Will you be sending a holiday postcard to your family and friends back home this summer? In this digital era of smart phones and social media, the humble postcard is quickly becoming a thing of the past.Yet, this Royal Mail postcard collection offers a unique insight into our past.Information on the back of each card gives the native land of each bird and details their size, the difference in appearance between hen and cock and their talking habits. In today’s world of instantly accessible information it is easy to dismiss such things.
5'' x 3'' used colour illustrated post card with five bunny rabbits sitting in a garden and blowing bubbles. Post Office mark and date, stamp, address and personal message to the reverse. They are a genre of their own, specializing in very ‘low’ humour, the mother-in-law, baby's-nappy, policemen's-boot type of joke, and distinguishable from all the other kinds by having no artistic pretensions.Some half-dozen publishing houses issue them, though the people who draw them seem not to be numerous at any one time.In the Royal Mail selection, one poignant card dated 1914 shows a soldier before he goes into battle.
Another, from the trenches has the place name censored.Future bird lovers and keepers were probably initially enthused by the cards.The set of cards is still available and can be bought either from dealers such as Murray Cards (International) Ltd in Hendon Central, London, or through local dealers at collectors’ fairs.I have associated them especially with the name of Donald Mc Gill because he is not only the most prolific and by far the best of contemporary post card artists, but also the most representative, the most perfect in the tradition. He is apparently a trade name, for at least one series of post cards is issued simply as ‘The Donald Mc Gill Comics’, but he is also unquestionable a real person with a style of drawing which is recognizable at a glance.Anyone who examines his post cards in bulk will notice that many of them are not despicable even as drawings, but it would be mere dilettantism to pretend that they have any direct aesthetic value. (49) BRIDGE, CHESS & GAMES (116) BRIDGES & TUNNELS (29) BRITAIN IN PICTURES (59) BRITISH IMPERIAL EMPIRE (38) BRITISH PREHISTORY (110) BROADSHEETS (51) BRONT SISTERS (22) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (20) BUDDHISM, HINDU, DHARMA (30) BUILDING CONSTRUCTION (74) BURMA & BURMESE (Myanmar) (17) BUSES & COACHES (106) CAGE & AVIARY BIRDS (20) CAMBRIDGESHIRE (27) CAMPAIGN MEDALS (14) CAMPANOLOGY (3) CANADA (71) CANAL BARGES & WATERWAYS (52) CANARY ISLANDS (5) CARAVANS & DORMOBILES (16) CARPENTRY & D. 1660-1731) (24) DEMOGRAPHY (Populations) (37) DENMARK (Danish Danmark) (18) DERBYSHIRE (Peak District) (18) DETECTIVE / CRIME FICTION (870) DEVONSHIRE (Dumnonia) (127) DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870) (72) DIVING & SNORKELING (10) DOGS (Pedigree Pets) (103) DOLLS HOUSES & DOLLS (44) DORSET (Durnovaria) (56) DOYLE, [Sir] Arthur Conan (21) DRAWING & CRAFTSMANSHIP (121) ECOLOGY (Earth Science) (49) ECONOMICS & COMMERCE (246) ECUADOR (Ecuadorian) (3) EDUCATION (Teaching) (109) ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (65) ENGINEER (Invent, Innovate) (119) ENGLAND EXPLORATION (70) ENGLISH HISTORY (313) ENGLISH LANGUAGE (87) ENGLISH LITERATURE (276) ENTOMOLOGY (64) ENVIRONMENTAL (37) EQUINE & EQUESTRIANISM (126) ESPIONAGE (Clandestine) (112) ESSEX (Eastseaxe) (57) ESTONIA, LATVIA & LITHUANIA (9) ETCHINGS (12) EUROPE & EUROPEANS (53) FALKLAND ISLANDS (17) FASHION (Costume & Millinery) (87) FEMINISM & FEMINISTS (61) FINLAND (Suomi, Finnish) (20) FIREARMS (Defence Weapons) (29) FIREMEN & FIRE SERVICE (34) FIRST WORLD (Great) WAR (193) FLEMING, Ian (1908-1964) (29) FOLIO SOCIETY (53) FOOD [Asian & Ethnic] (16) FOOD [British Cookery] (105) FOOD [Cuisine Franaise] (36) FOOD [Desserts & Ptisserie] (80) FOOD [Dietary] (24) FOOD [Hotels & Restaurants] (30) FOOD [Retail Brands] (61) FRANCE [Literature & History) (423) GAMBLING & BETTING (23) GARDEN & HORTICULTURE (154) GENETICS (12) GEOGRAPHY (Human, Physical) (29) GERMANY (Language, History) (197) GIBRALTAR (13) GILBERT W. K., (19) ROYAL AIR FORCE (109) ROYAL NAVY (74) RURAL VILLAGE LIFE (306) RUSSIAN & SOVIET HISTORY (153) RUSSIAN LANGUAGE (52) SAILING BOATS (120) SAS & COMMANDOES (25) SAUDI ARABIA (54) SAVILLE, Malcolm (49) SCIENCE FICTION (89) SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINES (686) SCOTLAND (279) SCOTLAND YARD (6) SCRAPBOOK (4) SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY (432) SEYCHELLES (4) SHAKESPEARE, William (73) SHEET MUSIC (815) SHIPPING & MARITIME (219) SHORT STORIES (176) SHROPSHIRE (9) SIBERIA (6) SLAVERY & TORTURE (17) SLOVAKIA (7) SMUGGLING & HIGHWAYMEN (16) SOCIAL & HUMANITIES (291) SOCIALISM (27) SOMERSET (38) SOUTH AFRICA (129) SPAIN & SPANISH HISTORY (69) SPANISH CIVIL WAR (27) SPECIAL OPERATIONS [S. E.] (21) SPORT [Archery] (12) SPORT [Athletics] (12) SPORT [Badminton] (3) SPORT [Billiards] (15) SPORT [Bodybuilding] (33) SPORT [Bowls & Bowling] (8) SPORT [Boxing] (42) SPORT [Cricket] (419) SPORT [Croquet] (3) SPORT [Fencing] (7) SPORT [Football] (164) SPORT [Golf] (386) SPORT [Greyhounds] (88) SPORT [Hockey] (8) SPORT [Horse Racing] (205) SPORT [Lawn Tennis] (86) SPORT [Netball] (3) SPORT [Olympics] (15) SPORT [Polo] (4) SPORT [Rugby] (35) SPORT [Self Defence] (36) SPORT [Skating] (4) SPORT [Skiing] (11) SPORT [Speedway] (6) SPORT [Squash] (6) SPORT [Swimming] (10) SRI LANKA [Ceylon] (14) ST. (94) THEATRE PROGRAMMES (750) THEOLOGY & RELIGION (931) TIBET (12) TITANIC [WHITE STAR LINE] (28) TOWN & RURAL PLANNING (31) TOY & MODEL MAKING (154) TRACTION STEAM ENGINES (31) TRAMS & TROLLEYBUSES (91) TRUE CRIME (144) TUGS AND TOWING (31) TURKEY (17) UKRAINE (3) UNIFORMS & BADGES (14) UTTLEY, Alison (21) UZBEKISTAN (5) VETERINARY MEDICINE (22) VIETNAM (33) VINYL RECORDS 45 r.p.m.