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04/06/2019

UNTITLED

Design by

ADRIANA SANMARTIN

Published by

EDITION TAUSENDSCHOEN

Ref: PK 704

MADE IN GERMANY

 

This lovely design caught my eye when I came across it in a shop in Vienna last month. The card has a glitter effect which can be seen clearly as it is the sparkly pink areas which cover much of the background to the cockatoo image. I liked the inclusion of the bird and the addition of the POST CARD logo on the front of the image. These were not cheap but were very attractive and I ended up buying a couple which both included birds within the design.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

UNTITLED

Design by

BEHR DESIGN

Published by

EDITION TAUSENDSCHOEN

Ref: PK 659

MADE IN GERMANY

 

This is the second of the cards I bought. I liked the use of the flamingos and more glitter.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

04/06/2019

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP

SOUTH AFRICA 2003

SUPPORTERS STICKER - POSTCARD

SHIRT STICKER and FOREHEAD STICKER

‘GO! SOUTH AFRICA’

Published by

Post-a-Sticker

 

With the current ‘Cricket World Cup’ taking place here in England I thought I would post some novelty sticker postcards released in South Africa for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.

This card has two stickers, one of which appears to be a ‘forehead’ sticker… is the first time a forehead sticker has appeared on a postcard?

 

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP

SOUTH AFRICA 2003

9 FEBRUARY – 23 MARCH

SUPPORTERS STICKER - POSTCARD

“Dazzler” MASCOT STICKERS

Published by

Post-a-Sticker

 

This one has a large oval shaped sticker which depicts a photograph of a cricket field and three smaller round shaped stickers which each depict the events mascot, a zebra character called ‘Dazzler’.

 

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP

SOUTH AFRICA 2003

SUPPORTERS STICKER - POSTCARD

FLAG STICKERS

‘Go…’

Published by

Post-a-Sticker

 

This sticker has fourteen oval shaped stickers each of which has a countries flag in the centre with the word ‘Go!’ above each flag and the name of the depicted flags country printed underneath.

At the time of this competition sticker postcards were very popular and as a result there were a number of such like cards being published in South Africa and elsewhere around the world.

 

 

02/06/2019

There will be no posting tomorrow, 3rd of June, as I am doing some school exam work during the day and will be in London tomorrow night. I am again visiting the ‘Mail Rail’ experience with my eldest son. I will post some stuff on my facebook page, but I will not get back home till quite late.

 

 

02/06/2019

DENNIS AND GNASHER

Printed by

PERFECT PENPAL POSTCARD 1998

Comic Freebie Postcard

 

This postcard came free with some sort of comic or children’s magazine, I assume a Beano related one as Dennis the Menace was one of this comic’s main characters. The card has a perforated edge down one side, which how I know this came free with something magazine like. These children’s freebies can be hard to find in good condition because they were, by design, aimed for children who are not well known for their careful treatment of this sort of thing. As a result, I rarely come across these and when I do, I pick them up.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Tis card was used as a competition entry and was posted in 1998, which means that this card clearly was released either that year or prior to it.

 

 

01/06/2019

NEW NATIONAL MUSEUM

WASHINGTON D. C

Published by

R. S. REYNOLDS CO., WASHINGTON, D. C.

Ref: R. 2338

“The New National Museum in the Mall is a massive and dignified structure of granite, 561 x 365 feet in area, being greater than any other government building except the Capital.”

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

 

I bought this postcard whilst crossing the US on last years train holiday. It depicts one of the museums I did not visit whilst I was in D.C. because this is now the National Museum of Natural History as administered by the Smithsonian Institution. The original museum was opened in 1910 and was originally known as The Natural History Building (officially opened to the public on 17th March 1910). As this cards image is titled as the ‘New National Museum’ I assume it was issued close to the 1910 date.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

01/06/2019

EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE LIEGE 1905

PALAIS DU CANADA

Published by

NELS. BRUXELLES

Ref: No. 80.

 

This is an official Exposition postcard for this fair, or exhibition if you like. There were many such events held around the world just before and just after the start of the 20th century. The cards were issued in high numbers and many visitors to these exhibitions bought them as souvenirs, so they were kept and have therefore become quite common even to this day. This one was posted from Liege in 1905.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has nice clean usage and I really like the boxed red printed official poster like design which appears bottom left. This was posted in 1905.

 

01/06/2019

BUDAPEST

Published by

Panorama PostcARD

Ref: 057HS

 

I picked up this card, funnily enough, whilst I was in Budapest a few weeks ago now. It intrigued me because of the ‘360 degree’ logo on the front. This is explained via text which appears on the reverse side which reads:

 

“To view the panoramic picture, download and install the Panorama PostcARD app to your mobile device. After launching the app, point your phone’s or tablets camera to the picture and enjoy 360-degree panoramic photo”

 

So, this is an interactive postcard, who could resist such a thing? Clearly not me. It also helps that the front design is cute and attractive as well.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

01/06/2019

I AM YOUR FATHER!

Published by

MODERN TIMES GmbH (Hersteller & Vertrieb)

Copyright: Ottifant Productions GmbH

Ref: Best.-Nr. 0103-8500221

 

This little grey elephant character appears on a range of postcard-designs I found in Germany on my recent visit. I was only interested in the ones which related to my top themes, and Star Wars is definitely one of those.

Today I was at a Comic-Con event held at the NEC in Birmingham. There were lots of people in costumes, but no Darth Vader, that I saw. So, I thought in celebration of my visit today I would post this superb modern postcard design.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Note the little elephant motif

 

31/05/2019

THE WORLD’S FIRST

BODY WORLDS

MUSEUM

MENSCHEN MUSEUM

ALEXANDERPLATZ

BERLIN

Official Museum Published Postcard – under the name:

MeMu. Berlin

 

I came across this museum exhibition whilst I was recently in Berlin. I have previously depicted postcards from the travelling version of his exhibit, cards which were pretty similar-to those depicted further down, the animal exhibit ones, but here they have a permanent museum exhibition. My favourite three are the ones which depict a human body with a Berlin landmark or image behind it. This one here shows the building that the museum exhibit is displayed in, although for me the best bit is the Berlin TV Tower, which I collect on postcard.

The next two cards depicted below show The Brandenburg Tor (Brandenburg Gate) on the left and the Metro underground yellow train on the card on the right.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE THREE POSTCARDS

 

 

ANIMAL EXHIBITS

Published by

KORPERWELTEN DER TIERE

 

HARE (could be a Rabbit, but I think it’s a Hare)

REINDEER (or possibly a Caribou, although they are pretty much the same thing)

 

 

 

ANIMAL EXHIBITS

Published by

KORPERWELTEN DER TIERE

 

OSTRICH

GORILLA

 

ANIMAL EXHIBITS

Published by

KORPERWELTEN DER TIERE

 

I think this is a LION (it is certainly a large cat, and the background scenery would be grassland like which makes me think Lion).

ELEPHANT (sliced through horizontally)

 

I know that some people will not like these images, but I think these are unusual postcards and I like the weird, and these would ‘definitely’ be classed as weird.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE SIX ANIMAL EXHIBIT POSTCARDS

 

ANIMAL EXHIBITS

Published by

KORPERWELTEN DER TIERE

 

OSTRICH (a different image to the card in the above set of six)

DOG

 

There were two packs of animal exhibit cards, each of which contained different images, although the two Ostrich cards, one in each set, are very similar. Each pack of six cards was 5 euros, and I thought worth the cost as they are printed in the larger modern postcard size.

 

ANIMAL EXHIBITS

Published by

KORPERWELTEN DER TIERE

 

GIRAFFE

ELEPHANT

 

ANIMAL EXHIBITS

Published by

KORPERWELTEN DER TIERE

 

BIRD (no, I don’t know what bird, but I am going with a seabird, possibly a seagull of some sort)

CROCODILE

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE SIX ANIMAL EXHIBIT POSTCARDS

 

As you can see, these six cards have a different reverse layout to the first six animal cards above. These have the Giraffes head in the stamp box area, which I suppose adds a little bit to the design.  

 

31/05/2019

102 DALMATIANS

WALT DISNEY

(LIVE ACTION FILM)

Cereal or Biscuit Packet Postcard

Unknown Publisher – Plain Postcard Reverse

 

This unusual square shaped postcard has been cut from some sort of packet, as can be seen from the reverse side depicted below. Having said that I don’t know from what product packaging this postcard was cut from (which is a shame, so if you remember these coming out then please do email me – contact details at the bottom of the page). The film that this promotional image is from was released in 2000, so I assume this is the year that this card was released (or appeared on packaging as stated). I collect Disney themed postcards and am fond of the more unusual cards like this one. It is also possible that there are more of these designs, so I will look around a bit more and see if I can find anymore.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The quality of the card that can be seen here shows that this is clearly packaging card, like the type used for cereal boxes and the like. There are also cut lines which can be seen which also show that this card was cut from something, like a cereal packet (something which I have seen before and which I know has happened before).

 

30/05/2019

BERLIN

BISMARCKDENKMAL

The Bismarck Memorial

Published by

H, K & M

Ref: SERIE 339 12 DESS

 

This is a nice ‘Golden Age’ Berlin postcard that I also bought at the same street antique area that I bought the below more modern ‘West Berlin’ sign postcard.

The title relates to the statue that can be seen in the foreground of this art image. The memorial is dedicated to Prince Otto von Bismarck, Minister President of the Kingdom of Prussia and the first Chancellor of the German Empire. This picture here shows the statue as it was originally placed outside the Reichstag building. It was later moved in 1938 under the order of Adolf Hitler. Although the statue did suffer some shrapnel damage during World War II the move probably saved it from what would have been near total-destruction if it remained where it was as the Reichstag area was nearly obliterated.

The statue is still to be found in its second location in the Tiergarten.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

30/05/2019

WEST BERLIN

Unknown Publisher

 

A few weeks ago, I was in Berlin, which is probably my favourite European city (we are going back in a couple of months). Whilst I was there, I found a small outdoor antiques market area where all sorts of stuff were laid out on collapsible tables; books, magazines, badges, posters, prints, stamps and stamp cover’s and a small quantity of postcards. This lovely sign photograph, with the iconic Berlin Wall behind it is clearly an older image from before the wall came down, so it pre-dates 1989, although this does not mean this postcard does as since the collapse of East Berlin and the pulling down of pretty much most of the wall there has been a fascination in images which depict the history behind it. Today in Berlin you can find Berlin Wall related postcards everywhere, including postcards which allege to have pieces of the wall encapsulated on them. When I saw this card for just 1 euro on a stall, I had to have it for my own Berlin Wall collection.

 

29/05/2019

HERE’S LOOKING AT ME, KID

MADAME TUSSAUDS

DESIGN COUNCIL POSTER AWARD 1976-77

No Publisher Shown

 

This is a great poster on a postcard which I do not think has been published officially by Madame Tussauds, but it may have been published in some way by the ‘Design Council’. This would also be a great postcard for any film theme collector.

 

29/05/2019

CARTOON POSTCARD DESIGN

By

TERRY IRVINE

Published by

JUDGES OF HASTINGS

Ref: C2929S

 

This cartoon appealed to me because of my interest in Post Boxes. The idea here is simple but is excellently drawn by Irvine, who is one of our more modern comic postcard artists. These Irvine designs are the modern equivalent of the older Donald McGill designs which we all know so well.

 

24/05/2019

THE NORTH REMEMBERS

Design by

LAURA CROW

Published by

LAURA CROW

www.itslauracrow.etsy.com

 

With the final episode of Game of Thrones having now been seen, to celebrate the ending of this major TV series (TV event really, as few shows have reached the heights that this series managed) I depict this delightful related design which I picked up at the recent MCM Comic-Con event in Birmingham.    

 

24/05/2019

JACOB VON HOGFLUME

1864 – 1909

INVENTOR OF TIME TRAVEL

LIVED HERE

IN 2063

Published by

CITIZEN SKWITH

(citizenskwith.co.uk)

 

I found this postcard whilst I was at Woking last weekend. I quite like the idea of the blue plaques and I look out for them when I am on my travels, especially in London. So, when I first saw this card, I thought it was a nice ‘Blue Plaque’ photographic image… then I read it! It gave me a laugh, so I had to have it.

 

24/05/2019

GILLES BONE

DIGITAL ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR

 

I met Gilles at the recent Birmingham NEC Comic-Con event. From his stall I bought a superb packaged postcard collection. The cards all had a full postcard reverse and were superbly printed. The size is a little larger and squarer than is the norm, but I think this just makes these even more visually impressive. The best bit of information is that this pack cost me just £10, which probably made it my best priced buy of the event. I also liked the fact that many of the cards related to themes that I collect, like Disney, Television and science fiction themes.

 

POSTCARD

 

The postcards are not titled but it is often clear what the theme, programme or series idea is across a series of similar designed images or on single designs like this one. I like that there is some variety here in the designs and that some very popular programmes are represented. This image here is clearly a Game of Thrones themed picture, but one with a Japanese anime feel to it.

 

POSTCARD

 

This is one of the stand-alone illustrations, one with an Anime style to it. It may relate to something specific in the Anime world, but I am no expert in this arena.

As you will also see there are a range of Disney themed illustrations amongst these cards with a selection of very clever cereal packet like designs. Some are villain related whilst others depict heroes from the animated films. Other things to look out for are more unicorns (Cereal Packets and playing card designs – unicorns are still a popular trend… but I wonder how much longer this can last), there is a very clever Doctor Who design, and others including a Family Guy (1 card), Pokemon (1 card), Star Trek (1 card) and a Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy themed one (a clever single design which looks like a Christmas jumper pattern!)     

 

PACKAGE COVER (FRONT)

 

PACKAGE COVER (ARTIST DETAILS PAGE)

This is signed by the artist as well as a bonus

 

FULL UNFOLDED PACKAGE COVER (FRONT or OUTSIDE)

 

FULL UNFOLDED PACKAGE (INSIDE ILLUSTRATIONS)

these sit beside the cards nearer the top.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ONE OF THE ABOVE CARDS

SIGNED BY THE ARTIST

 

Gilles very kindly signed a handful of the designs for me (and the package cover is also signed by the artist, see above). This is the standard reverse layout for each of the cards.

 

BUISINESS CARD

(FRONT and REVERSE sides)

 

It is always worth making contact with any of the artists I illustrate here as many will sell you’re their wares online or through contact.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Gilles Bone

MCM COMIC-CON, BIRMINGHAM NEC

23rd MARCH 2019

 

25/05/2019

CONCORDE G-BOAF

IN AEROSPACE BRISTOL IN THE UK

Published by (Photo’s and design also by)

HENK HEIDEN

 

My latest issue of the ‘CONCORDE STUDY CIRCLE’ Newsletter arrived during the week (June 2019, Vol 41, No. 1) and with it came this free postcard from fellow member Henk. We often receive a special postcard, or some other Concorde related item with each newsletter and often the postcards are exclusive to members as well. This one is a nice one.

 

        REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Here we also have some photographs from the Concorde display. Full descriptive text gives all the required details.  

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