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OTКPБITOE, POSKAART, KORESPONDENČNI LÍSTEK, KARTOE POS, BREVKORT, BREFKORT,
KARTA POCZTOWA, TARJETA POSTAL, BILHETE POSTAL, CARTE POSTALA, CÁRTA POIST,
BRJEFSPJALD, POSTIKORTTI, KARTUPOS, KARTEN-BOST, LLYTHYR-GERDYN, TARGETA POSTAL,
POSTA KARTO, CARTA PUIST, YN KAART POST MANNINAGH, KAART POST ELLAN VANNIN,
BRIEFKAART, CARTOLINA ILLUSTRATA, CERDYN POST, KORRESPONDENZ-KARTE,
CARTOLINA di CORRISPONDENZA, DOPISNICA, BREV-KORT,
CARTÃO POSTAL, KARTENN BOST.

 

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Old postcards
for sale
Alte Ansichtkarten
zu verkaufen
Cartes postales anciennes
à vendre
Venta de tarjetas postales antiguas

POSTCARDS

Contact:  Dave Tylcoat, Devon, England.  Tel: 01769 520630

Email address

 


 


 

 

Cards shown on this page are not for sale

 

Mucha postcard
Alfons Mucha
'Krajinská výstava v Ivančicích'
Postcard for the Regional Exhibition in Ivančice, Czechoslovakia, 1913.
V. Neubert, Smichov (Prague).

 

 

Graf Zeppelin at Berlin airport

Graf Zeppelin D-LZ127 at Berlin Airport, posted 1934.  Real Photo postcard.
Reverse is shown below, card is finely embossed above stamp "Georg Stilke Berlin N.W.7."

Zeppelin postcard - back

 

 

 

La Belle Ferronière, Leonardo da Vinci
La Belle Ferronière, Leonardo da Vinci.  Misch & Co., Chromolithograph.
Said to be a portrait of Lucrezia Crivelli, among others.

 

La Belle Ferronière, Leonardo da Vinci, detail of eyes
La Belle Ferronière, Leonardo da Vinci.  Misch & Co., Chromolithograph.  Detail.

 

 

Japanese woodblock print, Ukiyo-e style, postcard
Japanese woodblock print on a postcard, the style is
known as 'ukiyo-e'.  The card is written on the back in German and English
and inscribed Kyoto, 1st January 1959, unposted.

 

 


 

A Misch hand painted card
A Misch hand painted card, title
A Misch & Co. hand painted card

 

 

 

A Chinese stamp montage postcard
Chinese stamp montage postcard circa 1920-30.
The card is hand painted with the picture partly made up of small pieces of cut out used postage stamps.
I am interested in buying postcards of this type in very good condition.

 

A Chinese stamp montage postcard, detail
Chinese stamp montage postcard circa 1920-30.  Detail.
I am interested in buying postcards of this type in very good condition.

 


 

A Chinese stamp montage postcard, detail B
Detail from another Chinese stamp montage postcard
I am interested in buying postcards of this type in very good condition.
 

 

 


A Multi-Baby postcard
Multi-babies postcard, this one posted in France, 1903.
There are many different types, and publishers, of 'multi-baby' photo-montage postcards.
I am interested in buying postcards of this type in very good condition.


 

 


A 'saucy seaside comic' postcard,
published by Leslie Lester Ltd, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, #3E.
Posted 1954.  Artist Yarah Drallek.

 

 



John Ruskin in Venice.
Ruskin stayed at La Calcina, Venice, from 13 February to 23 May 1877.
This card was posted in 1926 but it is a much earlier Chromolithograph
overprinted with a Christmas(?) greeting, December 1907, from a Mme Emetaz.

I am interested in buying John Ruskin postcards in very good condition
.
26 March 1906 — Ca’ Capello, Venice. Monday. 26th [March 1906]. "At 11 I went out in gondola to the Caterina to meet Mr Arbib & see Mme Emetaz who is going to open for him an Anglo Italian Pension – It is the place (rebuilt now) where Ruskin used to stay when he came to Venice to write his “Stones of Venice.” It will be a nice place when finished."
From:  http://fleetwood.baylor.edu/layard/xml.php?fn=19060326.xml

 

 



Tom Phillips, an early Humument postcard, signed by Tom.
A HUMUMENT is a treated book by British artist Tom Phillips
based on the Victorian novel  'A Human Document'  by W.H. Mallock.

I am interested in buying Tom Phillips postcards in very good condition
.

 

 

Polzeath postcard
A nice old Polzeath postcard, real photo, A. H. HAWKE, Helston, not posted.
I am interested in buying old Polzeath postcards.

 


Polzeath postcard
Polzeath postcard 'The Nook', posted 5 April 1913, published by Botterell and Son, Liskeard.
These houses were demolished in 2013 - a recent photo before demolition is shown below.
I am interested in buying old Polzeath postcards.
 

 

Trenant Nook, Polzeath
Houses shown on postcard above, before demolition in 2013.
Located at Trenant Nook (The Nook), Polzeath, Cornwall.  See photo below.
Lately known as 'Treasure House'.
From Wikimedia Commons, File: A derelict house in Polzeath - geograph.org.uk - 1469853.jpg
Attribution: Andy F
 

 

Polzeath - old photo
Polzeath on an old photograph, date unknown, photographer unknown.
The two houses at Trenant Nook can be seen at left.

 

 

 

Some German Postal History

Some German Postal History

Some German Postal History B

Some German Postal History, Registered Mail

 

 

Winter Olympics, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1936, postcard
Winter Olympics, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1936.
Official 3rd Reich postcard with Olympics cancellation.

 

 

Various other postcards & related cachets etc

Stamps and marks on covers and postcards
Various stamps and marks on envelopes and cards

First UK Aerial Post, 1911
First UK Aerial Post, 1911

Merano, Italy, 1902.
Merano, Italy, 1902

 

Zeppelin IV, Lunéville, France, 1913
Zeppelin IV, Lunéville, France, 1913
 
Buckingham Palace, London, 1902
Buckingham Palace, London, 1902
 
Heidelberg, Germany, 1903
Heidelberg, Germany, 1903
King Edward VII visits Liverpool, 1904
King Edward VII visits Liverpool, 1904

 

Adolf Hitler: Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer.
Adolf Hitler: Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer.
(Germany & Austria)
Tag Des Grossdeutschen Reichs, Wien, 9 April 1938
Cancellation on back of card on left.
Tag Des Grossdeutschen Reichs, Wien, 9 April 1938
 

 

 

And finally, has anything changed?

The Parish Council, postcard by Cynicus


'The Parish Council'

on a postcard by Cynicus ('Cynicus' was Martin Anderson, a Scottish artist, 1854 - 1932).

 

Dave's tips

People often ask what is meant by 'RP'.  RP means Real Photographic.  The difference between a Real Photographic postcard (RPPC) and a printed one (made up of dots), is easily seen under magnification - as I have illustrated below (New Brighton Lighthouse).  A small 10x magnifier (which folds up, and can be kept with you while visiting fairs, antique shops etc) can be bought from any good stamp accessories supplier or camera shop (a couple of examples of magnifiers are shown below).
A Real Photo postcard can either have a glossy or matt surface.

 

Real Photo postcard, detail
Real Photo, or 'RP'
Subtle gradations - no dots or patterns

 

B&W printed postcard, detail
B&W Printed
Dots

Colour printed postcard, detail
Colour printed
Regular dots/patterns

Chromolithograph
Chromo-Litho
cards are none of the above but are high quality cards printed by a method that layers down solid colours, the design being first etched onto a limestone block, different stones (as many as 15!) were used for each colour.  Again, these can easily be distinguished under magnification, as seen at right.  These are mostly pre-WWI and printed in 'Old Germany', e.g. Bavaria, Saxony, Prussia etc.  For even greater magnification of a Chromo card see the da Vinci card above on this page.

Photogravure is a method whereby a photographic image is etched onto a copper plate and printed from that. Under magnification they appear as very fine dots (much finer than screen printed, shown above right). It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between photogravure & RP without a magnifier.

 

Chromolithograph postcard, portion  Chromolithograph postcard, detail
Chromo-Litho
Made up of random solid colours, one on top of the other.

 

Magnifiers, Lupe & Folding Lens

<  2 different magnifiers that I use.

The top one is called a 'lupe' and is available from most camera shops, this one has the added advantage that the plastic dome captures light from all around.

The lower one is a folding lens, which can be carried around easily in a pocket - available from many sources including stamp accessory suppliers.

10x magnification is sufficient for postcards.

 

 

Did you know?
Lighter fuel
(highly refined petrol) removes finger prints and dirt from glossy RPs.
White Spirit will remove tacky residue left by 'post-it' notes and from 'self-adhesive' or 'peel-back' photo albums.
A soft pencil rubber usually removes postal ink from shiny postcard fronts.
'Clear Face Bags' - a much cheaper way of protecting postcards than PVC pockets
- from stamp accessory suppliers.  6" x 4" size are about £16.00 per 1000.
Fruit trays (free from supermarkets!) are made from very light, very strong, cardboard.  Ideal for mailing postcards.
I cut the bases into 6" x 4" pieces using a bandsaw.  Great for storing cards too as they can be stacked.
Stamps - a knowledge of issuing dates (along with postage rates)
helps identify date of posting if the postmark is unclear.


 

 

RACEY HELPS POSTCARD CHECKLIST
My own checklist of Racey Helps Medici postcards, numbers prefixed by Pk or Pkt.

 

LIST OF POSTCARD PUBLISHERS
A list I am putting together of PC publishers, by their initials.

 

TUCK POSTCARDS
TuckDB is a free online database listing antique postcards published by Raphael Tuck & Sons.

 

STAMP BOXES
Identification of postcards by stamp box information.

 

REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS
A useful guide by the Metropolitan Postcard Club,
includes dating postcards by stamp boxes & paper trade marks.

 

T. I. C. HORSESHOE POSTCARDS
A guide to dating these by the back design, by Photo Detective.

 

UK POSTCARD RATES
Useful for dating postcards where the postmark is unclear.  1890's to 2000's.
 


 

 

Can't find that postcard location?  Try these:

Wales Gazetteer
GENUKI Gazetteer
Google Maps World Gazetteer
World Gazetteer
 

 

 

Useful books
 

Catalogue of Picture Postcard Artists Picture Postcards and their Publishers


Catalogue of Picture Postcard Artists
Peter James
ISBN 0 9519972 1 1


Picture Postcards and their Publishers
Anthony Byatt
ISBN 0 9506212 0 X


 

 

The Postcard Century, Tom Phillips

The Postcard Century: 2000 Cards and Their Messages,
Tom Phillips, ISBN-13: 978-0500975909.
Worth every penny!

 

Aspect Ratio
If you see postcards for sale but are unsure of their size when looking at them on your computer screen,
you can usually tell by the 'Aspect Ratio', i.e. the ratio between the width & height of the card.
On the left below is a representation of a 'classic' size postcard (actual size approx 3.5" x 5.5").
On the right is a 'modern' card (actual size approx 6" x 4").
Aspect Ratio - A 'classic' shape postcard
A 'classic' shape postcard
Aspect Ratio - A 'modern' shape postcard
A 'modern' shape postcard

 

Moiré Patterns produced by a scanner = yellow bands on your pictures

If you find YELLOW BANDS appear while scanning some printed postcards, this is due to a printing method that produces these 'Moiré Patterns' when they are scanned (also happens when scanning pictures from magazines).  To stop this happening try to find a 'Descreen' option in your scanner settings & scan with that activated - this will prevent the pattern appearing & also clear up other 'interference'.  If you do not have a Descreen facility try scanning at twice the dpi that you want, blur the picture slightly, reduce to size you want by resizing & then sharpen - experiment, the results will be good enough for showing your pictures on eBay &c.
You can find more technical information on this effect by using a search engine like Google & query = Moiré

Moiré Patterns produced by a scanner
Without 'Descreen', showing 'Moiré Patterns'
Moiré Patterns produced by a scanner - Descreen
Same card, scanned using 'Descreen'


 

Some words often used in describing postcards:
 

RP     =  REAL PHOTO
(FR)    =  PHOTO VERITABLE
(DE)    =  ECHTE FOTOGRAFIE
(ES)    =  FOTOGRAFIA AUTÉNTICA
(IT)    =  VERA FOTOGRAFIA
   
VGC    =  VERY GOOD CONDITION
(FR)    =  TRÈS BON ÉTAT
(DE)    =  SEHR GUTER ZUSTAND
(ES)    =  EN BUENAS CONDICIONES
(IT)    =  STATO MOLTO BUON
   


 

POSTCARD AUCTION RECORD
PAUL KLEE, Bauhaus school exhibition,
Weimar, Germany, 1923.

 

PAUL KLEE, Bauhaus school exhibition, 1923, postcard


 


 

 

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