07/09/2018

BURT REYNOLDS ….. RIP

Burton Leon Reynolds

11th February 1936 – 6th September 2018

American television actor (Gunsmoke, Hawk, Dan August, The Twilight Zone, Evening shade, The X-Files) and film actor (Sam Whiskey [1969], Deliverance [1970], The Longest Yard [1974], Gator [1976], Smokey and the Bandit [1977] ,Hooper [1978], Smokey and the Bandit II [1980], The Cannonball Run [1981], Sharky’s Machine [1978], The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas [1982], City Heat [1984], Mad Dog Time [1996], Boogie Nights [1997], to name but a few).

FILM REVIEW

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF ‘FILM REVIEW’

FILM REVIEW APRIL 1976 –

BURT REYNOLDS

Copyright 2000

Official Free Postcard

Ref: Postcard D3

 

When this popular film review magazine celebrated its 50th anniversary they gave away a number of free postcards spread across several issues. This is one of these cards.

I was a big fan of the Burt Reynolds films of the late 1970’s and very early 1980’s, especially ‘Hooper’ and ‘The Cannonball Run’ both of which I saw at the cinema on their release. They appealed to the young me and I liked his sense of humour and the joyfulness of his laugh and his characters in these films. But, I also enjoyed his more serious appearances in films like Deliverance and Boogie nights. And these showed that he was adaptable as an actor.

 

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TRIGGER HAPPY

Film Poster Postcard

Official ‘Warner Village, West End, Leicester Square’

Free Postcard

Exclusive Presentation from Friday June 13th

 

This is an interesting film from 1996 in which Burt Reynolds had a small part. Initially I had some trouble finding details about this one but that could be because it is far better known as ‘Mad Dog Time’. The film was not a critical success and received some extremely bad reviews, which may be why it is one I had not previously heard of before finding this postcard. But, there is a picture of Burt Reynolds, who plays a character called Jackie Jackson, on the far-right side of the line of small actor photograph images

 

SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE

BOOGIE NIGHTS

RENT IT NOW

Published by

MAX RACKS

(American Free Rack Card)

 

Boogie Nights came out in 1997 and won Burt Reynolds a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor (he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor). The film starred Mark Wahlberg who posted a tribute to Burt Reynolds yesterday upon the announcement of his death.

 

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THEIR ON SCREEN PASSION CAPTIVATED A NATION

BOOGIE NIGHTS

RENT IT NOW

Published by

MAX RACKS

(American Free Rack Card)

 

This postcard is a companion postcard to the one depicted above. It shows another scene from this interesting and award-winning film about the porn industry during the 1970’s into the 1980’s. Depicted are Mark Wahlberg (as Eddie Adams) and Julianne Moore (as Amber Waves) who play porn actors in this movie. Burt Reynolds, not depicted on either postcard image, plays the porn film director and producer Jack Horner.   

 

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This has a different film review quote than that depicted on the reverse side of the above postcard. I thought it was good that they had different reverse sides.

 

 

 

06/09/2018

CHRYSLER

CROSSFIRE

Published by

CART’ COM

(DAIMLER CHRYSLER FRANCE RCS VERSAILLES)

 

This free French rack postcard was released to promote the display of the Chrysler Crossfire at an automobile show in Paris in 2002. It is a nice promotional card and there is a wide range of people who collect automobile memorabilia, and this is a nice image.

 

06/09/2018

FORT BOYARD

Published by

COMBIER IMP. MACON (S. – et – L.) “CIM”

 

I have posted postcards depicting this fort before, this is because of a couple of reasons. Firstly, it was the location for the filming of a number of television programmes which have been shown across France and the UK and other European countries. This means the fort has a strong television connection so cards depicting it are suitable for my main collecting theme. Secondly, I have seen this fort a number of times because it is located just of the French coast in the region where my in-laws used to live. I have driven along the main road alongside the coast and you can look out and see this fort.

 

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06/09/2018

THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES

Published by

COLOURMASTER INTERNATIONAL

PHOTO PRECISION LIMITED

(St Ives, Huntingdon, Cambs)

Ref: GS 2597

PLX 16

 

This postcard was released after the 1981 royal wedding and depicts one of the official wedding photographs.

Today is the anniversary of the funeral of Princess Diana which was held on the 6th September 1997. I was a little surprised to realise that this was now over twenty years ago. I remember the funeral and the procession afterwards, but I remember more the announcement of her death as I picked up on it very early as I was working a night shift and was on duty when the announcements about the car accident and her later death were broadcasted in the early hours. I was already a collector of royalty postcards and Diana releases, but after her death I did build up a specialised collection of the issues which came out in commemoration of her life and which related to her death and the funeral.

 

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06/09/2018

JOHN WAYNE

In

“PARADISE CANYON”

Film Poster Postcard

Published by

EDITION HUGO,

MOVIE COLLECTION

Ref: 808

 

I love the early artist drawn film posters and they have also been popular as postcard images as well. This is a John Wayne western movie released in 1935, you can also tell it is an old film by the fact that it is only 53 mins long! In this film John Wayne plays a federal agent who goes undercover in an Arizona based medicine show because the shows proprietor is believed to be running a counterfeiting operation. Its release date was the 20th July, but the reviews for this film I have found online do not seem to be too great, two and half stars out of 5 seems to be a common trend, so the film may not be great, but at least the poster is.

 

 

06/09/2018

UNTITLED

Romantic Couple

Published by

AMAG

Ref: 3009

 

The text in the stamp box on the reverse side reads ECHTE PHOTOGRAPHIE which is German for REAL PHOTOGRAPHY, so this language gives us a source country for this unmarked postcard issue. This has a nice rough cut (almost deckle-edged) boarder which also has a touch of applied glitter stuck down around it. It is a type of card which has little value commercially now, but I like these romantic issues.

 

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This has a very long message written on it. It is also a card I have from a collection of cards sent by the same writer who always wrote diagonally across the back of the card. I have already posted at least one of the cards from this writer, but I have more for the future. The message has a date included – 3. 1. 46.

 

06/09/2018

AMITIES

Published by

ZED

Ref: 221

 

I posted another AMITIES postcard on the 01/09/2018 (check out the ‘August Blogs 2018’ tab and then the ‘August 2018 Blog 4’ tab and go to the correct date). I explained there what the word meant so if you are interested take-a-look at that post. This one here uses a common postcard symbol, that of a flying swallow bird. Birds and flowers are also a common postcard combination and were used often in France and other countries to illustrate postcards.

 

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This card has a hand-written message which is dated 12th August 1915, so this postcard was written during the first world war.

 

06/09/2018

UNTITLED

LEAF MOTIF

Embossed Postcard Design

Published by

MEISSNER & BUCH

LEIPZIG

KUNSTLER-POSTKARTEN SERIE 1569

IRIS SERIE

“LANDLICHER FRIEDEN”

Ges. gesch

Printed in Germany

 

This nice simple postcard design, in a common format of an image within some sort of outer embossed boarder and with a large area of the card with little print (probably saved a lot on printing expenses, was printed in Germany but was used in France (year not known as the cancel is not clearly struck).

 

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Little of real interest here except that you can see the embossing of the leaf motif and that the ‘PRINTED IN GERMANY’ bottom left corner is printed upside down for some reason.

 

06/09/2018

WHITE STAR LINE

S. S. OLYMPIC

Published by

SUCCESS POSTAL CARD Co., Pub., NEW YORK

Ref: No 1099

 

This postcard was published after the S. S. Olympic’s sistership, the S. S. Titanic sank in 1912. It is an American publication and has text on the reverse side which gives details of the Titanic’s sinking and some construction details on the size of the Olympic. The purple stain marks you can see on the front of this postcard come from transference from a large text cachet which was applied to the reverse side - see below.

 

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As you can see here, a large advertisement, in purple, has been applied to the reverse side of this postcard. This was not an unusual thing to do as postcards could easily be given out and if posted then your advert travelled outwards into the community or further.   

 

06/09/2018

 

SPECIMENS OF ASIAN BEETLES

FROM THE WALLACE COLLECTION

Collected by Alfred Russell Wallace (1823 – 1913).

Published by the

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

 

Wallace was an amazing naturalist who independently of Charles Darwin also came up with the theory of evolution. He was collecting species and information on trips into the wilds of Asia and its islands and through these travels and the study of species across the different islands, and their variety, came to believe in the theory that creatures could adapt and change. His story is a fascinating one and he deserves his place up there with Darwin as one of our great natural history figures.

This collection here features stag beetles, weevils, chafers and jewel beetles.

 

ENTOMOLOGICAL SPECIMENS FROM THE WALLACE COLLECTION

                Collected by Alfred Russell Wallace (1823 – 1913).

Published by the

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

A collection of moths and butterflies (Entomology is the study of insects). The Natural History Museum houses and owns the extensive and historically important ‘Wallace Collection’ of specimens from Asia. This postcard goes well with the beetle collection depicted on the card above.

 

06/09/2018

 

Far Left (left side)

I’M ON MY WAY TO BILLERICAY

ELLE AND THE ELF. 1

Design by

JOHN PULHAM

Published by

OVERDALE CARDS,

SUDBURY, SUFFOLK

Ref: OC20

 

Near Left (right side)

ARE YOU GOING TO NORWICH?

ELLE AND THE ELF. 2

Design by

JOHN PULHAM

Published by

OVERDALE CARDS,

SUDBURY, SUFFOLK

Ref: OC21

 

These are delightful black and white images, there is a third one depicted below, by the postcard artist John Pulham who seems to do all the artwork for the Overdale Cards published ‘Postcard Fair’ postcards. There are regular fairs held at Norwich, Billericay and Bury St. Edmunds and I suspect that visitors to certain ones of these fairs received these postcards free, one at each event. There has been a range of postcards for these events and their quality has been excellent. I really like the work of John Pulham and I hope he continues to contribute designs to be used for future fairs.

 

 

WE’RE GOING TO BURY ST EDMUNDS

ELLE AND THE ELF. 3

Design by

JOHN PULHAM

Published by

OVERDALE CARDS,

SUDBURY, SUFFOLK

Ref: OC22

 

The third and final postcard issue from what appears to be a three-card set. The black and white artwork used is simple but delightful.

 

05/09/2018

THE WURZELS

Promotional Photo Card

Signed on the front by lead singer:

Pete Budd

 

05/09/2018

WELCOME TO SUNNY NEWHAM

WIND IN THE WATERPIPES

Published by

PAGE ONE & SMD

(Page One Books, 53 West Ham Lane, Stratford, London)

Photo by

SMD Design

Ref: No. 5

 

I think it would be fair to say that this postcard was not designed to be complimentary towards the location it depicts. It is probably from the 1980’s when there was a trend towards issuing social commentary postcards, designs which knocked the believed riches which were being so promoted in the ‘Yuppie’ generation news stories of the period. My reason for buying this one was the depiction of the Police Station bottom left. This makes this an unusual addition to my ‘Police’ themed collection.

 

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Cheaply produced and printed (and especially cut), but a card which was possibly not mas produced thus making it a card with a low production run. I also like the little frog, or is it a toad?

 

05/09/2018

RESPECT YOUR FELLOWEARTHLINGS

By

BERKELEY BREATHED

1990

Published by

PETRA

(People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals)

WASHINGTON DC

 

I bought this postcard in America on my most recent trip for just 25 cents (about 20p). Petra issued a range of postcards and once had shops which sold ‘PETRA’ related products, including tee-shirt designs and their own postcard designs. I remember visiting the PETRA shop in Cambridge many years ago and buying some of their postcards. I had not seen this design here before, so it may not have been issued in the UK, which makes it a little more interesting to me.

 

05/09/2018

SWASTIKA

GOOD LUCK

LUCK - LIGHT – LIFE – LOVE

Copyright 1907

E. PHILLIPS

 

This early postcard, published in America, shows what the swastika used to mean before it was corrupted by its association with the German Nazi Party before and during the Second World War. Prior to this the symbol was considered a good luck charm and appeared on many postcards during the early years of the last century, card designs like this one. There is an interesting small potted history around the symbol on the reverse side, one which excludes its early use in India (mentioned on a previous posting when I depicted a card from India which had swastikas on it).

 

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Enlargement of the text area from the reverse side

 

05/09/2018

CREATE A CARD

(FARMYARD)

Published by

‘CREATE A CARD’

 

This was something which was popular for a very short time during the 1980’s. The idea was that a plain postcard view was sold with a set of stickers so that the buyer could apply the stickers to the front of the postcard and thus create a unique postcard image. Here the person has applied what I suspect is all or most of the stickers (OK, the penguin is a bit out of place!) on the card in a relatively neat way. This is unusual as often these were used by children who stuck the stickers down in an ‘any-old-way’ fashion. So, neat versions like this one are quite rare. Another factor to their scarcity is that people who received them, more often handed over by a young child rather than posted, kept the cards (and still do) because it was a young family member who created the image. Otherwise I suspect others were looked at and possibly smiled at or laughed at before being, eventually, thrown away.

So, when I came across this example on a stall at the Mount Dora, Florida ‘Flea Market’ I was quite interested in it. The fact that I found it was quite a feat. The stall, which was massive, was mainly a furniture and artifacts stall with over 8 tables. On one table there was an A4 ring binder with plastic sleeves inside. When I opened it up it was full of unusual documents, sheets, old forms and some part sheets of Cinderella stamp labels. When I took a pile of stuff out of one of the plastic sleeves I found this postcard tucked into the material. It was the only postcard I found on the entire stall, and it was probably the only card on the stall! So, the fact that I found it, despite the condition of the reverse side (which has some marks – see below), seemed to be fate. I wanted it, but there was no price on it. I took it to the stall holder, who was showing a customer some stuff piled up in a horse carriage. He looked at the card as I asked how much and smiled and said; “Don’t worry, take it, its yours”. So, I got it for free – bargain.

 

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The marks on the reverse side do affect the cards look and value, but I am still pleased to have it in my collection

 

05/09/2018

COZUMEL, MEXICO

LARGEST ISLAND IN THE MEXICAN CARIBBEAN

By

GASTON SAGUES

Published by

PHOTOAVANCE

 

Nobody visiting Mexico can ignore or avoid these decorated ceramic skulls which are on sale everywhere. The skull is a regular motif in Mexican art and they have a long-held tradition of celebrating death as a way of celebrating life using the skull image as a symbol of death with a promise of resurrection. Now of course these skulls are tourist items as well and to be honest I quite like them and yes, we did buy one as a souvenir (see below).

This postcard, and the one below, are a little different as they are constructed by the addition of a glossy colour photograph of the skull artwork being stuck down to a light blue matt piece of card.

 

 

COZUMEL, MEXICO

LARGEST ISLAND IN THE MEXICAN CARIBBEAN

By

GASTON SAGUES

Published by

PHOTOAVANCE

 

This was the second card I bought on my visit to Cozumel on the Disney Cruise during my recent holiday. I had wanted to pick up some skull postcards, but these were the only two I found, but at least they are good ones.

 

 

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The two cards have the same reverse layout.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

This is the skull we bought. We went for a simple red and black design rather than the multi-coloured ones which seem to be so popular, but we like our souvenir skull - spooky or what?

 

05/09/2018

SPICE GIRLS

GERI HALLIWELL – MELANIE CHISHOLM – EMMA BUNTON – MELANIE BROWN - VICTORIA BECKHAM

Photograph by

Harry Borden 1996

Toned gelatin silver print

Published by

THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

LONDON

 

The Spice Girls, well four of them at least, have announced they are re-joining and going on tour next year. My daughter is very excited as she has always been a fan and saw them live when they last rejoined for a tour. So, as this was a recent announcement I was not too surprised to find this new, to me at least, Spice Girls postcard in the National Portrait Gallery shop on Monday. Topical as ever their postcard selection is still superb, although the cards have gone up to £1 each (with a ‘Buy 5 get a 6th card free’ offer).

I saw the Spice Girls once, at the very start of their rise to fame in 1996 when their first song ‘Wannabe’ had just hit the charts. They were appearing at the Radio 1 road show at Priory Park, Southend (my home town). I took my kids to see the road show and they got to see the group, well my youngest two did, my oldest ran off and played in the park on the slide and swings!  

 

05/09/2018

DISNEY’S BEACH CLUB RESORT

Official Disney Walt Resort Postcard

 

This year we stayed at the Fort Wilderness Campground in Walt Disney World, our third stay in the large wooden cabins located here. We have stayed in a range of resorts in the Walt Disney World area but have not stayed at the Disney Beach Club Resort. But, that will change next year as we have already booked two weeks at the Beach Club Resort for November of 2019 to catch the early Christmas celebrations and displays. Therefore, it was a nice surprise to find this postcard in the Disney outlet store on this year’s visit, and for just 69 cents (really, really, cheap). Also, it was the last copy of this card in the rack (so I got there just in time!). When I stay here next year I will check to see if they have any new designs. Having now seen this picture I am looking forward to staying here.

 

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With the 69 cents price label still attached  

 

05/09/2018

DISNEY CRUISE LINE

DISNEY MAGIC

“THERE’S ALWAYS MAGIC ABOARD A DISNEY CRUISE”

Official Disney Postcard

 

Part of my recent five-week retirement holiday was a weeks Disney Cruise in the Caribbean on board the Disney ship ‘Fantasy’. This postcard depicts her sister ship the ‘Magic’, but they are very similar.

Now, let me give you a little piece of excellent information, which some never pick up on. If you are ever on a Disney cruise ship, and staying in a cabin, then go to the desk area and there will be a long drawer underneath the area where people would sit. Open-up this drawer and inside there should be two free postcards. This is one of the two free postcards which were in the drawer in my cabin. This is my second Disney cruise, the first was some years ago in the Mediterranean and I found two postcards in the drawer on that cruise as well, and I believe this to be a regular freebie for all the cabins. I believe the postcards are exclusive to the cabins and can not be bought in the shops or anywhere else (unless any are removed from use and end up in the outlet shops being sold cheaply – or rather, cheaply for Disney items).

 

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MICKEY AND MINNIE

“AHOY FROM YOUR DISNEY CRUISE LINE PALS”

Official Disney Postcard

 

This is the second free postcard that I found in the cabin drawer. It is a lovely card and a lovely souvenir of a cruise. No information is given about these postcards and unless you open this thin, I suspect seldom used, desk like drawer then you will not know or find these postcards. I do wonder how many people stay in the cabins and never find the postcards? I bet there are a few. Now, of course, having read this, you will not be one of those people.

 

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05/09/2018

MARILYN MONROE

Published by

THE AMERICAN POSTCARD CO. INC. NEW YORK

(Printed in Canada)

Ref: 1126

 

This is another of the postcards I picked up in Mount Dora, Florida at an outdoor ‘Flea Market’ event. It cost me $3, which I thought reasonable as it is a design I had not seen before, but I had heard of this clothed version. The photograph used here is the early famous nude calendar image, but for some reason, perhaps a type of censorship for postcard issue, on this version they have overlaid some black lace garments and red hearts. I have sought a copy of this ‘Covered’ version of the postcard issue for some years, so it was nice to come across one in the country of its issue. If you are interested, you may like to know that the full nude image has appeared on a modern postcard, so you can get the original version as well.

 

05/09/2018

TWO IS COMPANY; THREE IS A CROWD

Published by

SOUVENIR POST CARD Co. NEW YORK AND BERLIN

Ref: 750

 

This is a beautiful embossed early postcard which looks like it is chromolithographic printed, which was an extremely popular and attractive technique of printing much in use in the late 19th and early 20th century., and one which was popular in the US. This card is one of a selection of early cat art postcards that I picked up in the US at a stall at a Mount Dora antiques event for ridiculously low prices. I do like cat art cards, but they are normally too expensive for me, but at $5 each I could not resist the ones I bought (I will depict them across the webpage over coming days and weeks)

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARDS

You can see the embossing quite clearly on the left side

 

05/09/2018

HORSE HEAD PORTRAITS

Unknown Artist

Unknown Publisher – Printer

These were almost certainly produced and sold in America

 

These three postcards were picked up on my recent holiday in Florida. As you will see from the bottom image of the reverse side of one of these postcards there are no recorded details printed on them. These appealed to my old ‘Wildlife’ and ‘Animals’ collecting heritage, as this was the subject that I started out collecting as a child (something mentioned in previous postings). Horses have always been popular and there is a tradition of producing postcards depicting horses and especially head portraits and these cards, which are not ‘golden age’ but more likely to be around the mid years of the last century, are typical of this style.

 

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05/09/2018

VOICE & VOTE

WOMEN’S PLACE IN PARLIAMENT

FREE EXHIBITION

27 JUNE – 6 OCTOBER 2018

WESTMINSTER HALL

Official Free Advertising Postcard

 

I found this free postcard on Monday when I was in London. It advertises a free exhibition which relates to women in their early days fighting to enter and their time in Parliament. A free postcard is always a bonus and the subject of the women’s vote has been very topical this year (and the subject of a previous posting on this website). Anything relating to the Suffragettes is collectible, and interesting in my mind, and the image used on this card is a great one which came from the Parliamentary Archives.

 

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05/09/2018

“DAD’S ARMY”

ROYAL MAIL PHQ STAMP CARD SET

PHQ Set 444

(postcards that reproduce the Royal Mail’s stamp releases)

Stamps issued – 25TH June 2018

(As always, I have my copies used with the appropriate stamp applied to the front of the card and cancelled first day of issue with a special hand stamp)

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

 

TOP

SERGEANT WILSON

2ND Class Postage

Royal Mail Stamp Card

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 444 (1) 6.18

 

BOTTOM

PRIVATE PIKE

2ND Class Postage

Royal Mail Stamp Card

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 444 (2) 6.18

 

Clearly, I think this is a great stamp and card set, but then I am a television theme collector. Having said this, I will admit that the designs are quite plain and unimaginative and dare I say, quite simple (but is that always a bad thing? I don’t know)

 

 

TOP

CAPTAIN MAINWARING

1ST Class Postage

Royal Mail Stamp Card

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 444 (3) 6.18

 

BOTTOM

LANCE CORPORAL JONES

1ST Class Postage

Royal Mail Stamp Card

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 444 (4) 6.18

 

TOP

PRIVATE WALKER

£1.45 Postage

Royal Mail Stamp Card

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 444 (5) 6.18

 

BOTTOM

PRIVATE FRAZER

£1.45 Postage

Royal Mail Stamp Card

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 444 (6) 6.18

 

TOP

PRIVATE GODFREY

£1.55 Postage

Royal Mail Stamp Card

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 444 (7) 6.18

 

BOTTOM

CHIEF WARDEN HODGES

£1.55 Postage

Royal Mail Stamp Card

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 444 (8) 6.18

 

05/09/2018

PHOTOGRAPH

MAGAZINE – ‘COLLECTORS GAZETTE’

September 2018

Issue No. 414

(£3.50)

 

I saw this magazine in WH Smith yesterday and picked up a copy so that I could take a better look at an article inside which was titled ‘An Introduction to Collecting Postcards’. I normally find that articles about postcard collecting which appear in non-specific postcard magazines can be very basic and make sweeping statements which are often misleading and untrue in some circumstances. This article is better than some I have read, but it still makes some pretty wide misleading statements like ‘Possibly the main thing to remember is that any postcards issued after the 1960’s have very little monetary value’. This is just not true. I admit the vast-majority have little value, but, there are specialist limited edition issues and postcards issued to commemorate special events, disasters and celebrities which maintain their value and often do increase. The generalisation that ‘any postcards’ have ‘little monetary value’ after the 1960’s ignores the cards related to such things as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the 1981 Royal Wedding, The Falklands War in 1982, the 2012 London Olympic games (and for that matter any of the other post 1960’s Olympic Games), the death of Princess Diana, the 1980’s Miner’s Strike here in the UK and what about the recent Prince Harry and Meghan wedding? This is just a small list, but it is by no means exhaustive.

This article also makes the common error of referring to a piece of card with artwork on it that was posted 1840 as being the first postcard. It was not. It was a card that was posted, a single one-off piece of work by someone who sent it through the post. The words ‘POST CARD’ refer to a card specifically designed to have a stamp attached  (or initially with a pre-printed postage stamp) and cancelled for transmission through the post. The first post card was produced in 1869 in Austria and this does not even get a mention here in this article. So, in my mind this article contains some errors, but it is not a terrible one and it is good that the hobby gets publicity – and they say all publicity is good publicity. The article is not worth buying the magazine for (unless like me you are also interested in TV related toys, which this magazine covers frequently), but it is still interesting to see what others think of our hobby  

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