EXTERMINATION DES OISEAUX
DES GRAPPES D’OISEAUX,
HORRIBLES “TROPHEES DE CHASSE”
(CHARDONNERETS, PINSONS DU NORD,
GRIVES, ALOUETTES, ETC…)
SUR LA PLACE DE LA CATHEDRALE
A TRENTE (ITALIE)
Extermination of Birds
Horrible “Hunting Trophies”
(Chardonnerets, North Pinsons,
Grives, Alouettes, etc…)
On the Place of the Cathedral
In Trento (Italy)’
EDITION “EUROP” –
Photo by I. JAFFKE
This postcard was issued in France as a protest styled card towards the popular, often called traditional, hunting, killing and eating of the many songbirds that migrate through the Mediterranean countries. Here it is Italy that is targeted by this photograph, and it is one of the major countries that has this tradition of eating songbirds, often captured in long illegal nets hung between bushes across landscapes. This is now illegal in many countries, but this has apparently not stopped the practise.
IN DAS LAND
WERDE MITGLIED IM
BUND GEGEN DEN MISBRAUCH DER TIERE E. V.
(VORM. BUND GEGEN DIE VIVISEKTION E. V.)
VIKTOR-SCHEFFEL-STR. 15 – 8 MUNCHEN 40
Into the country
Become a member
Bund against the misuse of animals e. v
(Vorm Bund against vivisection e. v)
Viktor Scheffel Street, Munich
This is a German published postcard which follows the same issue of songbird killing and eating in Italy as the two above French issues, although this one takes an artistic direction rather than photographic. I bought all three of these postcards from the same source many years ago.
DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 2010
MARIA PIA MOSQUERA
Part of the ‘Bolivia & Peru’ series
It has been some time since I last put an Avantcard Australia postcard on the webpage, so I decided to place this one here today. It is an advert card by the freecard company asking artists if they would like to have their artwork placed on one of their postcards and have it distributed by Avantcard Australia. It also has a great front image, which is the real bonus.
I assume this was German printed
Like many collectors I like to pick up postcards, both old and new, from places I have visited, especially from places that I really enjoy, so on this webpage you tend to get a lot of French postcards, postcards from Berlin and of course Florida in the US. I also like to pick these older postcards when I am in the country in question. This photograph depicts the Reichstag building in Berlin, a building I had the pleasure of visiting in the summer (as I have mentioned before… on another old postcard depicting this structure if I remember correctly). I bought this card from a street antique stall along the Unter den Linden.
LIFE IN OUR NAVY
THE DIVER’S RETURN
M. ETTLINGER & CO., LONDON, E. C. & NEW YORK
“THE ROYAL SERIES”
Ref: LIFE IN OUR NAVY SERIES 4618
Printed in Germany
This is a superb photograph from a company who issued a range of Navy related postcards. This one shows one of those deep-sea diving suits (I always look at these and think that those who went down in them must have been fearless). This is also a fairly common postcard which crops up on eBay and on dealer’s stalls and as a result it is normally reasonably priced.
AUSTIN A40 SOMERSET
Official Promotional sales postcard
Printed in England
Ref: Publication No. 1003
These early modern vehicle advert postcards are becoming more and more popular as older people come across pictures on them of vehicles they once owned, or perhaps their fathers etc. These have an amazing nostalgic value, and this is now showing through in the catalogue values for these, which now often exceeds £3 per card. If I come across these for £3 or less, I always buy them, and they are one of my recommendations for the future.
GEORGE V (1930’s) AIR MAIL POSTBOX.
ELIZABETH II POSTBOX
STAMP VENDING MACHINE
All Located outside
Photo courtesy Mrs S. L. GRIBBEN
UNICHROME OF BATH
BATH POSTAL MUSEUM
Ref: No. 26
I have visited the Bath Postal Museum a couple of times, and I believe in more than one location as I think the museum has had at least one move (but don’t quote me on this). The museum has always been worth a visit and I have also enjoyed the series of postcards that they used to issue, but they ceased to do so some years back.
I like this postcard because, as you will see below, I have seen these post boxes, but I must amend the title a bit as I am sure the boxes are actually some distance from the castle, but are close to the castle grounds, which are quite large.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
The Bath Postal Museum used to have first day of issue dates for their postcard releases. Often these were timed to coincide with stamp releases. The Bath cancellations were used for these FDI cards. What is different here is that this was the first, and, so far only, time that the cancel was inked green. This was done across the country for this green issue stamp set.
Privately Produced ‘Game of Thrones’ Stamp Card
I found this card on eBay and thought it was unusual and a great piece of private production. The people (or person) behind this design has applied the 2018 Royal Mail Jon Snow 1st class ‘Game of Thrones’ stamp and has had it cancelled with a special first day of issue hand stamp dated 23/01/2018. It would be interesting to know if any other characters were turned into similar cards, but so far, I have not come across any.
DALEK DAY TRIP
Ref; No. 05390
I came across this postcard whilst in London earlier in the year. The photograph is one I have seen before as it is an old one, I have also seen it on a greetings card, but this is the first time I have found it on a postcard. The photograph used is an old one, but it is a good one.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
The sender of this postcard, either Norah or Pauline, forgot to place a stamp on the card. So, as with the previous card depicted below a postage due charge was raised. The card was posted from York and has a York circular date stamp applied dated (? Possibly the 22nd) JULY 2002, top right. The post office then applied a green coloured block cachet which states that the missing postage rate (underpaid postage) was 19p and that the handling charge was 80p [things have changed a lot since it was double the postage rate]. This brought the total charge to the receiver of 99p. What I have not yet worked out is what the white sticker centre-right side with 8085 on it meant. Perhaps it was a royal mail batch sticker or a postman’s marker sticker re the due charge. All in all though a nice usage.
MISS OLIVE MAY
LONDON, THE EMPIRE SERIES
Miss May’s story is one of fame, fortune and position. Miss May (nee Olive Mary Meatyard) was a Gaiety Girl in the theatre, thus her appearance on postcards and her popularity. Through marriage in 1913 she initially became Lady Victor Paget until her divorce in 1921. Then she became the Countess of Drogheda through marriage to the 10th Earl of in 1922. These marriages came after her theatre career from which she retired in 1912.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
I like this one because it was posted from my hometown, although the sender failed to apply a postage stamp, so it incurred a postage due charge. As the postcard rate was ½ d at the time and postage due was charged at double the rate the charge here was 1d which is shown by the application of a 1d charge mark , to the left side of the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA cancellation dated 1st September 1905.
BRITISH POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD
QUEEN VICTORIA PRE-PRINTED POSTAGE STAMP
This is a lovely clean example of this first issue small size UK postal stationery post card. This one was posted to Derby from Huddersfield with the printed stamp cancelled with a clear single ring Huddersfield cancel dated 30th August 1875. This would be a lovely card even if this was all that was on it, but it has a fantastic reverse side as well…
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD
This one has a lovely printed advertising reverse for an agent to call on a certain date to the receiver of the card. The company advertised is:
WILLIAM CUMMING & CO
I do love these early advertising backs. You get a bit of local history, social history and postal history all on one item. I am always happy to buy something unusual like this. It is worth every penny of £5, so it’s a bonus that I picked it up in a £2 sales box.
5TH WORLD CUP PARACHUTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
POSTAL STATIONERY POST CARD
THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA
This official postal stationery post card would be a great addition to any collection based around the theme of parachutes. Earlier in the year at Stampex I saw a superb exhibition based entirely on parachutes and their various uses. This collection was stamp based but had a number of postcards included. I think a copy of this card was included in that mounted display.
REFLECTIONS OF A BYGONE AGE
This is an advert postcard for my friend’s new book, which has recently been released. I’ve seen the book and if you have any interest in old postcards of Nottinghamshire matched up to current photographs of the same area (a ‘Then and Now’ set up) then this is the book for you. Full details of how to get a copy are printed on the reverse side.
AS A WOMAN GROWS OLDER
SHE FEELS COLDER AND COLDER,
HER PANTIES GROW LONGER
AND THICKER AND STRONGER,
AS A SAUCY YOUNG MISS
HER FRILLIES WERE BRIEF,
NOW SHE DONS FLANNELETTE
WITH A SIGH OF RELIEF
BAMFORTH & CO., LTD (Holmfirth, Yorkshire)
Ref: “COMIC SERIES” No. 1335
A classic Bamforth comic postcard from the 1950’s. These are becoming more and more collectible.
TOP LEFT: WEMBLEY STADIUM FROM EMPIRE WAY
TOP RIGHT: INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL MATCH AT WEMBLEY
BOTTOM LEFT: PICCADILLY CIRCUS
BOTTOM RIGHT: TOWER BRIDGE
CENTRE: WORLD CUP WILLIE (Logo for the 1966 Football World Cup)
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC GREETING CARD CO. LTD., LONDON
Copyright: FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION 1966
CC19054 (number in stamp box)
I have a collection of 1966 Football World Cup related postcards, but by far this is my favourite. Considering the popularity of this event, and that we (England) won that year, it is a surprise that this postcard so rarely turns up. In all my collecting years I have only ever seen two copies! Which does surprise me (although having said this I have just checked eBay and there is one on there priced at £5 + £1 postage… so make that three I have seen!).
I love this postcard.
3D LENTICULAR POSTCARD
A VARI-VUE CARD
PICTORIAL PRODUCTIONS INC
MT (Mount) VERNON. N. Y.
During June and especially in July I placed a lot of Apollo related postcards on the webpage, and this led to me looking at other related postcards on eBay and at postcard fairs, and a fair is where I found this lovely 3D one for just £2.
DE AVONTUREN VAN
BRUINTJE BEER WORDEN
UITGEGEVEN DOOR UITGEVERIJ
(Above is all the reverse side text)
‘The Adventures of
Published by Publishing Solo’
No Publisher given, but I assume this is an official ‘Publishing Solo’
This is clearly a Dutch issued postcard promoting the books of Rupert the Bear (here called ‘Brown Bear’). Here Rupert is shown with his friend Edward Trunk. I collect Rupert postcards because there have been a number of different television versions of the stories, mostly animated.
JUDISCHES MUSEUM BERLIN
Jewish Museum Berlin
MENASHE KADISHMAN (*1932)
SHALECHTET (GEFALLENES LAUB), 1997 – 2001, DETAIL
FALLEN LEAVES, DETAIL
Sculpture, Steel Plate
Published by the
JEWISH MUSEUM, BERLIN
I visited the Jewish Museum earlier this year. One of the main reasons I wanted to visit this museum was to see this amazing piece of sculpture artwork. It is a hallway, of sorts, where the ceiling is three storeys high and the floor is covered with hundreds of circular slabs of steel each of which is cut with its own eyes, nose and mouth. The postcards and my photograph which appear here do not give justice to the experience of ‘actually’ seeing this piece, which is massive and deep in length. Unusually you are allowed and even prompted to walk across the piece, which means you are walking across all these metal faces. The intention is for people to walk across this, but some people, understandably perhaps, cannot do it. I know that Jo felt uncomfortable with the thought and would not step into the piece, and she was not alone. It is a very strange experience as the steel faces move and clank together as you step on them, in fact it is impossible to move across them silently, although some people made much more noise than others.
It is a most thought-provoking piece and I spent some time here looking at all the faces and thinking about the story behind this piece.
Depicting the piece
Published by the
JEWISH MUSEUM, BERLIN
Ref; Nr. 117
This unusual postcard shows the hallway area before the steel plate faces were placed around the floor.
If you are ever in Berlin then I can recommend a visit to this museum, and when you do then put aside some time to spend in this piece, or looking in on it, contemplating its meaning.
Television, cartoon characters and superhero postcards are my favourite postcard themes. I especially like clever designs, unusual usage of such themes. In Berlin I found a series of postcard artwork by Mareike Felsch which incorporates characters into floral pictures. I loved these as soon as I saw them.
The cards are not individually numbered and are only titled by the characters which appear on each design. These are yet again another great example of the joy of postcard hunting in the city of Berlin, where these postcards came from earlier this year.
TIM AND STRUPPI
Better known in the UK as:
TINTIN and SNOWY
This Spiderman card, and the Superman one below, has a slightly different reverse text layout which gives the year of creation for the piece of artwork, the others do not have this. This Spiderman one was from 2006, and I assume there are more than one designs which incorporate Spiderman as this one has the number 1 in the title, but this does not mean that any others have been released as postcards.
As with the above Spiderman card a date of creation is printed on the reverse side: 2010. Again, I suppose the artist has done other Superman designs as this one is numbered 9, but again this does not mean others have appeared in postcards.
GER I Bordalo II
STREET ART POSTCARDS
When I was last in Berlin, I was walking along a fascinating street of tourist shops when I saw this postcard in a spinner. It was so eye-catching that I had to have this as soon as I saw it. I like unusual art picture, especially an animal (in this case a Toucan) one. This is a good example of why I think Berlin is one of the best sources of modern postcards in Europe.
Under the ‘CENSORED’ tab on this webpage (then sub-tab ‘Censored 3’) I have placed four political postcards, one of which was withdrawn, quite understandably when you see it. These are all from a series titled:
USE YOUR VOTE
YOU KNOW HE’LL USE HIS
Whatever you think, make your views known –
Vote in this year’s General Election
‘MINISTRY OF SOUND’
I had to place this set here in the censored section because I wanted to keep the set together and there was no way the ‘banned’ card could go on the main webpage.
QSL RADIO CARD
Privately produced Radio Ham Postcard
I have explained what these QSL cards are before on the webpage elsewhere. Once all but shunned by collectors, you could pick them up for mere pennies, they have become more and more collectible over the past few years. I wonder if this has something to do with the nostalgia for the old radio ham hobby, as I believe it is n o longer popular, so these cards are no longer used. Having said all I have about their previous lack of appeal I have to now admit that designs which are connected to interesting themes have become almost sought after. This one here clearly has a Disney/Mickey Mouse theme, one which was not authorised, but that is the joy of these cards as almost all were not using their images with authorisation.
VIA AIR MAIL
DURING FIRST GREAT POST OFFICE STRIKE
Exporters Letter Service
This unusual plain backed card was posted during the well-known 1971 postal strike. During this strike a number of organisations were allowed to produce their own strike stamps and run local postal services, and there were lots of such services, including ones which then transported the mail abroad to be posted there for onward transmission. This card appears to be such an item, posted via the strike mail service, paid for by the pre-printed private postal strike postage mark top right, transported to France via this strike mail system and then placed in the French postal system for onwards transmission to the address. Strike mail from 1971 is collected by a dedicated band of fans, and many of the services produced their own first day covers for their Cinderella strike mail stamps. It is an interesting area of collecting.
The design used here is a comic interpretation of an 1890 jubilee of Uniform Penny Postage envelope, see below.
No Publisher given
The only text on the whole card is down the centre line on the reverse side and reads:
Where is this?
I bought this postcard for 20p at the weekend because I like trams and trolleybuses, and there are two nice looking green ones on this image. The building I suspect would be identifiable to anyone who has seen it, but I have not. The only text appears to be in Spanish and translates as ‘Of Miranda’, but I am not sure if this helps.
So, your help is needed here… where is this? Do you know? If so, then email me and let me know.
CLOCKWORK TOY FIGURES
German; about 1930
E. BAYLIS & SON LTD
BETHNAL GREEN MUSEUM
Ref: BGM 73
The Bethnal Green Museum is now better known as the V & A Museum of Childhood, a museum packed with toys. It has been a long time since I paid my visit here, but when I went it was the television related toys which fascinated me (no surprise there) and in my collection I have postcards of some of these. This card here, a recent acquisition at the Nottingham Postcard Fair for just 20p, fits into my film collection because of the Charlie Chaplin figure. This is an older card from the museum.