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15/09/2019

HARRAH’S RENO

Headliner Room

500 Seat Theatre - Restaurant

CARROLL O’CONNOR

STAR OF ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’

And

FLORENCE HENDERSON

STAR OF ‘THE BRADY BUNCH’

Every Night thru April 12

“The World’s Greatest Entertainers Appear at Harrah’s

Published by

HARRAH’S

1972 HARRAH’S CLUB

Ref: P-1394N

 

AUTOGRAPHED ON THE FRONT BY THE ACTRESS:

FLORENCE HENDERSON

 

In America these Harrah’s advertising postcards, always long and rectangular in shape, are collected by a dedicated band of followers, and they have a large number to hunt down as the turn-over in performances at this theatre was huge and constant. Here in the UK these postcards are little known and hardly ever get seen (most seem to remain in the US, which is understandable considering this where the dedicated collectors are). This could explain why this is the only one I have in my collection, but at least I have one, and its signed by Florence Henderson who I used to watch on TV in the highly popular series ‘The Brady Bunch’.

 

 

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15/09/2019

DURHAM

DURHAM CATHEDRAL

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS

Ref: ENGLISH CATHEDRALS. Series VI

Postcard 9463

“OILETTE”

 

You can see why Raphael Tuck & Sons were, and probably still are, considered to be, our best golden age postcard publishers. They certainly produced a great number of postcard issues, many of which were art designs like this one.

 

 

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15/09/2019

LUDGATE CIRCUS,

LONDON

Published by

S. HILDESHEIMER & CO., LTD

LONDON & MANCHESTER

Ref: No. 601

 

This is a lovely piece of artwork and one which shows an area of London I know well and where I often walk.

 

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15/09/2019

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S POCKET PISTOL,

DOVER CASTLE

“Load me well and keep me clean,

I’ll carry my ball to Calais green”

Printed by

GALE & POLDEN

Ref: 7214

 

This rather amusingly named cannon was built in 1544 and measures 24ft in length. It was originally given to King Henry VIII, but is linked more strongly to Queen Elizabeth, his daughter. Although this photograph was taken when the cannon was still outside Dover Castle it is now kept inside on display.

 

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15/09/2019

EMBARKMENT OF ALGERIAN SHARP-SHOOTERS

LA GUERRE DE 1914

The War of 1914

Published by

L. C. H. PARIS

 

This is a great World War I postcard image which shows a different aspect of the war. Algeria was French at the time of WWI so soldiers from this African country were caught up in the fighting. When I saw this photograph, it was one I had not seen before and I thought it was a great image.

 

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This is a military mail sending, so no stamp was required. It was posted in Cherbourg to Valognes and has received two cancellations:

1. CHERBOURG, MANCHE 21ST December 1914

2. VALOGNES, MANCHE 21ST December 1914

Although this has nice clear early WWI period usage, I still think the front of this card wins out.

 

15/09/2019

RHODES

GREECE

MICKEY MOUSE

Published by

ADAM EDITIONS, ATHENS

Ref: D47

 

The Walt Disney characters are universal. No matter where you go in the world you can come across Disney themed postcards. Some are cheap quickly produced items with no copyright, and others are official Disney issued items. That leaves cards like this, unique original designs produced in the country of origin and depicting lovely local scenes with Disney characters making an appearance. I think this one is a cracker.

 

14/09/2019

NANCY CARTWRIGHT

VOICE OF BART SIMPSON

‘MY LIFE AS A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY’

‘Behind the scenes at THE SIMPSONS’

LARGE SIZED POSTCARD

Published by

NANCY CARTWRIGHT

Personal Promotional Postcard

 

Unlike many postcard collectors I do like large oversized postcards, I especially like them when they have a television connection like this one does. This is a postcard which is sent out by Nancy Cartwright, the voice of the character Bart Simpson, which means it is not a postcard you can just go out and buy. It is therefore harder to obtain than some, although you could of course just write to Nancy Cartwright and see what you get back.

 

05/09/2019

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT

EDWARD THE EIGHTH

Plain backed Large Card

Unnamed Publisher

 

This large card has two 1 ½ p QEII Machin stamps, which I think were chosen because they are black coloured, and this was appropriate to the cards reason for issue. These stamps have been cancelled with a WINDSOR, BERKS single ring cancel dated 28 MAY 72, the date of Edward’s death. This card fits nicely into my royalty collection, and it also goes well with the card I posted yesterday,

 

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A KING’S RETURN

EDWARD THE EIGHTH

His Late Majesty King Edward VIII is bought home to R.A.F. BENSON

Plain backed Large Card

Unnamed Publisher

 

This is probably a companion card to the above one and is probably by the same person/company. This time you have a 3p 50th Anniversary of British Legion postage stamp cancelled with a BENSON, OXFORD small single ring cancel dated 31 MAY 72, the date that the late kings body was flown back into the UK landing at R.A.F. Benson which was the home of the Queen’s Flight originally founded as The King’s Flight by H.M. King Edward VIII (which makes all the work that went into the making of this card more interesting)

 

 

14/09/2019

MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL & CROMWELL MONUMENT

Published by

GROSVENOR

Ref: “GROSVENOR” SERIES

 

This one has loads of interest for me. There is a police officer on the right, three trams, a Bovril advertising sign, a Hansom cab and some history tied up in the Cromwell statue. This statue was moved from here, outside the Manchester Cathedral, in the 1980’s. It currently stands at the Wythenshawe Hall, but in 2011 there were plans to move the statue back here as part of a plan to have a ‘Medieval Quarter’ which was to be built around the cathedral square, which you can see here. But, from what I can see the statue has not yet returned! All-in-all this makes for a great postcard image.

 

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14/09/2019

ALICE

Published by

ROTARY PHOTO E. C.

Ref: 749.A.

ROTARY PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES

 

How cool would it have been if your name was Alice and you got this postcard through the post? Considering how old this one is the image is nice and crisp. This was another postcard that cost me next to nothing, but what a lovely postcard.

 

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14/09/2019

TRAFALGAR SQUARE

Published by

A. & G. TAYLOR

A. & G. TAYLOR’S SERIES

Printed in Bavaria

 

A nice early photographic postcard showing how the area of Trafalgar Square used to look at the turn of the last century. For me it was the horse drawn omnibus and hansom cab that can be seen centre bottom and right side. This is a cheap postcard, but I think the value does not do credit to the interest an image like this can have for someone like me who visits Trafalgar Square several times each year.

 

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14/09/2019

H.R.H. THE PRINCESS ANNE AND CAPTAIN MARK PHILLIPS

Photograph by

NORMAN PARKINSON

Published by

CHARLES SKILTON & FRY LTD

CHARLE’S SKILTON’S POSTCARD SERIES

LONDON & EDINBURGH

Ref: 263

 

I have a large ‘Royalty’ themed postcard collection which covers all members of the royal family both past and present. This one here has always been my favourite Princess Anne one which it took me a little while to track down after first seeing it in a catalogue. When I found it, the card cost me £2, which I was happy to pay.

 

14/09/2019

INTERNORGA

HAMBURG

INTERNATIONALE NORDDEUTSCHE HOTEL –

GASTWIRTS –

UND KONDITOREN – MESSE

International North German Hotel –

Guests – and confectioners Fair

Published by Unknown Publisher

Probably an Official Event Postcard

Plain backed

 

Internorga is a leading trade show for food-service and hospitality. The cancellation used here, a special event one for the Internorga show, is dated 27th March 1960. I liked the simple image here of a chef with a cooked lobster, and I also like cards which have special hand stamps and nice stamps. This card, which cost me £1, has all three.

 

14/09/2019

ARMEE RUSSE –

HUSSARDS DE SA MAJESTE

Russian Army

Hussards of his Majesty

Published by

B. F., PARIS

Ref: 35

 

A nice military postcard posted from Paris in 1905 to Dijon, Cote D’0r. This is a French issued postcard depicting a Hussard from the Russian army. Whoever sent this postcard did so with great care, placing the stamp nicely on the front and limiting the writing to a short message. This is a great little postcard which I bought in Normandy in 2004.

 

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14/09/2019

HISTORY OF FRANCE (6th SERIES)

CARDINAL, NOBLE AND COMMONER

OPENING OF THE STATES-GENERAL

5 MAI [May] 1789

(stamp issued 1971)

MAXI-CARD

(Stamp – Ref SG 122)

Publisher

G. PARISON ET B. REGNIER

PHOTOS COLLECTION VIOLLET

Ref: 36

 

I picked a few of these nice French maxi-card issues at Stampex, all from the £1 boxes on a stall. With the French stamps there were several companies which each produced a specific postcard design for every stamp issue. Although these can be expensive when you are buying them from a specialised dealer, they can also sometimes be found in cheaper boxes if you have the time to go through these (good cards are mainly to be found in large boxes of mixed mail items, boxes just too big for the dealer to go through themselves, which means that you can pick up some nice and unusual cards. As the French post authority has issued some nice stamps, sometimes on unusual themes or events, or people, you can put together an interesting collection.

I shall depict here some which I have picked up this week:

 

LA BAULE

Le Port

(The Port)

TOURIST PUBLICITY

22 JUIL [July] 1967

MAXI-CARD

(Stamp -Ref SG 1758)

Published by

COMBIER IMPRIMEUR MACON (71. S.-&-L.) “CIM”

G. PARISON et B. REGNIER

CARTE PHILATELIQUE

Ref: 27

 

A card for anyone who collects, France, Tourism, Beaches and boats, especially boats, I think.

 

STAMP DAY 1965

LA GUIENNE

(STEAM PACKET SHIP)

27TH March 1965

MAXI-CARD

(Stamp – Ref SG 1675)

Published by

BLONDEL LA ROUGERY,

EDIT. IMP. 7, RUE SAINT-LAZARE – PARIS-9

EDITEE PAR LA FEDERATION DES SOCIETES PHILATELIQUES FRANCAISES

 

Superb ship themed issue.

 

MANNEQUIN AND PLACE VENDOME, PARIS

LITERRARY FIGURES AND NATIONAL INDUSTRIES

24TH AVR [April] 1953

MAXI-CARD

(Stamp – Ref SG 1167)

POSTCARD TITLE: SOUREE DE PARIS

Published by

EDITIONS D’ART YVON

Ref: I. K. 140

 

This is a slightly different situation as it is an earlier card and one which was not produced for this stamp issue, I think. I believe this is an example of the right postcard being available for use with this stamp release (this is one stamp from a set of 11 stamps). The column that can be seen on both the stamp and the postcard image is the Vendome Column. I liked this card a lot

 

DIAMOND ROCK,

MARTINIQUE

TOURISM PUBLICITY

20TH JUNE 1970

MAXI-CARD

(Stamp – Ref SG 1883)

Published by

G. PARISON et B. REGNIER

CARTE PHILATELIQUE

 

HISTORY OF FRANCE (5TH SERIES)

KING LOUIS XIV

17TH OCTOBER 1970

MAXI-CARD

(Stamp – Ref SG 1897)

Published by

G. PARISON et B. REGNIER

                                              CARTE PHILATELIQUE

 

AMOIRIES DE SAINT-LO

Arms of Saint-Lo

ARMS Series

17th DECEMBER 1966

MAXI-CARD

(Stamp – Ref SG 1735)

Published by

G. PARISON et B. REGNIER

CARTE PHILATELIQUE

 

I have a few of these ‘Arms’ issues, which came out at different times in different years. I liked this one because I have an interest in creatures of legends and fables, and this heraldic-arms design contains a unicorn.

 

40th ANNIVERSARY OF 1ST MEETING OF CRAFTS GUILDS ASSOCIATION

EMBROIDERY AND INSTRUMENT-MAKING

‘CHAMBRES DE METIERS

1931 - 1971

18TH OCTOBER 1971

MAXI-CARD

(Stamp – Ref SG 1935)

Published by

G. PARISON et B. REGNIER

CARTE PHILATELIQUE

Ref: 36

 

14/09/2019

SS FRANCE

Luxury Ocean Liner

LE PAQUEBOT “FRANCE”

De la Cie Gle Transatlantique

MAXI-CARD

Published by

EDITIONS D’ART YVON

Ref: I 6

 

This is a French ‘maxi-cards’, a postcard used with a special stamp which relates to the postcard image with this stamp being cancelled with a special related hand stamp. Here you have the 1962 issued ‘Maiden Voyage of the Liner ‘France’’ – issued 11th January 1962. Here you have a great art card of this liner with the stamp applied to the front and cancelled with a ‘PREMIER JOUR [First day of Issue] – LE HARVE – PAQUEBOT FRANCE – 11 JANV. 62’ special hand stamp.

This was one of my finds of the day on Wednesday when I was at Stampex going through a £1 box on a dealer’s stand. Yes, this superb card cost me just £1. I found a selection of nice cards in these £1 boxes, but this was the best in my mind.

 

13/09/2019

“HAVE YOU TRIED STAYING IN AT NIGHT

AND WATCHING TELEVISION?”

By

TROW

Published by

COASTAL CARDS LTD., CLACTON-ON-SEA

Ref: 750

 

One of the seaside ‘saucy’ postcards which currently sits in my ‘Television’ themed collection.

 

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I do like the ‘PASSED – BRITISH BOARD OF POSTCARD CENSORS’ printed mark top right.

 

13/09/2019

TOUR EIFFEL

By

JACQUES LE SCANFF

Published by

NOUVELLES IMAGES

Printed in France

Ref: PH 2137

 

One from my Eiffel Tower collection

 

13/09/2019

STARSCHNITT ELEFANT

Novelty Composite Set of Two Postcards.

Left side:

STARSCHNITT ELEFANT I

Right Side

STARSCHNITT ELEFANT II

Artwork by

FRIEDRICH STREICH

Both Postcards Published by

ART CONCEPT

 

I do like novelty postcards and this set of two fits that bill nicely. I bought these two postcards quite a few years ago now when I visited Munich (must be about ten years ago). These two postcards were not cheap but how could you resist these?

 

 

13/09/2019

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

(Equanimity)

By

CHRIS LEVINE

2007 Lenticular print on lightbox (the postcard is not lenticular – the piece of photography that this image is based on is)

Published by the

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

 

This photograph, if I remember correctly, was taken in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It was not on sale for long, but I suspect many copies were sold from the gift shop during the period it was available.

 

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This has queens head Machin Post & Go stamp which has the additional added text (an overprint) reading: DIAMOND JUBILEE – 1952-2012. This overprinted post & go was only available at the 2012 Spring Stampex show in London. The stamp has been cancelled with a WINDSOR SHC [special hand stamp centre] special cancellation dated 22 February 2012, which was the first day of the Spring Stampex show so is also technically the first day of issue for this overprinted stamp.

 

13/09/2019

GREETINGS FROM GREAT BRITAIN

Unknown simple plain postcard with a basic postcard reverse

Possibly Hand Made postcard design

Real Stamps applied to front of Postcards

 

This postcard has had five real GB (UK) postage stamps stuck down on the front:

½ p Queen Elizabeth II Machin head definitive stamp

½ p King Edward VII green definitive stamp

8 ½ p Christmas 1975 stamp

2p Queen Elizabeth II Machin head definitive stamp

4d Queen Elizabeth II Machin head definitive stamp

This is what I class as something ‘quirky’. An unusual postcard of little value, but which still, to my mind has a lot of interest.

 

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See what I mean by simple

 

13/09/2019

 

HELP CHINA

CHINA IS HELPING US!

PLEASE GIVE ALL YOU CAN ON

CHINA’S FLAG DAY

Great Britain 1941

Published by

DAL VOLUME “STORIA VIVA”

EDIZ. GOLDEN ITALIA – ROMA

Ref: N. 218

DOCUMENTI STORIC

 

This poster postcard is from the same company that published the awful Nazi poster postcard I recently posted on this website. This one is less graphic and certainly not racist. It is also a military period WW11 poster that I have not seen on postcard before.

 

YOUNG PILOTS TAKE OFF

Chinese Poster

Published by

DAL VOLUME “STORIA VIVA”

EDIZ. GOLDEN ITALIA – ROMA

Ref: N. 250

DOCUMENTI STORIC

 

This company, which from the details on the card appears to be based in Italy, seem to have produced some very interesting WW2 posters in their series. I only have three cards, but I will be hunting down some more of these, if I can.

 

13/09/2019

 

BATAILLE DE LA MARNE

6 AU 12 SEPTEMBRE 1914

MAURUPT (MARNE)

CHAMP DE BATAILLE A L’EST DU CHEMIN

DE PARGNY-SUR-SAULX

‘Battle of the Marne

6th to 12th September 1914

Maurupt (Marne)

Battlefield East of the way

Of Pargny-sur-Salux’

A. HUMBERT, PHOTO-EDIT, ST. DIZIER

Published by

EDIA VERSAILLES

Ref: VISA 10

 

I have mentioned before, quite comprehensively, how postcards depicting dead soldiers were only really available in the first year or so of WW1, because soon after they realised what a bad propaganda issue these images were to the civilians back home, who could not, and did not, disassociate with the dead bodies, regardless of the fact that they were Germans. The logic being that of the Germans were losing soldiers like this then surely the British were as well.

This means postcards like this can be harder to find, especially graphic one like this one. I think you can see from this one why this type of postcard was just not a good idea.

 

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13/09/2019

 

ARMEE RUSSE

COSAQUES D’ORENBOURG

CHAMEAUX DU REGIMENT

‘Russian Army

Orenburg Cossacks

Camels of the Regiment’

Published by

B. F., PARIS

Ref: 31

 

If you look up ‘Orenburg Cossacks’ on Wikipedia the information page for the subject is topped with the same photograph that appears on this postcard here (which I found amusing). During the first world war the Orenburg Cossacks supplied 18 cavalry regiments but only one cavalry unit (although this image far pre-dates this period as this postcard was posted in 1904).

I found this postcard in 2004 whilst on a D-Day tour in France. It was in an antique’s shop in Saint Mere Eglise. Who could resist a photograph of a camel regiment section?

 

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This card was posted on the 24th November 1904. Nice internal use within France.

 

13/09/2019

 

HOVERCRAFT S. R. N. 4

Colour photo by

RAY WARNER LTD

Published by

V. BENNETT LTD., MAIDSTONE

Ref: 24462 – 2166

 

Hovercraft postcards are one theme which have maintained their collectability and value over the years, possibly because there are so few of them still running now. As a result, postcards like this are sought after. Most of the postcards I have of this type of hovercraft has the craft painted red. Here it is blue, which I have seen far fewer of.

 

13/09/2019

 

MEXICO

MEXICANA AIRLINES

PAN AMERICAN SYSTEM

“The Airline that knows Mexico’

An artist’s conception of a native woman of the highlands

Official Mexicana Airlines Postcard

Ref: 50-4-66

PRINTED IN MEXICO

 

Despite the untidy reverse side, see below, I loved the image on the front, and I think it is a cracking airline publicity postcard design. This is an early postcard with this copy here being posted in 1967.

 

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Someone has removed the stamp from this side (possibly a stamp collector) and there is a little water smear across the red ink, but despite all this the front of the card has remained undamaged.

 

13/09/2019

 

BUTLIN’S BOGNOR REGIS

A SECTION OF THE PIG AND WHISTLE BAR

Official Butlin’s Holiday Camp Postcard Issue

Ref: B. 9

 

We used to go to the Butlin’s camp in Minehead, I’ve mentioned this before, but I have never mentioned my mother’s love of the Pig and Whistle Bar in that camp. There was a Pig and Whistle in a number, possible even most or all, of the rather standard laid out camps. Me and my brother had a real free run of the camp in the evenings and went on all the attractions. If we wanted to check back in with our mum we would first see if she was in the Pig and Whistle, which was usually where we found her. This postcard has oft been a reminder of both my childhood holidays and my mum.

 

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13/09/2019

 

100 JAHRE ZOOLOGISCHER GARTEN BASEL 1874 – 1974

‘100 years of Zoological Garden, Basel 1874 – 1974’

Published by

BLT BILDPOSTKARTE

SWITZERLAND POSTAL AUTHORITY

“HELVETIA”

Ref: 1/1974

 

This is a postal stationery post card issued in Switzerland to celebrate 100 years of the Zoo in Basel. The design is partially used as the pre-printed stamp on the reverse side, although in a different colour. This is the type of postcard rarely picked up by postcard collectors but more commonly found in stamp and postal history collections.

 

 

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The pre-printed stamp, here printed in a pink colour, has been cancelled with a special giraffe illustrated first day of issue special hand stamp.

 

13/09/2019

NEW ‘TAB’ ADDED TODAY

‘…, BY NIGHT’ p/c’s’

 

Lunacy has prevailed tonight. I have added a new tab to the webpage, see above, which shows off a small segment of what is perhaps my craziest collecting theme. Click on the tab and scroll down to see just how mad the world of postcard collecting can get…!

 

 

13/09/2019

EURO DISNEY

Official EURO DISNEY postcard

CHRISTIAN DESBOIS EDITIONS

 

This postcard arrived today in a charity styled bundle of Disney postcards I have received on approval (… I say approval, but I always buy them all when these arrive). What a cracking postcard, and it is also one I was unaware of before seeing it today, which goes to show that no matter how long you have collected a theme something can still come along which can surprise you. I love this design, and I am always after any postcard which says ‘EURO DISNEY’, which is what Disneyland Paris was in initially called (we have shown Euro Disney and Disneyland Paris cards on the webpage before)

 

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