printed in Holland
I can not resist any postcard that has a television pictured on it, especially cartoon ones. This one cost me £2 (which was reasonable because it has some damage on the reverse side – it was once stuck down in a scrap-book at some point and has four small pieces of grey paper stuck to the corners). This card was posted from Holland in 1963 (as you can see below)
GUERRE 1914 – 1915
MAISON EVENTREE PAR LES OBUS ALLEMANDS
War 1914 – 1915
A house broken open by German artillery
HURET, EDITEUR, 15. RUE DE SAINT-QUENTIN, PARIS
(Imp. Ch. Bernard, Paris – 29)
Ref: No. 73
Another World War 1 postcard, and another of the many war damage postcard images which were so popular and so numerous, especially during the first 12 months of the war (these often have the heading ‘GUERRE 1914 – 1915’ on the front, used with no expectation of the war lasting longer than this!)
1922 ZENTRALBATTERIE – UNIVERSALSCHRANK (PTT – MUSEUM, BERN)
(1922 Central Battery – Universal Cabinet)
Official HELVETIA (Switzerland) Postal Stationery Post Card
(With Pre-Paid Pre-Printed 50 value Telephone themed Postage stamp)
This is an official Swiss issued postcard with a nice front image of a telephone exchange machine which is held in the PTT-Museum in Bern. This card is from my Philatelic themed collection.