19 September 2006
Here is an example of card "C4" from the Pitcairn Postcard Catalogue (1999 edition) with the addition of a small piece of wood from Thursday October Christian's house on Pitcairn. Thursday was Fletcher Christian's grandson. His house was recently demolished because it had become unsafe.
13 September 2006
I scanned this interesting postcard today, M28 (old catalogue number) was produced for Florida's first marine historical attraction on exhibit at Vinoy Yacht Basin adjoining the Municipal Pier in St Petersburg, Florida. It shows John Adams seated at the Bounty's mess table.
177 scans produced so far for the new catalogue. It is a good start but I know there is a long way to go.
12 September 2006
The catalogue is finally beginning to take shape and my collection of scans is growing. I am scanning all my postcards, front and back, at 100% and am going to reduce them for the catalogue to perhaps 20 or 25%. This way it will still be possible to see their relative size and also work out their actual size when looking at the printed book.
The "fun" really starts when I get into variations of the same card. Here, for example, is one of my MGM postcards in several printings. You will see that the backs are all quite different, the trimming is either wavy edge or straight, and one view includes a telegraph pole which is not visible in the others.
Does this mean that you have to collect all the varieties? Well as with stamp collecting, that is entirely up to you! When I began collecting Pitcairn postcards I had no idea it would lead me to this . . .
04 September 2006
It never ceases to amaze me that old Pitcairn postcards are still being discovered. I knew of the very rare "HGK" postcard of the two storey Pitcairn church (shown above, top, catalogued as H4) and didn't expect to find another card with a similar view. However, one was recently sold on eBay for the quite amazing sum of US$386.00. This appears to be a postcard that has been produced in more than one copy, so have a look carefully in the dealers boxes at Postcard Fairs . . . you never know your luck!
01 September 2006
Set of three postcards printed in 1999 from photographs by Pam Brown, taken in 1996 when she was working as Pitcairn's Schoolteacher.
O21 - Pitcairn Radio Station at Taro Ground. The envelope is an example of the famous 'Radio Cover' issued in 1938 to commemorate the establishment of 'The Voice of PITC the South Pacific' on Pitcairn.
O22 - Adamstown Square showing the Post Office and the anchor from the Bounty.
O23 - The Landing, Bounty Bay. First view of Pitcairn for returning Islanders or the few lucky tourists arriving by longboat. Great skill is required by the boatmen to pick the right moment to approach the harbour.
This set is still available for purchase in mint condition, please ask.
Two more "advertising" cards. Printed in 1998, O17 shows a replica of the 'Bounty' launch. Reproduced in black and white from a photograph taken at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. O18 is from a photograph by Pam Brown taken in 1996 when she was on Pitcairn working as the Schoolteacher. It shows the Pitcairn Co-Op Store.
Copies of these two cards are still available for sale in mint condition, please ask.
This set of eight postcards was printed in 1997 - my first cards to be printed in full colour. The photographs were taken by Pam Brown in 1996 when she was on Pitcairn working as the Schoolteacher. The two cartoons are reproduced from original artwork by the artist John Giepel. John worked on the Captain Pugwash series of animated cartoon films and has included the Captain in the background of his representation of the Mutiny on the Bounty. The watercolour of the Bounty off the coast of Pitcairn was painted by the artist Jennifer Toombs, well known for her many stamp designs.
Complete sets of these postcards in mint condition are still available from me, please ask.
O7 is a photograph of exhibits in the Pitcairn Island Museum as it was in 1996.
O8 shows the Radio Station at Taro Ground, together with a 'Radio Cover'.
Both photographs by Pam Brown who was the Schoolteacher on Pitcairn. Printed in blue monochrome, both cards are now out of print.
These were the first five postcards that I published in 1996. They show early views of Pitcairn reproduced from old black and white photographs.
O1 Shows a view of Pitcairn from one of the New Zealand Shipping Company's vessels.
O2 Is a view of the boat sheds in Bounty Bay.
O3 The 'Hill of Difficulty'.
O4 The graveyard on Pitcairn.
O5 Islanders in their long-boats about to trade with a passing ship.
It is not known for sure what dates the photographs were taken, but they could be from as early as 1916 up to the 1930s.
I still have a few sets of these cards available for sale in mint condition.