Post Cards of the White City

Part 18.

by

Bill Tonkin

Unknown Publisher Number 5.

B/W litho, black back with ‘CARTE POSTALE’ and double line divider, no stamp box.

46. Algerie - Ecole de Tapis Arabes. Collection Idéalé. Y.S.

Section 4. Photogravure printings by unknown publishers.

Unknown Publisher Number 1. Formosa Hamlet.

B/W photogravure with large white borders sometimes on two sides and sometimes on all four sides. Plain back. Apart from the names of the natives there is no other printing on the post cards.

N.n. Api Patogaton. Vert.

N.n. Bachago Bagaban. Vert.

N.n. Bachio Bajaijan. Vert.

N.n. Chaibai Pujajon. Vert.

N.n. Pasuriba Kojugi. Vert.

N.n. Ruji Suruchan. Vert.

N.n. Rusubaba Arapai. Vert.

N.n. Rusuyajan Bajajim. Vert.

N.n. Tibo Salongai (Chief) Vert.

N.n. Togachi Rumuchi. Vert.

N.n. Tugie Kalowan, Chief. Vert.

Section 5. Real photographic post cards by unknown publishers.

Unknown Publisher Number 1.

Sepia R/Photo with large white borders and an extra wide border on the left, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop measures 42-43mm. ‘T’ divider in double lines underneath. No stamp box.

N.n. No title. (Bird’s eye view of the Bandstand)

N.n. No title. (Cane furniture in front of Royal Pavilion)

N.n. No title. (Launch and Swan Boat in Court of Honour)

N.n. No title. (Stadium from Flip-Flap)

Unknown Publisher Number 2.

This series of views of the opening of the Franco-British Exhibition are known with two different backs.

Number 2. Type A. R/Photo with white border, black back, ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 45mm. ‘T’ divider, without stamp box. Under the manuscript title is written ‘.Y.Co’.

N.n. Opening of Franco-British Exhibition - Arrival of Prince and Princess.

Number 2. Type B. R/Photo with white border, black back, ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 69mm. double line ‘T’ divider, without stamp box. Under ‘POST CARD’ in large capital letters is ‘For Communication’ and ‘For Address Only’.

N.n. Opening of - - Franco-British - Exhibition - .

N.n. Opening of Franco-British Exhibition - - Arrival of - - Maharajah of Nepal.

Unknown Publisher Number 3.

R/Photo, green back with ‘The address to be written on this side’ in large capital letters under ‘POST CARD’ without stop measuring 45mm. Line stamp box with ‘Inland Half penny Stamp Foreign One Penny’.

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition. 1908. (Gardens and Palace of Women’s Work)

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition. 1908. (Wood Lane Entrance)

Unknown Publisher Number 4.

Sepia R/Photo with white borders, brown back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 51mm. ‘T’ divider in double lines with single line top bar. No stamp box.

N.n. No title. (Gardens and Palace of Women’s Work)

Unknown Publisher Number 5.

Sepia R/Photo, the view is in a three inch embossed circle, to the right or left of the post card. Sometimes the embossing is missing. Opposite the view is the title which is the same on all cards seen, ‘A Souvenir of the Franco-British Exhibition Shepherd’s Bush 1908’. Black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 51mm. ‘T’ divider with an O at the junction of the lines. No stamp box but with ‘Postage’ where the stamp would go.

N.n. A Souvenir of the Franco-British Exhibition Shepherd’s Bush 1908. (A crowd outside the Canadian Pavilion with a sign reading ‘Ballymaclinton Irish Village’)

N.n. A Souvenir of the Franco-British Exhibition Shepherd’s Bush 1908. (Court of Honour, visitors embarking from a launch on left.)

N.n. A Souvenir of the Franco-British Exhibition Shepherd’s Bush 1908. (Court of Honour, visitors queuing for seats on launch with another launch just leaving the pier.)

Unknown Publisher Number 6.

These show two views of Kathleen Hicks the Junior Weaving Champion of Northern Ireland and were available at Ballymaclinton, they are known with four different backs. One view is of Kathleen facing the camera out in the open in the Irish Village listed as a vertical post card. The other view is taken inside a cottage with her sitting sideways to the camera and is a horizontal card. In both views she is sitting at a table with a small hand loom and an iron cauldron used for collecting donations for charity. A message on one post card reads "Mother saw this little girl making ties yesterday".

Number 6. Type A. R/Photo, black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 51mm. ‘T’ divider with an O at the junction of the lines. No stamp box but with ‘Postage’ where the stamp would go.

N.n. No title. Vert right.

N.n. No title. Horizontal.

Number 6. Type B. R/Photo, black back ‘POST B CARD.’ with stop measures 55mm. There is a cross between POST and CARD. The double line divider has four leaves at the junction with the top bars. Without stamp box.

N.n. No title. Vert right.

Number 6. Type C. R/Photo, black back ‘POST CARD.’ without stop measures 55mm. There is a printed number after CARD ‘79B’. There is a single line ‘T’ divider and no stamp box.

N.n. No title. Vert right.

Number 6. Type D. R/Photo, black back as type C. but the number is altered to ‘88B’.

N.n. No title. Vert right.

Unknown Publisher Number 7.

There are two types of this series the only difference being in the size of ‘POST CARD’.

Number 7. Type A. R/Photo with white borders, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop measures 52mm. There is a printed number after CARD ‘38G’. Short ‘T’ divider. No stamp box.

15/3 Franco-British Exhibition, 1908. Wood Lane Entrance.

Number 7. Type B. R/Photo with white borders, black back the same as type A. except ‘POST CARD’ without stop measures 53mm. There is the different printed number after CARD ‘01C’. Short ‘T’ divider. No stamp box.

15/4 Franco-British Exhibition, 1908. Main Entrance. Vert left.

Number 7. Type C. R/Photo with white borders, black back the same as type A. except ‘POST CARD’ without stop measures 55mm. There is the same printed number after CARD ‘38G’. Short ‘T’ divider. No stamp box.

15/4 Franco-British Exhibition, 1908. Main Entrance. Vert left.

Unknown Publisher Number 8.

R/Photo of the chefs and cooking staff at the Banqueting Hall in the Garden Club, brown back ‘POST CARD’ without stop in outline letters measures 61mm. The ‘T’ divider is in double lines.

N.n. Garden Club Japan British Exhibition June 1910

Unknown Publisher Number 9.

R/Photo with white borders, the views have rounded corners within the borders, black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 62mm. with ‘T’ divider, line stamp box with ‘1.’ inside.

N.n. Japan-British Exhibition. (Palace of Women’s Work)

N.n. The Cascade, Japan-British Exhibition. Vert right.

N.n. The Floating Island, Japan-British Exhibition. (Long seat in centre foreground)

N.n. The Floating Island, Japan-British Exhibition. (View of three Japanese buildings across the water)

N.n. "Uji" Village, Japan-British Exhibition. (Close up of Lamp standard at right side)

N.n. "Uji" Village, Japan-British Exhibition. (Close up of Lamp standard at right of centre)

Unknown Publisher Number 10.

There are several series of post cards with large outline ‘POST CARD’ backs. These can be sorted into those with a divider and those without. They have letters, and or numbers in the stamp box. It is difficult to say whether these are private photographs or commercial products, many of them have manuscript titles which lifts them out of the general private photographic range.

Number 10. Type A. R/Photo with large white borders, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop in outline letters measures 65mm. with double lines underneath, but no divider. Dotted stamp box with the letters ‘DIA’ inside.

N.n. Cascade. Court of Honour. White City. London.

N.n. Court of Honour by Night. White City. London. (Pier in foreground)

N.n. Court of Honour by Night. White City. London. (Water in foreground)

N.n. Gardens. White City. London.

Number 10. Type B. Sepia R/Photo, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop in outline letters measures 66mm. with ‘T’ divider, line stamp box with ‘M5’ inside.

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition, 1908. (Fountain and The Pavilion) Back inverted.

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition, 1908. (Gardens and Palace of British Applied Arts)

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition, 1908. (Machinery Hall)

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition, 1908. (Palace of British Applied Arts and Flip-Flap)

N.n. Swan Boating, Franco-British Exhibition, 1908.

Number 10. Type C. Sepia R/Photo with large white birders, black back as type B. ‘T’ divider, line stamp box with ‘M5’ inside.

N.n. No title. (The Cascade) Back inverted.

Number 10. Type D. Sepia R/Photo, black back as type B. ‘T’ divider, line stamp box with ‘M5’ inside.

N.n. No title. (Court of Honour)

Number 10 Type E. Sepia R/Photo with white borders, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop in outline letters measures 66mm. with ‘T’ divider, line stamp box with ‘O.1.’ inside.

N.n. No title. (Fountain and The Pavilion. Same view as in Type B.)

Number 10. Type F. Sepia R/Photo with white borders, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop in outline letters measures 66mm. with ‘T’ divider, line stamp box with ‘R51.’ inside.

N.n. No title. (Gardens and Palace of Women’s Work)

Small Publishers Section V.

Vertigen. H. & Co., London.

Vertigen published several series of post cards.

Type 1. Sepia litho, title in sloping letters ending in ‘Franco-British Exhibition.’ black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 41mm. H. Vertigen & Co., London. E.C. down left side and empty line stamp box.

N.n. Court of Honour.

N.n. Court of Honour by Night.

N.n. The Palace of Music.

Type 2. Sepia litho, title in upright letters ending in ‘Franco-British Exhibition.’ black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 41mm. H. Vertigen & Co., London. E.C. down left side and empty line stamp box.

N.n. Lake showing Court of Progress.

N.n. The Flip Flap at Work.

A. Vert left.

B. Vert right.

N.n. The Irish Village.

N.n. The Royal Pavilion.

Type 3. Coloured Comic card, black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 46mm. H. Vertigen & Co., London. E.C. down left side, single line divider and ‘Printed in Holland’ sideways in dotted stamp box.

N.n. The Flip-Flap. (Policeman in large boots).

Victoria.

B/W photogravure, black back with ‘VICTORIA The Garden State of Australia’. ‘National Series of Post Cards’ in scrolls at top. Line stamp box with small scrolls in each corner.

N.n. The Leviathan Rock, Buffalo Mountains.

Vollenweider. Arnold. Alber.

B/W litho printing, black back with ‘CARTE POSTALE’ measuring 47mm and a single line divider.

N.n. École Professionelle de Broderies Indigènes. Vert left.

Vuitton. L.

Coloured advert card, with ‘"l’Entente Cordiale" Auto Camping L. Vuitton, Trunk & Bag Manufacturer’ at top, black back with ‘CARTE POSTALE’ and postal instructions in French.

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition 1908 Groupe XV-Classe 99.

 

Small Publishers Section W.

Wakefield, Chiswick.

Although their range of views on post cards was not great Wakefield’s more than made up for it by the large number of different backs or variations of the fronts, 23 are listed and it is unlikely this is the end of the story. Wakefield’s were publishers and farmed their work out to various printers. Some were produced in Germany, others were produced by an unknown firm who printed numbers in place of the stamp box, known numbers are 48, 58, 68 and 78. The various backs would suggest Wakefield’s used a number of printers to produce their cards. They also used Rotary to produce some of their real photographic post cards.

Wakefield’s also used different addresses possibly as they expanded, Chiswick, Ealing, Brentford, and Brentford & Chiswick.

Type 1. Dark greenish litho, sunk plate with large white borders, title in red, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop 28mm. line stamp box with ‘Inland d. Foreign 1d. Printed in Germany’ and double line divider.

No. 114 Franco-British Exhibition, Birds Eye View Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 2. Blue black litho, sunk plate with large white borders, title in red, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop 28mm. line stamp box with ‘Inland d. Foreign 1d. Printed in Germany’ and double line divider.

No. 114 Franco-British Exhibition, Birds Eye View Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 3. Dark greenish litho, sunk plate with large white borders, title in red, black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 37mm. line stamp box with ‘Inland d. Foreign 1d. Printed in Germany’ and single line divider.

No. 111 Franco-British Exhibition, Birds Eye View Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 4. Sepia litho, sunk plate with large white borders, title in red, black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 37mm. dotted stamp box with ‘Inland d. Foreign 1d. Printed in Germany’ and single line divider.

No. 115 Franco-British Exhibition, Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 5. Blue-black litho, sunk plate with large white borders, title in red, black back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 37mm. dotted stamp box with ‘Inland d. Foreign 1d. Printed in Germany’ and single line divider.

No. 115 Franco-British Exhibition, Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 6. Blue-black litho, title in red, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop measures 35mm. dotted stamp box with ‘Inland d. Foreign 1d.’ and ‘Printed in Germany’ down the side outside the stamp box, single line divider.

No. 116 Franco-British Exhibition, Wood Lane Entrance. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 7. B/W litho, title in red, black back ‘POST CARD’ without stop measures 35mm. dotted stamp box with ‘Inland d. Foreign 1d.’ and ‘Printed in Germany’ down the side outside the stamp box, single line divider.

No. 111 Franco-British Exhibition, Birds Eye View Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

No. 113 Franco-British Exhibition, General Birds Eye View Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 8. B/W R/photo with white border, title in black, brown back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 44mm. empty line stamp box, single line ‘T’ divider.

No. 111 Franco-British Exhibition, Birds Eye View Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

No. 114 Franco-British Exhibition, Birds Eye View Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 9. B/W R/photo with white border, title in black, brown back ‘POST CARD.’ with stop measures 41mm. empty line stamp box, single line ‘T’ divider with a heavy top bar.

No. 112 Franco-British Exhibition, The Great Stadium-Olympic Games 1908. Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

No. 114 Franco-British Exhibition, Birds Eye View Taken from Balloon. Copyright Photo. Wakefield Chiswick.

Type 10. Sepia R/photo with white border, title in white capital letters, brown back ‘POST CARD’ without stop measures 33mm. In place of a stamp box there is a number printed, in this case 58, single line divider.

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition London from a Balloon.

Type 11. Sepia R/photo with white border, title in white capital letters, brown back ‘POST CARD’ in the same font as type 9 but more spaced out, without stop measures 37mm. 58 in place of a stamp box, single line divider.

N.n. Wood Lane Entrance to Franco-British Exhibition Shepherds Bush.

Type 12. Sepia R/photo with white border, title in white capital letters, brown back ‘POST CARD’ in the same font as type 9 but more spaced out, without stop measures 37mm. 58 in place of a stamp box, single line divider, ‘Photo By Wakefield" Brentford’ down left side.

N.n. Visit of the King & President to the Exhibition. (With impressed round stamp at bottom left reading ‘Copyright Wakefield’s Brentford’)

Type 13. Sepia R/photo with white border, brown back ‘POST CARD’ in the same font as type 9 without stop measures 33mm. 68 in place of a stamp box, single line divider.

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition. London. W. Photo from Balloon. by Wakefield’s. Brentford & Chiswick.

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition. London. W. Photo of "The Stadium" from Balloon. by Wakefield’s. Brentford & Chiswick.

Type 14. Sepia R/photo with white border, title in white capital letters, brown back ‘POST CARD’ in the same font as type 9 but more spaced out, without stop measures 37mm. 68 in place of a stamp box, single line divider.

N.n. Visit of the King & President to the Exhibition. (With impressed oval stamp at bottomleft reading ‘Copyright Wakefield’s Brentford & Chiswick’)

N.n. Visit of the King and President to the Exhibition. (This is a different view to the above card. With impressed oval stamp at bottom left reading ‘Copyright Wakefield’s Brentford & Chiswick’)

Type 15. Sepia R/photo with white border, brown back ‘POST CARD’ in the same font as type 9 but more spaced out, without stop measures 37mm. Number in place of a stamp box altered to 78, single line divider.

N.n. Franco-British Exhibition. London. Copyright Photo by Wakefield’s. Brentford and Chiswick.

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