Unknown (probably local) Publisher
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.
WIENER LUSTSPIEL HAUS
Vienna Lustspiel House
Vienna Summer Night Space
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.
SEE ENGLAND BY RAIL
STAR EDITIONS LTD
Depicting a poster from the
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
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.
WALVISSEN EN WALVISVANGST IN DE NOORDELIJKE IJSZEE.
PRENT HOMANNISCHE ERBEN, 1760
Whale and Whale catch in the northern ice sea
Prent Homannic erben, 1760
HET SCHEEP VAART MUSEUM
KATTENBURGERPLEIN 1, AMSTERDAM
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.
ALL ‘RIOT’ NOW
‘A WAR ZONE PICTURE’
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.
“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
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.
M. DE BEAURY
Animal act at a circus and variety, around 1915
IRENCO ROBERT BIER AB,
BOX 15150, 104 65 STOCKHOLM
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.
A decorated float from the Annual Flower Parade held each Spring in Spalding, Lincolnshire
PHOTO PRECISION LIMITED,
ST IVES, HUNTINGDON, CAMBS
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.
F. FRITH & Co., REIGATE
MISCH & STOCK
MISCH & STOCK’S “CAMERA GRAPHS”
Ref: Series No. 52714 Dover
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.
OUR KENTISH HOP GARDENS
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.
WELL IN COURTYARD
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)
Olympic Torch Relay
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
No. 1800 ‘THOMAS’ IN PLATFORM 1 AT WANSFORD
NENE VALLEY RAILWAY,
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”
Photo issued under the auspices of the World Press Photo Holland Foundation
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.
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.
DOCTOR: “AND NOW I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU
HOW TO TUCK THEM IN!”
TROWEL PUBLISHING Co., BRISTOL
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.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
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.
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?
CLASSIC ITV stamp design
Stamp Design by
Ref: PHQ 279 (f) 09.05
Autographed on the front by
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.
Set of Six Postcards
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.
LA TOUR D’ARGENT
Frederic preparant son celebre Canard
Le numero de votre canard……………..
(TOWER OF MONEY - Restaurants title in English)
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.
WORLD’S FINEST LAGER
Heineken Showcard. American Market 1947
BEKKING & BLITZ, THE NETHERLANDS
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.
AM HAVING A COMPLETE CHANGE
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.
THE QUEEN’S DOLLS HOUSE
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.