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01/10/2019

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE

TELEVISION SERIES

DVD TV SERIES BOX SET EXCLUSIVE FREE POSTCARDS

Official DVD Box Set Series

(Plain backed cards)

 

People of a certain age, anyone around my age as it happens, will remember the television series ‘The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’ because throughout the summer holidays it was shown every weekday morning. Actually, although it seemed like it ran every year, it was only shown during 1972, 1974 and 1975, and on Saturdays in 1977, it just feels like it was always on! Just hearing the title music brings back memories of my youth.

So, when someone very kindly gave me this set of cards from the DVD box set of the series at the recent Woking postcard fair, I was delighted to receive such a gift.

The series was a French-German children’s drama series first shown in 1964, but it was a summer holiday stalwart during the 1970’s but was first shown here in 1965 as a 13-part series. I have only recently discovered that the iconic music used for the series here in the UK was especially written for the UK dubbed version and that this was different to that used for the original French/German original. Apparently, the BBC insisted on new music before buying the series!

The series starred Robert Hoffman as the titular character, with Lee Payant dubbing the voice of the character for the English UK version. The character Friday was played by Fabian Cevallos, but for some reason I rarely watched the series through to the point where Crusoe meets Friday, as it seemed to take a long time, and many episodes before he arrived (I have checked a listing on the internet and it seems Friday arrives in episode 10 of the 13 part UK version), so it is probably appropriate that the character does not appear on any of these four postcards!        

 

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE

TELEVISION SERIES

DVD TV SERIES BOX SET EXCLUSIVE FREE POSTCARDS

Official DVD Box Set Series

(Plain backed cards)

 

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE

TELEVISION SERIES

DVD TV SERIES BOX SET EXCLUSIVE FREE POSTCARDS

Official DVD Box Set Series

(Plain backed cards)

 

01/10/2019

UNTITLED

COUPLE IN SAILING BOAT

Published by

K. V. I. B. 12.

Printed in Germany

Ref: SERIE [Series] 1385 Copr.

 

Not putting any text on the front of a design allowed companies to sell the same basic card in numerous different countries without having to change any part of the card. This is also helped by having the information on the reverse side printed in numerous languages, again negating the need for any adaptation for different countries (see below)

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

01/10/2019

IQ

By

PERO

1994

Published by

EXTRACARD

1001 POSTKARTE

 

I had not previously come across the company ‘EXTRACARD’ before seeing this rather unusual piece of art on one of their postcards. For me of course it was the obvious Disney connection that was the attraction, but who could resist the great Albert Einstein?   

 

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01/10/2019

TOUS LES SUPERHEROS

SONT A LA FNAC

‘All Superheroes

Are at FNAC’

NOVELTY ‘CUT-OUT’ POSTCARD

Published by

Probably – BOOMERANG

(the cut-out Spider Man shape has removed the area where the printer/publisher is detailed – but you can just make out part of a word which I think is Boomerang)

The language is French, but the card is from Belgium

 

I do like postcards which have segments cut out from them, which means you can look right through the cut-out area. Here on this card the cut-out area is in the shape of the superhero character called Spider Man. I think this is a great card.

(Usually I scan cards on a black card background for things like this, but this time the cut-out area looked better on the white background of the scanner)

 

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Here you can see the cut-out shape of Spider Man from the other side.

 

01/10/2019

THUNDERBALL

JAMES BOND FILM POSTER

SEAN CONNERY

Published by

MAYFAIR CARDS

Ref: MAGIC OF THE MOVIES SERIES

FP 862

 

A fantastic film poster for the fourth James Bond film, released in 1965. I know a few people who collect James Bond related postcards with film posters being their favourite type.  

 

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01/10/2019

UNTITLED

HUNTING DOGS PAINTING

By

NORFINI

Published by

3DDD (or possibly DDD3)

Text on the reverse side down the centre reads:

STAMPATO IN ITALIA – PRINTED IN ITALY

Ref: 101/2

 

I bought these three dog painting postcards at the recent Woking fair from a cheap box (I think they cost me just 20p each). They originate from Italy and each depicts a pair of dogs which are from the hunting dog breeds like pointers, although this one here looks like a springer spaniel breed. I bought these because I really liked the images.

 

UNTITLED

HUNTING DOGS PAINTING

By

NORFINI

Published by

3DDD (or possibly DDD3)

Text on the reverse side down the centre reads:

STAMPATO IN ITALIA – PRINTED IN ITALY

Ref: 101/3

 

UNTITLED

HUNTING DOGS PAINTING

By

NORFINI

Published by

3DDD (or possibly DDD3)

Text on the reverse side down the centre reads:

STAMPATO IN ITALIA – PRINTED IN ITALY

Ref: 101/10

 

01/10/2019

I’M HAPPY AND JOLLY

DOWN BY THE SEA,

WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS

WON’T YOU ENVY ME?

‘AUTO – SNAPS COPYRIGHT’

Published by

AUTO – SNAPS

 

This was a neat idea, produce a postcard design with an area left for the inclusion of a photograph of the card’s sender. This system appears to have been copyrighted as ‘AUTO-SNAPS’ although no other details of the printer or publisher is recorded on the card. This copy was posted in 1937 from Blackpool from what looks like a mother and son, with the boy looking like he is enjoying himself.

I think this was a great idea, but I don’t know how popular it was as this is the only copy of this type of card I have seen, although I have seen one with a photo of the Pope and a handful which are from Lourdes in France, but here in the UK this is so far the only one I have found which seems to have been available to the public.

 

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This card is not in great condition, but its postal usage seems to be interesting. As the printed instructions state if the message was restricted to five words or less then postage was ½ d, but if more were used then the cost was 1d. Someone has removed the stamp that clearly was applied, but despite there having been a stamp there is a postage due cachet applied which reads ‘1D TO PAY – LIABLE TO LETTER RATE’. Therefore, I am assuming that the sender applied a ½ d stamp but wrote a message which had more than five words (its hard to tell as most of the message has been erased over time) which meant that the rate should have been 1d. Postage due is charged at double the outstanding rate. So, if a ½ d stamp was applied, and it should have been a 1d stamp then it was underpaid by ½ d which would have been doubled for the postage due charge, thus 1d owed. I assume this makes sense.   

 

01/10/2019

GOOGLE EYE NOVELTY CARD

UNTITLED

DOG CARTOON

By

MUNCH

Published by

IF COPENHAGEN

Made in Denmark

 

Google eyed postcards were popular through the 1950’s to the 1970’s, but similar cards can be found throughout the postcard timeline. This one here is from Denmark although it was posted here in the UK, so I assume it was available here.

 

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Posted from Warminster on the 29th January 1964 with the stamp cancelled with a wavy-line cancellation.

 

01/10/2019

3rd COMIC FESTIVAL

HAMBURG

1997

Free Rack Postcard

EDGAR GRATIS POSTKARTEN

‘EDGAR CULTURE CARD’

Ref: # 1.795

 

I am always after new super-hero postcards and any featuring my favourite, Batman, are welcome finds. This is a great one and I do like unofficial issues, and by this, I mean designs which do not show scenes from the films or the official comics. Here Batman is seen in shadow as if he is a graffiti artist.

 

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30/09/2019

DOVER

ROYAL MAIL BOAT

“QUEEN”

Published by

THE DAINTY SERIES

Ref: 8054

 

Shipping and boats are a popular collecting theme and often you can find some of the lesser known ocean-going vessels. Here you have a ship, or boat called ‘Queen’. I am having trouble tracking down details of this boat, but I have found reference to a steamer called ‘Queen’ belonging to the South Eastern and Chatham Railway which saved some passengers from a French Steamer called Amiral Ganteaume which hit a mine whilst carrying French refugees from Calais on 28th October 1914. Could this be this same boat?

 

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30/09/2019

GT. (GREAT) YARMOUTH

NEW BRITANNIA PIER

Published by

PEACOCK BRAND

Printed at the Works in Saxony

 

A nice early image (posted 1904) of this old pier, now rather appropriately just called ‘Britannia Pier’. This is a beautiful image isn’t it? Its cards like this that make me collect postcards, especially old ones.

 

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Posted from Great Yarmouth with the stamp cancelled 23rd July 1904 with a double ring Great Yarmouth cancellation.

 

30/09/2019

GREETINGS FROM

CAYMAN ISLANDS

Photography by – and Published by

ANNE FLINN POWELL

Designed and Printed by

Iconix ink

 

The classic ‘Greetings From’ card here designed in the American style of large letters with illustrations within each letter. I bought this card last year when I was lucky enough to visit one of the Cayman Islands myself. A lot of work went into the design of this postcard to make it look appealing to tourists like me walking around in the sun and exploring the tourist shops. This one was successful.

 

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Extra special attention was also given to the design of the reverse side of this postcard as well. Here you get a recipe for free… Lobster Patties. Bonus.

 

30/09/2019

“SO MUCH FOR THE ‘SPECTACULAR SEA VIEWS!’”

Published by

RAINY DAY POSTCARDS

TRESSIDER MILL, ST BURYAN, CORNWALL

 

With the weather being like it has been over the last two days or so I thought this card, and the one shown below were appropriate ones to depict here. They are not numbered or titled beyond the comic text on the front. Both would make your laugh, if the rain was not pouring down outside.

 

“WELL, I KNOW WE PITCHED IT ROUND ‘ERE’ SOMEWHERE…”

Published by

RAINY DAY POSTCARDS

TRESSIDER MILL, ST BURYAN, CORNWALL

 

30/09/2019

“THIS CLEANER PICKS UP EVERY BIT OF FLUFF IN SIGHT, MADAM!”

“THAT’S NOTHING NEW – MY OLD MAN’S BEEN DOING THAT FOR YEARS!”

By

FITZPATRICK

Published by

BAMFORTH & CO., LTD

Ref: “COMIC” Series No. 1554

 

An example of the long running series of seaside saucy postcard (as they are called, although of course they were ‘actually’ available, and sold, all over the country), and an example of how phrases and topics of different ages were incorporated into these designs. I don’t’ believe the phrase ‘A Bit of Fluff’ is now commonly used as it used to be, although it was once common enough that we still get the implied joke here.

 

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Posted from Hastings on 24th July 1959 with the 2 ½ d wilding postage stamp cancelled with a machine slogan postmark which reads:

 

EXPRESS GOOD WISHES

BY

GREETINGS TELEGRAMS.

 

This has nice clean usage with a clear and neat slogan postmark.

 

29/09/2019

LES GRANDES GUEULES

MULATIER – MORCHOISNE – RICORD

LAUREL ET HARDY

Published by

DERVISH INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

GLENAT IMAGES

Ref: No. 113

 

A recent buy at the Woking Postcard Fair this postcard is larger than your normal modern postcard. It is from the 1980’s period when some fantastic French issued postcards came out. I remember when they used to show the Laurel and Hardy films and shorts on television, especially on Christmas morning when Bob Monkhouse would narrate documentary’s with short scenes from the great black and white silent films and shorts and the slightly later, but early black and white talkies. I loved those programmes and became a great enthusiast for these early cinematic outings.

 

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29/09/2019

ANNIE

GLOSSO NAME POSTCARD

Published by

RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS

Ref: GLOSSO “NAME” Postcard No. N 14

 

Another of the ‘Name’ postcard designs which were a popular issue in the golden age of picture postcards. What could be better than receiving, or buying a postcard with your own name on it?

 

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29/09/2019

SALCOMBE LIFEBOAT

From a painting by

P. J. STUCKEY L.S.I.A.

No Publisher name given, but there are initials:

DVP

  there is also an address on the reverse side:

117 LOUGHBOROUGH ROAD, LEICESTER

Ref: BT 1717

Printed in England

 

I have mentioned before that I pick up lifeboat postcards from RNLI charity shops around the country as I travel. This one though I found in an antiques/collectibles shop in Cromer, which is a long way from Devon where the Salcombe lifeboat is based, but I did like this painting.

 

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29/09/2019

PARIS

9TH – 10TH JUNE 1946

CONGRESS DE LA FEDERATION

DES SOCIETES

PHILATELIQUES FRANCAISES

Special Philatelic Event Postcard

Official Event Postcard

Printed by

Imp. BLONDELLA ROUGERY

PARIS

 

This is a lovely postcard from a period just one year after the end of World War II. Philatelic events did continue throughout the war so perhaps it was no surprise that in France they could and did produce items, or postcards, like this one whilst everyone, including the French people, were recovering from the extreme conflict that had not long ended.

 

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29/09/2019

ABIGAIL’S BESTEST

By

BRIAN PARTRIDGE

Published by

PH TOPICS

Ref: CHILDHOOD TREASURES 4 (Series)

No. 324 (PH Topics continuous number system)

Print Run 500

 

Another design by Brian Partridge who was an extremely popular postcard artist during the later decades of the last century, and the first few years of this century.

 

 

29/09/2019

‘STRAWBERRY FIELD’

By

Liverpool Artist

MAURICE COCKRILL

Published by the

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

MERSEYSIDE COUNTY COUNCIL

Printed by

BERIC TEMPEST & CO., LTD

ST IVES, CORNWALL

 

Text on the reverse side of this art postcard informs people that Strawberry Fields is a real place.

 

29/09/2019

CANADIAN TOBOGGAN

FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION

LONDON 1908

Published by

VALENTINE’S & SON’S LIMITED

OFFICIAL FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION POSTCARD

Ref: 301

 

In the early years of the 1900’s there were a number of major exhibitions which were well attended by the public who sought souvenirs of their trips which included wide selections of postcards. This one shows what I assume is an early type of roller coaster.

 

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Posted in 1908, the year of the exhibition

 

29/09/2019

HAMPSTEAD

THE BULL AND BUSH

Published by

CHARLES MARTIN

39 ALDERMANBURY, LONDON

Ref: 1211

Printed in Germany

 

In the early 1900’s in every village, town, hamlet and city it was the local public house that was the centre of the community. This was not always for the better of course with alcohol capable of causing many issues domestically and socially (as it still does), but with the popularity of the ‘Pub’ it is probably no surprise that they often appear on old local area postcards. It is also probably no surprise that they are also very collectible.

 

PHOTOGRAPH

 

It looks like this pub is still running, but its now called the ‘Old Bull and Bush’. Local history still in place.

 

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29/09/2019

GOLDEN AGE FEMALE POSTCARD

Published by

PFB

Printed in Germany

Ref: 970

 

This lady is not named, but she is preserved here for eternity on this postcard image. This has little value and the card could be considered as a cheap box card, but I think this is a great photograph and her hair style is phenomenal

 

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29/09/2019

DORIS STOCKER

Photo by

PHOTO BASSANO LTD

Published by

THE WRENCH SERIES

Ref: 10632

 

Doris Stocker was an Indian born English actress and music hall artist of the 1900’s who was born in Bombay in 1886. These music hall stars were the celebrities of the time. They all had their promotional photographs which were then printed onto postcards and Doris, being a big star, had a large number produced.

 

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29/09/2019

A card has gone on the censored page today (accessed from the CENSORD tab at top of page). This is something very different as it is a card depicting a painting of the wild animals, lions and others, in the ancient Roman arena. This shows the animals attacking and eating humans. This is quite gory, which is why it is here rather than on the main webpage page. This is horrific history in a rather over-enthusiastic depiction by the artist. As always, view at your own discretion.

 

 

29/09/2019

ALDAIR ACROSS THE MISTY SEA

Artwork by

JOSH KIRBY

DAW BOOKS INC. 1980

Published by

CLOUDED TIGER CARDS

Ref: JK 258

 

I loved this series of science fiction art cards featuring Josh Kirby book cover designs. I remember buying this card, and others from the set in a shop in Ipswich in 1988. They were on sale so must have already been around for a while. If you want one of these now, they can be really hard to find, and quite expensive when you do (I checked today and there is one on eBay priced at £6.50, but a true realistic postcard fair price would be somewhere between £2 and £3).

 

29/09/2019

DISNEY – SPECTROBES

ANOTHER SPECTROBE

TO COLLECT!

SIGMA CUBE

NINTENDO DS

Code Input Card

NOVELTY CARD WITH PUNCH-OUT

Published by

BOOMERANG (MEDIA CARDS)

Free Rack Card

 

There were a few of these cards in the racks when I picked this one up, and I show some more below (which may constitute a full set). Each card has a Punch-Out credit card sized card built into the design (perforated edges allow for easy removal from the card – very easy at it happens and as such finding cards still complete is quite hard).

Now, I know noting about computer games as they do not interest me, but a look at google tells me that ‘Spectrobes’ was (is?) a science fiction video game developed by ‘Jupiter’ and published by Disney Interactive Studios, for the Nintendo DS. The game was released in 2007, so it seems reasonable that these cards came out around this time. I don’t know what they are but apparently there were 38 input code cards, but I don’t know if this includes the ones given away here on these postcards (these may have been extra ones).

These are unusual cards which seem to have had a useful addition attached for those who were buying and using the computer video game.

 

DISNEY – SPECTROBES

ANOTHER SPECTROBE

TO COLLECT!

SHAKOR BRISTLE

NINTENDO DS

Code Input Card

NOVELTY CARD WITH PUNCH-OUT

Published by

BOOMERANG (MEDIA CARDS)

Free Rack Card

 

DISNEY – SPECTROBES

ANOTHER SPECTROBE

TO COLLECT!

ICE GEO

NINTENDO DS

Code Input Card

NOVELTY CARD WITH PUNCH-OUT

Published by

BOOMERANG (MEDIA CARDS)

Free Rack Card

 

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29/09/2019

PENDENNIS CASTLE

Published by

ENGLISH HERITAGE

Ref: 65481

 

English Heritage do sell some great individually unique postcards for their sites and locations.

 

 

29/09/2019

SPRING AND SUMMER CATALOGUE

‘TILL YOU DROP SHOPPING’

FREE EXHIBITION

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA

Published by

AVANTCARD AUSTRALIA

Issued 2010

Ref: #14183

 

An exhibition on shopping in Australia! I bet the poster and artwork designs on display, like this one from a 1928 catalogue cover, were worth a look.

 

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28/09/2019

QUAL

“GOLDEN BOY”

ANIME ON MTV

MADAME PRESIDENT:

SIE HERRSCHT UND GIBT BEFEHLE

SIE HAT SEX UND IST DOMINANT

MACHT SIE GOLDEN BOY ZU IHREMSKLAVEN?   

“She reigns and give commands

She has sex and is dominant

Makes you Golden boy your slave”

MTV

YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT

FREE RACK CARD

Published by

EDGAR MEDIEN AG

Ref: # 4.608

 

This is a German rack postcard, and as I know from my visits to Berlin this year, these are still available whereas there are hardly any still going in the UK now.

I have a collection of MTV related postcards, most of which are free rack cards from around the world. MTV were clearly a prolific user of this type of promotional item.

Like many ‘Anime’ subjects this design and cartoon is very sexualized, as can clearly be seen from this advert for it.

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