Randolph Caldecott Postcards
Other postcards Swaps?
In about 1914*, 48 of Randolph's colour pictures from his sixteen "Picture Books"
were reproduced by Frederick Warne & Co as postcards. They were mostly
issued in sets of 4 per book. We would welcome further information about
|When they ceased to be issued?|
|Was the whole range available throughout these years, or if not, which
designs were on sale when?|
|Any experts on these postcards?|
*: Source: "Picture postcards and their Publishers"
by Anthony Byatt (Publ. 1978, ISBN 0 9506212 0 X),
who also tells us that they were reissued (still undated) in 1933. According to
another expert , first publication may have been in 1916.
If you can tell us more, please email
(Questions similar to the above were posted on the " Postcard
Message Forum" at www.voy.com/16252/
on 25 Feb 2003. Any useful answers will be added to this page.)
The ~1914 postcards each had a number, in eight groups of six: A1-A6
through to H1-H6. The cards were reissued in 1974, but without
these numbers. We are very grateful to Bob Orford for Tables
listing all but one (H4) of these cards (another member kindly supplied
details of H4): for these details, click on either
of these buttons -
According to "Picture Postcard Values", by J H D Smith,
individual cards from the ~1914 issue have a current catalogue value
of GB£1.50 each. Some sets
of 4 may be worth more than GB£6 if they are rare or of exceptional
quality. However, the repro ones (1974) are quite common and
collectors should be wary of them, as they can be mistaken for the
[Our thanks to Mike Day, of the Postcard Traders Association
, for this info, provided in March 2003.]
One dealer who may have these Postcards, and other items by Randolph
|Bookmark, Antiquarian and modern children's books by mail
"Fortnight", Wick Down, Broad Hinton, Swindon, Wilts., SN4
Tel: (01793) 731 693
Fax: (01793) 731 782
A completely different group of Randolph Caldecott's pictures, taken
from his contributions to "The
Graphic", was published in the USA in a large-format book
whose pages were pre-cut into detachable postcards.
Title: "Old Fashioned Pastimes and Pleasures Postcards: 24 Full-Color
Published by Dover Publications, Nov 1987 (ASIN 0486255034).
Dimensions: h. 12 in, w. 9 in.
Other pictures by Randolph have been made into postcards at various
times by (for example) the British
Museum, London, England: see the example on our "Where" page. We have not
been able to obtain definitive information about when these cards were
produced, but it is likely that some were issued at the Centenary of
Randolph's death, in 1986, and others to coincide with relevant
Some collectors may have acquired more than one copy of one postcard
while having none of another. If you are in this situation, and
would be willing to swap a surplus card with someone else, go to our
"Swaps" page for info on any
such cards which we know of.
The postcards shown on this page are marked on the back
"E5", "F5" and "F6" from the ~1914 sets. They are
reproduced from the Picture Book "The
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