I have placed a few more cards under the Censored Tab on the webpage, including a nice set of four art postcards depicting artwork by postcard artist Richard Blake, which are so mild that I could probably have got by placing them on the main webpage, but nudity is nudity, art or otherwise.
SHOW US YOUR TATTS
ROMANCING THE SKULL
ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT
Mr MOTO (Established 1985)
Ref: # 20879
“Show our ticketing staff your skull or skeleton tattoo (without breaking the laws of public decency) and get $10 entry to ‘Romancing the Skull’ – permanent ink only, no temporary tatts”
(Text from reverse side of Postcard)
This art exhibition ran between Oct 2017 and Jan 2018. This exhibition sounded good, as it looked at how the depiction of the skull appeared in art, rebellion, piracy and social and political issues. One part of the exhibit looks at the skull in its use in the Mexican ‘Dia de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead), which would have interested me as I have one of these painted skulls which I picked up on holiday (in fact I believe I depicted it with some Day of the Dead skull postcards some time ago).
MORRIS MINI-COOPER ‘S’ TYPE
Official Promotional Advert Postcard
Ref: Publication No. H. & E. 63106
Printed in England (54246)
I have mentioned before that these early modern car advert postcards are becoming more and more collectible. This one has the added bonus of depicting a ‘mini’ which is perhaps one of the classic modern small cars, and one which has become famous over the years.
LIVE AND LET DIE
Film Poster Postcard
FILM FREAK PRODUCTIONS B. V.
Ref: FA 533
Signed on the front by the actor
Live and Let Die was the first James Bond film I ever saw, I was taken by my late Auntie who was a huge Roger Moore fan. Having watched this movie, I became an instant James Bond fan and a bit more of a fan of Roger Moore, who I already knew through the TV series ‘The Persuaders’. An unsigned copy of this postcard, if you can find one, should only cost around £1, but my signed copy is considerably more valuable, understandably.
RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS
Chromographed in Saxony
This lightly embossed and beautifully printed early postcard is a real cracker. I bought this many, many years ago when the £7 I paid for it was a lot of money. Having said that, the last one of these I saw on sale was priced at £50, and even that was some years ago, possibly a decade ago! This is therefore, as I am sure you have realised, a highly collectible postcard. Some of this is due to the high quality of the printing, but it is also due to the popularity of the artwork of Helena Maguire (1860 – 1909). You can probably see why this one is my favourite ‘Tiger’ postcard.
CARRY ON UP THE JUNGLE
Film Poster Postcard
THE LONDON POSTCARD COMPANY
Ref: CODE: RK 1758 (Series 1 set of 8)
SIGNED ON THE FRONT BY ACTRESS
This was one of the later ‘Carry On’ movies and it came out in 1970. The London Postcard Company issued a variety of postcards depicting the movie posters for the Carry-On films and it was one of their best collections and they were popular showing how much the public still love these films.
This particular-copy of the postcard has been signed by Jacki Piper who played the part of June, a Tarzan ‘Jane’ like character who plays opposite the Terry Scott Tarzan like character called ‘Ugh’ in this film.
The addition of a signature can add extra interest and value to a postcard. It also means that the card in question would also be of interest to the many people who collect signatures as their hobby.
“VISIONS OF THE UNIVERSE”
ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET
PHQ Set 467
(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)
Stamps issued – 11TH February 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)
The second stamp issue of 2020 and a better one than last months video games set, in my opinion anyway. All these images are by Robert Ball. Quite a nice set I thought.
CAT’S EYE NEBULA IS COMPOSED OF DUST AND GAS
VISIONS OF THE UNIVERSE
2ND Class Value
Ref: PHQ 467 (1)
NEW POST OFFICE,
DETROIT, MICH [Michigan]
GENUINE CURTEICH – CHICAGO
“C. T. ART-COLORTONE” POST CARD
Ref: 216 (4A-H1120)
This postcard was posted in 1949 and text on the reverse side – see below – gives some interesting historic information about the location.
The building was constructed in 1932 with its opening held on 23rd April 1934 (the buildings budget was $5.5 million). The building was designed by Robert O. Derrick. Although this postcard has the building titled as the new Post Office it is better known as being the courthouse and in 1994 the U.S Congress approved an act to designate the courthouse as the ‘Theodore Levin United States Courthouse’. In 2018 the building was listed on the National Register of Historic places.
(an official P. Hamm promotional publicity postcard)
Limited Edition of 530
Although there is no doubt that Patrick Hamm postcards have been popular and expensive, I have always believed that his art style has always been very divisive. I have always been interested in the collectability of his postcards, and although not a massive fan of his style myself, I do appreciate the story behind his publishing and the quality of the printing. For these reasons I have a small collection of his work.
BRING ME YOUR POOR, YOUR TIRED, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES…
BRING ME YOUR WEIRD, YOUR VIOLENT, YOUR FLAMING BIGOTS…
Ref: TIMELY TOPICS # 6
Time for another Ann Rusnak design, which perhaps I should have considered posting whilst I was in New York last month and when I visited the Statue of Liberty for real.
DISNEY FAIRIES SERIES
THE POSTCARD FACTORY
Ref: PC57G-DC-OR 848
The Disney theme parks across the world, including Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida have closed because of the corvid-19 coronavirus. I know this closure has hit some UK visitors who are currently in Florida, including some who had flown out from the UK just the day before. Many of you will know that I am a regular, near annual visitor to Florida and the theme parks, so I know how some of these people will feel about this closure. Things have changed again today though as there is now discussion that the UK will soon be included in the flight ban into the US. I think 2020 will long be remembered for the way that this virus, now officially designated as a pandemic, has affected the world. I am due to visit Florida in September, so I hope, like many, that we can soon get a grip on this issue.
COMPANHIA COLONIAL DE NAVEGACAO
PAQUETE – UIGE
‘Colonial Navigation Company’
Packet ship - UIGE
30,000 EX. 10-955 – TIP. DUARTE, LDA. – LISBOA
This a nice artist drawn image of a Portuguese ship of the Colonial Navigation Company. I think this is quite an early modern postcard. I like shipping postcards but I cannot remember where I picked this one up (you cannot remember the source of every postcard in your collection if you have one that’s large and obtained over a long period of time).
FORD MOTOR Co. EXHIBIT
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS
CHICAGO’S 1934 INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION
Official Exposition Postcard
AMERICAN COLORTYPE, CHICAGO – NEW YORK
Made Exclusively For
MAX RIGOT SELLING AGENCY, CHICAGO
I have a friend of mine who used to work for the Ford Motor Company here in the UK. As a result of his employment he has a stamp and philatelic collection which is related around Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company. I think he would like this postcard.
Text on the reverse side, see below, states that this building was the largest ever constructed (at the time) for a world’s fair. I think this ‘linen’ postcard has a great image which is indicative both in the style of printing and in the architectural structure depicted of the 1930’s.
ARTHUR YOUNG (1905 – 1995)
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA)
I visited the Museum of Modern Art, or MOMA as it is called locally, on my visit to New York last month. You can imagine my surprise when as I was walking around the huge main lobby area, I saw this helicopter hanging there from one of the ceilings (it is on floor 3). This Helicopter is from 1945, or rather this art piece is from 1945, although personally, although I love helicopters, I did find this a strange piece, until I realised that it is in the Architecture and Design department, and there I have to agree, I think the design of this helicopter is amazing. So, yes, under that heading this does deserve its place here.
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Ref: ‘POSTCARD FROM NEW YORK CITY’ series
I thought I had better place a postcard on the main webpage as there was not one posted yesterday (but to be fair I have spent the past two days putting the 300 odd sheets of the Falklands War Philatelic Display on the webpage under a separate tab).
This postcard was picked up last month on my trip to New York
Ref: SERIE 2129
Printed in Germany
An unusual red coloured card with a photographic image and a plastic like film over the front, which on this card has started to peel away from the top right corner (not unusual with these cards when they had travelled through the post or been used as the corners catch). This card was posted in 1915, which was the second year of World War 1.
THE AVIATION BOOK
THE WORLD’S AIRCRAFT A – Z
FIA O CAOIMH
Book Published by
Official Promotional Book Advert Postcard Printed for the publishing company
THAMES & HUDSON
This is a great postcard because it could be collected by anyone interested in aeroplanes (or ‘Airplanes’ as they use here), military history (that is a warplane in the foreground although I’m not sure what type, possibly a North-American T6 Texan), and ‘Book Advertising’ which is a theme which has become more collectible over the last few years.
JOHNSON – JEFFRIES
Collectie: Nederlands Filmmuseum
BOOMERANG FREECARDS (AMSTERDAM)
James Jackson “Jim” Jeffries (15/04/1875 – 03/03/1953) was an American professional boxer who became the World Heavyweight Champion. Jim also had the nickname of ‘The Boilermaker’ and he had 23 fights of which 14 he won with a knock-out, 2 were a draw and 1 lost, which I think is a reasonable record. Being left-handed his knock outs came from a powerful left hook which had one punch knockout power.
This boxing themed poster postcard would be a superb addition to any sport or specific boxing themed collection, and it may be that this is the only time this poster has appeared on postcard, and it was originally a free rack card.
HOW’S THIS FOR A CLIFFHANGER!”
“MUST HAVE BEEN AN EPIDEMIC!”
JEROME – CARTOON CARD
ROBEN CO., SEDONA, ARIZONIA
Ref: No. 172
Bloodgood seems to have been quite a popular cartoon artist as a number of his postcard cartoon designs seem to appear on eBay. This one I have had for a few years and I scanned some time back. I was looking through my scanned cards for something to put on the webpage today and picked this one out. I had already started typing when I saw the reference to an epidemic! Considering the worlds current issues with the Covid-19 Coronavirus disease I did wonder if I was being too topical! Fingers crossed that this current issue starts to turn around soon.
CIRCUS AND FUN FAIR
Under the direction of Bertram W. Mills
Published by the
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
This programme is for a circus and fun fair held on the 18th December 1924. This front image was by Gilbert Holiday. This is another example of how you can find all sorts of items depicted on postcard.
JOHN RICE IRWIN
MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA
STONECRAFT, 1510 SCENIC DRIVE, MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE
LAWSON MARDON POST CARD
“Alex Haley, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “Roots,” visited the Museum of Appalachia in the spring of 1982. “I loved it so much that I built my home next door and moved back to Tennessee”. Haley (right) leans on arm of cane mill with museum founder John Rice Irwin.
The museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile off interstate 75 in Norris, Tennessee”
“Text from reverse side of postcard”
I thought this was an interesting postcard as although I have never read the book ‘Roots’ I did watch the television series along with my mother when it was first shown here in the UK. Therefore, I knew who Alex Haley was before reading the text on the reverse side. I also thought that it would make an interesting addition to my television themed collection because of the ‘Roots’ connection.
Oil on canvas
Published by the
NATINAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
On International Women’s Day 2020 it seems appropriate to feature a postcard of a woman who reached the pinnacle of her profession. Well known of course for her Ballet career, but for me the postcard appealed because of her connection to the TV series ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which I don’t actually watch but her stint as a judge on the programme allows me to add this postcard to my television collection.
S. HILDESHEIMER & CO., LTD. LONDON & MANCHESTER
A nice artist drawn street scene with nice horse drawn carriages. This was ‘really’ cheap because there is some damage top right with a small area worn away, but this does not bother me too much as the ‘vast majority’ of the design can still be plainly seen. I also don’t think that damage detracts from how nice this cards image is.
BLETCHLEY PARK TRUST LTD
Alan Turing’s ‘Bombe’ was a machine which was used to decipher the Germans WW11 enigma coded messages. The Bombe was located at Station X, which was the code designation for Bletchley Park. Bletchley Park has been a tourist destination for some years now and I visited it myself several years ago now, before I started this webpage. This postcard was sold at the gift shop (it may still be, but I cannot confirm this)
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
When Bletchley Park opened-up as a tourist location in 1994 there was a post office on site which was also a gift shop. The post office sold stamps and other philatelic material and was a great place to pop into and send cards to yourself to get the special cancellation. Sadly, this post office closed in 2015. Thankfully over the years it was running quite a few mail items were posted here, like this card.
The stamp used here is a 2nd class 2002 UK stamp from the 50th Anniversary of Wilding Definitives miniature stamp sheet. This has been cancelled with the special ‘BLETCHLEY PARK – POST OFFICE’ circular hand stamp dated 9th October 2003. I have other postcards with this cancellation in my collection on cards which I posted to myself on my visit to this post office, but this card I bought from a dealers stock.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
As with the postcard I depicted on Thursday this card was posted on board the HMS Victory and received the ‘posted on board’ pictorial cachet. This cachet appears to have been applied in black, or possibly a very deep/dark purple (the one depicted two days ago was applied in blue ink). The addition of this cachet adds both interest and some slight additional value. As regular followers will know, I do like cachets and additional marks