15/11/2017

 

“LADYBIRD BOOKS”

ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET

PHQ Set 434

(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)

Stamps issued – 14TH September 2017

(As always, I have my copies used with the appropriate stamp applied to the front of the card and cancelled first day of issue with a special hand stamp)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

 

You will be aware of these stamps through my postings of the Ladybird Book cover postcards which I had these applied to. Following on from the Classic Toys set it kind of lead to a children’s memories couple of months of issues. 

 

ADVENTURES FROM HISTORY

2ND CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 434 (1) 9.17

NELSON

QUEEN ELIZABETH

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

 

Because the book covers look so small on the actual stamps this is a good example where enlargement on the PHQ Stamp Card improves the images and makes the designs look even better. I did not think much of the hand stamp designs available though.

 

WELL-LOVED TALES

2ND CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 434 (2) 9.17

THE GINGERBREAD BOY

CINDERELLA

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER

 

Cinderella is the most popular Ladybird book, so popular that it was re-released recently in the same format as the original release (this has caused some issues on eBay as the original books are often £20+ in good condition and some people have seen the image of the new release and assumed it was the original and bought it in error – some unscrupulous people have misled people by not mentioning the book they are selling is the new one! So, beware if you are after an original copy).

The other two books depicted here were ones which I had as a kid. I loved them both.

 

KEY WORDS READING SCHEME

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 434 (3) 9.17

2a WE HAVE FUN

4a THINGS TO DO

1b LOOK AT THIS

 

I hated these ones when I was a kid

 

 

EARLY TALES AND RHYMES

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 434 (4) 9.17

PIGGLY PLAYS TRUANT

TOOTLES THE TAXI AND OTHER RHYMES

SMOKE AND FLUFF

 

I was a little bit older when I got into Ladybird books so these ones here were outside of my age range when I was buying or being bought Ladybird books. But regardless, I do remember reading ‘Smoke and Fluff’.

 

HOBBIES AND HOW IT WORKS

£1.40 STAMP

Ref: PHQ 434 (5) 9.17

THINGS TO MAKE

THE TELEPHONE

TRICKS AND MAGIC

 

I have a copy of the ‘How it Works’ ladybird book on Television (obviously, as it’s my favourite theme). I quite like the look of the ‘Telephone’ one depicted here. I shall have to have a look for it.

 

PEOPLE AT WORK

£1.40 STAMP

Ref: PHQ 434 (6) 9.17

THE NURSE

THE POSTMAN

THE FIREMAN

 

There are a number of ones from this series they could have chosen, and I understand why they chose these three, especially the Postman what with this being a stamp image. But, for me ‘The Policeman’ will always be my favourite book in this series and I do have a copy of it.

 

 

NATURE AND CONSERVATION

£1.57 STAMP

Ref: PHQ 434 (7) 9.17

BRITISH WILD FLOWERS

WILD LIFE IN BRITAIN

GARDEN FLOWERS

 

Not sure why they chose two flower related covers. There are a number of other ones they could have gone with from the wide selection of wildlife books. It is the wildlife related books which I especially collect. But, although I have the books for the Mammals of Africa, South America, North America, Asia, Australia and some others, I do not have the Wild Life of Britain one depicted here. It is not one of the easiest or cheapest ones to pick up.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

£1.57 STAMP

Ref: PHQ 434 (8) 9.17

THE STORY OF SHIPS

THE STORY OF THE MOTOR CAR

THE STORY OF METALS

 

What kid to resist ‘The Story of Metals’? Me, apparently as I never bought it and cannot remember buying any of the books in this series, although the ‘Ships’ one would now appeal to me as an adult!

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14/11/2017

LIPSTICKS IN PICCADILLY CIRCUS, LONDON 1966

Printed paper on postcard on board

Artwork by

CLAES OLDENBURG

Published for

TATE GALLERY

 

I bought this at the Tate Modern in London, where I tend to go for the more unusual images of their artwork collection pieces. But, this one is special because it is art which incorporates an actual postcard. That image of Piccadilly Circus is a real postcard which has been stuck down to card and then had the lipsticks picture stuck down on top of it. I like artwork that uses postcards, and there are many – I actually have a book which is all about postcards used in art – and this is a very good example.

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14/11/2017

“I’D NEVER WEAR A CROWN –

IT MESSES UP YOUR HAIR”

 

THE FIRST LADY

 

Published by

THE AMERICAN POSTCARD COMPANY

Ref: 338

Copyright – Ian G. Martin (1981)

Printed in the USA

 

There was a time in the 1980’s when there was a plethora of postcards depicting either, or both, Nancy Reagan and her husband, The President, Ronald Reagan being released. They were eagerly collected at the time and there has been some continued interest in these cards down through the following years. Although there were some basic photographic styled cards it would be fair to say that the greater number were caricature or comedy styled cards. This one would fit into this latter category.

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14/11/2017

1516 – 2016

500 YEARS OF

THE POST OFFICE

Published by

CoIR CARDS

Ref: 2016.CR.202

 

The Royal Mail issued a set of stamps celebrating 500 years of Royal Mail in 2016, and these were reproduced on PHQ Stamp Cards which I depicted here on the webpage shortly after they were released. But, it seemed that no one else was to issue postcards celebrating what was a very relevant anniversary, but, CoIR Cards did not let me down, and I think they put together a ‘really’ good postcard image. Here you have the Mail Coach in the background with motorised Royal Mail vehicle in a photograph centre bottom. Then there is the iconic red post box and the even more iconic and famous ‘Penny Black’ postage stamp, the first postage stamp in the world (the date of its release is shown above it). This is how modern postcards should look.

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13/11/2017

1 cent JEFFERSON

POSTAL STATIONERY POSTCARD

Reference Number UX9 [I think – I having been trying to confirm this] in The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps

(My edition is the 28th Edition – copyright 2001)

 

This card was posted on the 15th July 1889 from somewhere in New York (not sure of the location on the date cancel top right) to Nunda in New York. The front is nice but, it is the reverse side which I found fascinating:

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This card has been overprinted on the reverse side with details of an agent calling upon the retail premises in Nunda to sell them products from the company called ‘Hiawatha Tobacco Works’.

I was lucky enough to go through a large collection of unsorted stock in boxes on a stall at the last Stampex show. In one large box I found a number of these cards all addressed to the same location, all with different company details and all saying that an agent would be calling. It was nice to put back together a collection of these, all at just £1 each. This is cheap as in the USA some of these sell at $5 or $6+, each, really nice ones can be quite expensive.

 

1 cent JEFFERSON

POSTAL STATIONERY POSTCARD

 

Another item from my ‘Nunda, New York’ correspondence, this one was posted from Rochester, New York on the 29th June 1889 and has a partial Rochester Duplex cancel top right. There is also a Nunda, New York receiving mark dated 1st July 1889 bottom left.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The company sending out this post card was ‘BREWSTER, CRITTENDEN & Co’, Wholesale Grocers and dealers in Field Seeds. The store man did not get much notice here as the agent was calling the next day!  

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13/11/2017

 

“CLASSIC TOYS”

ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET

PHQ Set 433

(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)

Stamps issued – 22nd August 2017

(As always, I have my copies used with the appropriate stamp applied to the front of the card and cancelled first day of issue with a special hand stamp)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

 

THE MERRYTHOUGHT BEAR

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (1) 8.17

 

I have mentioned before that there used to be a real trend for the collecting of Teddy Bear postcards, it has sadly slipped out of fashion in recent years. But, if this card here had been issued in the 1980’s – 1990’s it would have been snapped up. It is also nice here because the stamp has been cancelled with a Teddy Bear featured cancel. A smashing stamp I thought.

 

SINDY WEEKENDER DOLL

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (2) 8.17

 

This cracking stamp design features a photograph of one of the Sindy dolls along with part of the artwork used to advertise the doll. It is a nice combination.

 

SPIROGRAPH

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (3) 8.17

 

Like many people of my age I had one of these toys when I was younger. Somehow it never seemed to work quite as well as the adverts portrayed. My attempts to produce something ‘similar’ to that which appeared on the box always seemed to go awry. It was a popular toy though. A nice related hand stamp used here.

 

STICKLE BRICKS SUPER SET HOUSE

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (4) 8.17

 

I don’t remember having these myself, but I do remember playing with this stuff a couple of times so maybe a friend of mine had it. Personally, we had Lego from a very young age – we are a Lego family. The hand stamp applied to the stamp I thought was a ‘really’ nice unusual shaped one.

 

W. BRITAIN HERALD TROJAN WARRIORS

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (5) 8.17

 

Now these I did have, these very ones as well. Me and my brother used to stage battles with our ones, after all I believe that was the intended use of these sword bearing soldiers. This design image brought back some very fond memories.

 

SPACEHOPPER

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (6) 8.17

 

Classic Toy indeed – everyone remembers jumping around on one of these – enough said

 

FUZZY-FELT FARM SET

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (7) 8.17

 

In the age of computers, I am not sure kids get to understand the fun and enjoyment we older people had when we were young playing with something as simple as Fuzzy-Felt. As I kid I had the ‘Farm Set’ as well. This was another card from this set which brought memories of childhood playing.

 

MECCANO FERRIS WHEEL

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (8) 8.17

 

I remember Meccano well. I always got frustrated trying to build anything with it. I think my brother and I managed to build a jeep once. It was one of our best builds but, I don’t think either of us was a great fan of Meccano

 

ACTION MAN RED DEVIL

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (9) 8.17

 

Yes, of course I had an action man. All my friends had at least one action man. I think me, and my brother must have had at least four or five each over the years. We also had the scorpion tank, the helicopter, the inflatable raft and the sentry box, although my favourite was always the handmade dog sledge that we learnt to build through watching ‘Blue Peter’ on television (it was made using lollipop sticks). I did have a Red Devil action man as well, and a Horse Guard and, I believe, a commando. I fully understand why Action Man toys are collected and why some are worth quite a bit of money these days.

 

HORNBY DUBLO TPO MAIL VAN

(ELECTRIC TRAIN SET)

1ST CLASS STAMP

Ref: PHQ 433 (10) 8.17

 

The truly ‘Classic’ boys toy of my youth. We had a Hornby train set but I could never quite work out if it was bought for Andy and I or if it was for my dad, especially as he seemed to play with it more than we did!!!

I think this set of stamps was one of the best sets of the year. These will remain popular with people of a certain age – like me. They brought back very many fond memories of hours of childhood playing – well, maybe not the ‘Sindy Doll’, not with me anyway, and not the Meccano either, as I never really got into that one, except for our ‘Jeep’, that was good. Childhood fun, with not a computer screen in sight.

 

I have got behind a bit with posting these on the webpage because I had to send two sets back because they sent out ones with the stamps on the reverse side, and I have them on the front. This put me a month and a half behind, which is now three months. So, over this week I will be posting the three outstanding sets from this year so that the Xmas set can be done in December.

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12/11/2017

I HATE PEOPLE

Published by

Paperchase

 

There has been a lot of modern postcards placed on the webpage in the lead up to yesterday’s Armistice Day so, today I have mainly posted older postcards to balance the webpage out but, I bought this yesterday in Bluewater (a shopping centre in Kent) and as you will have guessed looking back over my posts, I do like cat themed postcards… I don’t want another cat (I’ve had two, or, to be more precise, I have had two cats allow me to feed them!) … I just like them on postcards. I like the way many cat postcards show their apparent disdain for us humans… this is another of these on that theme.

 

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12/11/2017

BEAUTIFUL SHEFFIELD

Published by

THE LOCA-VU PHOTO CO, SHEFFIELD (33-35 FARGATE)

 

There are a number of different versions of this basic postcard set up. Sheffield is the most popular location found on these postcards, but I have seen other places as well. The industrial smog of the Victorian age did travel over into the pre-WW1 years, when postcards were in their ‘Golden Age’, and industrial towns and cities were smog bound in these times. So, although this is a comic postcard, it does have an evidential basis.

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12/11/2017

CHELMSFORD

HIGH STREET – THE RECREATION GROUND

CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL – TINDAL SQUARE AND CATHEDRAL TOWER

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS LTD

Ref: CMD 16

“A TUCK CARD”

 

I know Chelmsford quite well as it is where my HQ is located, and I have had to visit here every so often. It is also where we hold our ‘Military History’ club meetings (at our HQ) so even when I retire I will still be visiting here.

This is clearly a modern postcard, but it is a very early modern view card, multi-view in fact. When I first started collecting, over 45 years ago now, postcards like this were almost worthless. A card like this would not sell, or eve be offered up for sale. Many things have changed since those days and now there is a new band of collectors who realise that now that this type of card is over 50 years old they contain a sense of history of their own. Now days this card could cost you several pounds, It cost me £2, and was worth every penny.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

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12/11/2017

PELICANS – ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

Unknown Publisher

 

The only information on this postcard is that it depicts Pelicans from a ‘zoological gardens’ which are not otherwise named. Despite this I have reasons to believe that this is from the London Zoological Gardens, best known to many simply as London Zoo. It is a nice card from what I seem to remember is a series of cards from the zoo. It has a very basic reverse layout – see below

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

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11/11/2017

 

ARMISTICE DAY

 

 

They shall grow not old

As we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them

Nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun

And in the morning

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

 

 

UNTITLED

Catherine Packer

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP18

(I saved this one for today as it suits the sentiment so well)

 

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10/11/2016

 

DISNEY CRUISE LINE

STAR WARS

VOYAGE THROUGH THE GALAXY

Published by

Disney Cruise Line

 

The Disney Cruise Line have, on some of their ships, and only on some of the routes (the Caribbean ones I believe) and only for certain months early in the year, a STAR WARS AT SEA DAY. This smashing postcard was, initially, an exclusive postcard sold only on the cruise ships. They must have produced quite a few, or they just did not sell very well (after all the cruises are expensive and many of the souvenirs are also expensive on board) because they ended up in the Disney retail outlet store in Florida, which is where I was delighted to not only pick a few up but to do so much cheaper (I believe they were $2 to me…so I guess they were much more on board the ship). I was delighted to get this card because it is a cracker. Who could resist an image of the Disney Cruise ship with an X-Wing, the Death Star and the Millennium Falcon? There is an ‘added’ bonus as well, and this that Disney collectors will be jealous, and that Star Wars collectors might be even more jealous. All in all, this is a ‘really’ great card (on the eBay circuit expect to pay anything up to $15 for this one plus the inevitable costly postage from the US).  

 

Reverse side of above postcard

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10/11/2017

 

SYDNEY CRAFT BEER WEEK

2015

OCTOBER 17TH – 25TH

130 EVENTS OVER 9 DAYS

Published by

AVANTCARD AUSTRALIA

Ref: #19231

Issued (obviously enough) in 2015

 

I do know a couple of people who collect ‘BEER’ related item including one man who collects beer related postal history. This would possibly interest him although it has not been posted. It is of course, another of the many event related advertising postcards published for the free card racks by Avantcard Australia.

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10/11/2017

 

MY COUNT DOWN TO ARMISTICE DAY – Day 10

 

UNTITLED

Jodie Robertson

1nd [this is not my error – this is how this appears on the card] place in the card category

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP14

“Winning designs from The Lynn Tait Gallery Art Competition to honour the sacrifices made by Lynn’s Grandfather, Ralf (Bertie) Robinson killed in WWI and his son Ralf killed in WW2 –

All proceeds from the sale of this card will be donated to “Help For Heroes””

(Text from reverse side of Postcard)

Lynn Tait, who sadly passed away this year, organised this competition where children of all ages took part in designing a poster like piece commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War 1. I believe 100 different postcards were issued depicting some of the entries (I do not have a complete set – yet).

 

You could very easily replace 1914 with 1917 and then 2014 with 2017 and this could be released right now and be just as appropriate. This is a lovely design which uses poppies in a very clever way.  

 

 

UNTITLED

Thomas Stone

1st Place in the Poster category

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP5

 

This is a child’s artistic reproduction of a very well-known black and white photograph. I believe this has appeared in many WWI books and it was even on the cover of the WWI novel ‘Birdsong’ (which was turned into a TV drama). This is a nice postcard to take us through the eve of this year’s Armistice Day commemorations which will be held tomorrow, with many further Remembrance Day services being held on Sunday (my cub scouts will be attending our local churches Remembrance Day service).

Tomorrow I will post a single last, and very appropriate, postcard from this series. Which means I will have managed to maintain my run down from the 1st November with WWI commemorative cards being posted each of the days - this is my personal commemoration to all those who have lost their lives in past conflicts, especially, but not exclusively, the first world war.

 

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09/11/2017

 

MY COUNT DOWN TO ARMISTICE DAY – Day 9

 

UNTITLED

Ellie-May Nolan

1nd [this is not my error – this is how this appears on the card] place in the card category

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP90

“Winning designs from The Lynn Tait Gallery Art Competition to honour the sacrifices made by Lynn’s Grandfather, Ralf (Bertie) Robinson killed in WWI and his son Ralf killed in WW2 –

All proceeds from the sale of this card will be donated to “Help For Heroes””

(Text from reverse side of Postcard)

Lynn Tait, who sadly passed away this year, organised this competition where children of all ages took part in designing a poster like piece commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War 1. I believe 100 different postcards were issued depicting some of the entries (I do not have a complete set – yet).

 

A nice simple pencil drawing piece of art which I think has been very nicely crafted. This is another good design from the collection although there is a slight error in the reverse text – see below.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

This is the standard layout for the cards in this series

Note the “1nd” error in the top line of text. This means that this was either the 1st place winner or the 2nd place winner – I am going to go with 1st place

 

CLOSE UP OF TEXT ERROR AREA

 

UNTITLED

Finlay Skinner

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP22

 

This is a very professional looking poster design which I suspect was compiled by computer, but this is another genuine way of producing this kind of work. This piece here could easily be used for a book cover or for an exhibition poster with very little adaptation.

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08/11/2017

 

“I HAVE NOTHING ON TONIGHT,

SO IN THINK I SHALL CALL ON TEDDY”

Published by

BROOK PUBLISHING COMPANY, LONDON

Ref: 11905

Cartoon by ‘Trow’

 

A postcard oh so typical of the ‘Saucy Seaside Postcard’ era. The phrase with the double meaning where one would see two different things depending on, apparently, how clean, or dirty, your mind is/was. These were cheap and cheerful and mass produced so are often quite cheap to pick up, for the moment, but, I recommend doing so soon if you like these as there is a real interest building up in relation to these cards and already some are going for much higher prices than they are catalogued at. Soon I suspect these will be much more sought after cards.

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08/11/2017

 

POMA CARDS

REAGGY BOY – LADY REAGGY

 

FAR LEFT

REAGGY BOY

Controlled by

Poma 3178

Ref: 85/3306

Part 1/ 2

 

NEAR LEFT

LADY REAGGY

Controlled by

Poma 3177

Ref: 85/3307

Part 2/ 2

 

This is another composite pair of cards issued for radio hams. I have already shown a couple, and have a couple more to go in the future, but I quite like these and as previously stated they are becoming much more appreciated. This is possibly because the world of the radio ham has reduced considerably as after all you can now phone someone in America from the UK on your smart phone so who needs large personal radio set ups. It is a bit of a dying (near dead I have been told by one person who used to do it) hobby so collecting related items has been growing.

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08/11/2017

 

GERMAN THIRD REICH

POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

Used 1942

 

I have previously stated that despite having an interest in the postcards and postal stationery cards of the Third Reich period I do not have any knowledge about them and do not currently have access to any catalogues or books which contain it. So, the only things I can tell you about this used postal stationery card is that the postmark is dated 24th November 1942 and that this cancel is for the German town of Triptis. Triptis is in Thuringia which is located roughly on the far central east side of Germany over towards the Czech Republic side (it’s about half way between Berlin and Munich). This card could be worth pence or pounds I really don’t know.

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08/11/2017

 

MY COUNT DOWN TO ARMISTICE DAY – Day 8

 

UNTITLED

Chase Jardine Clark

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP60

“Winning designs from The Lynn Tait Gallery Art Competition to honour the sacrifices made by Lynn’s Grandfather, Ralf (Bertie) Robinson killed in WWI and his son Ralf killed in WW2 –

All proceeds from the sale of this card will be donated to “Help For Heroes””

(Text from reverse side of Postcard)

Lynn Tait, who sadly passed away this year, organised this competition where children of all ages took part in designing a poster like piece commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War 1. I believe 100 different postcards were issued depicting some of the entries (I do not have a complete set – yet).

 

I like this one. It has a poster style quality to it and a professionalism which just goes to show what kids can do these days. I notice that poppies make another appearance.

 

‘ATTACK ON EARTH’

Sidney Taylor

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP83

 

I think Sidney was making his own ‘Lego Movie’ here. Another design which shows how imaginative kids can be – it would also make a very unusual addition to any collection that is ‘Lego’ themed (or perhaps a ‘Toy’ themed collection as well).

 

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08/11/2017

 

THOR -RAGNAROK

THOR

Published For

ODEON CINEMAS

Plain backed Publicity Card

 

I was at my local Odeon Cinema last night, watching ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ – very good, if you like Agatha Christie adaptations then this is extremely good. In the cinema I spied a free postcard like card. It depicts Thor from the latest film ‘Thor Ragnarok’. I thought it was ‘really’ good, despite the plain back (which is not unusual for Odeon cards as they did this for the ‘Great Wall’ film cards which I depicted on the webpage at the time, and for a Harry Potter set of what I think was seven cards back for the very first feature film – these are quite collectible and often turn up on eBay around £5 - £11 a set – but were again all plain backed!). I managed to pick up a couple but did wonder if there were any more as it felt like there should have been. When I got back I checked the internet and am now aware that there are also cards for the following:

 

HELA (Cate Blanchett)

LOKI (Tom Hiddleston)

VALKYRIE (Tessa Thompson)

HULK (Mark Ruffalo – although it is the CGI Hulk that appears on the card obviously)

 

I shall have to hunt down a set of these and then depict the others here.

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07/11/2017

 

MY COUNT DOWN TO ARMISTICE DAY – Day 7

 

UNTITLED

Harry Langlands

3rd Place in the Poster category

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP92

“Winning designs from The Lynn Tait Gallery Art Competition to honour the sacrifices made by Lynn’s Grandfather, Ralf (Bertie) Robinson killed in WWI and his son Ralf killed in WW2 –

All proceeds from the sale of this card will be donated to “Help For Heroes””

(Text from reverse side of Postcard)

Lynn Tait, who sadly passed away this year, organised this competition where children of all ages took part in designing a poster like piece commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War 1. I believe 100 different postcards were issued depicting some of the entries (I do not have a complete set – yet).

 

Only a quick posting tonight as I am off to the cinema to watch the new ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ movie. But, I did want to continue my countdown to Armistice Day. This design has a ‘really’ good sentiment behind it.  It’s nicely drawn, is a nice idea and is nicely framed. Another worthwhile winner.

 

UNTITLED

Aya Rachdi

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP56

 

This is a ‘montage’ piece of artwork. Some photographs, a soldier and two war planes are stuck down with some cut out poppies and a title, again all stuck down on a well-chosen coloured piece of card. Totally different in artistic approach to the top card, but another cracker. The more I see of the cards in this set the more I like them – I will now have to try and complete it.    

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06/11/2017

 

HAPPY CAT

Published by

ICON

Ref: Item No: 05386

 

I bought this card a couple of weeks ago and it gave me a smile, as I suspect it would anyone receiving it through the post. I have noticed recently that ‘Cats’ are making a bit of a comeback, especially on photographic and drawn cartoon comic, or art cards. They were a massive theme in the 1990’s (commencing their raise to popularity in the 1980’s), and many, many postcard cat images were issued. Maybe, we are again falling for these crafty little creatures. If you like this card then look out for it in branches of paperchase', which is where I picked up mine.

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06/11/2017

 

MY COUNT DOWN TO ARMISTICE DAY – Day 6

 

UNTITLED

Reece Hewitt

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THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP77

“Winning designs from The Lynn Tait Gallery Art Competition to honour the sacrifices made by Lynn’s Grandfather, Ralf (Bertie) Robinson killed in WWI and his son Ralf killed in WW2 –

All proceeds from the sale of this card will be donated to “Help For Heroes””

(Text from reverse side of Postcard)

Lynn Tait, who sadly passed away this year, organised this competition where children of all ages took part in designing a poster like piece commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War 1. I believe 100 different postcards were issued depicting some of the entries (I do not have a complete set – yet).

 

Now, this is an interesting one. As with all the previous cards I have displayed over the past five days the designs are by children. This means that the children were given free reign to indulge their artistic skills. Unfortunately, and this is by no means a criticism, especially because I really love these cards, sometimes the details can be a bit wrong. We all know what a tank looks like don’t we? And, this is a classic tank shape and I understand fully why it has been drawn in this way. But, WWI tanks were very different, and this one here is much more of our recognised WWII format. But, to give Reece his due he appears to be the only person to have put a tank into his design. He deserves an award just for that.

 

“LA TARGETTE”

Rob Richardson

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP32

 

The skill level here is entirely different and it is another design which would stand alone quite nicely outside of this set. This is another card which shows how superb this set is. To be as good as this set is it needs designs like both of today’s postings to work.

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05/11/2017

PARIS – LA TOUR EIFFEL AU CREPUSCULE

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Ref: ‘Guy’ – 260

 

I have previously mentioned that I collect postcards depicting the Eiffel Tower. My reason for this is the towers connection with early television transmissions in France, or, more precisely, Paris. It is also possible that the Eiffel Tower is the most photographed structure in France and the one that appears on the most postcards, especially as its historical time line almost runs parallel to that of the history of postcards.  This is a simple black and white photograph postcard, with a touch of added colour which I think is supposed to represent a sunset (or less possibly a sunrise). The card is not worth a great deal, but then I mainly bought this one for the reverse side usage.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This copy was posted from Paris in July 1939 to an R.W. Reid, who was clearly a collector as the sender has written, in pencil, ‘FOR COLLECTION’ in the message area, along with the date 13/7/39 (always helpful when people do this, especially if the date on the cancel or hand stamp cannot be made out).

My interest is in the two postage stamps used here. They are the 1939 issued 90c + 50c 50th Anniversary of erection of Eiffel Tower (SG 641). My 2004 edition of the Gibbons Simplified Stamps of the World catalogue prices a used copy of this stamp at £7.50. As I only paid £1 for this card I think I probably got a bargain.

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05/11/2017

 

MY COUNT DOWN TO ARMISTICE DAY – Day 5

 

“DOING YOUR BIT”

Sally Chinea

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP29

“Winning designs from The Lynn Tait Gallery Art Competition to honour the sacrifices made by Lynn’s Grandfather, Ralf (Bertie) Robinson killed in WWI and his son Ralf killed in WW2 –

All proceeds from the sale of this card will be donated to “Help For Heroes””

(Text from reverse side of Postcard)

Lynn Tait, who sadly passed away this year, organised this competition where children of all ages took part in designing a poster like piece commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War 1. I believe 100 different postcards were issued depicting some of the entries (I do not have a complete set – yet).  

 

Sally obviously wanted to show that the women of Britain also got involved in the war. Her approach seems to be unique amongst these cards as I do not have any others which have taken this approach – so, well done Sally

 

 

UNTITLED

James Tubb

Published by

THE LYNN TAIT GALLERY

Collectors Series – THE CENTENARY OF WW1

Reference: RRP34

 

This design is very well drawn and comes over as an accomplished piece. James is clearly a good artist with a good eye for details and composition. This is definitely one of my favourite postcards from this set as well.

 

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