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20/10/2019

 

MAXINE PEAKE

Born 1974

By

Jonathan Oakes

2011

C-type colour print

Published by the

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

 

I know I keep posting postcards published by this excellent gallery, but they keep coming up with new and unusual paintings and photographs. This one depicts the actress Maxine Peake, and this one falls nicely into my television collection because she has appeared in, amongst others:

 

Hetty Wainthopp Investigates (1996)

Dinnerladies (1998 – 2000, she played the character called Twinkle)

Coronation Street (1999, Episode No. 1.46352)

Jonathan Creek (1999)

Clocking Off (2000)

Holby City (2002)

Dalziel and Pascoe (2002)

At Home with the Braithwaites (2003)

Shameless (2004 – 2007 UK series regular)

Little Dorrit (2008)

Criminal Justice (2009)

Silk (2011 – 2014, 14 episodes)

The Village (2013 – 2014)

Three Girls (2017)

Black Mirror (2017)

 

So, as you can see, she has been a busy little old actress, and this is just the highlights of her TV career, this makes no mention of her film roles and her award-winning extensive theatre career. So, I think she deserves to have a postcard of her issued, and trust the NPG to be the ones to do it.

 

20/10/2019

 

MARIE SALLE (1710 – 1756)

FRENCH DANCER

ENGRAVING BY

GARNIER AFTER THE PAINTING BY

LANCRET

CUT WITHIN THE PLATE

Published by the

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

THEATRE MUSEUM

Ref: TM389

 

I just thought this was a beautiful image, which I found on a postcard dealers stall at a fair. This is the type of quality postcard image which can be found in museums everywhere.

 

 

20/10/2019

 

HEYGATE AVENUE,

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

Published by

PEARSON SERIES,

80 SOUTHCHURCH AVENUE,

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

Ref: 102

 

This is one of my favourite postcards. It may just look like an ordinary street, or Avenue of houses, ordinary houses. This is probably true, and there is certainly nothing special that I know about in relation to this pretty normal street. So, other than the fact that this is a street in my hometown, why did I want this card? And, why is it one of my favourites? Well, there is a simple answer. Well, we used to live in this very street. It is not always that you can find an old postcard of your street, especially a real photographic one of the quality and scarcity of this one, and that is why I was happy to pay £10 for this card

 

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20/10/2019

 

GRUSS AUS BERLIN

REICHSTAGSGEBAUDE

Reichstag Building

Unnamed Publisher

Early German Issue

 

This lovely postcard is a ‘really’ early issue and was used within Germany in 1899. I bought this postcard from a street antique stall along the Unter den Linden, Berlin. So, this very old postcard is a souvenir of my visit to Berlin, and, also of my first visit to the Reichstag Building, which I got to walk around on the last day of my most recent trip. If you visit Berlin, then I recommend pre-booking a visit to the Reichstag (which is free) and see the excellent view from the amazing glass dome on the roof.

 

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20/10/2019

 

EPSOM RACES L. B.  – Tattn. Cnr.

TRAIN AT PURLEY

30. 5. 1951

Published by

PAMLIN PRINTS

CROYDON Copyright 1975

 

As I have previously mentioned here on the webpage, Pamlin Prints have a strong and dedicated collecting circle, people who are hunting down every one of the many, many different issues by this publisher. The transport cards, trains, aeroplanes and bus photographic ones are the most popular.

 

20/10/2019

 

WHO’S AFRAID

OF A FEW GREY HAIRS?

Titled as:

Grey Hairs

Published by

CATH TATE CARDS

Ref: OS1225

 

Could not resist this one when I recently found it in a shop in London…at my age of course this is slightly less funny, he says laughing

 

20/10/2019

 

UNTITLED

Dog Photograph

Published by

PAPERCHASE

 

This one was bought this year, and so far, I have only come across it in one branch of paperchase, the one in Chelmsford in Essex. I suspect that of you like cute doggie images then this one might be for you.

 

19/10/2019

 

TWISTED RED MAIL-BOX ART

Exclusive Photograph Postcard

Produced through the

TOUCHNOTE

Application

 

On the 27th September I posted on face book a photograph of a newspaper article about an artist, Alex Chinneck, who was placing full size models of twisted telephone boxes in the street as an art project. I reproduce this article below.

So, imagine my surprise when I received this great postcard depicting one of these twisted red mailboxes located at Margate.

This postcard was very kindly sent to me by Clive & Sherri Baker. It’s a great card for my post box collection.

(my thanks go out to both Clive and Sherri for sending me this unique postcard).

 

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PHOTOGRAPH

 

Newspaper Article

‘METRO’

27th September 2019

 

19/10/2019

 

CLASSIC BUSES:

No. 5: ALBION VICTOR

Published by

DANIEL HILL ENTERPRISES, BIRMINGHAM

A DANIEL HILL POSTCARD

Copyright DANEIL HILL PHOTOGRAPHY

A series of 20

First Edition of 1000 Postcards

Printed by

GRAHAM & SONS LTD

 

I love old buses and have been to several bus rallies. When at these events it is the older ones of this type of shape that appeal to me the most. When I saw this postcard image, I thought it was a stunning colour photograph. This is a stunning looking bus and I cannot deny that I would love to own a bus like this, it’s a bit of a dream, but you never know.       

 

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19/10/2019

 

WATER INSPECTOR MUM!

SHALL I SEND HIM IN?

Published by

J & T Co., LONDON EC2

Ref: C01

 

Although this looks like a much older postcard, and the design looks like a golden age period issue, this postcard was posted in 1958.

 

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19/10/2019

 

MYSTERIOUS CREATURES

A GUIDE TO CRYPTOZOOLOGY

NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK

4TH – 10TH MAY 2003

Design by

RICK GEARY

Published by

GEORGE EBERHART & JENNIFER HENDERSON

 

I have always had a fascination with cryptozoology. As a child I loved everything to do with animals, past and present. My child mind loved the idea of there being strange creatures, as yet not proven to exist, skulking around in forests, jungles and the deep sea. I am not alone in this wonderment as many books and television prove. This postcard is an advertising postcard for an author of just such a book.

 

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19/10/2019

 

ISLE OF WIGHT

SCOOTER RALLY.

RYDE OUT

Novelty Wooden Postcard

No Publisher Named

 

A couple of months ago I was on the Isle of Wight and I visited Ryde whilst there. There is a great tourist souvenir shop located by the railway station at the seafront end of the pier. Here I found a series of thick wooden postcards which I suspect, because of the title, are exclusive to this town, if not the town then almost definitely the Isle of Wight. Each design features a moped style motorcycle with the same text. These were £2.99 each, but I think they were worth the money.

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19/10/2019

 

SOPHIE DAHL

Promotional Postcard

Official H & M advert postcard

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

 

Although the model depicted here is not named on this postcard, I immediately recognised this as being Sophie Dahl. Her Wikipedia entry designates her as being an author and former fashion model. She has also produced a cookery book which related to a six-part BBC 2 TV series called ‘The Delicious Miss Dahl’. This postcard image is from her earlier modelling years and was issued as a free advertising card.

 

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19/10/2019

 

MEMORIAL TO THE MURDERED JEWS OF EUROPE,

BERLIN

Architect

PETER EISENMAN

 

Official Memorial Postcards

 

I visited this memorial twice this year. On my first visit the underground museum and information centre was closed (it is not open on Mondays), but the actual memorial is always open, day and night and it is not only an impressive site it is also one which is thoughtful and cleverly designed. If you enter with someone it is easy to lose them by simply moving around a different stack. You can get a feeling of loss here, and of confusion and I think this was the architects desire and aim. I think this is an amazing memorial and if you ever visit Berlin you ‘have’ to pay it a visit.

There is also a truly moving exhibition underneath the memorial which also ‘has’ to be visited. At the end of the exhibition (which includes images of postcards from Jewish deportees and holocaust victims) there is a small gift shop which sells a range of exclusive postcards depicting the memorial above. Depicted here are the postcards I bought on my last visit, when the exhibition was open.

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18/10/2019

 

SECTION PHILATELIQUE

DU CLUB SPORTIF

ET ARTISTIQUE

DES FOYERS DE LA 3EME REGION MARITIME

83800 TOULON NAVAL

‘Philatelic Section

Sports Club

And artistic

Of fires of the 3rd Maritime Region’

PREMIER JOUR

MISE EN SERVICE

DE LA FLAME

‘First Day

Commissioning

From the Flame’

Published by

P. A. CLEMENCEAU

Dessin [design] – Realisation Spada – CIAG

 

Related special slogan cancellation dated

18th July 1983

 

18/10/2019

 

SS UNITED STATES

LEAVING SOUTHAMPTON

Published by

M and L NATIONAL SERIES

Made in Great Britain

 

I think this is a great photograph. These elegant looking ocean liners were fantastic looking, and in my mind, they had a class which is missing from the giant skyscraper shopping centre type of ocean cruisers which we see today.

The SS United States was built over 1950-1951 at the cost of $79.4 million. It was the largest of the ocean liners to have been built entirely in the United States, and she was fast as well and was the holder of the Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. Her maiden voyage commenced on the 3rd July 1952.

After constructive service travelling across the Atlantic, she swapped owners many times after 1970 and eventually her interior fittings were sold at auction and hazardous asbestos was stripped from her, leaving her almost empty by 1994.

In 1996 she was towed to Pier 82 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia where she remains to this day.

 

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SS UNITED STATES

Unnamed Publisher

Ref: 104

 

There are plans, and there have been since 2009, to preserve this ocean liner and she is currently owned by a preservation group called the ‘SS Unite States Conservancy’. This group has been raising funds to achieve this and managed to buy the ship in 2011. As plans to do something with the ship fell through the group started to accept bids to scrap her around 2015, but sufficient donations came in to keep the ship at the dock whilst further plans are being looked into.

 

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This would appear to be a postcard issued quite close to the ships launch because of the additional text added here on the left side:

 

New 53,330 gross ton liner.

Flagship of United States Lines

 

If this text is right, and the ship was then ‘New’, then this cannot be a newer postcard of her.

 

18/10/2019

 

THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, NORTHERN IRELAND

Photograph by

ALEX McNEIL (1994)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

 

Ref:

 

ROYAL MAIL AIR CARD No. PHQ 52d (94A)

 

AND

 

ROYAL MAIL AIR CARD No. PHQ 52d (94B)

 

(There are two versions of this card as you will see below)

 

The 1994 Royal Mail ‘THE NATIONAL TRUST PRESTIGE STAMP BOOK’ was an unusual stamp book as it came with two postcards attached at the back (both cards have a perforated left side edge). The two cards have the exact same front image, but the reverse sides have one major difference, as you will see below.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF TWO COPIES OF

ROYAL MAIL AIR CARD No. PHQ 52d (94A)

 

This version of the card has a pre-printed postage stamp top right. This is a printed version of the 1981 Giant’s Causeway 22p stamp design re-priced at 35p (for the changes in postage costs between 1981 and 1994).

 These two copies have been used first day of issue with the pre-printed stamp being cancelled with special hand stamps dated 26th July 1994.

 

Copies of this postcard commercially used (i.e. not philatelically used as in F.D.I. or, and special hand stamped) are quite scarce and I believe much harder to source than mint and special cancelled copies. This one here was used as a competition entry. If you find one of these used like this then keep it.

 

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ROYAL MAIL AIR CARD No. PHQ 52d (94B)

 

This second version of this postcard is different because this one does not have the pre-printed postage stamp design. It is also missing the airmail blue printed label top left, and because it does not have the pre-printed applied the text bottom left is reduced in quantity.

These two copies have an actual stamp applied, 1st class queens head Machin, and these have been cancelled with the same two hand stamps as used on the above depicted postcards with the pre-printed stamp on them.

You got one postcard with the pre-printed stamp and one without this in each prestige stamp book.

 

THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

FIRST DAY ENVELOPE COVER

35P PRE-PRINTED ‘GIANT’S CAUSEWAY’ POSTCARD STAMP

Published by

BENHAM

(This is a well-known UK first day cover producer)

 

The Giant’s Causeway stamp printed on the postcard above was of a pictorial design which had been previously used in 1981 on a postage stamp, but because this pre-printed stamp had a whole new price, 35p instead of the original 22p, it was technically a new stamp issue. This cover producer decided to cut the stamp out of the postcard and glue this to these covers to produce a special first day cover. Normally I would not want such a cover, but because the stamp is an integral part of these postcards, when I came across this cover in a cheap box I added it to my collection.     

 

18/10/2019

 

MISS MARIE STUDHOLME

Photograph by

JOHNSTON HOFFMANN

Published by

HARTMANN

Ref: F.H.L. 3219

 

[see the London Hospital waiting room card below for an image of a HARTMANN reverse]

 

Miss Marie Studholme, real name Caroline Maria Lupton, was an English born actress and singer in the world of Victorian and Edwardian musical comedy. She was ‘definitely’ a beauty of her day and this beauty resulted in her becoming a popular feature on picture postcards. Her career spanned the years 1891 to 1915 and she was one of the famous ‘Gaiety Girls’.

Born – West Yorkshire – 10th September 1972

Died – Hampstead, London – 10th March 1930

 

18/10/2019

 

ROGER MOORE

Published by

EDITIONS F. NUGERON

Ref: STAR 65

(There is an interesting bit of text down the centre which reads ‘Droits reserves – USA: CLASSICO SAN FRANCISCO, which is interesting to me as I have a large collection of postcards published by Classico San Francisco and clearly they loaned out this image to Editions F Nugeron)

 

Although far better known as a film actor and his appearances as James Bond, I collect Roger Moore postcards because of his earlier TV appearance as The Saint, in the TV series of the same name.

 

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18/10/2019

 

POST OFFICE TELEGRAPH SHIP

DEEP SEA CABLE REPAIRS

Published by the

TELECOM TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE, LONDON, EC4

Printed by

BERIC TEMPEST & Co. LTD

Ref: EPHEMERA SERIES No 14

“Painted by Pears, circa 1939, HMS Alert was built in 1918 and sunk with all hands in 1945 due to enemy action”

(Text from reverse side of Postcard)

 

The Telecom Technology Showcase issued some interesting telecommunication themed postcards in this ephemera series, many being telephone themed. Many are poster designs, like this one, and often can only be found on these cards.

 

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TOP

 

This copy has the special exclusive blue ‘FIRST DAY OF ISSUE – JUNE 18, 1986 – 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF CANTAT’ cachet which was applied to all postcards bought on the first day of issue at the showcase. Postcards can be found just with the blue cachet as this was applied to mint cards, but this one was then posted to a special hand stamp centre and has received the Tower of London pictorial TOWER HILL LONDON EC3 philatelic counter special hand stamp dated for the first day of issue of this postcard – 18th June 1986 (this TOWER HILL pictorial cancel was in general use for many years).

 

BOTTOM

 

Strangely perhaps, this card with the red ‘SAMPLE - NOT FOR SALE’ cachet is much harder to source, in fact I have only ever seen this one copy.

 

18/10/2019

 

THE LORD IS MY LIGHT

AND MY SALVATION

PSALM 27 v. 1

Published by

ST. PETER & ST. PAUL CHURCH, CROMER

Ref: MOTTO SERIES No. 1

 

I bought this card inside St Peter & St Paul Church in Cromer on our recent visit there. This card was just 10p. I often stated that religious themed postcards are not very collectible, despite being numerous, but I like to pick up one or two as souvenirs of visits to churches and cathedrals.

 

18/10/2019

 

TURN OFF THE TELLY

CASH YOUR SAVINGS

CATCH THE FIRST ROCKET

AND COME HERE

IT’S LOVELY

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD

HOLMFIRTH, YORKSHIRE

Ref: “SEASIDE COMIC” Series No. 1566

 

I can not resist any postcard that features a television set, real or drawn. I especially like any Bamforth seaside saucy or funny cards which feature television in some way. Postcards like this one are becoming more and more collectible. If you are lucky you can pick these up for around £1.50 to £2.50, but I have seen them recently priced as high as £5. This one was posted in 1959.

 

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18/10/2019

 

THE CRYPT,

HYTHE

Unnamed Publisher

(But there is a distinctive BR(L) logo top centre on the reverse side, but this does not appear in Byatt’s ‘Picture Postcards and Their Publishers’)

 

This is quite a collection of human bones in what is called an ossuary, a collection bones rather than burials. This ‘particular’ crypt is located in the medieval St Leonard’s Church, Hythe. You can still visit this crypt, but not over the winter months as it seems this is closed between 1st October and 30th April (although it opens also for the Easter weekend).  

 

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18/10/2019

 

OUT-PATIENTS DEPARTMENT

LONDON HOSPITAL

LONDON. E.

Published by

HARTMANN

Ref: 3083. - 4

 

Oh, how things have changed!!! Today if you visit any out-patient section of any hospital I guarantee it will be packed! If you went to one and found only a handful of people waiting, like what you can see here, you would be delighted. But this card was posted in 1905, and this is long before the days of our NHS (National Health Service), so maybe this had something to do with the lack of crowds that can be seen here. This card is a great piece of early social history and local history all combined in one image.

 

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Posted from Stratford in 1905, this has a lovely clear strike of the STRATFORD. S. O. E. – 4 double-ring cancellation.

 

18/10/2019

 

LOST IN SPACE

LOST IN SPACE TV SERIES

TITLE LOGO

Published by

LONDON POSTCARD COMPANY

Ref: CODE: NL 1351 (Series 1 set of 9)

 

Autographed on the front by

 

MARK GODDARD

(Major Don West)

 

JONATHAN HARRIS (1914 – 2002)

(Dr Zachary Smith)

 

Television as a theme is without a doubt my favourite, and I love to add unusual cards to my collection. This postcard, which depicts the opening titles header, is just such a card. This is because it has been signed by two members of the original TV series cast. When I attend comic-con like events I always see who is signing and I have a book of postcards which could be signed. This card is a superb general one for any members of the ‘Lost in Space’ programme, the original one. The two signatures here are superb, especially that of the late actor Jonathan Harris, who passed away in 2002, as it is a sad fact that once a celebrity can no longer sign then items like this become the only source of their signature.   

 

PHOTOGRAPH

MARK GODDARD

 

Played the character Major Don West in the original series, as shown here

 

PHOTOGRAPH

JONATHAN HARRIS

 

Played the popular, although villainous character of Dr Zachary Smith in the original series, as shown here

 

PHOTOGRAPH

Opening titles image – this shows you how the character outlines appeared during the actual opening titles sequence. Each actor had their own spacesuit outline, this is June Lockhart’s one. The postcard above shows all the outlines on one total image, but in the opening titles the camera moves along the line and each actor gets their own screen page.  

 

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18/10/2019

 

TOWER

RECORDS – VIDEO - BOOKS

The Internet’s real record store

Artwork by

CHRIS HILLMAN, Tower Classics – Philadelphia

Published By

GO-CARD (NATIONWIDE POSTCARD ADVERTISING)

American Free Rack Postcard

 

This design has a great ‘Transformers’ feel about it, or perhaps you see this as a Japanese styled robot, either way I thought this was a great picture, and for those who found it in the original racks it was also free (it cost me 50p from a dealer, but I had to have this one)

 

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