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.
MARIE SALLE (1710 – 1756)
GARNIER AFTER THE PAINTING BY
CUT WITHIN THE PLATE
Published by the
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
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.
80 SOUTHCHURCH AVENUE,
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
GRUSS AUS BERLIN
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.
EPSOM RACES L. B. – Tattn. Cnr.
TRAIN AT PURLEY
30. 5. 1951
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.
TWISTED RED MAIL-BOX ART
Exclusive Photograph Postcard
Produced through the
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).
No. 5: ALBION VICTOR
DANIEL HILL ENTERPRISES, BIRMINGHAM
A DANIEL HILL POSTCARD
Copyright DANEIL HILL PHOTOGRAPHY
A series of 20
First Edition of 1000 Postcards
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.
A GUIDE TO CRYPTOZOOLOGY
NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK
4TH – 10TH MAY 2003
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.
ISLE OF WIGHT
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.
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.
MEMORIAL TO THE MURDERED JEWS OF EUROPE,
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.
DU CLUB SPORTIF
DES FOYERS DE LA 3EME REGION MARITIME
83800 TOULON NAVAL
Of fires of the 3rd Maritime Region’
MISE EN SERVICE
DE LA FLAME
From the Flame’
P. A. CLEMENCEAU
Dessin [design] – Realisation Spada – CIAG
Related special slogan cancellation dated
18th July 1983
SS UNITED STATES
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.
SS UNITED STATES
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.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
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.
THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, NORTHERN IRELAND
ALEX McNEIL (1994)
ROYAL MAIL AIR CARD No. PHQ 52d (94A)
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.
REVERSE SIDE OF TWO COPIES OF
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
(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.
MISS MARIE STUDHOLME
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
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.
POST OFFICE TELEGRAPH SHIP
DEEP SEA CABLE REPAIRS
Published by the
TELECOM TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE, LONDON, EC4
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.
REVERSE SIDE OF TWO COPIES OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD
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).
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.
THE LORD IS MY LIGHT
AND MY SALVATION
PSALM 27 v. 1
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.
TURN OFF THE TELLY
CASH YOUR SAVINGS
CATCH THE FIRST ROCKET
AND COME HERE
BAMFORTH & CO., LTD
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.
(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).
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.
LOST IN SPACE
LOST IN SPACE TV SERIES
LONDON POSTCARD COMPANY
Ref: CODE: NL 1351 (Series 1 set of 9)
Autographed on the front by
(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.
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.
RECORDS – VIDEO - BOOKS
The Internet’s real record store
CHRIS HILLMAN, Tower Classics – Philadelphia
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)