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03/04/2020

 

JAMES BOND

Maxi-Cards

 

PART TWO

 

When Royal Mail issued their James Bond stamp set last month I decided to buy some of these stamps and stick them on some related postcards to be sent off for special hand stamps. I used postcards from the special JAMES BOND 100 postcards box set. Here are a few more that recently were returned to me.

 

US POSTER FOR

LICENCVE TO KILL (1989)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed set

 

US POSTER FOR

DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)  

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed set

 

FRENCH POSTER FOR

DR NO (1962)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed set

 

This is a lovely painted film poster design with the same Sean Connery played James Bond character. A nice combination here I thought.

 

JAMES BOND (TIMOTHY DALTON) AND PAM BOUVIER (CAREY LOWELL)

PLAY FOR HIGH STAKES IN

LICENCE TO KILL (1989)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed set

 

Perhaps not the best postcard from the boxed set, but its horizontal design means that the ‘Smilers’ stamp duo (stamp plus stamp sized label) fitted this one nicely.

 

02/04/2020

 

NEW YORK

TIMES SQUARE

Photo by

JON ORTNER 2011

Published by

IMPACT PHOTOGRAPHICS. COM

 

It amazes me that I was standing in Times Square just a month and a half ago! It Was packed with people when I was there, especially on the Saturday evening/night, but I have watching some film taken just recently and which was shown on one of tonight’s news shows and the area looked all but deserted (not quite the scene from the Tom Cruise film ‘Vanilla Sky’, but close). Having been there so recently I think the scenes of a deserted Times Square were perhaps more impactive for me than for some, but it is clear that New York City has been heavily affected by this current pandemic.

 

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02/04/2020

 

N.H.S. GIFT VOUCHER

YOUR HEALTH!

Published by

SOUTH ATLANTIC SOUVENIRS

Ref: SEASONAL ART SERIES

SAS 103

 

This old 1980’s political postcard was a satirical release, but as it mentions so clearly the N.H.S. I have decided to picture it tonight and have chosen now to do so as just a few minutes ago, at 8pm I was out in my front garden listening to the people up and down my street clapping their hands in support of the N.H.S. workers who are continuing to fight this pandemic. I think that here in the UK we can all support the heroism of all those doctors, nurses and health and hospital workers who are confronting this epidemic, but we should also remember that people in similar occupations across the world are also in this position, on what can be considered the current front line.

 

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One of the things this company were renowned for is covering the back of their postcards with images and humorous text blocks and other bits and pieces, this one has a seasonal drink suggestion!

 

02/04/2020

 

JAMES BOND

Maxi-Cards

 

PART ONE

 

When Royal Mail issued their James Bond stamp set last month I decided to buy some of these stamps and stick them on some related postcards to be sent off for special hand stamps. I used postcards from the special JAMES BOND 100 postcards box set.

When you do your own items like this it takes some time for all the packages of cards to come back from the special hand stamp centres around the country. My first few have recently been returned and I depict these here. Further cards will be depicted as and when they arrive.

 

 

GEORGE LAZENBY AS JAMES BOND

ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1969)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed Set

 

US POSTER FOR

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed Set

 

This is the first time among this selection where the film mentioned on the stamp is the same as that on the film poster (there are more coming which match up like this - I dont think its that important, but when it happened, as here, it does add just a little bit more interest in my mind) 

 

FRENCH POSTER FOR

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed Set

 

STORYBOARD FEATURING BOND FLYING

‘LITTLE NELLIE’

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed Set

 

The stamp used here was taken from the James Bond miniature stamp sheet which depicted some of the vehicles used in the film. This stamp features the ‘Little Nellie’ craft featured on the postcard, so this was a good match.   

 

GERMAN POSTER FOR

TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed Set

 

I do like the foreign James Bond poster postcards that appear in this 100-postcard boxed collection. These are something different and with the appropriate Bond stamp look great.  

And this film has the best pre-opening credit sequence of any Bond film (in my mind)

 

ADVANCE CHARACTER POSTER FEATURING

EVA GREEN AS VESPER LYND

CASINO ROYALE (2006)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed Set

 

This is a fantastic combination of poster postcard, stamp (correct James Bond) and special hand stamp). Not my favourite James Bond film, but still a cracker.  

 

UK ADVANCED POSTER FOR

DR NO (1962)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed Set

 

The double stamp blocks, a postage stamp and a stamp sized label, from the ‘Smilers’ stamp sheet were too long to go along the bottom of vertical postcard designs like this one, so on some cards I had to place the stamp combinations down one side (I had by this time run out of horizontal card images). Like the card below the Bond’s do not match up, but the character does, so I still like this one especially as it shows what is currently the first film Bond (on the card) and the current, latest James Bond on the stamp.   

 

THE GOLDEN GUN

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)

Home Made Maxi-Card

Postcard from the

JAMES BOND 100 POSTCARDS

Boxed Set

 

The prop is obviously from the Roger Moore film, but I had run out of Roger Moore stamps and had some ‘Smiler’ stamps from the Smiler sheet which I wanted to use up, so you get this unusual combination, an issue which also occurred with the card above.  

 

02/04/2020

 

FALKLAND’S WAR PHILATELIC DISPLAY

 

As this is the 38th Anniversary of the commencement of the hostilities of the Falklands War I have spent the last two days adding 205 items related to the Falklands War story under the above Tab on the webpage. There are now 9 individual ‘Tab’ pages in all, with my main Falkland’s War mounted display sheets on the first five ‘Tab’ pages (as previously posted). Now there is also a selection of separate individual items spread over the remaining pages. Across the 9 pages you have depicted just over 900 philatelic and ephemera items related to the war and the political scene beforehand and the commemoration afterwards. Although the majority of the depicted items are covers, there are some postcards distributed amongst the images. Depicted here are two of the items recently added to the pages.

 

02/04/2020

 

MEMORIAL ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF EAST FALKLANDS

AT GOOSE GREEN, FOR THE 2ND BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

Published for sale on the Falkland Islands

Printed in England by

JOHN PEATY & SONS LTD

 

Today is the 38th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands. On the 2nd April 1982 Argentine forces landed and commenced a battle with the small number of defending British army Royal Marine soldiers who were stationed there. After a gallant and defiant defence against far greater numbers (57 Royal Marines, 47 volunteers and 11 armed sailors against 550 Argentine commandos and 80 frogmen), and with the inevitability of defeat with the loss of unnecessary lives the decision was made by the local Governor to surrender to the invading army.

As we now know, against the Argentines belief, the UK responded with a Task Force and eventually landed and re-took the islands liberating them in June of the same year.

This postcard, sold locally on the Islands, shows the memorial that the islanders erected in remembrance of the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment at Goose Green, where the battalion were the first to engage in a major land offensive against the Argentine forces.     

 

01/04/2020

 

TAKING IT EASY IN FLORIDA

AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR AND OSTRICH FARM

Published by

FLORIDA SOUVENIR CO., ST AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

Printed by

“TICHNOR QUALITY VIEWS”

TICHNOR BROS INC., BOSTON, MASS

Ref: 134 (on the front)

63024

 

I have my fingers crossed that my September visit to Florida may still go ahead. I certainly think that things will be extremely bad if the situation has not returned to at least some form or normality by then (whatever normality looks like after this current pandemic eases off).

My past visits to Florida have given me an interest in older Florida images, especially ones with alligators, which may be down to my younger interest in wildlife and wildlife posters. So, when I saw this one on a dealer’s stall in Florida on my last visit, I had to have it.

 

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01/04/2020

 

BROKEN PIER,

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

Nov. 23rd. 08

Unknown – probably local – Publisher

 

I have posted this photograph on the webpage before, and over the years I have seen several copies of the postcard depicting this photograph, but this is the only copy I have seen with a white boarder. It popped up on eBay a few months back and was reasonably priced, and as I had not previously seen a white boarded one before I placed a bid and won the card.

Some collectors who already had the photograph on a postcard would not bother getting a second one just because of something so minor as this having a thin white edge, but I am interested in more than just the image. I also want to see how different publishers, whether named or not, decide to print their cards. Why did this one decide to put a white edge around the photograph whilst at least one other didn’t (see below). I also like the printed text along the bottom right corner. On the other version this text is hand written. 

As stated with the previous posting, this photograph shows the pier when it was hit by a large Thames Conservancy hulk (boat) called ‘Marlborough’ in 1908 causing extensive damage (or more correctly ‘Loss’) to the Pier.

 

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Used in 1909

 

The previously posted version without the white edging boarder

 

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01/04/2020

 

UNTITLED

By

BLANCA GOMEZ

Published by

U STUDIO DESIGN

‘PAPER PLANES’

Ref: PAP 049

 

A nice, simple, but extremely attractive modern postcard which may still be available, well, available after the shops re-open sometime in the hopefully near future. I found my copy in a paperchase store (no surprise there!)

 

01/04/2020

 

WIMBLEDON

From June 21st

BY UNDERGROUND TO SOUTHFIELDS STATION

THENCE BY SPECIAL BUSES TO THE GROUND

Poster Design by

GERALD DICKSON 1926

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: LTM 549

 

It has been announced today that for the first time since World War II the Wimbledon tennis tournament has been cancelled. This is another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic we are currently going through. So, with no matches this year I give you this previous Wimbledon event poster from 1926, and it is a cracker.

 

31/03/2020

 

LUNDY COLLECTORS CLUB

Published by the

LUNDY COLLECTORS CLUB

 

This is a special postcard which was produced for members of this specialised philatelic collectors club. I have a collection of Lundy Island postcards and mail which has been used with the local postage labels (Cinderella Labels) which are used for postage from the island to the mainland. Here in the UK the Lundy Island postage labels are probably the best-known Cinderella items produced.

 

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This has a LUNDY COLLECTORS CLUB stamp like label applied bottom left which has been cancelled with a green coloured cachet which looks like a hand stamp and which says:

LUNDY

COLLECTORS

CLUB

SEP 23. 1977

 

Top right there is a US postage stamp; ‘RIGHT OF PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE’ 9c, cancelled with a PARK FOREST, IL date stamp dated 23rd September 1977. It says FIRST DAY OF ISSUE in the bottom left corner but this cannot be for the US postage stamp as this came out on the 24th November 1975 (this is why I have my stamp catalogues, for information like this), so perhaps this is for the Lundy label.     

 

30/03/2020

 

A PIPE BAND IN PRINCES STREET, EDINBURGH

Colour Photograph by

J. ARTHUR DIXON STUDIOS

Printed and Published by

J. ARTHUR DIXON LTD

Ref: 3574

 

A nice 1960’s view postcard from the well-known topographical British publisher J. A. Dixon. This company most, if not almost all, of the country and you can find photographic views just like this for every major town and city, and many smaller locations. They were the company to go to for local scenes in the 1960’s and for decades afterwards. This is a typical example of their output.

 

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The Fourth Road Bridge is not far from the centre of Edinburgh and I suspect that this is why Mr J. H. Palmer used this card to make this nice philatelic souvenir. This has both the 3d and the 6d Fourth Road Bridge 1964 postage stamps issued for the opening of the bridge applied. Both stamps have been cancelled with a special first day of issue cancellation dated 4th September 1964. This is great usage and one which considerably increases the value of this postcard. I think this would be around £6 to £8 (on eBay I suspect £10+).

 

30/03/2020

 

ANNIVERSAIRE

“OUI-OUI”

(This is the French name of ‘Noddy’)

French Maxi-Card

Published by

CREATION PARIS – CARTE PHILATELIQUE

‘FIRST DAY COVER’

 

This maxi-card has the 2008 French issued ‘Oui-Oui’ (Noddy) anniversary stamp applied and cancelled with a special ‘Oui-Oui’ cancellation dated 28th May 2008. The combination of postcard image, postage stamp and cancellation, all featuring the Oui-Oui/Noddy character, makes for a superb postcard.

 

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As is usually the case with these French official company maxi-cards there is a second strike of the special hand stamp applied on the reverse side. I like this fact because it means you get to see a clear unobstructed look at the handstamp, which is maybe not such an issue with this particular card, but on some the darkness of either the stamp or the card image (sometimes both) causes the cancellation to be obscured either in part or sometimes in full. I think this might have been one of the considerations behind the policy of applying a second strike here on this side.

 

30/03/2020

 

CLANGERS

MOTHER CLANGERS BIRTHDAY

Clangers Annual 1972

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin

Published by

SIDNEY COOPER GALLERY, CANTERBURY

CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY

 

This very long postcard depicts a scene from the British stop-motion children’s television series. I bought this from eBay, so the exact date of issue is not known, but it is certainly from a much later time than the original programmes which were first shown between 1969 and 1972. The size of the card, the quality of the printing and its general text font and overall look tells me it is from the 1990’s at the earliest, or later in the 2000’s. Whatever the original reason for its issue this is a great addition to my television collection.

 

 

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30/03/2020

 

LOOK AND LEARN

THE BEST OF THE CLASSIC CHILDREN’S MAGAZINE

THAMES FLOOD

By

ANGUS McBRIDE

Published by

LOOK AND LEARN

 

This unusual piece of artwork first appeared in an issue of a magazine which I liked a lot, ‘Look and Learn’. It was an educational magazine packed with information about historic people, places and events and including scientific date and details about the natural world.

This image seems to show what might happen if the city of London flooded, I assume from an overflowing Thames river, which would be just to the left of where this image is based.

Whilst I am unaware of the source of this postcard, I bought it from a dealer, it seems to be a promotional postcard for 48 issues of the best of Look and Learn, which is offered here for £39.99. There is also an advert for access to over 200,000 history, art and culture images with licences for personal and educational use. I assume these images all come from past issues of Look and Learn.

 

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30/03/2020

 

MYTHICAL CREATURES

By

ENID CHADWICK

HIGH ALTAR REREDOS,

WALSINGHAM

THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM

Published by and sold at

THE SHRINE SHOP, WALSINGHAM, NORFOLK

 

I bought this postcard from the Shrine Shop in Walsingham on my last visit there last year. I have always had an interest in mythic creatures, whether this be as depicted in art, painting, literature or architecture. I’m not sure what creatures these are supposed to be, but it will be fun doing the research to find out.

 

29/03/2020

 

GREETINGS FROM

NOVA SCOTIA

“CANADA’S OCEAN PLAYGROUND”

Published by

THE BOOK ROOM LTD., HALIFAX

a

MIRRO-KROME CARD BY

H. S. CROCKER CO., INC

SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA

Ref: BR-713-C

 

Travel is out of the question at this current time, but I can always explore the world through my postcard collection. I do not have postcards from every country in the world, but I do have ones from a large number. This, obviously, also includes countries I have not visited. Canada is one of these, although I have an old work friend who moved to Canada some years ago and who regularly invites me to go over and visit him. Maybe I will do this, once things return to a more normal way of life, again.

In the meantime, though, I will stay in and explore places like this via map and photographic postcards.

 

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This postcard was posted from Canada Between the 6th and 8th September 1981, the message is hand dated the 6th, but the cancellation is dated the 8th.       

 

 

29/03/2020

 

HARTELIJK GEFELICITEERD

‘Congratulations’

TOM EN JERRY

‘Tom & Jerry’

Published by

ESVEHA

ANGELUS

Imprime en Italie – Printed in Italy

Angelus Editrice – Angelus Publisher

Dutch Published Postcard

 

I post this one for all my friends out there who are missing being able to go out fishing. I have a lot of friends who always post on facebook their fishing photographs. They are ‘definitely’ missing their days on the lakes, river and at sea casting their rods and catching their fish.

 

29/03/2020

RUGRATS

RUNAWAY REPTAR

AVAILABLE ON VIDEO AUGUST 16TH

‘NICKELODEON’

Published by

BOOMERANG CINEMA

 

Like a lot people around the world at this time, I have found myself watching a lot of television, especially films. As I am writing this, I am also watching the 1998 ‘Godzilla’ movie. It is not a particularly loved version, but I have always quite liked it (I saw it at the cinema when it first came out, and I collected the postcards that were issued for it as well).

This postcard has a ‘Godzilla’ like giant reptile on it, but its not the ‘Big Green’ as Godzilla is also sometimes called, but when I saw this amongst my scanned images and looked up to see Godzilla chasing a yellow taxi on the screen, well, I knew this one needed to go on the webpage.

 

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29/03/2020

 

POLSKI KOMITET OLIMPIJSKI –

FUNDUSZ OLIMPIJSKI

SAPPORO 1972 MONACHIUM

Polish Olympic Committee

Olympic Fund

Sapporo 1972 Munich

Published –

POLSKI PLAKAT OLIMPIJSKI

KRAJOWA AGENCJA WYDAWNICZA

 

For the first time since, I believe, the second world war, the Olympic games have been cancelled. The cancellation was announced by the International Olympic Committee on the 24th March 2020. Obviously, this is due to the coronavirus and the issues this virus is causing across the world at this very moment. The current update is that the Olympics will happen next year, 2021, but no later than the summer. Reading up on this I have discovered that this is the first time in Olympic history that the games have been postponed, rather than straight cancelled.

I wonder if there have been any Olympic 2020 postcards issued? Quite often you get postcards in the lead up to an Olympic Games and there is no reason why a postcard or two have not already slipped into circulation. If you come across one then I suggest keeping it as something unusual. 

This is a much older postcard issued for the 1972 Olympic Games.  

 

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29/03/2020

 

ROYAL WINDSOR

SPECIAL FACILITIES AVAILABLE FROM LONDON AND MANY OTHER STATIONS

CIRCULAR RAIL-RIVER TRIPS WITH ATTRACTIVE CONDUCTED TOUR

DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

BRITISH RAILWAYS

Printed & Distributed by

STAR EDITIONS LTD

Ref: RAIL226

NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

 

This is a nice railway poster showing part of Windsor Castle. When I have walked along this section of pathway it has always been packed with people, tourists normally, but once I was here with a crowd of venture scouts and scout leaders. This was in 1982 and I was here to parade for Her Majesty the Queen as an awardee of the Queens Scout Award. I was one of the lucky ones and got to speak with Her Majesty the Queen. So, my memories of this location are all good ones.

 

28/03/2020

 

1er SALON DE LA CARTE

POSTALE MODERNE

25/26 OCTOBRE 1986

NANTES PALAIS DE LA BOURSE

 1st Exhibition of the Modern Postal Postcard

25/26 October 1986

Artist – ‘FORE’

Official Exhibition (Fair) Postcard

Published by

LES CARTOPHILES DU PAYS NANTES

Ref: CPN 82  

 

All postcard fairs and events have been cancelled, with no idea of when they will re-commence. I do miss my fairs, but our loss is insignificant against the loss many families have suffered during this lockdown period.

Not many postcard fairs have recently issued a postcard for their event, but this was once a very common approach, especially in France, and here in the UK. This postcard depicted here was issued for the first postcard fair dedicated to modern postcards, held in Nantes in 1986. This was the official postcard for the event.

 

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28/03/2020

 

DISNEYLAND RESORT PARIS

2006

Large Shaped Postcard

Official Disneyland Resort Paris Postcard

 

The Disney Parks have recently announced that they are remaining closed for the foreseeable future. As a regular Disney visitor, both near yearly at Walt Disney World, Florida, and sometimes even more regularly at Disneyland Resort Paris, this news is sad news, although under current circumstances very understandable. Today the coronavirus has caused more deaths around the world, with increases in America, Italy and here in the UK, amongst other increases. All of this makes me wonder how long it will be before these theme parks can re-open, and what effect this pandemic will have on these huge theme parks. We have a trip planned and booked for later in the year, but it is by no means certain that we will be able to go ahead with it. Fingers crossed that we do as this will mean the world will have regained some normality.     

 

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27/03/2020

 

HERE’S A P.C. FOR YOU

“NAPPER SERIES”

By

BRIAN WHITE

Published by

VALENTINE & SONS LTD., DUNDEE AND LONDON

Ref: VALENTINES “NIPPER” POSTCARD 3135

 

Posted in thanks to all the police officers out there working in all the communities of the world that are in lockdown. As ‘Keyworkers’ (the label given to those who remain working away from home during this crisis) officers are still on patrol and often still have to go ‘hands-on’ with people who continue committing offences, a dangerous position to be in in these virus-affected times.

 

27/03/2020

 

KING KONG

Film Poster Postcard Set

Unknown Publisher / Printer

I believe this set originates from somewhere in Asia

(or, it has been published nearer to home with no publisher named due to copyright issues)

There are no titles or reference numbers on these cards

(although clearly each depicts a poster for a specific film)

 

I obtained this large set via eBay. I was drawn to it because I am a big fan of the original King Kong movie. I quite like some of the subsequent movies as well, although none come close to the original. Having said that, some of the film poster designs for later versions are probably more interesting, especially the Japanese ones.

The films depicted are as follows:

 

KING KONG (the original film – 1933)

 

KING KONG vs GODZILLA (1962 – terrible special effects, but I loved this when I saw it as a kid)

 

KING KONG ESCAPES (1967 – This film introduced the giant robot ‘Mechani-Kong’)

 

KING KONG (1976 – remake which featured the Twin Towers rather than the Empire State Building at the end)

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