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20/11/2018

POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

HUNGARY

(MAGYARORSZAG)

70 EVES A MAGYAR RADIOHIRMONDO

(70TH ANNIVERSARY OF HUNGARY RADIO HIRMONDO)

Official plain backed Postal Stationery ‘Pre-Paid postage’ Post Card

 

I am guessing some of the above details relating to this postcard as I do not have access to information relating to this one, but I think my guesses are quite good. The person who appears on the pre-printed stamp is Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor of radio broadcasting and transmission. The date on this stamp looks to be 1995, so this postal stationery card may be from this year as well.

 

20/11/2018

COLORADO

Published by

IMPACT PHOTOGRAPHICS

Artwork by

IMPACT

Ref: 79194-46

(Printed with SOY INK –

Printed in China)

 

One of the postcards I bought whilst I was in Colorado on my most recent holiday. I thought this was an eye-catching design, which is I suppose what it is intended to do.

 

GREETINGS FROM COLORFUL COLORADO

‘THE MILE HIGH STATE’

Artwork by

SMITH-SOUTHWESTERN

Published by

SMITH-SOUTHWESTERN

Ref: 9850

 

The postcard depicted above is a more modern design whilst this card here, although a new modern issue, is in an older ‘Greetings From’ style. This has a very attractive piece of artwork as a backdrop whilst the main design has the traditional American picture-filled-letters layout, something which the Americans do really-well, and which is a type of postcard which is almost unique to North America.

 

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20/11/2018

PROTECT

SIERRRA CLUB

AMERICAN BALD EAGLE

Photo by

JOE McDONALD

Official Sierra Club Postcard Issue

Ref: SCC1A2

 

The Sierra Club is a large organisation based in America which is an environmental organisation which was founded in 1892 in San Francisco. It is a non-profit organisation with a reported membership of 3 million. I believe the Sierra Club was one of the worlds first preservation organisations. Somewhere in my collection I have two postcard books which I bought many years ago which depicts photographs of American wildlife, not unlike this American bald eagle one.

 

19/11/2018

THORPE BAY

Published and Printed by

COLOURMASTER LIMITED (SUSSEX)

(COLOURMASTER POSTCARDS)

Distributed by

DENNIS BROTHERS, SOUTHEND

Ref: R80491

 

Such a simple postcard and to most collectors one of very little value, but Thorpe Bay is part of Southend and when I lived in Shoebury (which is the other side of Thorpe Bay) I often used to shop here along the street shown top left. There is now a Chinese Restaurant and take away located here, beside where the grey car can be seen in this photograph, where we have celebrated New Years Eve a couple of times (this photograph pre-dates the opening of this restaurant). The two photographs on the right side, top and bottom, depict scenes in Southchurch Park, which some would argue is not in Thorpe Bay but in Southend itself, although its all part of Southend District. I have boated on the lake that can be seen here, but that was a long time ago when I was a kid. This is a great local history postcard for me and it’s from a period which was ignored by collectors for many years, but which now is becoming more and more popular as collectors like me seek out images from not just our areas past, but from our own personal childhoods.

 

19/11/2018

THE FABULOUS FIVE

WALT DISNEY WORLD

Official Disney World

 

Not sure from when this card comes from as I have nor seen it on any of my visits to Walt Disney World, and looking at the reverse side I think it pre-dates 2003, which was my second visit, the first being 1993 and I feel fairly confident in saying that this card post- dates 1993 because of its shiny (Dufex styled) surface, and I saw nothing even remotely like this in 1993. It is a lovely theme park postcard and one I rarely see.

 

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WALT DISNEY WORLD

MICKEY MOUSE

Official Disney World

 

This postcard comes from the same series and time as the above postcard, and except for the title details has the same reverse side layout. This one depicts the theme park castle and I expect was a popular design, although again I have to say that I have rarely seen copies.

 

19/11/2018

TRUE BLOOD

FX FIRST FOR BRAND NEW TRUE BLOOD

FXUK

FOX INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS (UK) LTD

Official FOX CHANNELS (UK) postcard issue

 

This came out a few years ago and was, I believe, originally a free postcard issued to promote the appearance of the television series ‘TRUE BLOOD’ on this channel, or more importantly, the appearance of brand-new episodes, as they were then. The programme was about vampires and humans interacting and was based on a very popular series of novels called ‘The Southern Vampire Mysteries’ by Charlaine Harris. The TV series ran from 2008 to 2014, so I assume this card came out prior to 2014, which seems a fair assumption considering its claim re brand new episodes.  

 

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THE WALKING DEAD

FX FIRST FOR BRAND THE WALKING DEAD

FXUK

FOX INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS (UK) LTD

Official FOX CHANNELS (UK) postcard issue

 

This is another postcard from this TV Channel which is in the same format as the above True Blood one, only this one is for the television series based on the graphic novel of the same name (although the TV series went off in its own direction away from the graphic novels quite early). I watched the first two series of this, but I thought it then went a bit off the rails. The photograph used here is from early-on-in the television series, series one to three era, as some of the characters depicted here [SPOILER ALERT] …. do not last throughout the programmes run.  The reverse side is the same as the True Blood one above, but with the exception of the programmes name in the main text line.

 

19/11/2018

WINTER AID CHARITY POSTCARD

GERMAN THIRD REICH POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD

(Semi-Official Card - ordered by the Winter Aid Charity)

 

This has an imprinted 6+4pfg brown pre-printed postage stamp which has a hammer and sword design by Lothar Wust. The main picture depicts a workman and a soldier with a collection box in the front. The text on the front translates as ‘FIGHT. WORK. SACRIFICE’. The card design was by Atelier Albrecht and was apparently valid for use until 30/06/1941 (although I was surprised about this as I would have thought it would have retained its postal validity if unused, but it appears it did not).

 

18/11/2018

GRAF ZEPPELIN FLOWN CARD

Official Postcard

 

I have scanned onto my computer the postcards in my collection which have been flown on the Graf Zeppelin, Graf Zeppelin II and Hindenburg Zeppelin Airships. The good thing about these items is that there is a lot of printed information relating to them which allows me to give you detailed write-ups on these items:

 

German Postal Stationery Post Card posted at Dresden with the pre-printed stamp receiving a slogan cancellation with an indistinct date. The postcard was carried on the Graf Zeppelin on her second South America flight between the 18th September and 20th September 1931. The flight took place between Friedrichshafen and Recife. Card has an applied 2 Reichsmark Zeppelin stamp (SG 444) which was stuck to the card on board the Graf Zeppelin. This has been cancelled with an on board ‘LUFTSCHIFF GRAF ZEPPELIN’ double ringed date stamp dated 19th September 1931. Card has received the violet boxed flight cachet and a ‘RECIFE’ arrival cancel dated 21.IX.31 (day after the Graf Zeppelins arrival).

The card is addressed to MAX PRUSS who was a zeppelin airship Captain and who was the captain of the airship Hindenburg on its tragic final flight.     

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTAL STATIONERY CARD

Signed by Mr Kuhn, Inspector of Posts at Friedrichshaffen

 

18/11/2018

PHILLIP ISLAND

(VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA)

PENGUIN PARADE

FAIRY PENGUINS ON PARADE

Published by

SCANCOLOR AUSTRALIA

Ref: CS1714

 

This penguin parade, when the fairy penguins walk up the beach to their burrows in the dunes, is a local tourist attraction and although you can not see them in this photograph there are boardwalks covered with humans probably watching this very special parade. Because the penguin parade is so popular, probably because these are considered-to-be cute little penguins, there are many postcards sold which depict it.

 

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Posted in 1988 using a 1988 issued ‘Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1988’ Australian postage stamp. The slogan cancellation used here reads:

‘SAVE ON POSTAGE

ALWAYS USE

STANDARD SIZE

ENVELOPES’

 

18/11/2018

UNTITLED

DOCTOR WHO – CYBERMEN

Design by

COLIN BROCKHURST

Published by

DWAS

(Doctor Who Appreciation Society)

 

As today is Sunday there will be another new episode of Doctor Who tonight, but the new producer has already stated that there will be no episodes with well-known old enemies appearing in this run. So, no cybermen this year.

 

18/11/2018

‘POSTCROSSING’

Now that I have signed up to the ‘postcrossing’ craze, where you send postcards out to randomly chosen addresses across the world and receive a postcard from a randomly picked person also on the ‘postcrossing’ webpage site, I am receiving unusual postcards from all over the world.

You have no idea what you are going to receive, and I think that is part of the fun of this craze.

I will be depicting the cards I get here on the webpage.  

 

D’ ARTAGNAN

DE GASCOGNE

Published by

EDITIONS BLEU PASTEL

“D’Artagnan and the three musketeers set out from his castle of Castelmore in Lupiac, Gers. It will be noticed that their dress and trappings which were the same as worn by all musketeers, are historically strictly accurate. The only difference is that D’Artagnan’s cape is edged with gold braid rather than the silver braid of the other musketeers”

(Text on reverse side of postcard)

 

I really enjoyed this card, and it was a bonus to receive it after I had received a couple of very poor examples from previous senders (always a risk, and to be fair only one was completely unwanted by me as it was a boring flyer for an event which was sent in an outer envelope, kind of defeated the object in my mind), but this one here is a lovely card.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

Nice stamp used here

 

BRNO

Unfortunately, the applied stickers and stuff covers most of the information relating to Publisher, printer etc – but this is not a complaint as these do make the reverse side a little more interesting

 

‘Brno’ is a town located in the Czech Republic. The sender has written that this card was sent from there, but no stamp has been applied, and the bar code box has a cancellation applied.  

 

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Where the stamp should be there is no stamp, but the sender has written here ‘SERVICE DES POSTES’ which simply means ‘POSTAL SERVICE’, so, this makes me wonder if the sender has access to free mail. Certainly, no postage due has been applied to this card, and I can see no other reason for writing ‘service des postes’ unless free postage was available. Maybe the sender is in the army or perhaps the government, who knows.

 

18/11/2018

“THE OLD VIC”

ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET

PHQ Set 447

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

Stamps issued – 30TH August 2018

(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

 

For those who do not know, the Old Vic is a 1,000 (1,067 to be precise) seat-theatre, in Lambeth, London. Its proper full name is the Royal Victoria Theatre, although it has been known as ‘The Old Vic’ since before 1880. It is well known for being a not-for-profit theatre and for putting on some well known and some more unusual theatre, with Shakespeare plays being a common production. This stamp set celebrated the bicentenary of this theatre.  

 

THE DANCE OF DEATH

With

LAURENCE OLIVIER

1ST Class Value

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 447 (1) 8.18

 

This I thought was very similar in a way to the Shakespeare set which came out several years ago now. Its not an awful set, but somehow it just isn’t my favourite set of the year despite having some television connections via some of the people depicted.   

 

KING LEAR

With

GLENDA JACKSON

1st Class Value

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 447 (2) 8.18

 

My least favourite of this set, but I think its just because Jackson looks so strange here, but then she is, rather controversially playing the title role in this version.

 

HAMLET

With

ALBERT FINNEY

£1.25

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 447 (3) 8.18

 

HEDDA GABLER

With

MAGGIE SMITH

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 447 (4) 8.18

 

Not that it means a great deal, but this is the best of the designs in this set in my mind, but then I do like Maggie Smith, and I can always place it in my Harry Potter collection as an unusual addition.

 

NO MAN’S LAND

With

SIR JIHN GIELGUD AND SIR RALPH RICHARDSON

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 447 (5) 8.18

 

A distinguished paring on this photograph

 

CARMEN JONES

With

SHARON BENSON

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 447 (6) 8.18

 

ROMEO AND JULIET

With

DAME JUDY DENCH AND JOHN STRIDE

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 447 (7) 8.18

 

I do like this one, but then Judy Dench has very strong television connections, so the card fits nicely into my top theme. It is also a nice photograph and the choice of colouring for the lettering also matches well.

 

 

HENRY V

With

RICHARD BURTON

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 447 (1) 8.18

 

This one is another one that I liked, but then this is a great photograph of an actor I really liked.   

 

17/11/2018

PARIS

LA TOUR EIFFEL

Published by

Unknown Publisher / printer

 

I have mentioned before that the Eiffel Tower probably appears on more French postcards than any other French landmark. There are so many that often there is not even any mention of a publisher or any reference numbers or other detail. This is just such a card. I do like the unintential kink in the tower a little way down from he top. 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

17/11/2018

GREETINGS FROM LONDON

By

ROB ALLEN

(1994)

Published by

WPL

WHITEWAY PUBLICATIONS LTD (LONDON)

Ref: W 234

 

One from my Police themed collection, although I am not sure exactly how I feel about the policeman being a monkey, but I admit the card is well drawn and there is a sense of humour behind it. With all the problems that the current occupant of No 10 Downing Street is having this week I am sure would like to have something to laugh about.

 

 

17/11/2018

Today I have posted a selection of postcards under the CENSORED tab, so if this interests you please do go and take-a-look, but always remember that some of the images here can cause offence.

 

 

17/11/2018

HINDENBURG ZEPPELIN FLOWN CARD

Official Postcard

 

I have scanned onto my computer the postcards in my collection which have been flown on the Graf Zeppelin, Graf Zeppelin II and Hindenburg Zeppelin Airships. The good thing about these items is that there is a lot of printed information relating to them which allows me to give you detailed write-ups on these items:

 

1936 Olympic Games 15+10pf official postal stationery post card franked with three additional Third Reich Olympic stamps. Card flown on board the zeppelin airship Hindenburg from Frankfurt on the 1st August 1936 and carried on a flight over the Olympic Games stadium in Berlin. Card has received the special magenta Olympic flight cachet.

 

17/11/2018

POST OFFICE

DENVER, COLORADO

Published by

THE DENVER NEWS CO., DENVER COLORADO

Printed by

METROCRAFT EVERETT, MASS

Ref: N104

“Built of Colorado white marble at a cost of $2,500,000.00, it covers an entire city block. One of the most beautiful Federal buildings in the country”

(Text from reverse side of postcard)

 

This structure was finished in 1916 and was designed by Egerton Swartwout, but it took six years to complete. In 1973 the building was listed on the ‘National Register of Historic Places’. In 1994 the building was renamed and dedicated as the Byron White United States Courthouse. We rove past this building on our tour of the city of Denver and it still looks impressive.

 

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17/11/2018

NEW SOUTH WALES

POSTACRD COLLECTORS SOCIETY

Published by the

New South Wales Postcard Collectors Society

Official Club Postcard

Ref: 3

 

What a great publicity postcard for a club to have and use. This club is based in Australia and from what I can see is still going, although this postcard is quite a few years old now. A simple design but a great one.

 

17/11/2018

QUEEN ELIZABETH

CUNNARD WHITE STAR

Unknown Publisher / Printer

Printed in England

Ref: B. 79

 

The RMS Queen Elizabeth was launched on 27th September 1938 and had her maiden voyage on the 16th October of the same year. She travelled the transatlantic route for many years, but sadly she ended up in Hong Kong Harbour where in 1972 she caught fire and capsized.

 

17/11/2018

21st YORK CARD EXPO

APRIL 1ST & 2ND 2011

By

S. DAWKINS

Official Postcard Fair Promotional Postcard

 

Although postcard fair postcards are now no longer collected with quite the fever they used to be, and are therefore consequently not issued as much, it is still a fascinating theme with some very imaginative and interesting postcards issued in the past. This one is from 2011 and features penguins, for no immediately obvious reason, but then that was the pleasure of these fair postcards, they didn’t need to make sense, just be eye-catching.

 

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17/11/2018

BUFFALO BILL

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

COLORADO

(BUFFALO BILL ON ISHAM)

Painting by

ROBERT LINDNEUX

Published by

COOPER POST CARD CO., COLORADO

Ref: BB1

 

Whilst we were in Denver, Colorado we did a day trip out which finalised with a visit to the gravesite of William F. Cody, far better known as Buffalo Bill. At the same location is a small museum and an absolutely, superb gift shop which has an entire wall of postcards on sale, which is where I bought this card here.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

BUFFALO BILL ON HIS FAVORITE

HORSE, ISHAM

IN BUFFALO BILL MEMORIAL MUSEUM

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, COLORADO

Published by

COOPER POST CARD CO., COLORADO

Ref: C-217

 

Imagine my surprise and delight when after buying the above postcard I then came across this older version, also from the Buffalo Bill Museum I had visited, in an antique shop selection in Flagstaff, Arizona. Having bought the museum’s current issue, I had to also now buy this much older version as I felt the two cards really did need to be together.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

17/11/2018

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLD

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Distributed by

SMITH-SOUTHWESTERN

ARTWORK – SSI

Ref: 4453

 

I bought this delightful art poster styled postcard design whilst I was in America recently. The Grand Canyon was one of the places we visited, and it was spectacular, even better than I expected. This postcard I found elsewhere, not at the actual Grand Canyon shops, but it was one of the best I found.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

They do produce some nice reverse layouts in the US

 

17/11/2018

“CAPTAIN COOK AND THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE”

ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET

PHQ Set 446

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

Stamps issued – 16TH August 2018

(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

 

These have taken awhile to get through to me, and I do need to catch up, but as I was holiday for a lot of the period around August, September and October I am a bit behind, so one set today and then another tomorrow.

 

2ND CLASS – JOSEPH BANKS - NATURALIST

By

JOSHUA REYNOLDS

And the

RED TAILED TROPIC BIRD

By

SYDNEY PARKINSON (finished by FRED POLYDORE NODDER)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (1) 8. 18

 

2ND CLASS – THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE

CHIEF MOURNER OF TAHITI

And a scene with a canoe

By

The artist of the Chief Mourner (TUPIA)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (2) 8. 18

 

1ST CLASS – CAPTAIN JAMES COOK

Captain Cook

By

NATHANIEL DANCE

And the painting:

TRIUMPH OF THE NAVIGATIORS

By

ROBIN BROOKS

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (3) 8. 18

 

1ST CLASS – THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE

Featuring drawings of the observations of the transit of Venus 1769

By

CHARLES GREEN & Lieutenant JAMES COOK

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (4) 8. 18

 

£1.45 Value – THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE

SCARLET CLIANTHUS

By

SYDNEY PARKINSON

And the

PORTRAIT OF A MAORI CHIEF WITH FULL FACIAL MOKO

Engraving after Sydney Parkinson

 Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (5) 8. 18

 

£1.45 Value -SYDNEY PARKINSON – NATURAL HISTORY ARTIST

Self Portrait

And

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT

By

SYDNEY PARKINSON

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (6) 8. 18

 

STAMP FROM THE MINIATURE STAMP SHEET:

THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE

CHARTING A NEW COURSE: NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA

1ST CLASS

Chart exhibiting the discoveries made by Captain James Cook

By

LIEUTENANT ROBERTS

One of the four stamps from the miniature stamp sheet that came with this stamp release.

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (7) 8. 18

 

STAMP FROM THE MINIATURE STAMP SHEET:

THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE

LIFE ON RAIATEA: BOATHOUSE AND CANOES

1ST CLASS

Painting by

SYDNEY PARKINSON

One of the four stamps from the miniature stamp sheet that came with this stamp release.

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (8) 8. 18

 

STAMP FROM THE MINIATURE STAMP SHEET:

THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE

DISASTER AVOIDED: REPAIRS ON THE ENDEAVOUR RIVER

£1.45 Value

Painting titled:

REFITTING THE ENDEAVOUR ON THE ENDEAVOUR RIVER

One of the four stamps from the miniature stamp sheet that came with this stamp release.

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (9) 8. 18

 

STAMP FROM THE MINIATURE STAMP SHEET:

THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE

MAPPING NEW ZEALAND: A MAORI CLIFFTOP FORT

£1.45 Value

Featuring an arched rock with a Maori clifftop fort

After

SYDNEY PARKINSON

One of the four stamps from the miniature stamp sheet that came with this stamp release.

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (10) 8. 18

 

THE ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE

MINIATURE SHEET

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 446 (11) 8. 18

 

This is one of those examples where the miniature stamp sheet was small enough that a complete one could be affixed to just the one PHQ stamp card (as regular viewers will know, often the sheet is either too long or tall for a single card to be used and I therefore receive two copies of the card with the sheet split between the two cards).   

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