Letters to the Editor

I have just heard from Bill McRae an American at present over here who wanted some information on the 101 Ranch at the Great White City. I am hoping he is going to get me an American book just published on the 101 Ranch, as apparently there is still a great deal of interest in the ranch over there. In case it is of interest to members this was my reply to him.

Dear Bill,

As promised over the phone I am sending you a photo-copy of the programme of the 101 Ranch display staged in the Stadium (built for the 1908 Olympic Games) at the Great White City during the Anglo-American Exposition in 1914.

I mentioned on the phone a series of post cards published by J. Weiner and I see he also printed the programme. Illustrations on pages 3, 7 & 14 were also published as post cards. I am sending you on approval what spare duplicates I have, only five I’m afraid as these cards are fairly difficult to find, If you want them they are 4.00 each.

For several years I have been working on a listing of all the postcards published for the White City exhibitions this now runs into about 500 pages, below are extracts covering the 101 Ranch.

Gale & Polden Ltd.

Gale & Polden issued many series of cards for the Anglo-American Exposition, and they all (except the pullouts) have a round imprint similar to a double ring post mark 26 mm in diameter but without a date, in the top left corner on the back. Between the rings is ‘Anglo-American Exposition’ and between two bars in the centre ‘London-W-’.This ‘post mark’ must be printed as the impression is too even to be done by hand. On series 1, 2 and 3, the position of the ‘post mark’ shows hardly any rotational variation, i.e. the bars are always parallel with the top of the card and it is very accurately placed. On series 4 there is a lot of lateral variation and the position of the ‘post mark’ can vary by up to 10 mm. Series 5, 6, 12 and 13 the ‘post mark was carefully positioned with little variation, but in series 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, no effort seems to have been made align the ‘post mark’ and it can be found with the lines pointing to every point of the compass. Only a limited amount of research has been done on this but it does appear that duplicates of cards can show variation in the tilt of the ‘post mark’.

Gale & Polden back type B.

Series 10. Sepia ‘101 Ranch’ series, brown Gale & Polden back type B. with the ‘post mark’ in black. The titles are split into two parts, with ‘Anglo-American Exposition, 1914’ in two lines, this is on all cards, and comes after the title.

N.n. 101 Ranch. (The title is in large letters containing views of the participants, and taking up the whole card)

N.n. Cowboy Display, 101 Ranch.

N.n. Indian Chiefs, 101 Ranch. Vert right.

N.n. Indian Dance, 101 Ranch.

N.n. On the Warpath, 101 Ranch.

N.n. Stage Coach, 101 Ranch.

N.n. The Cowboy Band, 101 Ranch.

N.n. The Cowboy Gallop, 101 Ranch.

Series 11. Sepia ‘101 Ranch’ series, brown Gale & Polden back type B. with the ‘post mark’ in black. The titles in this series are split into three parts, with ‘Anglo-American Exposition, 1914’ in three lines, on the left, the title is in the centre, and ‘101 Ranch’ on the right. The views are the same as series 10.

N.n. Indian Chiefs, 101 Ranch. Vert right.

N.n. On the Warpath, 101 Ranch.

N.n. The Cowboy Gallop, 101 Ranch.

Weiner J.

Type 1. Sepia photogravure, the backs are printed in black and brown, dotted stamp box with ‘Stamp’ in it. There is an imprint down the left side reading ‘Printed and Published by J. Weiner, Bank Buildings, Kingsway, London. W.C.’. All the titles end in ‘101 Ranch, Wild West, Anglo-American Exposition, Shepherd’s Bush, London, Eng.’

N.n. A Group of Cowboys-

A. Black back.

B. Brown back.

N.n. A Group of Cowgirls-

A. Black back.

B. Brown back.

N.n. A Group of Indians of the

B. Brown back.

N.n. A Mexican-

B. Brown back. Vert left.

N.n. Cossacks-

A. Black back.

B. Brown back.

N.n. Indian Chiefs-

B. Brown back.

N.n. Mexican Champions of the

A. Black back.

B. Brown back.

N.n. Mr Johnny Baker, the world’s famous crack shot and Arenic Director-

A. Black back. Vert left.

B. Brown back. Vert left.

N.n. Mr Zack T. Miller of (Riding horse)

B. Brown back. Vert left.

N.n. Mr Zack T. Miller of (Standing by horse)

B. Brown back. Vert left.

N.n. The Old-Time Stage Coach-

B. Brown back.

N.n. Two of the Indians of the

A. Black back. Vert left.

B. Brown back. Vert left.

Type 2. Sepia photogravure, the backs are printed in brown, dotted stamp box with ‘Stamp’ in it. The imprint down the left side has been altered and now reads ‘Copyright, J. Weiner, Bank Buildings, Kingsway, London. W.C.’ All the titles end in ‘101 Ranch, Wild West, Anglo-American Exposition, Shepherd’s Bush, London, Eng.

N.n. Wife of Chief "Spotted Weasel." Vert left.

As far as I know this is the most complete list of 101 Ranch post cards. that I am aware of. By the way N.n. stands for not numbered.

As mentioned on the phone I should be very interested in getting a copy of the book on the 101 Ranch preferably hard back and if you could find out the cost I should be much obliged. It would be helpful if you could arrange payment in dollars as you probably have access to these where-as if I go to a bank for dollars they charge an arm and a leg.

I have also had a letter from Nick Cook enclosing a list of North East Coast Exhibition post cards which he collects. I replied to this as follows. If any member can add to this list I should like to hear from him.

Dear Nick,

Thank you for your letter asking for details of the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition. I have enclosed an up to date print out of the post cards of this exhibition which I am sure you will find of interest. I have about two dozen spare 1929 cards which I will send you on approval if you wish. I also have a spare set of Picture Panels type 12.

1929 North East Coast Exhibition.

Allan. T. & G.

African Village Series, printed by T. & G. Allan from photographs by Philipson & Son Ltd., these post cards show scenes of the African Village.

Type 1. Sepia Photogravure, brown back with ‘North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne.’ in two lines at top left. Blank stamp box. All the titles end in ‘African Village’, and they are not numbered.

N.n. Basket Maker.

N.n. Dancing Girls.

N.n. Festival Hall.

N.n. Instrument Maker. Vert left.

N.n. Leather Worker.

N.n. Musicians.

N.n. Sword and Knife Smith.

N.n. The Harem.

N.n. Wood Carver.

Type 2. The picture and title is as above but the back of the post card is blank.

N.n. Basket Maker.

Andrews Liver Salt.

Sepia R/Photo advert post card, without white border showing part of their stand, black back.

N.n. A Portion of the Andrews Exhibit, North-East-Coast Exhibition. 1929.

Bacon. Jas. & Sons.

Only one post card is known published by Jas Bacon & Sons Art Photographers of 81, Northumberland Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

R/Photo with white border, black back.

N.n. North East Coast Exhibition, May-October 1929, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Cunard Line.

Cunard Line post cards are known with a four line overprint on the back on the left edge reading ‘Cunard Line Agency. / H. Burt & Co., 14 Shakespeare St., Newcastle-on-Tyne Tel. 1992 Central / N. E. Coast Exhibition, May-October, Stand 64 Avenue B, / Palace of Industry. Tel. 13 Exhibition.’ A selection of different Cunard cards was used and only the overprint is constant.

Type 1. Pen and Ink drawing tinted in brown and red by Odin Rosenvinge, black back.

N.n. R.M.S. "Laconia" Cunard Line.

Type 2. Coloured, black back.

N.n. R.M.S. "Aquitania" Cunard Line.

English Steel Corporation Ltd.

Sepia Matt R/Photo advert post card with white borders, wide at the sides. Brown back, with the left half filled with text.

N.n. The Stand of Messrs. Vickers-Armstrong Limited and Messrs. The English Steel Corporation Limited in the Palace of Engineering. North-East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

R. Johnston & Sons.

This Newcastle firm with works at Gateshead published at least one exhibition post card.

Sepia R/Photo without white border, black back with ‘The Monarch Series’ above ‘POST CARD’ and Johnston’s name and address in an oval frame.

9819 North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle.

Nusenbaum.

Sepia photogravure advert post card showing a view of Nusenbaum’s stand, brown back. It is possible these cards were used after the exhibition, for messages within the works. One reads ‘Wardrobe Satisfactory’ followed by a signature, and the other has typed on the back ‘These defects have now been rectified to my Satisfaction Sig............ again with a signature. Early evidence of quality control?

N.n. Nusenbaum’s Display Stand 67-68 Avenue B. Palace of Industries. North East Coast Exhibition.

Valentine & Sons Ltd.

Valentine’s produced most of the post cards for the North East Coast Exhibition, these can be divided into several main groups according to what is printed in the stamp box.

Back type A. This has a blank stamp box.

Back type B. Used only for the various series of pull outs. 28-2 in the bottom left corner of the stamp box.

Back type C. With ‘29-1’ in the stamp box at the top right corner.

Back type D. "Photo-Brown" Series, with ‘29-1’ in the stamp box at the top left corner.

Back type E. With ‘29-2’ in the stamp box at the bottom right corner.

These can be further divided into sub groups such as coloured, photogravure, and real photograph. The divider on the back consists of the words ‘This is a Real Photograph’ between two short lines. The words measure 28 mm on type 2 and 3, and are slightly larger measuring 38 mm on types 7, 8, 9 and 11.

One of the problems Valentine’s had to tackle, was to ensure they had plenty of post cards ready for sale on the opening day of the exhibition. To do this their photographers would have taken photographs before the exhibition opened when it was still a partly finished building site, and their in house artists would finish off the buildings, paint in flower beds and create visitors to give the views a bit of life. These cards I call ‘pre-exhibition forerunners’ and are ‘made up’ post cards manufactured before the exhibition opened.

For earlier exhibitions, Valentine’s actually cut out with nail scissors? pictures of visitors to the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition and pasted them on to empty scenes taken at the later White City exhibitions, the 1910 Bruxelles Exposition, the 1911 Glasgow and the 1911 Festival of Empire at the Crystal Palace. They did not do this for the North East Coast Exhibition, when examined closely it will be seen the visitors on some of the cards are drawn figures, and not photographs of real people. After the exhibition opened photographs of real crowd scenes would be rushed through and be on sale almost within hours. Valentine’s were able to boast that post cards were on sale before midday, on the day after the 1938 Scottish Empire Exhibition opened.

Back type A. with a blank stamp box.

Type 1. Valentine’s "Art Colour" Series. Coloured, black back with a single line divider, blank stamp box. All the titles end in ‘North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.’ except 206 363. J.V. where this is used as the title.

206 230. J.V. Festival Hall and Fountain.

206 363. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 365. J.V. Main Avenue.

206 366. J.V. Palace of Industries.

206 367. J.V. Palace of Engineering.

206 368. J.V. Boating Lake and Palace of Arts.

Type 2. Valentine’s sepia R/Photo, brown back with ‘This is a Real Photograph’ between two short lines as a divider and a blank stamp box. All the titles end in ‘North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.’ except 206 363. J.V. and 206 224. J.V. where the title is listed in full.

206 154. J.V. Across Main Avenue

206 155. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 156. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 158. J.V. The Bridge and Palace of Arts

206 159. J.V. Boating Lake

206 160. J.V. At the Boating Lake

206 161. J.V. A corner of Amusements Park

206 162. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. from Great North Road, Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

Note, the title is in two lines, 1929 is in different writing from the rest of the title.

206 162. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, from Great North Road, 1929. Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

Note, the title is in one line.

206 224. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from the Air.

206 225. J.V. Main Entrance

206 226. J.V. Main Avenue

206 231. J.V. Statue of Industry and Womens Section

206 232. J.V. Carillon (Lent by Wellington, N.Z.) Vert left.

206 233. J.V. Palace of Arts.

206 234. J.V. Palace of Arts and Empire Marketing Board.

206 235. J.V. On the Bridge.

Type 3. Valentine’s sepia R/Photo, brown back with ‘This is a Real Photograph’ between two short lines as a divider and a blank stamp box. These post cards were published without a number printed on the front. All the titles end in ‘North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.’ except the Prince of Wales card where the title is listed in full.

N.n. A Lake View.

N.n. Empire Marketing Board.

N.n. Palace of Engineering Tower. Vert left.

N.n. Prince of Wales at Opening of North East Coast Exhibition, 14th May 1929.

Vert left.

Back type B. With ‘28-2’ in the stamp box at the bottom left corner.

Valentine’s published three series of pull outs for the exhibition, with 28-2 in the stamp box. The comic type pull outs may well have been made during 1928, well before the exhibition opened, but there was no way they could have produced the coloured and sepia views with real visitors at the exhibition, before it opened. I think the answer is that they used the old printing plates marked 28-2 again in 1929 and did not bother to alter the date in the stamp box.

Contents, vertical strip of twelve views.

Amusement Park, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Carillon, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Palace of Arts, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Main Avenue, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Main Avenue, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Boating Lake, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Main Avenue, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / North East Coast Exhibition, 1929 Newcastle. / Festival Hall, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Empire Marketing Board, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Womens Section, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Main Entrance, North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle.

Type 4. Coloured comic post cards, grey back with ‘PRINTED PAPER, MAILING NOVELTY’ and in the stamp box ‘Shape passed by G.P.O. for Printed Paper Postage Rate’ and ‘28-2’ in the bottom left corner.

763 I Picked / this / up at / N. E. Coast / Exhibition / and Thought / of You. Vert left.

1463 In "Good Spirits" at / N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. Vert left.

1467 Held up at / N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. / Another funny "P. C." for you. Vert left.

Note, two sizes of print were used for the words ‘N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle’.

A. Small print measures 74 mm.

B. Large print measures 76 mm.

1483 Hope this reaches you / from / N. E. Coast Exhibition, / Newcastle.

1490 A little ray of Sunshine / from / N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. Vert left.

1491 A Double Scotch / from / N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. Vert. left.

Note, two sizes of print were used for the words ‘N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle’.

A. Small print measures 74 mm.

B. Large print measures 76 mm.

1493 The Best of Luck / from / North East Coast Exhibition. Vert. left.

1493 The Best of Luck / from N. E. Coast Exhibition, / Newcastle. Vert. left.

Note, there are two different settings for this title.

1527 Cheerio! I say- / Here’s Luck all the way / from / N. E. Coast Exhibition, / Newcastle. Vert. left.

1531 Upon my "Sole". Here’s Luck / from / N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. Vert left.

1531 Upon my "Sole". Here’s Luck / from / N. E. Coast Exhibition, / Newcastle.

Vert left.

1531 Upon my "Sole". / Here’s Luck from / N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. Vert left.

Note, there are three different settings for this title.

1536 Just a line. All the News later from / N. E. Coast Exhibition, Newcastle. Vert left.

1555 I’m Helping Mother / at / N. E. Coast Exhibition. Vert left.

Note, 1483, 1527, 1531, & 1555 are by the artist Lawson Wood.

Type 5. Coloured views, grey back with ‘PRINTED PAPER, MAILING NOVELTY’ and in the stamp box ‘Shape passed by G.P.O. for Printed Paper Postage Rate’ and ‘28-2’ in the bottom left corner.

206,365 Main Avenue, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206,366 Palace of Industries, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206,368 Boating Lake and Palace of Arts, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle- upon-Tyne.

Type 6. Sepia photogravure views, grey back with ‘PRINTED PAPER, MAILING NOVELTY’ and in the stamp box ‘Shape passed by G.P.O. for Printed Paper Postage Rate’ and ‘28-2’ in the bottom left corner.

206,152 Main Entrance, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206,230 Festival Hall and Fountain, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon Tyne.

206,233 Palace of Arts, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206,364 Empire Marketing Board, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

206,366 Palace of Industries, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206,367 Palace of Engineering, North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Back type C. With ‘29-1’ in the stamp box at the top right corner.

Type 7. Valentine’s sepia R/Photo, brown back with ‘This is a "Real Photograph"’ between two short lines as a divider and ‘29-1’ in the stamp box at top right. This series of post cards are photographs of artists drawings of the exhibition. They would have been produced before the exhibition opened so Valentine’s would have something to sell on the opening day. Where visitors are shown on the cards it will be seen they are drawn in and are not real people.

205929 J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1929

A. Title and number measures 120 mm.

B. Title and number measures 121 mm.

205930 J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, Main Avenue, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1929

205931 J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, Festival Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1929

A. Title and number measures 123 mm.

B. Title and number measures 128 mm.

205932 J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, Palace of Arts, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1929

205933 J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, from the Lake, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1929

A. Title and number measures 127 mm.

B. Title and number measures 131 mm.

205934 J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, Illuminations, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1929

A. Title only measures 106 mm.

B. Title only measures 108 mm.

Type 8. Valentine’s sepia R/Photo, brown back with ‘This is a "Real Photograph"’ between two short lines as a divider and ‘29-1’ in the stamp box at top right. These post cards were published without a number printed on the front. Like type 7 above this series of post cards are photographs of artists drawings of the exhibition. Where visitors are shown on the cards it will be seen they are drawn in and are not real people. All the titles end in ‘North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.’ except one where the title is listed in full.

N.n. A Lake View.

N.n. Across the Square. Vert left.

N.n. Empire Marketing Board.

N.n. Entrance.

N.n. Festival Hall.

N.n. Members Club.

N.n. North East Coast Exhibition, from Great North Road, 1929. Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

N.n. Palace of Arts.

N.n. Palace of Arts Portico.

N.n. Palace of Engineering.

N.n. Towers in Main Avenue. Vert left.

Type 9. Valentine’s sepia R/Photo, brown back with ‘This is a "Real Photograph"’ between two short lines as a divider and ‘29-1’ in the stamp box at top right. All the titles end in ‘North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.’ except 206 363. J.V. and 206 224. J.V. where the title is listed in full. These are real photographs taken at the exhibition after it opened, with one exception 206 162. J.V. which is one of the pre-exhibition forerunners.

206 152. J.V. Main Entrance

206 153. J.V. Main Avenue from Entrance

206 154. J.V. Across Main Avenue

206 155. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 156. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 157. J.V. The Bridge

206 158. J.V. The Bridge and Palace of Arts

A. Title measures 111 mm.

B. Title measures 120 mm.

206 159. J.V. Boating Lake

206 160. J.V. At the Boating Lake

A. Title measures 101 mm.

B. Title measures 107 mm.

206 161. J.V. A corner of Amusements Park

206 162. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. from Great North Road, Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

Note, the title is in two lines, 1929 is in different writing from the rest of the title.

206 162. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, from Great North Road, 1929. Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

Note, the title is in one line.

206 224. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from the Air.

A. Title measures 92 mm.

B. Title measures 94 mm.

206 225. J.V. Main Entrance

206 226. J.V. Main Avenue

A. Title measures 85 mm. Number on left.

B. Title measures 90 mm. Number on right.

C. Title measures 91 mm. Number on right.

Note, although there is only 1 mm. difference in the measurement of B. and C. on examination it will be seen that the title has been re-written in each case.

206 227. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

A. Title measures 117 mm. Title and number is in one line.

B. Title measures 126 mm. Title and number is in two lines.

206 228. J.V. Fountain in Main Avenue.

206 229. J.V. Fountain and Garden Club.

A. Title measures 107 mm.

B. Title measures 109 mm.

C. Title measures 110 mm.

Note, although there is only 3 mm. difference in the measurement of A., B. and C. on examination it will be seen that the title has been re-written in each case.

206 230. J.V. Festival Hall and Fountain.

206 231. J.V. Statue of Industry and Womens Section

206 232. J.V. Carillon (Lent by Wellington, N.Z.) Vert left.

206 233. J.V. Palace of Arts.

206 234. J.V. Palace of Arts and Empire Marketing Board.

206 235. J.V. On the Bridge.

206 308. J.V. The Garden Club.

Back type D. "Photo-Brown" Series, with ‘29-1’ in the stamp box at the top left corner.

Type 10. Valentine’s "Photo-Brown" Series, sepia photogravure, brown back with ‘29-1’ in the stamp box at top left. These are not R/Photo post cards as the name of the series might suggest, but printed cards. The titles are also printed and there is no variation in measurements as there is in the R/Photo’s. All the titles end in ‘North East Coast Exhibition, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.’ except 206 363. J.V. and 206 224. J.V. where the title is listed in full. The numbers up to and including 206 163. J.V. do not have ‘1929’ in the title, from 206 224. J.V. to the end ‘1929’ has been added between ‘Exhibition’ and ‘Newcastle’. These are real photographs taken at the exhibition after it opened, with the two exceptions of numbers 206 162. J.V. 206 163. J.V. which are pre-exhibition forerunners

206 152. J.V. Main Entrance

206 153. J.V. Main Avenue from Entrance

206 154. J.V. Across Main Avenue

206 155. J.V. Empire Marketing Board

206 156. J.V. Empire Marketing Board

206 157. J.V. The Bridge

206 158. J.V. The Bridge and Palace of Arts

206 159. J.V. Boating Lake

206 160. J.V. At the Boating Lake

206 161. J.V. A corner of Amusements Park

206 162. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, from Great North Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 163. J.V. Festival Hall.

206 224. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition from the Air, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 230. J.V. Festival Hall and Fountain.

206 233. J.V. Palace of Arts.

206 363. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 364. J.V. Empire Marketing Board.

206 365. J.V. Main Avenue.

206 366. J.V. Palace of Industries.

206 367. J.V. Palace of Engineering.

206 368. J.V. Boating Lake and Palace of Arts.

206 374. J.V. Illuminated Avenue.

Back type E. With ‘29-2’ in the stamp box at the bottom right corner.

Type 11. Valentine’s sepia R/Photo, brown back with This is a "Real Photograph" between two short lines as a divider and ‘29-2’ in the stamp box at bottom right.

206 428. J.V. The Giant Ride. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

A. Title measures 100 mm.

B. Title measures 101 mm.

C. Title measures 103 mm.

Note, although there is only 3 mm. difference in the measurement of A., B. and C. on examination it will be seen that the title has been re-written in each case.

206 455.J.V. A composite of five views, Native City & Giant Ride, Jack and Jill, Incubators & Diabolic Whirl, In the Stadium, and in an oval in the centre The Water Chute.

A. Gap between ‘Stadium.’ and ‘206’ measures 18 mm.

B. Gap between ‘Stadium.’ and ‘206’ measures 19 mm.

C. Gap between ‘Stadium.’ and ‘206’ measures 20 mm.

Note, in this instance the measurements given is from the stop after Stadium. to the start of the number 206, and again the title has been re-written in each case.

Apart from their series of post cards Valentine’s also did a range of small sepia photographs of various sizes sold in sets of 12 in packets or card cartons. These were published under the names of ‘Picture Panels’, ‘Snapshots’ and ‘Souvenir Panels’.

Type 12. Valentine’s Picture Panels. Sold in packets of 12 for 1/- and measure 105 x 60 mm. The titles and numbers are printed on the front.

206 153. J.V. Main Avenue,

206 155. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 157. J.V. The Bridge

206 159. J.V. Boating Lake

206 162. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, from Great North Road, 1929. Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

206 225. J.V. Main Entrance

206 226. J.V. Main Avenue

206 230. J.V. Festival Hall and Fountain.

206 231. J.V. Statue of Industry and Womens Section

206 232. J.V. Carillon (Lent by Wellington, N.Z.) Vert.

206 233. J.V. Palace of Arts.

206 234. J.V. Palace of Arts and Empire Marketing Board.

Type 13. Valentine’s Picture Panels. Sold in packets of 12 without a price and measure 105 x 72 mm. The titles and numbers are printed on the front.

206 155. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 156. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 160. J.V. At the Boating Lake

206 224. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from the Air.

206 225. J.V. Main Entrance

206 230. J.V. Festival Hall and Fountain.

206 233. J.V. Palace of Arts.

206 363. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 365. J.V. Main Avenue.

206 366. J.V. Palace of Industries.

206 367. J.V. Palace of Engineering.

206 368. J.V. Boating Lake and Palace of Arts.

Type 14. Valentine’s Snapshots. Sold in folded card carton of 12 for 1/- and measure 85 x 68 mm. The titles without numbers are printed on the back in manuscript.

N.n. A corner of Amusements Park

N.n. Across Main Avenue

N.n. At the Boating Lake

N.n. Boating Lake

N.n. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

N.n. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

N.n. Festival Hall.

N.n. Main Avenue from Entrance

N.n. Main Entrance

N.n. North East Coast Exhibition, from Great North Road, 1929. Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

N.n. The Bridge

N.n. The Bridge and Palace of Arts

Type 15. Valentine’s Souvenir Panels. Sold in packets of 12 without a price and measure 105 x 72 mm. The titles and numbers are printed on the front.

206 155. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 156. J.V. Empire Marketing Board and Main Avenue

206 157. J.V. The Bridge

206 160. J.V. At the Boating Lake

206 162. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, from Great North Road, 1929. Newcastle-upon- Tyne.

206 224. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from the Air.

206 225. J.V. Main Entrance

206 226. J.V. Main Avenue

206 229. J.V. Fountain and Garden Club.

206 230. J.V. Festival Hall and Fountain.

206 233. J.V. Palace of Arts.

206 234. J.V. Palace of Arts and Empire Marketing Board.

Valentine’s also published some 6 view letter cards. The titles are given reading from the top downwards.

Type 16. Art colour 6 view letter cards in white wrapper.

206 367. J.V. Palace of Engineering.

206 366. J.V. Palace of Industries.

206 368. J.V. Boating Lake and Palace of Arts.

206 230. J.V. Festival Hall and Fountain.

206 363. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 365. J.V. Main Avenue.

Type 17. Photo-Brown 6 view letter cards in brown wrapper. The wrapper has No. 1. or No. 2. printed on the front, the No. 2. Letter Card is known with two different contents. The views are in sepia photogravure.

No. 1.

206 152. J.V. Main Entrance

206 363. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 374. J.V. Illuminated Avenue.

206 366. J.V. Palace of Industries.

206 233. J.V. Palace of Arts.

206 364. J.V. Empire Marketing Board.

No. 2. (A)

206 154. J.V. Across Main Avenue

206 162. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition, from Great North Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 156. J.V. Empire Marketing Board

206 161. J.V. A corner of Amusements Park

206 160. J.V. At the Boating Lake

206 158. J.V. Bridge and Palace of Arts

No. 2. (B)

206 156. J.V. Empire Marketing Board

206 368. J.V. Boating Lake and Palace of Arts.

206 367. J.V. Palace of Engineering.

206 224. J.V. North East Coast Exhibition from the Air, 1929. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

206 365. J.V. Main Avenue.

206 230. J.V. Festival Hall and Fountain.

I have also had a letter from the Royal Pavilion at Brighton who sent me a photo-copy of a lithograph they had, of what they thought was a French Exhibition Building, could I identify the building for them. I wrote as follows to Mr D. Beevers of The Royal Pavilion, Libraries & Museums.

Dear David,

No, I think you are out in claiming your litho is of a French Exposition. The only one around that period was the 1855 Paris Exposition Universelle des Products de I’Industrie which did not quite achieve the success of our 1851 Great Exhibition, losing 20,000,000 Francs.

Unfortunately your litho is cut short at both ends otherwise it would show the domes that graced the building at each end. It is the 1862 London International Exhibition Building, erected in South Kensington in the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society.

I have sent you two photo-copies of the building taken from ‘Buildings of the World Exhibitions’ and the ‘Catalogue of the International Exhibition 1862’.

In reply he wrote,

Thank you very much for your helpful letter of the 18th June. I have recently become an exhibition enthusiast and it is good to know of the existence of your group.

You may be interested to know that I have written an article (not yet published) on the so-called Jaipur Gate at Hove Museum. The gate formed an entrance at the 1886 Indian and Colonial Exhibition in South Kensington. If you are interested I shall send you a copy of my article when it is published.

I have also had a card from a Mrs Rosalind M. Ragg, requesting information, to which I have replied

Thank you for your card enquiring about the ‘1964 Festival Philatelic Paris’ but I am afraid I cannot help you, as my own interests are restricted to British Exhibitions. However I am just finishing off our Autumn Journal and I have included a request for information on this event. Should anything come in I will let you know. So can anyone help ?

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