PEACOCK (Pavo cristatus)
From the original drawing by
J. C. DOLLMAN, R.W.S.
Published by the
BRITISH MUSEUM (NATURAL HISTORY)
WATERLOW & SONS LIMITED, LONDON
Ref: C 121
Since I was a child, I have loved the Natural History Museum, as it is now better known as, and I cannot resist any postcard published by the museum, especially any older issues. This one I found in an antiques shop on my last holiday in Norfolk and it cost me just £1. Was worth every penny in my opinion.
BORIS JOHNSON PARTYGATE
Limited edition of just 30 postcards
Published in France by the Artist
Signed on the reverse side by the Artist
Yesterday we got our second female Prime Minister when Liz Truss won the tory leadership competition (I won’t make any comment as I try and keep my page neutral… well, I try!). This also meant that yesterday was Boris’s official last day. I suspect quite strongly that all the ‘Partygate’ stuff had much to do with his fall from grace, so this seems an appropriate postcard to post today. This is not an easy postcard to source because only 30 copies were produced, and it has a high price as well, but I do like it and it fits into my covid collection because of the partygate link to this period of the pandemic.
“With Love Basil”
Official Black and White Promotional Photograph
This was by far my best find at this past weekends Nottingham Postcard Fair. It is not a postcard exactly, as it is one of the black and white promotional plain backed cards sent out by the television company to people writing in as fans etc. As a kid I was a huge fan of Basil Brush and I do have a small number of related postcards (there are not many), but I had never seen this one before. It was priced at £5 which I was happy to pay as I expect on eBay this would be easily £8 to £10, if not more in an auction scenario. I love this card and I expect I may never see another.
MIKHAIL GORBACHEV….. R.I.P.
2ND March 1931 – 30th August 2022
Former President of the Soviet Union
PRIX NOBEL DE LA PAIX
Limited Edition of 300
Privately Produced Postcard
Printed in France
I am a few days late with this posting because I was away for the weekend and spent the days leading up to my trip preparing new stock for the Nottingham postcard fair we were attending (see my facebook page for some photos from this fair). Gorbachev was of course a famous politician and will forever be linked to Russia’s period of glasnost and his many meetings with the American president Ronald Reagan and the British PM Margaret Thatcher, many images of which appeared on postcard.
SUPPORTING THE GREAT DAFFODIL APPEAL 2022
Shape Cut Postcard
Official Charity Appeal Promotional Postcard
This great free postcard has already appeared in one of my ‘Picture Postcard Collecting’ magazine articles, but it is such a great postcard that I wanted to picture here as well on the webpage. This came free inside an outer charity appeal campaign, along with a letter, stickers, and a return envelope, you know the drill, we all get this type of mail, although this postcard shows that some of these are worth opening and checking the contents.
What I like about this card is the cuts around some of the petals of the daffodil across the top and down the left side. This unusual addition, especially for a free card, as a cracking addition and makes this a very collectible, and eye-catching postcard.
ONE OF FOUR NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS –
Locally produced Postcard
Copyright SOUTHEND CORPORATION
I travelled on these trains many times before they were taken out of service. They were acquired in 1949 and ran until the service was closed in the mid-1970’s, 1978 to be more precise (the service returned some years later, in 1986, and still runs to this day). This card is a nice piece of local history for me and also brings back memories of riding these trains.
H. J. SLIJPER
THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS
Printed in Holland
I bought this postcard in a collector’s come antiques shop I found in Sheringham, Norfolk. I think the image is stunning and as soon as I saw this, I knew it was coming my way especially as it was only £1. A truly beautiful postcard and a superb example of why I collect postcards.
CLEY WINDMILL, NORFOLK
NIGEL WALLACE (WHITE ONE SUGAR)
WHITE ONE SUGAR
Printed and distributed by
STAR EDITIONS LTD
Having not put any postcards on the website for over a week, because of my little holiday break in Norfolk, I thought I should post a few cards today and this series from the Norfolk coast area fits the bill very nicely. We passed this windmill several times and it is a key landmark along this top coast. I could also see this from where I stopped off and had a walk through a well-known birdwatching area to the east of this windmill. I had a really good bird watching day and saw my very first wood sandpiper.
HOLKHAM BEACH, NORFOLK
NIGEL WALLACE (WHITE ONE SUGAR)
WHITE ONE SUGAR
Printed and distributed by
STAR EDITIONS LTD
I have been to this small town many times in the past and it is a ‘must-do’ on any of our visits. There is an ice cream stall, or window really at the far west side of the seafront on the water side opposite (sideways) from the seafood kiosk. This ice cream place does the best honeycomb ice cream I have ever tasted, and I probably visit more to eat this than for any other reason, although there are some nice eateries and lots of interesting shops as well, many selling postcards like this one.
Panorama PostcARd (spelt like this)
I bought this postcard whilst in Budapest in 2019. There were several cards in this series, several of which I have depicted below. It was the images which first caught my eye, but then I saw the little mobile phone logo bottom right and the reference to 360 degrees. Text on the reverse side advises you that to view a panoramic picture you needed to download and install the ‘Panorama PostcARd app to your mobile device. After launching the app you have to point your phone (or tablet’s) camera at this postcards picture and then you can enjoy a 360 degree panoramic photo. I really liked the idea of a postcard being linked up to an ‘app’, something really- different and a new technological use of a postcard series.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
‘BUILD YOUR OWN NEW YORK’ Series
Cut out model card
Scale = 1:400
WURLINGTON PRESS (2015)
When we visited New York in 2020 (February) we visited the island on which the Statue of Liberty is located. The queue for the boat across was very long and it was a long day, but I really enjoyed the whole experience (I had seen the Statue of Liberty back in 2018 when Jo and I had an American travel holiday but that time our view was from a tourist boat that travels past the statue). On the island there is a superb gift shop which is packed with just about every conceivable souvenir of the statue that you can imagine. There is, amongst these, an amazing array of different postcards (I spent a lot of dollars here). One that I did quite like is this model card which allows you to attempt to make your own little model of the statue, although to be honest I think it looks a bit fiddly and has some small, complicated bits to cut out. Having said that I still love this card. I like novelty cards and have a selection of cut-out cards and pick them up when I see them. This one is a great souvenir of my visit to the statue.
OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN … R.I.P.
26TH September 1948 – 8th August 2022
Singer and songwriter who also in some films. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner and had five number one hits and another ten top-ten hits in the US. Although one of the best-selling music artists of the second half of the 20th century she will perhaps forever be best remembered for her starring part in the 1978 feature film musical ‘Grease’
DANCE ON FILM SINCE THE 1970’s
9 NOVEMBER – 5 DECEMBER 2012
AVANT-CARD (FREECARD MEDIA) AUSTRALIA
Ref: 2012 #16612
When I first had my own record player as a kid the first two albums I received as a Christmas presents were Olivia Newton John albums. I was and continue to be a huge fan of her music. I even went to the cinema to see ‘Grease’, despite really not liking musicals at all, but Olivia Newton John was in it and I had to go. So, it is with great sadness that I have just recently heard the news that she has passed away. I shall have to play some of her songs later in remembrance.
(Army House – or perhaps better translated as ‘Arsenal’)
Published (Or/and Printed) By
L. SAALFELD, BERLIN S.W. 29
We were due to visit Berlin in 2020, but like our other foreign holidays during the last couple of years this got cancelled. We had been twice in 2019 and I have stated before that Berlin is my favourite European city (possibly my favourite foreign location full stop).
This postcard, posted way back in 1903, depicts a building which is still standing. I have walked past it quite a few times as it is located on the famous Unter den Linden. It is now the German Historical Museum and although I have not been around the museum itself, yet, I have been in their gift shop, and it is one I highly recommend for postcards. They have a tremendous range, and it was an expensive diversion for me.
I had had this older card in my collection for a while, but it was not at first obvious to me that this was the building I had been inside (all-be-it just the excellent gift shop area). A quick bit of research soon showed me all the details. There is something enjoyable about matching up older postcards with places you have ‘actually’ visited or seen with your own eyes.
CENTENARY OF THE BATTLE OF FROMELLES
1916 – 2016
POSTCARD INTERACTIVE COMPANY OF SYDNEY
Text on the reverse side reads:
“19 – 20 July 1916
The Battle was responsible for one of the greatest losses of Australian lives in 24 hours. The 5th Australian Division lost 5,513 killed and wounded (of the 7,080 total allied losses). German losses almost 2,000 men.”
Although I am more interested in the history surrounding the Second World War I do have a tremendous interest in the First World War and in fact I have probably been on more WW1 battlefield tours than WW2 tours, but its close. I have visited Fromelles and walked the battlefield ground there, so I liked this postcard when I received it from Australia. This card is from a series depicting maps of WW1 battlefields and they are worth hunting down.
NICHELLE NICHOLS (Born Grace Dell Nichols) … R.I.P.
28TH December 1932 – 30TH July 2022
American actress who will forever be remembered for playing the character of Uhura in the original television series Star Trek. Her portrayal of this character was a ground-breaking role for African American actresses in America. Between 1977 and 2015 the actress volunteered her time to promote NASA’s approach towards recruiting women and ethnic minorities to become astronauts.
STAR TREK CAST
CLASSICO SAN FRANCISCO
ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
COMMEMORATING 30 YEARS OF STAR TREK
I thought I would show you this stamp sheet from my TV philatelic collection as something different to go with todays posting. I like this because Lt Uhura gets her own stamp. This sheet sits in my combined Television stamp/mail/postcard collection on this theme.
BERNARD JOSEPH CRIBBINS… R.I.P.
29TH December 1928 – 27TH July 2022
English actor who appeared in many TV series and films, such as The Railway Children (1970), Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock’s film, 1972), Fawlty Towers (1975), Jackanory (many apparencies), The Wombles (narrator), Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (Dr Who feature film 1966 – 41 years later he appeared in the Doctor Who TV series), but this small list barely touches on what was a long and very eclectic career.
Many years ago, I had the good fortune to attend a signing session attended by three members of the cast of the film ‘The Railway Children’. I took with me a Royal Mail PHQ postcard which I had which had the children’s TV stamp cancelled with a special ‘The Railway Children’ film related cancellation (first day of issue for the stamp used). I love collecting signatures in person as you end up with lovely, and sometimes unique, items. I have a couple of cards signed by Bernard Cribbins but this card is the only one where I got to personally meet him and get the card signed myself. I had been, and continued to be, a big fan of Bernard Cribbins so I was saddened to hear of his recent passing so dug out this unusual card to show you.
It must have been some years ago I had this signed as one of the other signers there was Brenda Cowling and she passed away in 2010.
CHEMINS DE FER DE L’OUEST
& DU LONDON, BRIGHTON & SOUTH COAST RAILWAY.
VIEILLES AFFICHES DU TEMPS PASSE…
WESTERN RAILWAYS & LONDON, BRIGHTON & SOUTH COAST RAILWAY.
OLD POSTERS OF TIME PASSED…
ARTAUD FRERES EDITEURS
As some of you will know, I cannot resist a postcard depicting a police officer. This card was published in France with French text on the front which makes this a very interesting version.
THE POSTCARD FACTORY
Ref: PC57-FL 101
An appropriate postcard today because we have finalised our next Florida holiday. Due to all the issues across the world in the last few years the last time we got to visit was back in 2019 (we did get to visit New York in February 2020, so it was not our last US trip). We have visited Florida in many different months (Feb, April, July, August, September, October, November, and December) but we have never been in January, so it will be January 2023 that we will travel. Across the years that this website has been running (since 2016) I have posted postcards whilst on a holiday, something which I enjoy doing as I am obviously in a new environment and when internet access allows, I like to let you know how it is going using appropriate images which I have normally pre-scanned.
The Postcard Factory produce some great postcards and they usually make the reverse sides interesting as well, often with a greyed out copy of the postcards front image as is the case here. Where I go, Orlando area, there are obviously lots of Disney themed postcards available, but we are going to be spending less time in the Disney parks this time and intend exploring the area from a Universal area hotel. So, I thought a non-Disney card would be more applicable (but Disney cards will continue to be posted in the future and I suspect I will still obtain some on the trip).
NEDERLANDS AFFICHE VOOR: DANTE’S INFERNO
AMERIIKAANSE FILM UIT 1924
BOOMERANG FREECARDS AMSTERDAM
Well, its been a good few days since my last posting, but what a week it has been. We had two of the hottest days ever here in the UK on Monday and Tuesday, especially Tuesday! I had to travel to Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday to give a talk/display around my RMS Titanic postcard collection (I have posted some images from this display on the facebook page for marks-postcard-chat). Despite it being as hot as any Florida trip I have ever been on we did enjoy the day because we did something rather than just lounge around trying to keep cool. I have to say though that it was so hot that day, and I mean hot. This postcard came to mind when I was trying to find some shade! Perhaps not an actual inferno, but I am sure some felt it was near enough.
P.S - it is also quite warm today as well - yesterday was much cooler and overcast for much of the afternoon, although the sun was out during the morning - I have to go to work later this afternoon and am hoping things dont get any hotter later!
BORIS JOHNSON RESIGNS
7TH JULY 2022
DOWNING STREET SW1
PAUL THURLBY (2016)
Used on the front with ‘Big Ben’ special permanent postmark dated
7th July 2022
When I heard that Boris had resigned, which I heard from his own voice during his live announcement outside No 10 Downing Street I decided that I needed to produce a few personal souvenirs of his passing (although to date he is still there, but fingers crossed).
One postcard design leaped out to be used and I had two copies cancelled with different cancels.
DON’T GO OUT. GO OUT
CANCEL ON LEFT SIDE: 23RD MARCH 2022 – First Day of Issue for the Covid Heroes stamp applied
CANCEL ON RIGHT SIDE: 7TH JULY 2022 – Date of Boris Johnsons resignation announcement – ROYAL MAIL ‘BIG BEN’ permanent postmark LONDON SW1
I already had this card used with the Covid stamp cancelled first day of issue and I thought it just screamed out to be double cancelled with the date of Boris’s resignation. I also thought another Covid Heroes stamp would be appropriate (although connecting the word HERO with anything to do with Boris comes hard!)
JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
TAKE THE TUBE TO THE BRITISH MUSEUM
Artist: MELVYN RODDA (1994)
LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM
Ref: LTM 560
Despite having visited the London Transport Museum gift shop many, many times, and having a huge collection of their postcards, I have never actually been into the museum itself. Which is quite a surprise really and I cannot explain why. Having said that, I have visited the British Museum, as advertised on this transport poster, on many occasions. It is in fact one of my favourite London museums. I will have to remedy the London Transport Museum position though.
OLD POST OFFICE
Golden Age Topographical Postcard
Like many collectors I love old images of buildings and structures from my hometown. Postcards like these are probably the most collected type, and old post offices are a popular area of interest. This card has some minor damage, but this does not affect the main area of the image but does reduce the value of this card a little. This would have cost more if it had been in perfect condition.
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
(1ST JULY 1976)
THE BASILIC [Albert] AFTER THE FIRST BOMBARDEMENTS (1916)
COMBIER IMPRIMEUR MACON
EDITE PAR LE SYNDICAT D’INITIATIVE
Ref: 003 – ALBERT (Somme)
Today is the 106th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme in the first world war. On that day the British forces, with their allied armies, lost around 60,000 men (the official figure seems to be 57,470 casualties, with 19,240 men killed – although different books and records show slightly different figures, although it must be said that none of these make easy reading).
I have visited Albert and have seen the rebuilt Basilic with its bright gold statue at the top, which for many prior years I had seen in the distance whilst on earlier WWI battlefield trips. It was not until Jo and I made a visit on our own that I got to go into Albert and get a look around the town.
This 1976 maxi-card is a great card and one which I have as a memento of my visits to the Somme battlefields.
GOLD MARILYN MONROE
1962 SILKSCREEN INK ON SYNTHETIC POLYMER PAINT ON CANVAS
Published by (and sold at)
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
I saw this painting, or silk screen print if you prefer, on my visit to the Museum of Modern Art (or MOMA as it is called locally) back in February 2020, just a month or so before everything turned upside down and we ended up in a pandemic.
I have always been interested in art, especially more modern era artwork and I did art at school as one of my exams (I did OK). So, wherever I am I like to visit art galleries and I can highly recommend this one if you find yourself in New York anytime and you want to see one of the best collections of modern art available (although Chicago has a great gallery as well).
100 JAHRE EISENBAHN
CENTENAIRE DES CHEMINS DE FER
CENTENARIO DELLE FERROVIE
1847 – 1947
‘Centenary of Railways’
Official Postal Stationery Post Card
A nice postally used special anniversary of the railways, 100 years, from Switzerland where the sender has had a copy of the actual stamp, same as the printed version, applied which I think enhances the look of this lovely card.
VICTORY IN THE FALKLANDS WAR 1982
OFFICIAL EXHIBITION POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD
Used first day of issue with exhibition special hand stamp
HAS ADDITIONAL CACHET APPLIED (Bottom left)
“VICTORY IN THE FALKLANDS
The surrender took place on the 14th June 1982 but so late in the day that news was not reported worldwide until the 15th June which meant many postal related items, like this card, were dated the 15th. This is an unusual item but quite a few were produced, and it was ‘fairly easy’ to obtain for many years, although a little more so in the past few years (but it is still a relatively cheap card at anything up to £5).
As today is the 40th anniversary, officially, I wanted to post an appropriate card but also something a bit different.
WB [Warner Bros] MOVIE WORLD
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
“Hollywood on the Gold Coast”
Made in Australia
Official theme park issue
I like unusual television related postcards and pick them up whenever I come across them on dealers stands. This one appealed as it is somewhere I am probably unlikely to be able to visit (although we have considered visiting Australia as we do have some friends and family living over there, you never know). As people who have followed me through the years will know, I do love theme parks, especially Disney ones, so this card also appeals on this front as well.
The characters depicted are not named on the card, but they are, from left to right: back row, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, then below we have Sylvester the cat and Foghorn Leghorn.
This card was posted to the UK from Australia in 1994.
SING WITH ENSA!
ROBERT OPIE COLLECTION
Ref: D-DAY SERIES Number: RODD 10
I think this is a great image and I love the fact that Robert Opie issues images of such unusual items as this ENSA poster. ENSA stood for the Entertainment National Service Association which was established in 1939 not long after the UK declared war on Germany during the opening gambits of the second world war. Started up by Basil Dean and Leslie Henson the association was designed to provide entertainment for all the British armed forces personnel who were shipped around the world taking part in combat. It is nice to see a modern postcard that represents this great organisation.
GENERAL DWIGHT D EISENHOWER
BRITISH OFFICIAL COLOUR TRANSPARENCY TAKEN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Published by the
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
GAVIN MARTIN LIMITED, LONDON
Ref: PC 851
Yesterday was the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy during World War II. General Eisenhower was the overall commander of operations and had a great deal of pressure placed upon him. It is known that he pre-wrote two announcements, one advising of the success of the landings on German occupied France and one which he would read out if the landings failed, which he knew would also have meant a great loss of life on the allied side. Fortunately, and partly due to his superb and calm handling of the planning, the landings were a success.
THE GOLDEN HIND
SOUTHEDN ON SEA
ERNEST JOYCE & Co., Ltd., Norwich
Made in U.S.A
PLASTICHROME by COLOURPICTURE PUBLISHERS, INC
BOSTON, MASS., USA
Colour by C. J. NICHOLAS AIBP
I remember this well and walked around it several time as a child. I also sadly watched it being dismantled as an adult. A building now stands here, an amusement arcade. Postcards like this can evoke memories and I think this is one of the things I like most about them. Other postcards depicting this attraction appear elsewhere on this website.
AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY
DAVIS AUSTRALIAN POLAR BASE
20TH JANUARY 1962
Special Stamp card produced by
SEVEN SEAS STAMPS PTY. LTD
“This stamp (as applied to this card) was issued in 1961 for the Australian Antarctic Territory. First day of issue dates for the four Australian Polar Bases – Wilkes, Davis, Mawson and Macquarie Island – varied, as the stamp was placed on sale only when relief parties in the 1961-62 expedition reached the bases concerned.”
Although a plain backed card this has much interest due to the story behind the use and issue of the applied stamp, the story of which is given above. This card was obviously posted from the DAVIS polar base in 1962 showing that although the stamp was produced in 1961 it took a little while for copies of it to reach the DAVIS base. Antarctic postal history is very collectible, even modern material like this.
LUCKY NUMBER WEEK (IN YOUR AREA)
PROMOTIONAL COMPETITION POSTCARD
Official Readers Digest Issue
These postcards are collected by advertising collectors although I think you also have a nice car image and an ocean liner depicted which opens the card up to other collectors. These cards have been popular for years and although once ‘fairly easy’ to pick up they have become much harder with time. This card was posted out in 1972 using a proper stamp (before the days of pre-printed stamp marks – and these cards, from this period always come with real stamps). The message on the reverse side is printed but has the look of being handwritten (something experts realised made it far more likely that the receiver would read the message – clever marketing, still used to this day by some companies).
Lastly, does anyone know which ship this is depicted here?
DAT PUDDY, HE NEWER LEARNS!
(SYLVESTER AND TWEETY)
(ROADRUNNER AND WILE E COYOTE)
NOTHING ESCAPES THE EYE OF THE EVER VIGILANT RANGER SMITH – OR DOES IT
I love the postcards that came in the’ LUCKY BAGS’ bags, which were bags of small toys and paper games mixed with some sweets and for awhile a postcard in each. The problem as I have mentioned before here, is that you could not see into the bags to see which postcard you were going to get. So, when I come across these on dealers stands, as I did with these three, I always pick them up as I think they are much harder to source than many people believe. Most were destroyed by the kids who were bought the bags. These three I picked up at a Nottingham fair last year (probably the first post pandemic lockdown Nottingham Postcard Fair). I had not seen them before.
HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
Official Theme Park Post Card
I don’t have many postcards from this Disney Park, and I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting it, but I am aware that they have produced a number of great postcards, something all the Disney parks were, and some are still, well known for. This one was posted to the UK from Hong Kong in 2007 by someone who writes that they had just visited the park, so I assume this card was bought on that trip, which nicely dates the card for me. Used cards from the Disney Parks are always useful for giving a good idea of when the card was on sale, and if you have more than one, how long the card was on sale for. This card is another of the cards bought recently at the last Nottingham Postcard Fair.
BELL’S PHOTO Co. Ltd., Westcliff-on-Sea
This may not look like much of a postcard for many, but if you live in the Southend-on-Sea area, like me, then there is every possibility that you will have seen this building and perhaps played around it as it is in one of, if not the, largest local park. As a kid I regularly visited Priory Park, named for the very building and priory that was located here. The building is now a museum and I have very fond memories of this building and the park it is still located in.
This is another postcard that I picked up at the Nottingham Postcard Fair this past weekend. It was only 75p but the memories it evoked as soon as I saw it meant it was coming my way even if it had been priced higher.