Friday, 26 April 2013

Once upon a time; Postcards from my collection

I wasn't intending to publish this post until next week, but then I received a lovely comment from my sweet friend Claudine at Carry us of books.  Claudine mentioned she was looking forward to seeing more postcards – so for Claudine and everyone else who enjoys them ...


Once Upon a Time

The Little Gossips

The Party Dress

Ragged-Robin the wayfarer

Dance of the Woodland Babies

A Fairy Picture
I mentioned last week that I would be selling my Rene Cloke collection, and yes these are by Rene Cloke, but they are part of my postcard collection and therefore, not for sale  (that’s my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!) These were all published by Valentine & Sons in the 1950s and 1960s. Further Rene Cloke postcards in a previous post here

Next week books 21 to 31 of The Little Grey Rabbit Series by Alison Uttley. View the first 20 books in the series here and here


I hope you all have a lovely weekend.


38 comments:

  1. Good morning Barbara! This is a darling collection of art that uplifts the children within us! So lovely...and have a marvelous weekend. We are looking forward to our FIRST round of warm air with NO SNOW! Happy day, Anita

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    1. Hello Anita, thanks for calling in. Did I tell you how much I enjoyed your last post? It, like all your other post was wonderful. I hope you have a warm and sunny weekend free from snowflakes, Barbara.

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  2. Hello sweet Barbara!

    Thank YOU for coming by and your spring-time postcards here are such a lovely addition to my morning! Off I go to teach a kindergarten class IN FRENCH, and will smile all day.

    If you SHOULD feel inspired to join in on the French fun, you can post on CHILDREN'S BOOKS in French, those by well-known French authors or illustrators....just a thought. This link party is open to all aspects of French life and contributions to art, literature, ANYTHING! But of course, you are welcomed to come for the fun and watch!

    Happy day! Anita

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    1. Ah ha – that could be something that would work! I will put my thinking cap on. Thank you for the idea. Barbara x

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  3. How beautiful and in such pristine condition, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hello, Petty sharing is a lot of fun. Thank you for taking the time to look! Barbara x

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  4. I swear, sometimes you really make me feel like a queen, Barbara! These fairy postcards are precious, and of course you should definitely NOT SELL them. Save them for your grand daughters. These cards should go to family. :) I love them all, and the last with the artist painting the portrait on a flower petal was a darling. Thank you so much for sharing these, Barbara! Have an excellent week.

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    1. Dear Claudine (or should I say Your Majesty!) I do hope Zoe Rose, and Lilly Grace grow up liking things like this; it will be lovely to have someone to pass them on to. They may just think of them as ‘Nanny’s old stuff', but I hope not! I can remember thinking that about some of my Grans collections, but what I would give to have them now! The artist painting the portrait is one of my very favourite cards, so I’m please you like it too. Barbara

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    1. Hello Leanne, I think so! Thanks for calling in and leaving a comment. Barbara.

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  6. These are just divine! I think The Little Gossips is my favorite. I love fairies and these are just the sweetest!

    Cheers from Brandy at http://brandysbustlings.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks Brandy, The Little Gossips is sweet, but then I love them all! Barbara

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  7. These are wonderful! The "garden come alive" them was a favorite of mine when I was little. I loved thinking about flowers having little lives and adventures. So cute!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. Hello Jamie, I know just what you mean about the garden coming alive – I used to think that too. I’m glad you enjoyed the postcards, thanks very much for your comment. Barbara.

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  8. These have to be the loveliest postcards you have shown us yet Barbara - I love all of them, but the one you chose to start the post with is just gorgeous - the colour of the pansies (and I have such lovely pansies in pots at my front door at the moment!) together with the bright blue dress are so vibrant - I just want to keep looking and looking at it!

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    1. Hi Sharon, I agree. I don’t think Rene Cloke gets the recognition she deserves. Some of her artwork is stunning. I spend ages looking at them and always find something new to admire.

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    2. How exciting to have my button on your sidebar! I'm glad to see it works! As you say its a great idea as I can also hop straight over to your blog from mine now - and it gave me another excuse to look at these beautiful postcards!

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    3. I visit your blog so often that I only needed to type 'Sharon' into the search bar for Google to know exactly where I wanted to be. Now I don't even need to do that. Technology is wonderful!

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  9. These are all so beautiful, I especially like the "Party Dress"!

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    1. Hi Diane, I had a feeling you would like them. Thanks for calling in.

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  10. I love these postcards Barbara. I just realized I have not been receiving your blog posts and I miss them. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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    1. Hello Darlene, how odd I've not been getting your post either. Maybe something has changed on Google? We are all fine, thank you, hope you are too. I will be over for a visit with you in a little while. Barbara.

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  11. These are adorable! I especially like Once Upon a Time and The Little Gossips- just precious. I can see why you collect these and think these are great!

    I used to love sending post cards and haven't sent any in a while. Maybe I will send some out soon- a great way to send a friendly help to someone. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, I wish the sending of postcards would come back into fashion. I used to love receiving them when I was small. Maybe we should start a trend!

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  12. Barbara, I never find such lovely postcards like you have. I wouldn't sell them either, I'd sleep with them under my pillow.

    Little Gossips also my favourite.

    Do you display them somehow or store them safely away?

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    1. Hi Michelle, most of the ‘special’ ones come from auction, but I do find a few at antique's fairs and flea markets. We went to a local antique fair today and came home with four nice ones. Nothing valuable or rare but pretty and they are the kind I like.

      Most of the cards are stored in ‘proper’ (archival) sleeves and boxes. I do have a set of G. E. Studdy Bonzo ones framed and displayed in the hall, but I’m always afraid they will get damaged or more likely fade. The trouble with keeping them in boxes is that they don’t get looked at very often, so it’s nice to be able to share some of them on the blog.

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  13. ~' Dance of the woodland babies' is my most favourite here, Barbara.....With the moon shinning in all her glory...Thank you for showing this ever so pretty collection....They are lovely.....~ With kindest thoughts...Maria x

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  14. Hello Maria, thank you for your sweet comment x

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  15. Fairy postcards are my favorite! I used to save my babysitting money and splurge on the pretty cards.

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    1. Hi Eve, Do you still have them? I would love to see one or two if you do.

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  16. These are all so pretty! Thank you for sharing :)

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  17. Thanks Sandy, and thank you for taking the time to call in, take a look and comment. I appreciate your visit.

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  18. These are truly precious. You just don't see cards like these anymore.

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    1. Hello Donna, I thought you would like them. Thanks so much for your comment.

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Barbara xx

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