A Card For Teacher

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A couple of years ago I made thirty-seven (I think) cards from ‘My Visit To The Dinosaurs’ (first published in 1969, this edition 1972) by Aliki. It had lived a thousand lives and was no stranger to sellotape.

I wrote six blog posts about the making of these cards. You can read the posts here, here, here, here, here and here.

There are six cards left. They can be found in the ‘Cards For Teachers’ section of my shop. As usual, they are made from used food packaging and stuff, and come with sewn envelopes.

16. Punkish ‘Love You’ Cards

 

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These are some of the Valentine cards I made last year, and then kept in a shoe box under my bed.

During the next few days I am going to try to record them here.

They will not be for sale in my shop.

I have used a 1941 Ordnance Survey map of Hexham for the envelope. Someone, has violated it with a pink marker pen. The envelope is more like a wallet, though, as I have no intention of making it seal with glue or stickers. It’s 74 years old. No stickers.

The letters were cut from junk mail.

I do not print new stuff. These are the actual postcards. I use stuff other people have printed and then discarded.

As usual, I have made no attempt to erase the blemishes left by life.

356. And top image. Palm Bay, Cliftonville. PT4365. No publishing details.

356. And top image. Palm Bay, Cliftonville. PT4365. No publishing details.

373. And above. Pavilion and Pier, Ramsgate. ET4217. Posted in 1969.

373. And above. Pavilion and Pier, Ramsgate. ET4217. Posted in 1969.

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366. And above. The Harbour, Polperro. J Salmon Ltd., Sevenoaks.

366. And above. The Harbour, Polperro. J Salmon Ltd., Sevenoaks.

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361. Victoria Gardens and Promenade, Broadstairs. PT4283. Printed in Great Britain. No more information.

361. Victoria Gardens and Promenade, Broadstairs. PT4283. Printed in Great Britain. No more information.

369. And above. The Boat Harbour, Falmouth, Cornwall. D. Noble for John Hinde Studios. 2DC23.

369. And above. The Boat Harbour, Falmouth, Cornwall. D. Noble for John Hinde Studios. 2DC23.

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364. The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. Printed and published by J. Salmon Ltd.

364. The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. Printed and published by J. Salmon Ltd.

363. The Warren, Folkestone. 29687. Printed in England. A.H.&S. Paragon Series, Margate.

363. The Warren, Folkestone. 29687. Printed in England. A.H.&S. Paragon Series, Margate.

362. The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. Printed and published by J. Salmon Ltd.

362. The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. Printed and published by J. Salmon Ltd.

 

 

Eco-Friendly New Baby Postcard

 

 

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Well, since I’ve already listed a card made two years ago, I may as well do another one.

Those of you who have been with me from the start, know that my first post was about the wonderful Birds by Brian Wildmith, 1969.

Well, I am finally getting around to listing more of the cards, made from said book (and some cereal boxes), in my shop.

I thought it would make a good New Baby card.

This card is unique, there is no other the same. It is a one-off.

It is not a print, it is made from the actual book, which is 44 years old.

Brian Wildsmith is a hero of mine. He was born in 1930 and grew up in a small mining village in the north of England. Being a miner’s daughter from the north myself, I need no more than this to like him. However, there is a lot more to like, not least his wonderful children’s books.

It is completely upcycled, and very eco-friendly, as everything used in its making was destined for the bin.

I absolutely never cut up healthy books, nor do I clean up any blemishes left by life. Kind friends save food packaging for me, and the books I use have been ‘retired’ from local schools and libraries, after years of loyal service.

All of my work is numbered, this is 52.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Alison

Oh, and I will be having a Valentine giveaway on 14th Jan (yes, Jan).

Eco-Friendly Valentine Postcard

 

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Happy New Year!

Those of you who have been with me from the start, know that my first post was about the wonderful Birds by Brian Wildmith, 1969.

Well, I am finally getting around to listing one of the cards, made from said book (and some cereal boxes), in my shop.

I thought it would make a good Valentine card.

This card is unique, there is no other the same. It is a one-off.

It is not a print, it is made from the actual book, which is 44 years old.

Brian Wildsmith is a hero of mine. He was born in 1930 and grew up in a small mining village in the north of England. Being a miner’s daughter from the north myself, I need no more than this to like him. However, there is a lot more to like, not least his wonderful children’s books.

It is completely upcycled, and very eco-friendly, as everything used in its making was destined for the bin.

I absolutely never cut up healthy books, nor do I clean up any blemishes left by life. Kind friends save food packaging for me, and the books I use have been ‘retired’ from local schools and libraries, after years of loyal service.

It measures 15cms x 19.3cms.

All of my work is numbered, this is 53.

If you have any questions, please give me a shout,

Alison x

PS. I will be having a Valentine giveaway on 14th Jan.

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13. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card -The Lugger Hotel, Portloe, 1969

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PT994. Printed in Great Britain.

Number: 350

This place looks wonderful. The hotel is still there, I’ve just checked, and is a delight. They’ve added a little roof terrace above those wooden doors, but apart from that, it hasn’t changed much. On the outside, that is, all mod-cons inside – spa, and the like.

Bet it didn’t have a spa in 1969, which is when this postcard was first sent. Ten days after man walked on The Moon, to be precise.

Leo and S posted it to Mr and Mrs Derbyshire, Liverpool, 12. I guess they didn’t stay at The Lugger.  This is what they said, it’s great:

Having a glorious time. Farmhouse A1. Some grand beaches, as you know – and the weather has been more than kind so far. Leo is planning on staying another fortnight. Send more money. L & S.

Wonder if they sent more money. No ‘please’.

I have used a 1941 Ordnance Survey map of Hexham for the envelope. Someone, has violated it with a pink marker pen. The envelope is more like a wallet, though, as I’ve no intention of making it seal with glue or stickers. It’s 73 years old. No stickers.

The envelope in the image is upside-down, so that you can read the place names.

As usual, the letters have been cut from old magazines and leaflets.

The card and envelope are totally unique, and have a combined age of 119 years!

I am now going to go through the ordeal of putting it in my shop. This is no disrespect to Folksy, by the way, I’m just not cut out for this stuff. Maybe I should just go to bed.

Don’t know if anyone was lucky enough to catch Robert Elmes today? People, who had grown up in Soho, were ringing in to tell stories. It was brilliant. Going to try and figure out the ‘listen again’ facility on Radio London.

Laters,

Alison x

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10. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card – Charing Cross and The Strand, London, 1969

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John Hinde Studios, 6 Rupert Street, London W1. Printed in Irish Republic. Photographer, E. Ludwig.

Number: 355

As London railway stations go, Charing Cross Station is unromantic, but it is nevertheless close to my heart. I have lived in London for twenty-seven years, and for about nineteen of those years this station has been my gateway into town.

This postcard was posted in 1969 by Dick, he addressed it to Mrs. Grundy on The Wirral. He wrote:

Burgess Hill. Dear Jess, thanks for your letter and I am glad you had a nice holiday at Ilfracombe and good weather. I am ok and enjoying the change of air. The Moby Dick pub is originally the West Kipling (?) Hotel. I know it well, I am sure you would like it for a change. I haven’t been anywhere yet, but hope to soon. Charles would enjoy some of the new pubs. Letter soon, love Dick.

Wonder if Charles got to try out those new pubs?

Forty-five years later the postcard found its way to me. I have given it a new life. The letters have been cut from old magazines and leaflets and then sewn onto the card.

The envelope is made from a 1940 Ordnance Survey map of Anglesey. Actually, it’s more of a wallet than an envelope. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in the post, what with it being 74 years old. The card and envelope have a combined age of 115 years! As usual, I have made no attempt to erase the blemishes left by life.

The card is totally unique and super eco-friendly.

Hopefully, it will be in my shop soon.

Have a great week,

Alison x

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7. Punkish ‘Love You’ Card – Christchurch Priory From Wick, 1969

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A Salmon Cameracolour Postcard, Printed in England. J. Salmon Limited, Sevenoaks.

Number 351

I love this card. The young boy pushing the boat out and his friend watching on the bank, at the end of the sixties, when they start selling hippy wigs in Woolworth’s. Oh, and Jesus sandals with socks, very 1969.

At one point (9th  September, 1969) in the life of this postcard,  Marjorie sat down in Milford-on-Sea and wrote the following to Mrs E. Parks in Solihull:

Thank you so much for your letter. I hope the lovely monsters arrived home safely. I’m having a very happy and relaxing time, only wish it was longer. The weather has been, and still is, lovely – almost too hot at times. Much love, Marjorie.

Can’t help but wonder what those lovely monsters are doing now.

Forty-five years later, I gave the postcard another life. I cut out some letters from old magazines and mounted the words ‘Love You’ onto an exhibition advert’ from work. I work in a London gallery, and when an exhibition comes to an end any leftover paraphernalia is put into the recycling bin. Unless I get to it first. If you look carefully beneath the letters, you will see a leaflet for an exhibition about Elizabeth 1. Queen Bess moved over a few weeks ago to make way for David Bailey.

The envelope is made from a 1940 Ordnance Survey map of Anglesey. Actually, it’s more of a wallet than an envelope. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in the post, what with it being 74 years old. The card and envelope have a combined age of 139 years! As usual, I have made no attempt to erase the blemishes left by life.

Hopefully, it will be in my shop soon.

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

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