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28/10/2019

 

ALL ABOARD

By

PETER ADDERLEY

Published by

J. SALMON LTD

Ref: ‘SEASIDE DAYS’

09/80/04/04  

 

28/10/2019

 

THE PIER,

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

Unknown (probably local) Publisher

Ref: 139918

 

I love this photograph, its one of my favourites from this era. I like that it does not like a staged scene but a natural setting with people on holiday enjoying what looks to be a nice day. This is a great local history postcard.

 

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28/10/2019

 

ELEPHANT CHOOSES TO

STAND ON YOUR CAR

Untitled piece by

DAVID SHRIGLEY

Ink on paper

2004

Published by the

TATE GALLERY

And sold in the

TATE MODERN

Gallery gift shop

 

Unusual or what?

 

28/10/2019

WIENER LUSTSPIEL HAUS

WIENER SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM

Vienna Lustspiel House

Vienna Summer Night Space

Published by

FREECARDS

Ref: FC 2354

 

Another postcard where the design appealed. Unusual postcards like this can often skirt themes, although this one has a musical connection via the information on the reverse side, but the front is an image of a piece of the decoration from within the premises.

 

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28/10/2019

 

WWW. JUICED. CO. UK

Tick Box Reverse side

Published by

BOOMERANG MEDIA

 

I found the front of this postcard appealing. I think I would have bought it what ever it promoted or advertised.

 

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27/10/2019

 

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

SEE ENGLAND BY RAIL

BRITISH RAILWAYS

Published by

STAR EDITIONS LTD

Depicting a poster from the

NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

Collection

Ref: RAIL342

 

A nice Robin Hood themed poster design from the collection held at the National Railway Museum. I bought this card from the Information Centre in Nottingham a couple of months back.

 

27/10/2019

 

WALVISSEN EN WALVISVANGST IN DE NOORDELIJKE IJSZEE.

PRENT HOMANNISCHE ERBEN, 1760  

Whale and Whale catch in the northern ice sea

Prent Homannic erben, 1760

Published by

HET SCHEEP VAART MUSEUM

KATTENBURGERPLEIN 1, AMSTERDAM

Ref: PC2661

 

Although this appears to have been produced for a museum in Amsterdam, I bought my copy in a maritime museum in Rotterdam. This one would have fitted nicely into my youthful ‘wildlife’ collection.

 

27/10/2019

 

ALL ‘RIOT’ NOW

TOXTETH

Published by

NASTI NOVELTIES

‘A WAR ZONE PICTURE’

Copyright 1981

 

This unusual political postcard came out the same year as the Toxteth riots, which occurred in July 1981. Toxteth at the time was an inner-city area located in Liverpool and was an area which had had long standing tensions between the local police and the black community located.

The subsequent Scarman Report recognised that the riots were the result of social problems such as poverty and deprivation.

This postcard appears to have been released as a satirical comment on the riots, and although it appears to have been issued in bad taste it was an unusual release and became a very collectible one.

 

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27/10/2019

 

DAMBUSTERS

Wing Commander Gibson leads 617 Squadron in the operation against the German dams, and bombs the Mohne dam: 16/17 May 1943

(Text from reverse side of Postcard)

From an original painting by

GORDON BEECHAM

No Publisher named but copyright is shown as:

GORDON BEECHAM / GRANTHAM MUSEUM

 

Last year was the 75th anniversary of the famous Dambusters raid. There are many postcards related to this famous, and costly, bombing raid. This nice painting depicts the commanding officers Lancaster bomber taking part in the raid.

 

27/10/2019

 

UNTITLED

Design by

PAUL FUENTES

Published by

LAGOM DESIGN

Ref: 3148

Copyright 2019

 

A new release which is currently available in some branches of paperchase.

 

27/10/2019

 

M. DE BEAURY

Animal act at a circus and variety, around 1915

Published by

IRENCO ROBERT BIER AB,

BOX 15150, 104 65 STOCKHOLM

Ref: 1975

C-16

 

I think this is a great circus themed postcard. I am a little surprised that circus themed postcards are not more popular. I understand that their connection with the reported mistreatment of animals, especially elephants and the famous lions from the once popular lion taming shows, has put an understandable downer on modern circus’s, but many of these animal related performances have now gone, banned by many councils and boroughs. But having said all this, I still love the old posters, their brass brightness and imaginative use of animals and other circus attractions, most especially the clowns. This postcard relates to an act that used monkeys and dogs.

 

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This postcard has been overprinted to be used by a representative of a company called Loncraine, Broxton & Partners. This ‘particular’ copy was not used, but it remains an unusual item showing how reps used postcards as calling cards and appointment cards.

 

27/10/2019

 

FLOWER PARADE,

SPALDING

A decorated float from the Annual Flower Parade held each Spring in Spalding, Lincolnshire

Published by

PHOTO PRECISION LIMITED,

ST IVES, HUNTINGDON, CAMBS

Ref: R78350

F. P. 108

 

I enjoy finding unusual Disney related postcard images and this one here fits that bill excellently. This flower float has clearly been designed to look exactly like Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s pet dog, I also believe that behind Pluto I can see some large ears which must surely belong to non-other than Dumbo the elephant.

 

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27/10/2019

 

PROMENADE PIER,

DOVER

Photograph by

F. FRITH & Co., REIGATE

Published by

MISCH & STOCK

MISCH & STOCK’S “CAMERA GRAPHS”

Ref: Series No. 52714 Dover

51457

 

My hometown is not the only one with a Pier, as you can see here. This pier in Dover was opened in 1893 and like my towns pier it was subject to disasters and was hit by a boat in its opening year. The Pier was then owned by the Admiralty during WW1 but returned to being a pleasure pier when the war ended. By 1925 the pier had become quite dilapidated and this resulted in it being demolished in 1927. So, this no longer exists, but at least there are postcards that have survived which show this 900ft long pier.

 

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27/10/2019

 

OUR KENTISH HOP GARDENS

Published by

PHOTOCHROM CO., LTD., LONDON

 

Kent has been called the garden of England because of its climate, soil and crops. Hops have been grown here for a long time and there was a time when workers would move into Kent for the harvesting periods, including the collection of the hops. As a result of this annual influx of workers, in the past this included whole families, publishers issued man postcards showing the hop pickers and the plants many of which were of course bought by these very pickers.

 

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27/10/2019

 

WELL IN COURTYARD

BELLVER CASTLE

Unknown Publisher

 

Not much information on this postcard, but very little research is required to discover that this is Castell de Bellver which is a gothic styled castle on the Spanish island of Majorca. The castle was built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca. According to Wikipedia this is one of the few circular castles located in Europe.

The castle is now a tourist attraction and the location of the island’s history museum. I am not sure how long tourists have been visiting here, but this postcard looks like quite an old modern card, issued sometime around the 1920’s to 1940’s, in my opinion, although how long it was on sale is subject to speculation (is it a 1950’s card? Possible, but somehow, I don’t think so, the quality is too poor, and I think it’s an earlier card)

 

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Attacked by some child with a pencil by the look of it

 

27/10/2019

 

NORTH NORFOLK

POPPYLAND AT CROMER

From a Painting by C. T. HOWARD

Published by

J. SALMON LTD

Ref: IMAGES OF NORFOLK

10/29/10/35

 

One of my personal souvenirs of a visit I made this year to Cromer.

 

27/10/2019

 

OLYMPISCHER FACKELLAUF

MUNCHEN 1972

Offizielle Sonderkarte

Olympic Torch Relay

Munich 1972

Official Special Card

 

These plain backed stamp cards come in several different colours and can be found used with different German postage stamps cancelled with special Olympic Torch Relay cancellations for different locations and dates. I doubt that this is anywhere near a complete set as I suspect there were cancellations for all the locations along the Torch Relay route, and this is only a small selection of locations along the route. I like Olympic themed postcards, but it is a massive field, heavily populated with stamps, covers and postcards, both official and non-official. These cards here are official cards which were probably produced in quite substantial numbers.

 

TORCH RELAY CANCELLATION

LOCATION: BAD REICHENHALL 2

DATE: 23 – 08 – 1972

 

TORCH RELAY CANCELLATION

LOCATION: GARMISCH PARTENKIRCHEN 2

DATE: 25 – 08 – 1972

 

TORCH RELAY CANCELLATION

LOCATION: MUNCHEN 2 [Munich]

DATE: 25 – 08 – 1972

 

TORCH RELAY CANCELLATION

LOCATION: KASSEL

DATE: 26 – 08 – 1972

 

TORCH RELAY CANCELLATION

LOCATION: FULDA 1

DATE: 26 – 08 – 1972

Orange and Blue Card

 

TORCH RELAY CANCELLATION

LOCATION: FULDA 1

DATE: 26 – 08 – 1972

Yellow and Orange Card

 

TORCH RELAY CANCELLATION

LOCATION: AUGSBURG 1

DATE: 27 – 08 – 1972

 

26/10/2019

 

No. 1800 ‘THOMAS’ IN PLATFORM 1 AT WANSFORD

Photo

DAVID POND

Published by

NENE VALLEY RAILWAY,

PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND

 

I collect Thomas the Tank Engine postcards as a sub-theme of my main Television collection. You obviously have the official Thomas cartoon images from the books and the TV series, but it is amazing how many small line railways, usually Heritage Lines, have trains which they use for special ‘Thomas’ days and special events. It is surprising how many trains have been depicted on postcards with a face on the front, which immediately references the Thomas books, although some of the real trains do not fit the model or models used in the original source material. A collection of these unusual postcards can be quite interesting.

 

“BEST FACE FORWARD”

By

ROBERT CHRISTINA

Photo issued under the auspices of the World Press Photo Holland Foundation

Published by

ART UNLIMITED AMSTERDAM

Ref: B 1880

 

This photograph goes so well with the above postcard as it shows workers moving circular faces across some railway lines. Clearly these are ‘Thomas’ like faces which will be applied to the front of some train engines. I think this is one of the great ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ themed postcards and a smashing railway related postcard image as well.

 

26/10/2019

 

THE AUSTIN A135 PRINCESS SALOON.

COACHBUILT BY THE LONDON FIRM OF VANDEN PLAS

Official Promotional Sales Postcard

Ref: Publication No. 1007

 

These lovely early modern car advert postcards have become very collectible and as a result have increased in price over the last few years. Once, you could pick these up for £1, but these days they are anywhere between £3 and £5 each. When you remember that some of these are now rapidly approaching being over 50 years old, I think these are still reasonably priced.

 

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26/10/2019

 

DOCTOR: “AND NOW I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU

HOW TO TUCK THEM IN!”

Published by

TROWEL PUBLISHING Co., BRISTOL

Ref: 178

 

This design is very reminiscent of the cards that were published by Bamforth’s, and when I first saw this I thought that was who had issued the card, but when I turned the card over I found a great reverse layout design belonging to another company and which had been printed in blue.

 

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Two things caught my eye here. First up you have the great cat cartoon illustrated top centre. I thought this was a great addition and makes the reverse side very interesting. I also like the ‘PASSED BY THE CENSORS’ mark which is printed where the stamp box would normally be located.

 

26/10/2019

 

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

CLASSIC ITV stamp design

Stamp Design by

KATE STEPHENS

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 279 (f) 09.05

 

Autographed on the front by

CHRIS TARRANT

Original Presenter for the TV series: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

 

The stamp depicted on the front of the PHQ Stamp Card was issued on 15th September 2005. I can not think of any more appropriate autograph to obtain on this postcard than that of the original shows UK presenter, Chris Tarrant.

 

26/10/2019

 

DOCTOR WHO

POSTCARD SET

Set of Six Postcards

Published by

TITAN MERCHANDISE

 

POSTCARD PACK FRONT COVER

 

The six postcards contained in this pack all have a Chinese theme with the Tardis depicted with a Pagoda, Cranes, the skyline of Shanghai (this includes the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the structure with the ball shapes incorporated in it, which is an added bonus to a TV collector like me), skyscraper tower, Great Wall of China and a panda (this panda design also appears on the reverse side of all of the packs postcards.

I have only recently, Mid October 2019, come across this set and I was delighted to find these as they are a brilliant selection of images which are well worth hunting down. The cards are not individually titled or numbered or referenced, so I have just depicted them here.

 

DOCTOR WHO

POSTCARD SET

Set of Six Postcards

Published by

TITAN MERCHANDISE

 

POSTCARD PACK REVERSE SIDE OF COVER

 

DOCTOR WHO

POSTCARD SET

One of the Six Postcards found in the above Pack

Published by

TITAN MERCHANDISE

 

DOCTOR WHO

POSTCARD SET

One of the Six Postcards found in the above Pack

Published by

TITAN MERCHANDISE

 

DOCTOR WHO

POSTCARD SET

One of the Six Postcards found in the above Pack

Published by

TITAN MERCHANDISE

 

DOCTOR WHO

POSTCARD SET

One of the Six Postcards found in the above Pack

Published by

TITAN MERCHANDISE

 

DOCTOR WHO

POSTCARD SET

One of the Six Postcards found in the above Pack

Published by

TITAN MERCHANDISE

 

DOCTOR WHO

POSTCARD SET

One of the Six Postcards found in the above Pack

Published by

TITAN MERCHANDISE

 

STANDARD REVERSE SIDE FOR ALL SIX POSTCARDS

 

26/10/2019

 

LA TOUR D’ARGENT

CLAUDE TERRAIL

Frederic preparant son celebre Canard

Le numero de votre canard……………..

 

(TOWER OF MONEY - Restaurants title in English)

CLAUDE TERRAIL

Frederic preparing his famous Canard [Duck]

The number of your Duck……………………

 

Published by the famous Paris Restaurant:

LA TOUR D’ARGENT

15 QUAI DE LA TOURNELLE, PARIS

 

This famous restaurant, running since 1582, was renowned for its duck course, which was so well known that each person ordering the duck received a postcard with a unique number on it, the number relates to how many Duck courses had been served. So, the person who received this postcard was the 601,847th person to have the duck, which was prepared at the table.

Sadly, the restaurant went through some financial issues a few years ago and the family ‘Terrail’ stepped aside and a new chef and owners took over and changed the menu removing the duck option thus stopping the postcard issue. I have seen information which states that since 1890, when they started counting, the restaurant served up 1,150,309 duck courses, their famous pressed duck. I wonder who got the last postcard? Although I would be interested to hear from anyone who has eaten here recently (the restaurant, despite its issues in and around 2016, is still running and still getting high reviews on tripadviser) – are they doing their pressed duck meal? Have they ceased their postcard issues around this meal? It would be nice to hear for sure.

 

 

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26/10/2019

 

ENJOY AGAIN!

HEINEKEN’S

IMPORTED

HOLLAND BEER

WORLD’S FINEST LAGER

Heineken Showcard. American Market 1947

Published by

MUSEUM CARDS

BEKKING & BLITZ, THE NETHERLANDS

Ref: PC2368

 

About four or five years I visited the Netherlands and spent a day in Rotterdam where I picked up this smashing advertising themed postcard. It is the only time I have seen this one.  

 

26/10/2019

 

AM HAVING A COMPLETE CHANGE

Published by

THE REGENT PUBLISHING CO., Ltd, LONDON

Ref: THE REGENT SERIES No. 2094

 

Great use of a postcard image on a postcard! I have tried to find out who WVS is but although the initials are mentioned in Byatt’s book (Picture Postcards and their Publishers) the name of the artist was not known then.  This great card was posted from Manchester to Sheffield in 1916.

 

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I love the opening line of the hand-written message: ‘WE ARE HAVING A SPIFFING TIME HERE’. The cancellation used here is a MANCHESTER machine roller cancel.

 

26/10/2019

 

SOMETHING NASTY IN THE CABBAGES

By

DIZ WALLIS

Copyright 1991

Book Published by RAGGED BEARS LTD in Spring of 1991

Official Promotional Publishers Postcard

 

This one appealed because of its animal content, although I do also like all book related promotional postcards.

 

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26/10/2019

 

THE QUEEN’S DOLLS HOUSE

NURSERY TOYS

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS

Ref: “OILETTE” Postcard No. 4504

THE QUEEN’S DOLLS’ HOUSE. Series V.

 

Many postcards were published depicting the many small pieces found in the Queen’s Dolls House. These cards were issued during the 1920’s and there are collectors who try and complete all the series which were released.

The Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, to give it its full name, was built in the early 1920’s and completed in 1924 for Queen Mary, the wife of King George V. The small house has some amazing little pieces inside, many of which were designed by well known architects and artists, with the main house being designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 

 

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With full details of the depicted items

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