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25/11/2018

DON’T TAKE LIFE

TOO SERIOUSLY…

YOU’LL NEVER GET

OUT OF IT ALIVE

ANYHOW…

Published by

PLASTICHROME by

COLOURPICTURE PUBLISHERS, INC BOSTON

Made in the USA

 

A well known verbal joke transferred into a pictorial postcard cartoon.  

 

25/11/2018

STATE OF NEW YORK

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

SING SING PRISON

OSSINING, N. Y.

Distributed by

GRAMATAN ART CO., INC., MT [Mount] VERNON, N. Y

AN “ARTCHROME” NATURAL COLOR CARD

NATURAL COLOR REPRODUCTION – CURTEICHCOLOR

ART-CREATION REG. US. PAT. OFF. [Patent Office]

Ref: 7C-K871

 

Sing Sing Prison (or Sing Sing Correctional Facility as it should now be correctly called, it underwent a name change to the Ossining Correctional Facility in 1970 but it reverted-back to its original Sing Sing name in 1985) is about 30 miles north of New York City on the east bank of the Hudson River. It is also a maximum-security prison (OK, correctional facility). The original name of Sing Sing came from a derivative of the native American tribe from whom the land was purchased in 1685, the ‘Sinck Sinck’. Prior to the death penalty being abolished in 1972 614 people were executed by electric chair in Sing Sing including Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953 who were famous for their espionage activities involving the passing of nuclear weapon research to the Russians. So, this building has a long history. This card is one from my Police related collection, because I include prisons and justice organisation premises in this collection.

 

25/11/2018

UNTITLED

Design by

NIGEL HOAD

Published by

HOUSE OF JORDAN

Ref: PC1-28

 

This card has some damage to the front on the bottom left corner and along the bottom on the right side, but despite these marks I was interested in this unusual card because it is quite a thick and it is also a bit weird on the reverse side. The design here on the front is nice, with the addition of a windmill which are always collectible, and it is designed to look attractive enough to be stuck up on a wall or somewhere else. So, it is perhaps useful that this card has been designed so it can be stuck up.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This card has, or rather had a sticky patch in the centre, one which could have its backing tape removed so the card could be stuck to a wall or other place. This one here has been used at some time in its past. What caught my eye first was the sticker with instructions on it, when I saw this it was something I had not seen before, so despite the minor damage I wanted it for my novelty collection.  

 

24/11/2018

ELOISE

By

JOSH KIRBY

(ARROW BOOKS 1978)

Published by

CLOUDED TIGER CARDS

Ref: JK 263

(1st Edition)

 

I found a load of these ‘Clouded Tiger’ science fiction artwork (from science fiction book covers, mostly) on sale in Ipswich back in 1988, and they had been around for some years prior to this I believe, so the cards from this series are quite old now. These rarely turn up these days and if the seller knows what they are they should cost you somewhere between £2.50 and £5 depending on the card in the series. This one is nearer the £2.50 - £3.50 end, if you can find one (there is just the one Kirby card from this set currently on sale on eBay, and it’s not this one, but one from the same catalogue value band – JK 262 – and this one is priced at £3.71 + £2.34 postage from the US – See below).

 

HAVEN OF DARKNESS

By

JOSH KIRBY

(ARRPW BOOKS 1979)

Published by

CLOUDED TIGER CARDS

Ref: JK 262

(1st Edition)

 

See note with above postcard

 

24/11/2018

STAR WARS

REBEL ASSAULT II

THE HIDDEN EMPIRE

PLAYSTATION

Published by

BOOMERANG MEDIA

Free Rack Advertising Postcard

 

This computer game came out in 1995, so logic says that this postcard is from that same time. I remember picking up copies of this postcard from the racks at the time for free, although I have seen copies on eBay priced at £2+, but I think this is really a 50p - £1 card.

I have chosen this one today because for the best part of this morning and the early afternoon I was surrounded by Star Wars characters at the Birmingham’s MCM Comic-Con event. I also obtained some very nice artist cards which depict some Star Wars characters and I am looking forward to putting these on the webpage sometime over the next couple of weeks.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

23/11/2018

Tomorrow (Saturday 24th) I shall be attending the Comic-Con event being held at the NEC Birmingham. I hope to find some unusual postcards here, maybe even some older ones, but I will also accept any new issues as well. My attendance at his event may affect my ability to make a posting here, but I will try.

 

 

23/11/2018

TRANSFORMERS

SEASON 3 AND SEASON 4

DVD EXCLUSIVE FREE POSTCARDS

Official postcard set which came free with the DVD release of season 3 and 4 of the animated TV series

DVD and Postcards by copyright of:

HASBRO CONSUMER PRODUCTS

&

METRODOME

 

FAR LEFT or TOP LEFT

MENASOR

By

ANDREW WILDMAN

 

NEAR LEFT or TOP RIGHT

GALVATRON

By

ANDREW WILDMAN.

 

Tomorrow I shall be attending the COMIC-CON BIRMINGHAM event being held at the NEC – BIRMINGHAM. Whilst here I expect to see a whole range of people dressed as characters from popular science fiction series’ and films. This will include some people dressed as Transformers from either the animated TV series or the well-known and popular (although not with film critics) feature films.

At this large event I shall also be looking out for any unusual postcards, old and new. I have my fingers crossed that I will find at least a few.

 

 

TRANSFORMERS

SEASON 3 AND SEASON 4

DVD EXCLUSIVE FREE POSTCARDS

Official postcard set which came free with the DVD release of season 3 and 4 of the animated TV series

DVD and Postcards by copyright of:

HASBRO CONSUMER PRODUCTS

&

METRODOME

 

FAR LEFT or TOP LEFT

DEFENSOR

By

ANDREW WILDMAN

 

NEAR LEFT or TOP RIGHT

RODIMUS PRIME

By

ANDREW WILDMAN.

 

TRANSFORMERS

SEASON 3 AND SEASON 4

DVD EXCLUSIVE FREE POSTCARDS

Official postcard set which came free with the DVD release of season 3 and 4 of the animated TV series

DVD and Postcards by copyright of:

HASBRO CONSUMER PRODUCTS

&

METRODOME

 

FAR LEFT or TOP LEFT

COMPETITION DESIGN ENTRY

By

BILL GILSON

TRANSFORMERSDVD.COM ART COMPETITION WINNER

15+ AGE CATEGORY

 

NEAR LEFT or TOP RIGHT

COMPETITION DESIGN ENTRY

By

ISABEL MOSTRAN

TRANSFORMERSDVD.COM ART COMPETITION WINNER

9 - 15 AGE CATEGORY

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARDS

Standard reverse layout for all six postcards in this set

 

22/11/2018

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

To all my American readers

 

I HOPE YOU TRULY UNDERSTAND

THAT, SOMEDAY IT WILL BE A TREAT.

TO FIND YOU ON THAT TABLE LAND

WHERE YOU AND I AND TURKEY MEAT [sic]

 

Published by

THE ROSE COMPANY

Copyright 1907

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I like the fact that this is headed ‘MAIL CARD’ rather than the more normal ‘POST CARD’, but I believe this is not unusual for early US issued post cards. Also, you can see that some of the postcard design is embossed.

 

22/11/2018

BROOKLANDS 1931

BENTLEY 4 ½ LITRE

Artist:

COLIN ASHFORD

Published by

SANTORO GRAPHICS LTD

Ref: M698

 

This company issued some wonderful fresh and unique designs which were sometimes hard to initially source, but which could often be found on modern dealer’s stalls.

 

AUTOMOBILES

RENAULT

Published by

SANTORO GRAPHICS LTD

Ref: M622

 

22/11/2018

UNTITLED

CAT PHOTOGRAPH

Published by

THE POSTCARD STORE

 

Another postcard from this company which I only discovered earlier this year. I think this one goes quite well with the card depicted below.

 

UNTITLED

LABRADOR PUPS

Published by

THE POSTCARD STORE

 

22/11/2018

2010 FAKENHAM

FARMER’S MARKET

Calendar card with dates for each monthly event

Picture:

GRESSENHALL FARM & WORKHOUSE HARVESTERS – GREAT MASSINGHAM

Official Promotional Postcard

 

I thought this was a great way of advertising a farmers’ market, but I would have liked to have know when the photograph used was taken, although I accept that this was not important to those who designed this card. I expect this was free initially, although if you collect farming as a theme this will cost you a few pennies from a dealer now, it is nearly ten years old now after all.

 

22/11/2018

NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK

MAY 5-9, 1991

Designed and Published by

RITA NADLER

 

Rita Nadler did a number of National Postcard Week postcards during the 1990’s and if I am correct, they were all cat themed designs, something which I always assumed was a theme Rita collected herself.

 

22/11/2018

BUFFALO BILL’S WILD WEST

NEW YORK POSTER

AND POSTCARD SHOW

24TH & 25TH MARCH 1984

Official Postcard issued to promote event

 

The New York Poster and Postcard Show’s were promoted by the issuing of some cracking postcard designs, which, naturally enough I suppose, depict old postcards. I have had this one here for a long time, I think I bought it back in the late 1980’s from a specialist dealer. It cost me £1.50 back then, but unfortunately it is not worth a great deal more these days (perhaps £2, although more on eBay I suspect).

I saw this one when I was recently flicking through an album of postcard show related postcards. I think it caught my eye because only a few weeks before I had been standing at the graveside of Buffalo Bill. So, when I saw the poster depicted here, I knew I had to scan it and add it here.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

21/11/2018

THE PIER PAVILION & CULVER CLIFFS

SANDOWN, I of W [Isle of Wight]

Published by

NIGH’S of Ventnor

Ref: 5742

 

Even if this postcard had been postally used, which always helps with dating, looking at the cars which are lined up along the promenade I would have guessed that this photograph was taken in the 1950’s. These photographic view postcards from the 1950’s have become more and more collectible as the years pass by as collectors realise that they are historical images which are now nearly 70 years old.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

21/11/2018

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO. LTD, HOLMFIRTH, YORKSHIRE

In their:

‘COLOR GLOSS’ VIEW SERIES

Printed in Holland

 

Apparently, Christmas is just around the corner, or so people keep telling me, but personally I still think it is a way off and I’ve got lots planned before it comes around, but in the spirit of good will I give you this Blackpool Illuminations postcard. I have only been to Blackpool twice, once for a one- day sci-fi convention (I saw very little of the town on this trip) and once to visit a Doctor Who museum which was once there (you can probably spot a trend here, he says laughing).

 

 

21/11/2018

STRIDING EDGE,

HELVELLYN

Photograph by

G. P. ABRAHAM Ltd, Keswick

Unknown Publisher – but this may have been published by G. P. Abraham Ltd

 

This is a great photograph of one of Britain’s famous hiking routes. I know about this one because I, when I was much younger, hiked along Striding Edge, which is in the Lake District and where I had the pleasure of doing several hikes when I was a Venture Scout. Helvellyn itself is England’s third highest mountain.      

 

21/11/2018

CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE,

BY NIGHT,

BRISTOL

Published by

COLOURMASTER INTERNATIONAL

Printed by

PHOTO PRECISION LIMITED,

ST IVES, HUNTINGDON

Ref: PT6434

(BSL 171)

 

I liked this postcard image because I think the photographer has caught some of the beauty of this bridge combined with the attractiveness of the lights thus making this a more unusual image of a bridge which can be found on many other postcards.

 

21/11/2018

ROMA [Rome]

NAVONA SQUARE

(Piazza Navona)

Bookmark Styled Postcard

Published by

ED. BELVEDERE – ROMA

Ref: 22

 

Despite its unusual shape this does have a full postcard reverse, in fact it was used as a competition entry postcard from Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1995. The image side shows the famous fountain in Rome which I have had the pleasure of seeing. The fountain of the four rivers was designed in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X. I rested briefly by the side of this fountain whilst we were on a walking tour of Rome. This thin postcard almost looks to me as if someone has chopped the top half of the card off, but thats not the case, this is the full postcard as printed and cut.

 

21/11/2018

A MAP OF KENT

BEING KNOWN AS THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND

Published by

COLOURMASTER INTERNATIONAL

Printed by

PHOTO PRECISION LIMITED., ST IVES, HUNTINGDON

 

This is the type of map which was once quite popular and could be found at almost any holiday location in the UK. A map design which incorporates lots of little images of buildings and people. On this design you get smugglers, a Roman soldier and pilgrims travelling on the Pilgrims Way. I know Kent well and have travelled within it many times, so I know a lot of the locations listed here. Maidstone is quite close to the centre of this map and next year I am giving a display to the Philatelic Society located here.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The 5 ½ p Machin Queens head stamp has been cancelled with a special slogan cancellation: ‘CATCH THE SUN IN THANET AT BROADSTAIRS, MARGATE, RAMSGATE’ dated 22nd July 1975. This slogan cancel was used for many years and was used locally from 14th October 1973 to 4th April 1976, so copies of this slogan hand stamp often turn up and I have seen many on postcard.

 

 

21/11/2018

NORTH OF SCOTLAND

Published by

J. B. WHITE, LTD., DUNDEE

Ref: A7144

 

I find it inexplicable that the collecting of map postcards has dropped off so much in the past 15 years or so, but they have ‘definitely’ lost their popularity. Personally, I find these to be attractive and often cleverly designed images, although this one is more functional than many of the ones which are also covered with little images of buildings, people and animals.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The year within the cancellation is a bit hard to make out, but I think this was posted in 1961. This company had a lovely thistle logo design.

 

21/11/2018

BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Publisher not known (damage to the reverse side down the centre has obliterated the publisher details)

Ref: FH138

 

I found this card in a box of cards I have had in storage for some time and which I took out yesterday to have a look through. This one caught my eye because I got to visit the Grand Canyon last month.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOBE POSTCARD

 

The Albert Einstein 8c US postage stamp has been cancelled with a ‘GRAND CANYON AZ [Arizona] slogan cancel featuring Smokey the bear and his famous saying ‘REMEMBER, ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES’. This is a topical theme what with the recent horrific forest fires in California. This is a lovely cancellation and it has been nicely struck here on this card.

 

21/11/2018

 

CYPRESS GARDENS

FLORIDA

Printed by

FLORIDA NATURAL COLOR, INC, MIAMI, FLORIDA

Published by

KOPPEL COLOR CARDS

HAWTHORNE, N. J

Ref: FNC-4308

48130

 

This was a beautiful attraction in Orlando, Florida area, but if you visit here now you will be ‘Lego-land’. I’ve not been, but I suspect it has changed very much.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

21/11/2018

 

THE FORTH BRIDGE

Published by

E. T. W. DENNIS & SONS, LTD., LONDON & SCARBOROUGH

Ref: E.0219

 

Fortunately for me, everything you need to know about this bridge is recorded in the text on the front of this postcard.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

21/11/2018

 

ADMIRALTY ARCH,

LONDON

Published by

J. SALMON., SEVENOAKS

Ref: 1 -42 – 02 – 19

 

If you want to start a cheap collection then the postcard views of London could be a good place to start, assuming you have a connection with the city. I doubt there is a landmark in London which has not appeared on postcard.

When I last stayed in London, I could see the Admiralty Arch, or at least the top of it, from my hotel window.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The standard J. SALMON modern design reverse layout

 

21/11/2018

 

RUTHIN

WELSH NATIONAL COSTUME – ST PETER’S SQUARE

THE CASTLE

Unrecorded Publisher – possibly ‘Colourmaster International’

Ref: PLC28418

 

Here the eye-catching addition to the local view photographs is a woman in the national Welsh costume, a common addition on many Welsh multi-view postcards. Someone has bought this one as a holiday souvenir and written ‘MAY 1984’ on the reverse side, which helps date this a little bit.

 

21/11/2018

 

MORECAMBE

PROMENADE GARDENS – CENTRAL PIER

SUNSET – CENTRAL PROMENADE

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD (HOLMFIRTH)

In their:

‘COLOR GLOSS’ VIEW SERIES

 

This type of postcard is almost worthless, but it is of a type which was universally common, a range of views, often boxed, with an item or creature which was to draw the eye of the viewer to the car. This was often a cat or a dog, maybe a rose, but here they have chosen a starfish, a creature which instantly references the seaside.

This copy was posted in 1975 using a 5 ½ purple MACHIN Queens head stamp.  

 

21/11/2018

 

BEN & JERRY’S

VERMONT’S FINEST ICE CREAM & FROZEN YOGURT

Published by

BUY MONTHLY PUBLISHING

“The abandoned gas station, opposite City Hall Park in Burlington, Vermont, where it all began. In 1978, Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield patched the roof, put a rock salt and ice freezer in the front window, and began to make their incredible ice cream”

(Text from reverse side of above postcard)

 

The text says everything except that I love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, especially their Karamel Sutra.

 

21/11/2018

HOBBY DRIVE,

CLOVELLY

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS

“REAL PHOTOGRAPH” POSTCARD

Ref: 1.

 

I bought this postcard for the slogan postmark on the reverse side, so I had not looked to closely at the front which at first just looked like a wooded pathway. Then, when I looked at it better, I saw the man with his shotgun and dog on the left-hand side. Before, they sort of blended into the image.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The stamp has been cancelled with a Torquay, Devon slogan cancellation dated 27th September 1946. The slogan reads:

BRITAIN

CAN MAKE IT

EXHIBITION – 1946

 

This slogan was in use between 9th September to the 18th December (with a late usage recorded at Crewe for 30th December). In all 350 dies were used for this slogan and it is not a very difficult one to obtain, although this one here is a nice clear strike. This is Reference 137 in the ‘COLLECTING SLOGAN POSTMARKS’ catalogue.

 

 

21/11/2018

MARILYN MONROE

Published by

EDITIONS HUMOUR A LA CARTE

Printed in France

Ref: ST-87

 

This is the only time I have seen this image on postcard

 

MARILYN MONROE

Published by

EDITIONS F. NUGERON

Printed in France

Ref: NBR7

(Although this has been printed and issued by the well-known French postcard publisher Editions F. Nugeron, it shows that the copyright for the image belongs to ‘USA CLASSICO SAN FRANCISCO, who are a very well-known American postcard publisher)

 

MARILYN MONROE

Published by

CLASSICO SAN FRANCISCO

Ref: 105-497

 

This one has been published by the American company – this depicts Marilyn Monroe in Korea during the war in February 1954

 

 

21/11/2018

VOITURE PANHARD-LEVASSOR

1893

Printed and Published for the:

MUSEE DU CONSERVATOIRE NATIONAL DES ARTS ET METIERS

292 RUE ST MARTIN

Ref: 171

 

Panhard was a French motor car manufacturer, and one of the earliest. The company was founded in 1887 by Rene Panhard and Emilie Levassor (Levassor was killed in a car accident trying to avoid a dog in the 1896 Paris-Marseille-Paris race), it ceased trading in 2012. The company had its headquarters in Paris. This postcard is another superb example of what can be found amongst museum issued postcards which are often the best source of the more unusual item on postcard.

 

21/11/2018

AKS SYNTHI SYNTHESIZER

EMS

Purchased in 1974 by Brian Eno

Courtesy of the David Bowie Archive

Published by

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Ref: 120120

 

One of the more unusual postcard images from the series of postcards produced for the museums ‘David Bowie’ exhibition. This is also one of the large square shaped cards. I have been depicting the cards from this exhibition for a while now, but there is just one more to go after this one.  

 

21/11/2018

UNTITLED

But clearly depicts:

BAMBI AND THUMPER

Published by

CHROMOVOGUE

Printed in France

Ref: D 980 – 2

 

A nice simple Disney design which was available here in the UK and in France I believe. This one is from the 1990’s I think (possibly late 1980’s but I think not)

 

 

21/11/2018

HELLO KITTY

CLUB NOKIA

Published by

ZOCARD SINGAPORE

Issued in 2002

Free Rack Advertising Postcard

 

ZoCard were the Singapore equivalent of our (the UK’s) Boomerang rack postcards. This card here advertises ‘Club Nokia’ and the reverse side gave details of how to join up.

Hello Kitty dropped out of fashion for quite a while, but it is back with a vengeance and now anything related to the kitties is highly collectible again.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

21/11/2018

ITALIAN ISSUED WORLD WAR II

PROPAGANDA POSTER POSTCARD 1941

By

GINO BOCCASILE

Official Published Propaganda Postcard

P.N.F. DOPOLAVORO FORZE ARMATE O.N.D.

(P.N.F. Recreational club Armed Forces O.N.D.)

 

One of the questions I get asked as a collector is “are there any postcards that you really want, ones which you have looked for or wanted to own a copy of for some time”. Up until this past week this postcard here was ‘definitely’ on that list. I have wanted a copy for over thirty years, and although I have seen one or two, they have been quite expensive, and I have lost out at auctions and one I saw on a dealer’s stall was priced well above the cards value, in my mind. My luck changed last week when I saw one in an auction and my bid ended up being the winning one.

My interest in this particular-design is the depiction of England underneath the two soldiers, one Italian and one German shown as united in the struggle against us Brits during WWII. Although I am clearly not happy with the propaganda message being depicted here, I have always found this image fascinating. In this image the British are represented by a rather nasty looking version of John Bull, here shown with sharpened teeth and an ugly evil looking demeaner. It is the Italian soldier doing the teeth pulling whilst his ally the German holds onto the nasty looking British icon.

The postcard was produced I believe by the O.N.D., which appears in the title above as part of the descriptive text of the publisher. If I am right the O.N.D. stands for ‘Opera Nazionale Dopolavoro’, which translates as ‘National Recreational Club’, and this was the Italian Fascist Leisure and Recreational organisation for adults which was formed in 1925 and which was part of the National Fascist Party of the time (although when it commenced in 1925 the O.N.D. was not designed to be a political aligned organisation in the April of 1927 its original creator was dismissed and the O.N.D. leadership was taken over by the Fascist Party Secretary and it became an auxiliary of the Fascist Party). Although many workers were organised under the O.N.D., by 1936 an estimated 80% of salaried workers, the political attempts of indoctrination were not as successful as those achieved by the German Nazi party.

The Italians produced some great propaganda postcards during the early years of WWII, and although I clearly and ardently disagree with the sentiment behind the issuing of these cards I still like to collect them when ever I see them priced within my budget (which is unfortunately not that often).

The artist of this poster design was Gino Boccasile (14/07/1901 – 10/05/1952) who was a supporter of Mussolini and produced a range of painted propaganda poster designs, including ones similar in propaganda content to this one. He remained a supporter even after the fall of the fascists in Italy later in the war and even enlisted in the Italian SS Division (for whom he also produced propaganda designs). After the war he was imprisoned and tried for collaborating with the fascists, but he was acquitted. His association with the fascists initially prevented him obtaining work and he was treated as an outcast, but he supported himself by doing pornographic sketches which, ironically considering the postcard I have depicted, were used in English and French publications. He did manage to eventually return to poster designing and was able to set up his own agency and produced some popular poster designs for Paglieri cosmetics, Iperchina Liquors, Chlorodont toothpaste and Zenith footwear. He passed away from bronchitis in Milan in 1952.  

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