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31/10/2019

 

DAVID DICKINSON

Personal Publicity Card

A5 Sized large card

Probably published by the celebrity himself,

or through his agent

 

Autographed on the front

By

DAVID DICKINSON

 

This large card is from my television collection. David Dickinson is of course an antiques expert who has become a television presenter on such shows as Bargain Hunt, Dickinson’s Real Deal and David Dickinson’s Name Your Price.

 

31/10/2019

 

ARRAS

THE VICTOR HUGO PLACE

THE DAY OF THE MARKET

Published

IMP. PHOTO. NEURDEIN ET CIE

52, AV. DE BRETEUIL, PARIS

Ref: 70

 

A lovely old French market scene, one which was clearly a major cattle market for the area. Arras was a major location during World War 1, but this postcard was posted some years later, 1921 and in the UK (probably this was a souvenir card bought earlier and then later used).

 

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31/10/2019

 

OMNIBUS DE 30 PLACES,

LIGNE

BELLEVILLE-ARTS ET METIERS,

DE 1889 A 1911

‘Omnibus of 30 places [30 seats]

Line

Belleville arts and crafts

From 1889 to 1911’

Published by

MUSEE DU CONSERVATOIRE NATIONAL

DES ARTS ET METIERS

Published in France

Ref: 153

 

I have a collection of horse drawn carriage postcards, mainly postal carrying lines, but I also like the coaches which were used as early buses.

 

31/10/2019

 

UNTITLED

BAMBI, THUMPER & CHIP ‘N’ DALE

Published by

ULTGEVERIJ STAM B. V. – AMERONGEN

Printed in Western Germany

 

After the last two postcards I thought I should atone and try and keep out of trouble by posting a nice Bambi related postcard, and this one fits the bill nicely.

 

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Posted from Berlin in 1988 using a machine dispensed postage label which has been cancelled with a BERLIN 30 - 1000 double ring cancel dated 15th March 1988.  

 

31/10/2019

 

“Martin’s Venison & Port Jerky

Is the best thing to happen to me

Since Mom disappeared!”

Bambi

Advert Postcard for

MARTINS JERKED MEAT

No printer named but this card was published by

Martin’s Jerked Meat

 

Too much? In Bad Taste? Or is this just an amusing meat company advert? I apologise to all Bambi Lovers. I suggest this advert design was not officially passed by the Disney company!

 

MISSING

HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

Advert Postcard for

MARTINS JERKED MEAT

No printer named but this card was published by

Martin’s Jerked Meat

 

Not as bad as the top design, but still an interesting take on the Bambi’s mother story, especially as she was clearly taken by hunters in the animated film. These two postcards have-to-be the strangest Disney themed postcards out there!

 

REVERSE SIDE LAYOUT FOR BOTH THE ABOVE POSTCARDS

 

31/10/2019

 

DON’T GO ALONE

GHOST STORIES

IT HORRIFIED LONDON.

IT PETRIFIED SYDNEY.

AND NOW THIS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

IS COMING TO PERTH.

Published by

AVANTCARD AUSTRALIA

Issued 2016

Ref: #20073

 

I thought this was another topical themed postcard for depicting here on Halloween. This is an advert for a stage theatre production, a scary one I assume.

 

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31/10/2019

 

LA ROCHELLE

Published by

EDITIONS D’ART JACK

Ref: 4538

 

La Rochelle is in the same region of France as where my in-laws used to live. It is somewhere I have visited many times and is possibly one of my favourite French towns. What you see here is the entrance to the bay where boats dock alongside the waterfront of the town. I have taken a tour boat out through the two towers which protect each side of the harbour entrance.

The publisher Editions d’Art Jack is a prominent publisher in the area, and they produce tourist postcards for most, if not all, of the tourist towns and locations along this coastline and into the interior of the region. If you visit the Charente Maritime region then you will come across cards by this company.

 

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HISTOIRE

DE

LA ROCHELLE

Published by

EDITIONS D’ART JACK

Ref: 4531

 

Same photograph as on the above postcard, but this one has a different title top right and a block of historic text along the bottom.

 

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LA ROCHELLE

Published by

EDITIONS D’ART JACK

Ref: 1750

 

Same company but a different photograph. I prefer this photograph to the one on the other two as this is taken from the side where during the summer months there are a range of exterior restaurant seating areas. You can get some great seafood here with mussels being a speciality, and they are very good.  

 

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31/10/2019

 

C’EST TON ANNIVERSAIRE

‘It’s your birthday’

By

ANOUCHKA WINCZEWSKA

Published by

EDITIONS DES CORRESPONDANCES

Ref: TV 111

 

Another postcard from one of my many past trips into France, where many of my visits included the area around Saintes, which is the town where I bought this larger than normal, and unusually shaped postcard, with rounded corners.

 

31/10/2019

 

DOUX COMME

UN MOUTON

‘Soft as

a Sheep’

By

LUCIE BRUNELLIERE

Published by

LES EDITIONS DE MAI

Ref: LB04

 

I bought this cartoon card whilst in France several years ago. Its another throwback to my youthful collecting of animal themed postcards. I had no idea what the text said at the time.

 

PINGOUINS DANS

LES CHAMPS:

HIVER MECHANT

‘Penguins in

the fields:

Winter Mean’

By

LUCIE BRUNELLIERE

Published by

LES EDITIONS DE MAI

Ref: LB05

 

I bought this one at the same time as the top card. With winter coming in it has started to get a little cooler, not cold yet, well, I don’t think it’s cold yet, but my daughter is already doing an impersonation of this penguin!

 

31/10/2019

 

VICHY PLM

BILLETS A PRIX REDUITS

By

LOUIS TAUZIN

Published by

EDITIONS MIC MAX

Ref: 2940

 

A nice poster design which I had not seen before. There is no date given in the text on the reverse side, but from the clothing I suspect this poster is from the first twenty years of the 20th century.

 

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31/10/2019

 

MT. ZION

ENTRANCE TO THE TOMB OF DAVID

Published by

PHOTONA

Ref: 1769

 

There are religious sites all over the world and for all the world’s religions. I hate to mention it again, but religion is not a popular theme, but there are postcards throughout the postcard era for all these sites. This card here was posted from Israel in 1958.

 

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Posted using two nice Israel postage stamps, applied upside down, probably an error by the poster who might have been confused by the design if using these quickly. The stamps have been cancelled with a nice ZION pictorial cancel dated 6th April 1958. The card was posted to Australia.

 

31/10/2019

 

PROPAGANDA

DISNEY PARTY

SAT 23RD SEPT

ELECTRIC BALLROOM

Advertising Card Flyer

 

This is not a postcard, but it is exactly the same size as a postcard, and its printed on the same card type. This advert card flyers have been around for a number of years and some postcard dealers are now placing some of these in their stock. In some cases, many of these will be far scarcer to source in the future than most of the postcards issued around the same time. I also think some of the designs, although flirting copyright in most cases, have unique and very topical themes and subjects included. This one here is a great Disney one and I think worth every penny of 50p.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE CARD FLYER

(Reduced here)

 

31/10/2019

 

IT’S EASY & CHEAP TOO! TO BE BRIGHT AND CLEAN

WITH

LANCASTER CLOTH

ON YOUR TABLES AND SHELVES

Published by

ROBERT OPIE

ROBERT OPIE COLLECTION

Ref: 01MIS03

 

Another great and unique poster advertising sheet which has probably never appeared on postcard before.  

 

31/10/2019

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

To all our followers

 

MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM PRESENTS

“VICTORIAN HORRORS”

OCTOBER (2018)

LARGE A5+ SIZED POSTCARD

Official Molly Brown House advertising Postcard

 

I had the pleasure of visiting the Molly Brown House Museum last year when I was in Denver. I had not known that house was there but we had a city tour before reaching our hotel and we passed the house and our guide told us all about it (I obviously knew about the house and Molly Brown’s connection with the sinking of the Titanic). As soon as we had dropped our bags off at the hotel we were out, and I headed straight for this house. After the house tour I found this free advertising postcard in the gift shop.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE (VERY LARGE) POSTCARD

 

 

HALLOWEEN

PUMPKIN GHOSTS RIDING BLACK CATS

A reproduction of series 34A,

Originally published circa 1890-1910

 [this is taken from the reverse side of this postcard, but this original postcard was definitely issued post 1900, whatever this text says]

This reproduction postcard was published by

THE EVERGREEN PRESS,

PLEASANT HILL, CALIFORNIA

Ref: 6075

 

Without any doubt America is the best source of early original Halloween themed postcards, but the originals are not cheap as this is a highly collected theme in the US and good quality cards can be $30+ and easily up into the high double figures. Fortunately, this reproduction issue can be picked up for less than £1.    

 

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GREATER SAN DIEGO

POSTCARD SHOW

‘BEWITCHING HALLOWEEN’

Oct 30, 1983  -  SUNDAY 10 – 5

“Beware of Spooks with eyes of green.

Remember this is Halloween”

Official Greater San Diego Postcard Show Promotional Postcard

Ref: HALLOWEEN SERIES No 26

 

How else would you promote a postcard show occurring one day before Halloween? Clearly with a Halloween themed image and text. This is a great 1980’s US postcard event postcard.  

 

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                                               HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Published by

H & M

(Hennes & Mauritz – The clothing store chain)

 

This was a free postcard given away some years ago in branches of H&M. It is a simple design, but one highly appropriate to today.

 

A HAUNTING INVITE

Design by

HEATHER GLEASON

Published by Heather Gleason under

MY ECLECTIC MIND

Halloween, or other spooky event, invite postcard design

 

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ADOBE BOOKS & THE BACKROOM GALLERY PRESENTS:

OCTOBER COUNTY

Official Promotional Postcard

SAN FRANCISCO

 

Well, what is Halloween if not a night of scares? This postcard promoted a show or exhibition and it used a film like prop toy from the ‘Scream’ films, a hooded mask which dripped red liquid, blood like from slits. I remember seeing this mask on sale in comic shops and at memorabilia shows.   

 

 

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30/10/2019

 

SCHOOLPLAAT IN RUIME KRING

[The exact translation of this is: School Plate in Spacious Circle/Circuit – which does not make much sense to me]

By

CORNELIS JETSES (1873 – 1955)

Published by

ART UNLIMITED (AMSTERDAM)

Ref: C 3428

 

This is a piece which depicts the actions of man hunting in the Arctic Circle, I know it’s the Arctic because you only get Polar Bears in the Arctic (Polar Bears in the Arctic, Penguins in the Antarctic, which why there are no penguins in this picture). I bought this postcard whilst on a trip in the Netherlands. I found it in a Maritime Museum, which seems appropriate considering the image. The title translation has got me a bit confused though, so I have depicted the reverse side below and I would love to hear from anyone who can give me a better translation.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

30/10/2019

 

POSTMARKS OF DARLINGTON – 1

Published by the

DARLINGTON PHILATELIC SOCIETY

Ref: M.B.L. 1985

 

Darlington postmark postcard produced by the local philatelic society. These postmark postcards were extremely popular for a while, certainly throughout the 1980’s and the 1990’s, this one here was from 1985. I know that there is a dedicated band of ‘Postmark Postcard’ collectors out there, and although mint copies are collectible most collectors seem to like the ones which the publishers or other collectors have had cancelled with one or more relevant special hand stamps, especially ones from the area that the depicted postmark collection is from. There are two types of hand stamp used, the afore mentioned local area cancel, and first day of issue (for the postcard, or a stamp issue around or on the same release date) cancel. These postcards always have a specific release date as this adds something to the philatelic collectability of the card, and these postmark postcards are mainly collected by people in the philatelic world rather than the postcard one.

To show you how far this can sometimes go, with different cancels, I depict here a selection of this Darlington card with various cancels, all dated 8th October 1985, which was the first day of issue for both this postcard and the 17p Peter Sellers postage stamp.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This is a mint copy, obviously, although in my collection I also have a copy with this reverse side but with a blank front, for some reason, I suspect it was just an error with the printing.

 

REVERSE SIDE COPY

USED WITH SPECIAL CANCEL

 

NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM, LONDON E.C.1

ROYAL MAIL – 350 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC – red special cancel

 

 

REVERSE SIDE COPY

USED WITH SPECIAL CANCEL

 

DARLINGTON PHILATELIC COUNTER special handstamp

 

REVERSE SIDE COPY

USED WITH SPECIAL CANCEL

 

DARLINGTON CO. DURHAM – PRIVATE BOXES special cancel

 

REVERSE SIDE COPY

USED WITH SPECIAL CANCEL

 

FIRST DAY OF ISSUE, DARLINGTON CO. DURHAM

Basic circular F.D.I. cancellation

 

REVERSE SIDE COPY

USED WITH SPECIAL CANCEL

 

FIRST DAY OF ISSUE, LONDON E. C.  

Basic circular F.D.I. cancellation

 

REVERSE SIDE COPY

USED WITH SPECIAL CANCEL

 

LONDON CHIEF OFFICE EC1 PHILATELIC COUNTER special hand stamp

 

REVERSE SIDE COPY

USED WITH SPECIAL CANCEL

 

LONDON E. C. – 31

Basic circular date stamp, used for release of philatelic stamp items (for those stamp and cover collectors who liked a more traditional cancel than a pictorial special cancel)

 

REVERSE SIDE COPY

USED WITH SPECIAL CANCEL

 

NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM FILM FESTIVAL, LONDON EC 1  cancel

 

29/10/2019

 

LONDON’S TRAMWAYS

VICTORIA EMBANKMENT

FOR THE WEST END

VIA WESTMINSTER – BLACKFRIARS – KINGSWAY

1932

Poster design by

R. F. FORDRED

Published by the

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Ref: LTM 634

 

I was in London last week (again, yes, I know, it sometimes seems like I am in London all the time!!), and as is my want I again visited the large gift shop attached to the London Transport Museum. Again, as with my last visit, I found some poster designs which I have not seen before. I am not saying that these are definitely new issues, but I had not previously seen this excellent poster design here. I do like the Boudica statue which I have seen for real many times.

 

28/10/2019

 

UNTITLED GODZILLA FILM POSTER POSTCARD

Unknown Publisher

PRINTED IN THE EC (this appears on the reverse side)

 

Although the film is not named in English on the card (clearly the title is on the front in Japanese, I assume) I happen to know that this is a film poster for the 1955 ‘GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN’ film. There is something engaging and impactive about these Godzilla posters. I think they are eye catching and very collectible.

 

28/10/2019

 

DON’T “PANDA” TO HIM

“NIPPER SERIES”

By

BRIAN WHITE

Published by

VALENTINE & SONS. LTD

DUNDEE & LONDON

Ref: “NIPPER” POSTCARD 4765

 

The ‘Nipper’ series of postcards all relate to the main child character of that name, who is the child in the blue top on this particular design.

Brian H.B. White (1902 – 1984) drew the ‘Nipper’ cartoons for the Daily Mail between 1933 and 1947. The postcards are from the same period and there are a large number of different designs which were issued.

 

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28/10/2019

 

MIGRANTS NOT WELCOME.

GO BACK TO AFRICA.

KEEP OFF OUR WORMS.

The Art Of Banksy

Official ‘Art of Banksy’ Postcard

 

There are a range of different ‘The Art of Banksy’ postcards circulating around, at this moment. They all seem to have come from an exhibition and collection of Banksy artwork. This is one of the ones I have.  

 

28/10/2019

 

WARWICK CASTLE

FROM BRIDGE

Novelty

“PANORAMIC CARD”

(To be sent per BOOK POST)

This is an exceedingly long postcard

Published by

THE PHOTOCHROM COMPANY, LIMITED, LONDON

 

I love unusual sized postcards, especially weird shapes which you would not expect to have been made or to have been posted and to have survived. I found this card on an ephemera stall at the last Woking postcard fair. It was only £1, apparently priced so low because it was damaged, but in my mind it was amazing that it was in such good condition considering it had passed through the post back in 1906 (possibly 1905, but I think it was 1906). This is a great piece of early novelty postcard material.

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE PANORAMIC CARD

Quite an attractive reverse layout I thought, with nice usage

 

 

28/10/2019

 

FOR PARTY TRAVEL

HIRE A LONDON TRANSPORT BUS OR COACH

By

VICTOR GALBRAITH (1958)

Published by

THE ART GROUP

Ref: 31667

 

This poster postcard depicts a poster that was new to me when I saw this card. It was on sale in branches of paperchase last year.

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