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12/05/2020

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

HOMER SIMPSON

 

20 AR PA TOPPEN

EFTERLADER SINE SPOR!

“20 Years at the Top

Leaves its tracks”

Published by

GO-CARD

 

According to a scene in one of the Simpsons cartoons where Homers driving licence is shown his birthday is the 12th May, and, apparently, he was born in 1956. So, I thought a Homer Simpson postcard needed to be shown. This one is an advert postcard for the DVD box sets.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The scene with the driving licence

 

12/05/2020

 

KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE, FLORIDA

ASTRONAUT SIGNING OF THE DAY:

NORM THAGARD

 

Each day at around 4pm (when its open of course, or in these troubled times, when it re-opens) at the Kennedy Space Centre they have an astronaut signing stuff for visitors. This is all free and part of the entrance fee, they have cleverly placed it quite late in the day which may help keep a few people in the centre, but I thought it was a great opportunity to both meet a genuine astronaut and to obtain their autograph.

Who you get is always a matter of luck, but they are all genuine astronauts with different levels, and periods of work with N.A.S.A. I was fortunate as the astronaut signing on my visit was Norm Thagard.

Thagard is an American scientist and former U.S. Marine Corps Officer and naval aviator, and of course a NASA astronaut. He was the first American to ride to space on a Russian vehicle and is therefore the first American cosmonaut. This was on the 14th March 1995 when he travelled in the Soyuz-TM-21 spacecraft for the Russian Mir-18 mission.

As a naval pilot he flew 163 combat missions in Vietnam between January 1969 and 1970. As a jet aircraft pilot, he has clocked up more than 2,200 hours of flight time. In 1978 he was selected as an astronaut candidate. After training he became eligible for Space Shuttle flights. In all he spent over 140 days in space and was the veteran of five space flights including Space Shuttle flights STS-7 (1983), STS-51-B (1985), STS-30 (1989) and STS-42 (1992), on this last flight he was the Payload Commander. STS-7 was the second flight of Space Shuttle Challenger and the first mission with five crew aboard. He also travelled on the Space Shuttles Atlantis and Discovery.

With my interest in films I was interested to find that he worked as an aerospace consultant and as a technical advisor on the feature films ‘Virus’ and ‘Armageddon’.

Thagard was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2004. He has a small area of the road outside his old school named after him: ‘Norman E. Thagard Bolouvard’. His Russian SOKOL space suit is at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

He also has numerous awards and medals including the Navy Commendation Medal (with combat “V”), the Marine Corps “E” Award, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with palm), and this barely scratches the surface of his awards list.

So, I was genuinely honoured to meet this amazing man.

 

KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE

(BE GREATER THAN AVERAGE)

LANTERN PRESS ORIGINAL POSTER

Published for the Kennedy Space Centre by

LANTERN PRESS

Ref: Image #99214

(original retail price 99c)

 

SIGNED ON THE FRONT BY ASTRONAUT

NORMAN THAGARD

26TH November 2019

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH

26TH NOVEMBER 2019

 

Me obtaining my autographs from Astronaut Norman Thagard

Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

 

KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE

VISITOR COMPLEX

SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS

Published by

IMPACT PHOTO GRAPHICS

Ref: 75385

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

SIGNED BY ASTRONAUT

NORMAN THAGARD

26TH November 2019

 

I was originally unaware that Thagard had travelled into space on the Space Shuttle Atlantis as depicted on the front of this postcard, so it was a nice coincidence that this was one of the postcards I bought for him to sign for me.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

26TH NOVEMBER 2019

 

Yours truly standing in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

 

PHOTOGRAPH

26TH NOVEMBER 2019

 

Me obtaining my autographs from Astronaut Norman Thagard

Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

 

KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE

VISITOR COMPLEX

Published by

IMPACT PHOTO GRAPHICS

Ref: 57041-4LN

 

SIGNED ON THE FRONT BY ASTRONAUT

NORMAN THAGARD

26TH November 2019

 

KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE

VISITOR COMPLEX

Published by

IMPACT PHOTO GRAPHICS

Ref: 57041-4LN

 

MINT UNSIGNED COPY OF SAME POSTCARD

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

PHOTOGRAPH

26TH NOVEMBER 2019

 

Me obtaining my autographs from Astronaut Norman Thagard

Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

 

PHOTOGRAPH

26TH NOVEMBER 2019

 

12/05/2020

 

CINDERELLA – 1950

CINDERELLA WITH HER FAIRY GODMOTHER

ANIMATION GALLERY

Published by

(DISNEY’S) ANIMATION GALLERY

DISNEY MGM STUDIOS

WALT DISNEY WORLD

 

I remember when the ‘Animation Gallery’ shop in what was the Disney MGM Studios, now Disney Hollywood Studios, sold some great exclusive postcards like this one. Sadly, this is not the case anymore, and the old animation gallery has been a Star Wars themed shop for a number of years now. Strangely, although the shop probably sold lots of postcards they rarely turn up on eBay or in dealer’s stock. I suspect that this because most were bought by Disney fanatics (and many of those visiting the theme parks are fanatics… I know, I’m one of them ?)

 

12/05/2020

 

APOLLO 11

FIRST MAN ON THE MOON

50 YEARS

1969 – 2019

NOVELTY METAL POSTCARD

Hangable/Mailable Metal Art Card

Published by (possibly)

CREATIVE ACTION NETWORK

 

This was bought for me for Christmas last year by Jo, as part of my Christmas present. It was bought at the Kennedy Space Centre and I had seen it in the gift shop but at $17.99 it was a little too much for a holiday souvenir buy, although I really wanted it. Thankfully, as stated, Jo stepped in and bought one for me. I think this is a lovely card, expensive, but lovely. I have kept mine in its sales wrapper which I suspect specialists would class as ‘Mint in original Packet’.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD.

NOVELTY METAL POSTCARD IN ORIGINAL PACKET

 

12/05/2020

 

LONDON DUCK TOURS

Published by

LONDON DUCK TOURS

 

Promotional postcard for this experience where you travel around London both on land and on water in the same vehicle. What I like about this postcard is that you get to see the vehicle on land, entering the water and on the water across three separate images. In the centre you get the duck logo for the company. The final image, top left shows you what one of this original military vehicles looked like when they were used in WWII, which means this can be added to a military themed collection as well.

 

p.s. funnily enough this was sent to me amongst a bundle of Disney postcards because someone thought the duck was Donald Duck!

 

www.londonducktours.co.uk 

 

12/05/2020

 

200th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

&

NATIONAL NURSES DAY

12TH MAY 2020

 

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

A LADYBIRD ‘ADVENTURE FROM HISTORY’ BOOK

Novelty – WOODEN POSTCARD

Published by

THE WOODEN POSTCARD COMPANY

From their 2020

THE NHS CHARITIES COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL Series

25% of the cost goes to the NHS Charities

 

Another wooden postcard which fits so nicely into todays commemorations. Florence Nightingale was born on this day in 1820 in Florence, Italy after which she was named. Today is not the National Nurses Day for any old reason, it is nationally commemorated on this date because of its connection with the UK’s, and the worlds most famous nurse and the founder of modern nursing.

 

p.s. This is another of this companies wooden designs which was previously available before the re-release as part of their NHS CHARITIES COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL this year 

 

12/05/2020

 

NATIONAL NURSES DAY

12TH MAY 2020

 

THE NURSE

‘PEOPLE AT WORK’

A LADYBIRD ‘EASY-READING’ BOOK

Novelty – WOODEN POSTCARD

Published by

THE WOODEN POSTCARD COMPANY

From their 2020

THE NHS CHARITIES COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL Series

25% of the cost goes to the NHS Charities

 

Although this wooden postcard design was previously released before the Covid-19 lockdown it has now been re-released with a COVID-19 red charity print on the reverse side. On what is the National Nurses Day I cannot think of a better postcard to show you.

 

11/05/2020

 

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

AND THE VICTORIA MEMORIAL

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS LTD

 

I found this card in a cheap box and I thought this pencil sketch of the Buckingham Palace was exceptional. Unfortunately, the artist is not named, and I cannot make out the name from the signature. If anyone knows who this is by, I would appreciate hearing from you.

As I said above, this was a cheap box find, one much approved when I turned it over and saw what is on the reverse side.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has the following two stamps applied:

2 ½ d ‘Signs of Industry’

3 d ‘Signs of Peace’

Both stamps make up the set titled ‘Victory’, and which were issued on the 11th June 1946. Interestingly, these have been cancelled first day of issue with the slogan postmark:

“DON’T WASTE BREAD – OTHERS NEED IT” London W.1.

I know that thee two stamps on a plain envelope cancelled first day of issue are valued at £9+, so their appearance here on a nice related royal postcard and cancelled with a slogan cancel could well be worth £20+ (my 1993 Collect British First Day Covers catalogue prices this slogan cancelling these two stamps on a plain envelope at £20 and on an illustrated cover at £60, so how much for a nice postcard?)  All of which is not bad for something for which I paid 50p!

The “DON’T WASTE BREAD – OTHERS NEED IT” slogan cancel was used between the 20th May and the 15th June 1946 (late usage recorded at Warwick & Leamington Spa until 3rd July).

 

11/05/2020

 

MALAYA

6 cents POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

NATIVES TAPPING RUBBER TREES

Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalog

Section 12

Malaya - Page 1

Reference No: 18

Issued: 1957

 

It is nice to find these postal stationery post cards genuinely used. This one was sent to the ‘RADIO MALAYA, ENGLISH SECTION’, Kuala Lumpur requesting they play a song called ‘If His Dreams Come True’ by Nat King Cole. The card has been cancelled with a wavy-line machine cancellation for Penang dated 23rd July 1959. A simple card, but a nice little piece of quite modern philatelic postal history.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

11/05/2020

 

A. P. GIANNINI

FOUNDER OF BANK OF AMERICA

1870 – 1949

Official Bank of America Postcard

Ref: J2684

(183)

 

This ‘LARGE’ postcard depicts a painting which hangs in the Seven Oaks Room at Bank of America’s A. P. Giannini Branch in San Mateo, California. Mr Giannini lived in San Mateo for over 50 years. Not normally a postcard I would much be interested in, I certainly have little interest in the world of banking (as long as it looks after my money), but, again, it is the reverse side made me buy this card.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has the 1973 USA issued 21 cents Amadeo P. Giannini stamp applied cancelled first day of issue, 27th June 1973 at San Mateo, California (the stamp is reference 1400 in ‘The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps 28th Edition – Page 184). The combination here of stamp, postcard and appropriate first day of issue cancellation is superb.

 

11/05/2020

 

Untitled Postcard

(No Location named)

DINANT,

BELGIUM

Published by

ERN. THRILL, BRUXELLES (NELS)

Ref: No. 38

 

Although no location is named on this postcard it has a cancellation on the reverse side for Dinant, and any quick search of the ‘Dinant’ on the internet will bring up the images of this city which depict this same scene. Here top left you have part of the fortified Citadel on the cliffs behind the buildings seen here on the banks of the Meuse River. You can also see the gothic Collegiate Church of Our Lady. A lovely black and white photograph on a postcard posted in 1967.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This postcard was posted without a postage stamp applied. It still received the postmark for DINANT, a nice slogan cancellation: DINANT – SUR MEUSE – ROUTE CHARLEMAGNE, dated 25th September 1967. Because no postage was paid the card received a large ‘T’ tax owed (To Pay) mark placed within the slogan cancellation. The postcard was posted from Dinant in Belgium to Lier in Belgium (located in the Belgian province of Antwerp). On arrival in Lier a postage due stamp was applied and cancelled with a Lier cancel dated 26th September 1967. The postage due stamp is from the 1966 issues (which was used through to 1981 (although the design was used on further stamps through to at least an issue released in 1988). The stamp has the Michel ref 57 and the Stanley Gibbons reference SG D2813. This stamp has ‘fairly’ low catalogue value, but it has a nice usage here on this postcard.

 

11/05/2020

 

1893 – POSTZEGELVEREENIGING – BREDA – 1938

POSTBODE UIT DE MIDDELEEUWEN

29e NEDERLANDSCHE PHILATELISTENDAG

NATIONALE PROPAGANDA

POSTZEGELTENTOONSTELLING

“BREDA”

27-28 AUGUSTUS 1938

1893 – Postage Stamp Association – Breda – 1938

Middle Aged Postal

29th Dutch Philatelist’s Day

National Propaganda

Postage Exhibition

“Breda”

August 27 – 28, 1938”

Official Exhibition Postcard

 

A lovely postal related exhibition postcard from the Netherlands and from 1938. This would not be a particularly valuable postcard, but it is a nice pre-WWII exhibition card.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The Netherlands stamp applied to this card is the 1938 1 ½ cent ‘40th Anniversary of Coronation of Queen Wilhelmina’ (SG 483). This stamp has been cancelled with the special hand stamp for the Postage Exhibition dated for the second and last day of the exhibition: 28th August 1938. The stamp applied was actually released the day before on the first day of the exhibition, 27th August (which would be a more valuable usage although the second day use of this hand stamp, as shown here is harder to find).   

 

11/05/2020

 

CENTENARY

THE BOYS BRIGADE 1983

SOLOMAN ISLANDS

STAMP CARD

Published by the

SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT (POSTAL AUTHORITY)

Ref: OFFICIAL PICTURE CARD

SIPB/5 - 11/82

 

Having posted the scout related stamp postcard below I thought I would also show you this Boys Brigade one as well. Interestingly, I was in the Boys Brigade for a couple of years at a ‘very’ young age and prior to moving across into scouts. The Boys Brigade unit I was a member of met in a church which was demolished and turned into housing many years ago now, so that structure has long gone. I enjoyed my time here and can not say exactly why I ended up leaving (it may have been after a period of absence after an operation I had). As an aside there was another church directly opposite where I went to Boys Brigade. In this other church, or rather the hall at the back, I later used to attend Venture Scouts. This church was also later demolished, much later than the boys brigade location opposite, and blocks of flats were built on the plot. All this just goes to show how much places can change.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Lots of information is recorded on the reverse side of this stamp postcard.

 

11/05/2020

 

1907 – 1982

75th ANNIVERSARY OF SCOUTING

CYCLIST

NEVIS

STAMP CARD

Published by the

NEVIS PHILATELIC BUREAU

Ref: NPHQ16

 

I have a large scout themed collection because I have been involved in scouting in one way or another for a large part of my life although unfortunately all scouting activities are on hold at the moment as a another casualty of the current pandemic. My honest belief is that scouting will take a big hit from this closed period as it is feasible that many packs and groups will struggle to get returning numbers, once they are, allowed, to reopen. This is because I think many of the children will have moved on and as any parent knows it is really hard to get a child to go back to a club after a long break, even just through the school summer holidays shut down period (although not all groups do close during this six week period). Fingers crossed I am wrong.

Also, at the moment there are cycles everywhere! It has again become the national pastime. When I have my daily walk, I now see all sorts of cyclists everywhere, especially along our seafront where since the lockdown I think the number of cyclists has quadrupled!

 

10/05/2020

 

BLUE IGUANA

CAYMAN ISLANDS B.W.1

Photography and design:

PATRICIO ILLESCAS ALVAREZ

Published by

GRAFIT PRINT

Ref: BI-003

 

I am missing my travel, as I know many people are and I have no real idea when travel will again be possible, but I have fond memories of my past trips which are given an extra push through looking at the postcards I bought whilst at these places. Grand Cayman is somewhere I would like to go back to.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I found the postcards if this area nearly all had attractive eye-catching reverse sides. This one was no exception.

 

10/05/2020

 

QUEEN MARY 2

HISTORY IN THE MAKING…

MAIDEN VOYAGE – 12 JANUARY 2004

Published by

MARINE ART POSTERS

No. 209

Copyright CUNARD LINE LIMITED 2004

 

The cruise ship industry is in a stall at-the-moment with I believe just about all cruise ships currently not in service, except for some where people have become trapped on them because of the coronavirus issues. I know that the ships were an initial spreader of the virus, or at least they were apparently a place where the transmission of the virus seemed to do well. This is all a shame as cruise ship holidays are extremely popular, although personally I have only done a couple of Disney cruise holidays, but I did enjoy them.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This ‘particular’ postcard was posted in Guernsey with the stamp being cancelled with a special hand stamp which reads:

 

QUEEN MARY 2

MAIDEN VOYAGE

13TH APRIL 2004

GUERNSEY POST OFFICE

 

There is also a nice two-line red coloured cachet which reads:

 

CARRIED ON BOARD

Q.M.2

 

09/05/2020

 

WHITBY

IT’S QUICKER BY RAIL

LONDON AND NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY Poster

By

K. HAUFF

Circa 1930’s

Published by the

NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

Ref: 23249

 

We have recently been talking about our next move. Normally we just move to another local house here in the Southend-on-Sea area, where I have pretty much lived all m y life (with just a brief few years close by in Pitsea, which next door almost to Southend anyway). So, probably time for something different we thought. After a few discussions we have two different locations we are going to have a look at (the move is a long-term plan, maybe next year or 2022). One of these is Whitby. So, having always liked this location, which I have visited a few times now, this has made the top two. To be fair this poster shows a scene which, besides the clothing of those depicted, has little changed over the years.

 

09/05/2020

 

FLY VIRGIN - VIRGIN’S LONDON

Official Promotional Virgin Postcard

Published by

VIRGIN (AIRLINES)

 

In September we are due to fly out to Miami with Virgin Atlantic although as each week passes and things improve so little we are wondering if we will get to travel at all. We have already been informed by Virgin that we will not now be flying out of Gatwick as Virgin Atlantic have moved out of this airport and down my way are now only flying out of Heathrow. This means our flight is now not going and the company have stated that they are looking at how to get us out on the correct date, assuming that there are flights and that we can leave the UK and that we can  enter the US. There is a lot of question marks in there!!!

Anyway, this postcard is from an earlier time when flights were becoming more and more popular. It was one card in a series, I remember an American one with the Virgin tail-plane reflected in the helmet of an American football player on a field.

This one is for London and just how many iconic London things can you fit into an image: Red Bus, Red Post Box (to the left side of the policeman), Red Telephone Box, Policeman, Harrods shopping bag (although the woman carrying these must have been showing off as Harrods is some way from where this is supposed to be!) and a punk (although by the time this came out more a gothic-punk. The location depicted here is Covent Garden, which is why you also have the street performer on the right side, as these are common and an official aspect of this large square. I know this because I have spent many enjoyable hours in Covent Garden, it is an area of London I like a lot.

One of the little things that appeals to me about this design is the badges worn by the child and balloon seller. The boy has a Postman Pat one (so this fits into my Television collection) whilst the man is wearing a Mickey Mouse one (Just! Mickey Mouse-ish shall we say), which means this could, at a push, fit into my Disney collection (but it would be pushing it).

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

08/05/2020

 

V.E. DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY

 

DAILY EXPRESS

LONDON CROWDS “SEE IN”

THE OFFICIAL VE DAY

SONGS AND DANCING ALL NIGHT LONG

Tuesday 8th May 1945

Distributed by

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S FOUNDATION FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Image courtesy of the

DAILY EXPRESS

 

This modern postcard shows the cover of a late edition of the Daily Express released on the 8th May 1945. The celebrations were already well underway, but they would continue long after this edition came out, and often right through the night into the early hours of the 9th May.

Today I would like to think that we are not celebrating the 75th anniversary, we are commemorating the 75th anniversary. For those who were out on that specific night I have no doubt that ‘celebration’ was the word. They had been through nearly six years of war with the loss of many family members and friends. I think they had the right to have a good old knees-up. Back then it was quite a night, so important and infectious that even the then Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth) and her sister Princess Margaret obtained permission from the father, the King, to go out and mingle with the crowds as anonymously as they could.

Today though we must also remember all those who had died over the course of World War II so I believe commemoration is the right approach today.     

 

DAILY EXPRESS

VE NIGHT: THE LIGHTS GO UP IN LONDON

Wednesday 9th May 1945

Distributed by

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S FOUNDATION FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Image courtesy of the

DAILY EXPRESS

 

This edition of the Daily Express came out the morning after, but it has a cracking image of St Pauls Cathedral with the two searchlights behind it forming a massive ‘V’ in the sky, one of the most impactive scenes of the night before. These modern postcards reproducing newspaper headlines from this earlier period were very popular.  

 

XXe ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA VICTOIRE 1945 - 1965

20TH Anniversary of Victory 1945 – 1965

FRENCH MAXI-CARD

PARIS special Handstamp 8-9 MAI [May] 1965  

Imp (I think this means ‘Printer’) SCHUSTER, PARIS

 

This is a lovely French maxi-card for the French stamp issued in 1965 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Victory in World War II (SG 1679, Michel 1509). This was a single stamp issue, 40c, printed in red, blue and black. The stamp was issued on the 8th May 1965 so the cancellation used here is technically a first day of issue cancel (even though it also mentions the 9th May as well).

What drew me to this card was the image of the children dressed in a representation of their country, so you have an American child as the statue of liberty, a French girl dressed as Marianne, the national personification of the French Republic since the French Revolution, a Chinese child with blue ‘coolie’ styled Chinese hat, a British child wearing a sort of combination of what looks mostly to be Scottish clothing and lastly a Russian child with a distinctive Russian looking hat and red jacket. Some of these clothing designs could be considered stereotypical now, but the effect here is successful.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

XXe ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA VICTOIRE 1945 - 1965

20TH Anniversary of Victory 1945 – 1965

FRENCH MAXI-CARD

Flag design by

R. GENOT

REIMS first day of issue special Handstamp Dated 8th MAI [May] 1965

First Day Cover (Card)

Published by

MARQUE DEPOSEE

 

A different maxi-card for the same stamp issue as on the above postcard (the 20th Anniversary of Victory in World War II - SG 1679, Michel 1509). This one is a more serious design incorporating the flags of the allied nations, a design very similar to that as used on the stamp itself with the flags in the same order across the design of the stamp and the postcard.   

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

07/05/2020

 

JAFFA

MARKET PLACE

Jaffa – Le Marche

Published by

THE CAIRO POSTCARD TRUST, CAIRO

Ref: SERIE 804

 

This is another of those colourised photographs from the early days of postcard publication in the 20th century. This is also a typical tourist postcard of the era and the type of card the visitors to these exotic locations would buy and stick into their postcard albums. This is probably how this mint copy survived.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

 

07/05/2020

 

THE CANADIAN ARCH (ILLUMINATED)

IN WHITEHALL ERECTED IN HONOUR

OF THE CORONATION OF HIS MAJESTY

KING EDWARD VII

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS

Ref: “EMPIRE” POSTCARD.

SERIES 667

Phototyped in Haarlem

 

King Edward VII became king upon the death of his mother Queen Victoria in 1901, but his coronation was not until the 9th August 1902 (it had originally been planned for the 26th June 1902 but two days before this the King was diagnosed with appendicitis. A then quite radical operation was performed, which was successful allowing the King to recover for the eventual rescheduled coronation date). This all explains why this postcard did not come out until 1902, and this copy was posted on the 12th September 1902. I have always liked this one as it appeals to my interest in history and structures which had a short life span for which have changed considerably since the postcard image was produced. I have always thought this would have been worth seeing.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

 

06/05/2020

 

UNTITLED (on this postcard)

By

BANKSY

‘THE ART OF BANKSY’

Published for

BANKSY EXHIBITION

 

Only Banksy could get away with painting a full-sized elephant model and then match it to the wallpaper in a room…

 

06/05/2020

 

PETER GUT “DER LAUTSPRECHER”

ILLUSTRATION AUS DEM BUCH

“TIERISCH UNTER STROM”

KEIN & ABER VERLAG  

‘The Speaker’ by Peter Gut

Illustration from the book

“Animal Live”

Kein & Aber Publisher

Published by

INKOGNITO

Ref: 5412

 

I love the postcard designs published by this German company and have quite a few of them now, some of which have appeared on the webpage already. Their designs don’t need to make sense, and some really don’t, but they give you something interesting to look at.

 

05/05/2020

 

NOAH’S ARK

By

MICHAEL LEIGH

Collage 2011

Published by

MICHAEL LEIGH

 

This is the same artist as was responsible for the unusual multi-view postcard images which I depicted sometime ago (last month possibly, or March). They were very funny whilst his work like this is more artistic. For me of course it’s the animal content of this collage that appealed.

 

“GARDEN PESTS”

By

MICHAEL LEIGH

Collage 2013

Published by

MICHAEL LEIGH

 

As you can see from this image and the one above Michael Leigh does like his collage’s. This image kind of reminds me of one of those 1960’s monster movies, the black and white ones with giant insects, like ‘Tarantula’ and ‘Them’, scary.

 

05/05/2020

 

“THEN I CAN’T MARRY YOU,

MY PRETTY MAID!”

THE MILKMAID

From the Original Drawing by

RANDOLPH CALDECOTT

Published by

F. WARNE & CO

Ref: ‘RANDOLPH CALDECOTT PICTURE’S’

F 5

 

I have always been a fan of the artwork of Randolph Caldecott. Most of the images I have seen on postcard have been images connected to nursey rhythms or classic poems like this one which is from ‘The Milk Maid’ by Mother Goose. There is something about his work which draws me in and makes me examine the images closer. I find the simplicity of the pictures captivating.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

04/05/2020

 

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY

 

STAR WARS

IDENTITIES

THE EXHIBITION

‘WHAT FORCES SHAPE YOU?’

Official Exhibition Postcard

 

DARTH MAUL

 

Its that day again so here are some Star Wars postcards to match the annual celebrations (a tadge muted this year to previous incarnations I suspect). I attended this exhibition and bought the superb book related to it (which can be seen under the ‘Miscellaneous Items’ tab). Unfortunately, when I went it was late in the exhibitions run and they had sold out of the postcards, so I have been left hunting these down on eBay. So far, I have found three.

 

STAR WARS

IDENTITIES

THE EXHIBITION

‘WHAT FORCES SHAPE YOU?’

Official Exhibition Postcard

 

DARTH VADER

 

STAR WARS

IDENTITIES

THE EXHIBITION

‘WHAT FORCES SHAPE YOU?’

Official Exhibition Postcard

 

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