RACEY HELPS

Checklist of Racey Helps Medici postcards by Pk or Pkt number

 

Medici postcard, Pk 192, Bedtime Story, Racey Helps
Medici postcard, Pk 192, Bedtime Story, Racey Helps.
A wicked sense of humour - note the picture of 'Grandpa' on the wall - in a pie!
Angus Clifford Racey Helps, born in Bristol in 1913, died in Barnstaple in 1971.

 

These are the older cards, approx 3.5" x 5.5" with numbers prefixed by Pk or Pkt
- not the modern 6" x 4" series with P.C. numbers.

These are all the Racey Helps Medici postcards with Pk or Pkt numbers,
I have had this confirmed by The Medici Society.
There are 89 different pictures in the Pk/Pkt Series.
'Pk' is sometimes printed 'PK' - see below.

There are other 3.5" x 5.5" Racey Helps Medici postcards that have 'P' numbers
(not Pk or Pkt) - and also some with no numbers at all,
details near the bottom of this page.

The table below is in number order, back type is as illustrated,
I have ignored small variations in font or placement of Pk/Pkt number.
I am sure other back types exist for various numbers - these are just the ones I have.

The cards below are not for sale

 

Back types

Medici postcards, Racey Helps, back types, A

Back 1: Brown, no centre line of any sort.  Royal arms.
Back 2: Brown, with centre line.  Royal arms.
Back 3: Brown, "Printed in Great Britain" and Pk# down centre.  Royal arms.

 

 

Medici postcards, Racey Helps, back types, B

Back 4: Brown, "Engraved and printed in Great Britain" and Pk# down centre.  Royal arms.
Back 5: Blue, "Engraved and printed in Great Britain" and Pk# down centre.  Royal arms.
Back 6: Blue, "Engraved and printed in Great Britain" and Pk# down centre.
Back 7: Blue, "Printed in England" and Pk# down centre.

 

 

Medici postcards, Racey Helps, back types, C

Back 7(a): Blue, "This picture is also published in size 8½ x 13 ins." down middle.

 

 

Medici postcards, Racey Helps, back types, D

Back 8: Purple, "Printed in England", line down centre.
(Back 8 shows a Molly Brett card but type also applies to a couple of Racey Helps cards)
Back 9: Black or Blue, "Printed in England", line down centre.
Back 10: Blue, "Printed in Great Britain",
"This picture is also published in size 8½ x 13 ins." down middle
OR - as back 10 but with straight line down middle = Back 10(a).

 

 

Table of Racey Helps postcards by Pk or Pkt number

Pk# Title Used/
Unused
Back type Notes

190

Haymaking

Unused

2

Pkt

190

Haymaking

Used

2

Pkt

191

Blowing Bubbles

Unused

9

Pk

191

Blowing Bubbles

Used

2

Pkt

192

Bedtime Story

Unused

9

Pk

193

The Tea Shop

Unused

1

Pkt  Same picture as 198,  #193 is a misprint.  193 is Sunflower Fairies by Margaret Tarrant

197

The Balloon Seller

Unused

9

Pk

197

The Balloon Seller

Unused

1

Pkt

198

The Tea Shop

Unused

9

Pk  Same picture as 193

205

Winter Fun

Used

1

Pk

206

The Late Scholars

Unused

6

Pk

206

The Late Scholars

Unused

9

Pk

219

The Sack Race

Unused

6

Pk  Same picture as 452

220

Fun On Skis

Unused

9

Pk

221

Bunnies’ Picnic

Unused

9

Pk  Also with back type 10(a)

222

Woodland Cinema

Unused

9

Pk

223

The Hockey Match

Unused

9

Pk 

227

Hot Chestnuts

Unused

9

Pk

228

Going To The Fair

Unused

1

Pk

235

A Game Of Croquet

Unused

9

Pk

235

A Game Of Croquet

Unused

6

Pk

236

The Waits

Unused

4

Pk

237

The Wonderful Cave

Unused

5

Pk

237

The Wonderful Cave

Unused

6

Pk

238

Seaside Fun

Unused

7(a)

Pk

239

The Owls’ Outing

Unused

4

Pk

240

The New Car

Unused

9

Pk

240

The New Car

Unused

6

Pk

241

The Egg And Spoon Race

Unused

4

Pk

242

A Poor Shot

Unused

9

Pk

242

A Poor Shot

Unused

4

Pk

243

The Plunge

Used

4

Pk

252

Who Drew That

Unused

9

Pk

253

Hit for Six!

Unused

9

Pk

254

The Sea-Saw

Unused

9

Pk

255

The Slide

Unused

9

Pk  Also with back 5.

256

The Village Green

Unused

4

Pk  Picture as Oranges & Lemons

256

Oranges And Lemons

Unused

9

Pk  Picture as Village Green

256

Oranges And Lemons

Unused

5

Pk  Picture as Village Green

257

The Tug O’War

Unused

9

Pk

257

The Tug O’War

Unused

6

Pk

258

An Anxious Moment

Used

3

Pk

259

The Swing

Unused

9

Pk

260

Woodland School

Unused

4

Pk

261

Catching The Post

Unused

8

Pk  Also with back type 10(a)

261

Catching The Post

Unused

9

Pk

263

Prize Day

Unused

9

Pk

264

The Vegetable Seller

Unused

9

Pk

264

The Vegetable Seller

Unused

5

Pk

265

The Ice-Cream Man

Unused

9

Pk

273

The Cygnets

Unused

9

Pk

273

The Cygnets

Unused

6

Pk

274

The Diving Board

Used

5

Pk

274

The Diving Board

Unused

9

Pk

276

The Sale

Unused

9

Pk

277

Trip Around The World

Unused

9

Pk

277

Trip Around The World

Unused

6

Pk

278

The Moon Rocket

Unused

9

Pk

278

The Moon Rocket

Unused

9

Pk  Title on front

285

Picking Blackberries

Unused

9

Pk

287

The Paperhangers

Unused

9

Pk

287

The Paperhangers

Unused

6

Pk

295

The Motor Race

Unused

9

Pk

296

Moving Day

Unused

9

Pk

300

Picnic On The Beach

Unused

9

Pk

313

Surprise Catch

Unused

9

Pk

315

Making The Feathers Fly

Unused

9

Pk

316

At The Seaside

Unused

9

Pk

317

Water Ski-ing

Unused

9

Pk

318

The Campers

Unused

9

Pk

327

Singing Practice

Unused

9

Pk

327

Singing Practice

Unused

6

Pk

328

The Portrait Painter

Unused

5

Pk

341

Landing On The Moon

Unused

9

Pk

341

Landing On The Moon

Unused

9

PK

349

A Visit To The Doctor

Unused

9

Pk

349

A Visit To The Doctor

Unused

6

Pk

350

“Ship Ahoy”

Unused

9

Pk

351

The Traction Engine Race

Unused

9

PK

361

Cleaning Mr Badger’s Car

Unused

9

Pk

362

The Wheelbarrow Race

Unused

9

Pk

363

The Interrupted Feast

Unused

9

Pk

364

A Sail Around The Bay

Unused

9

Pk

364

A Sail Around The Bay

Used

8

Pk

365

Boating On The River

Unused

9

Pk

 

Boating On The River

Unused

9

Pk  365 with no number

369

Swinging Amid The Daisies

Unused

9

Pk

370

Rock-A-Bye Baby

Unused

9

Pk

371

Summer On The Lake

Unused

9

Pk

372

A Summer Day

Unused

7

Pk

373

A Visit To The Cobbler

Unused

9

Pk

374

Dressing For The Party

Unused

9

Pk

375

Woodland Gossips

Unused

9

Pk

375

Woodland Gossips

Unused

7

Pk  Back in greenish-blue

376

Skipping Rope

Unused

9

Pk

379

The Photographers

Unused

9

Pk

383

Waiting For The Steamer

Unused

9

Pk

383

Waiting For The Steamer

Unused

6

Pk

384

The Stolen Tart

Unused

5

Pk

385

The ‘Old Crocks’ Race

Unused

9

Pk

386

“How Are You To-Day?”

Unused

9

Pk

387

Miss Mouse’s Birthday

Unused

7

Pk

387

Miss Mouse’s Birthday

Unused

9

Pk

388

The Astonished Angler

Unused

9

Pk

389

Blind Man’s Buff

Unused

9

Pk

397

Letter For Mrs. Squirrel

Unused

9

Pk

398

Teapot To Let

Unused

9

Pk

399

The Cornfield

Unused

9

Pk  Also with back type 10(a)

400

The Bouquet

Unused

9

Pk

404

Fun On The River

Unused

9

Pk

426

Somebody’s Watching!

Unused

9

Pk

435

The Proud Mother

Unused

9

Pk

452

The Sack Race

Unused

9

PK  Same picture as 219

454

Sledging

Unused

9

PK

 

 

Other known Racey Helps cards by Medici (3.5” x 5.5”)

'P' number

P271, title: ‘Great Expectations’, back type 9 (also exists with no number).
P856, title: ‘Various Small Animals Caroling’, back type 9.
P869, title: ‘Bringing Home The Christmas’, back type 9.  P869 ‘Bringing Home The Christmas’ also exists as a Spanjersberg card overprinted on the back with a Christmas greeting, this Dutch card is nearer to 6” x 4”.
 - note the above are ‘P’ numbers – not ‘Pk’ or ‘Pkt’.
From Medici: "Ref the 3 titles [above]: The “P” ref is the Copyright Number. This leads me to believe … that they were a special print run for 1 individual or company. This is why we didn’t give it a selling ref code (PK or PC)".

Foreign published

P869, [Bringing Home The Christmas], Medici details but a 'PRO CARD' printed for SPANJERSBERG (Netherlands), approx 6" x 4".
8580, Letter For Father Christmas (Brief an den Weinachtsmann), Emil Fink Verlag, Stuttgart (Germany), approx 6" x 4".


No number

No number, title: ‘Skating On The Fishing Pond’, back type 9.  From Medici: "The official title is ‘The Rescue’, our copyright ref K6".
No number, title: ‘Great Expectations’, back type 9 (picture as P271).


Never produced

The Starfish’, was incorrectly entered into Medici ledgers as postcard Pk 359, it was never issued as a postcard but was issued as a Birthday card.
 

 

I am looking to buy the following two Medici postcards (3.5" x 5.5") in good/VG condition:

Racey Helps, Medici postcard, numbered P271, '
Great Expectations'.
Racey Helps, Medici postcard, numbered P869, '
Bringing Home The Christmas'.

 

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