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by Moonraker
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: PC delivered 112 years late! Humbug!
Replies: 3
Views: 70

PC delivered 112 years late! Humbug!

Mother, 24, is stunned after Royal Mail delivered a postcard 112 years after it was sent to the previous owner of her house. A silly story of the type that appears in local and national newspapers from time to time). And in some versions of the article Royal Mail gets the blame - as if it had been ...
by Moonraker
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Post card collection
Replies: 1
Views: 422

Re: Post card collection

I'm sure that dealers on this Forum will be able to offer you specific advice, but you could take the cards along to the fair at Filton on June 2 see http://postcard.co.uk/fairs.php. There you'll be able to get opinions and perhaps offers from several dealers. It might help were you to summarise wha...
by Moonraker
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Copies of Postcards
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: Copies of Postcards

Very odd. I'm sure that we already had a thread about this, to which I contributed. It referred to a discussion in Picture Postcard Monthly and recently I noted the very high positive feedback for one particular person who enjoys large sales on eBay. Some purchasers, having bought particular cards, ...
by Moonraker
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: used/unused
Replies: 5
Views: 907

Re: used/unused

Perversely and conversely, to me (a subject collector) the condition of the card is important (provided this is reflected in the price), but I don't mind trading a crumple or two for an interesting message or postmark. About 15% of my cards show very visible damage, but I've yet to see duplicates of...
by Moonraker
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: used/unused
Replies: 5
Views: 907

Re: used/unused

I don't claim to be an "expert", but I've seldom noticed much difference in prices between used and non-used cards. The latter can be in better condition, but for me the former are far more interesting and often better value. Postmarks can give clues about the date of an anonymous scene- but can als...
by Moonraker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Wiltshire publishers: Bott, Fred Wright, Fred West
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Re: Wiltshire publishers: Bott, Fred Wright, Fred West

Thanks for that. I already know where they lived, though not precisely when. (I try to consult Kelly's Directory on-line but find the Search function a bit cumbersome.) I was hoping more for background and anecdotes. I have some about T L Fuller, one-time assistant to, and later rival of, Marcus Ben...
by Moonraker
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Wiltshire publishers: Bott, Fred Wright, Fred West
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Wiltshire publishers: Bott, Fred Wright, Fred West

I have details of some Wiltshire postcard publishers of the 1910s, including T L Fuller, Alfred Vowles and Albert Marrett of Shrewton, but there are several other, less prolific, ones about whom I'm a little curious: Little is known about Albert Marrett’s local rival, Fred West. A R Bott of Orchesto...
by Moonraker
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Almyer Avling, Wilson Street, Finsbury 1914
Replies: 0
Views: 837

Almyer Avling, Wilson Street, Finsbury 1914

I've just acquired a set of 12 cards featuring the First Canadian Contingent on Salisbury Plain in 1914-15. Some were not uncommon, but there were several "finds" (probably because vendors wouldn't recognise single cards with brief captions as relating to the Plain or Wiltshire - indeed I wouldn't h...
by Moonraker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: To eBay or not to eBay?
Replies: 52
Views: 46620

Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

A postcard of Stonehenge has just sold for £52 on eBay! As an iconic national monument it has featured in many, many PCs, and rather too often modern colour cards are listed on eBay. But this one featured Stonehenge just before the First World War, with two soldiers in a dog-cart riding eastward up ...
by Moonraker
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: To eBay or not to eBay?
Replies: 52
Views: 46620

Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

Oh the irony. Early this year I won a couple of "military Wiltshire" lots at a traditional auction and got my money's worth from the cards I wanted for my collection - leaving me with about 25 surplus cards that I've been gradually selling off on eBay. One bonus was that, despite its Wiltshire postm...
by Moonraker
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Used postage stamps torn off cards - why?
Replies: 2
Views: 951

Used postage stamps torn off cards - why?

Why did people tear used postage stamps off cards and envelopes? I expect that all of us have seen examples of this, with cases of the removal spoiling a nice postmark and of part of the stamp (often a few perfs on one side) being left behind. There can't have been much, if any, value in the removed...
by Moonraker
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: To eBay or not to eBay?
Replies: 52
Views: 46620

Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

I've just checked out the re-listing process and indeed one has to select the eight-times option. Nearly all my postcard listings are of common cards left-over from bulk purchases, and I didn't mind the old system of them being re-listed once. But I reckon that if no-one's interested after two listi...
by Moonraker
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: New Collectors
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Re: New Collectors

I used to collect stamps and in 1996 went to a small fair that included a couple of card dealers. I idly flicked though the "Wiltshire" cards of one dealer and was intrigued by several military cards and bought a couple - my very first one showed a railway line going past the guardhouse in Codford C...
by Moonraker
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: To eBay or not to eBay?
Replies: 52
Views: 46620

Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

Probably, but I've yet to explore the finer points of the latest eBay revamp. One small advantage of re-listing is that one can tweak the title to aim at different sectors of collecting interest.
by Moonraker
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: To eBay or not to eBay?
Replies: 52
Views: 46620

Re: To eBay or not to eBay?

After my usual summer break I've resumed selling a few surplus cards on eBay - mostly left-overs from a couple of lots I won at a traditional auction in March. eBay has rejigged its selling pages and it now seems that an unsold item will be re-listed automatically eight times (though each re-listing...