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Randolph Caldecott Postcards

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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 [2003], 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
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 -
By Book By Number Swaps?   


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 originals.
[Our thanks to Mike Day, of the Postcard Traders Association <> , for this info, provided in March 2003.]

Where are you going? from "The Milkmaid"
Then I can't marry you, from "The Milkmaid"
Nobody asked you, sir, from "The Milkmaid"


One dealer who may have these Postcards, and other items by Randolph Caldecott, is:
Bookmark, Antiquarian and modern children's books by mail order,
"Fortnight", Wick Down, Broad Hinton, Swindon, Wilts., SN4 9NR
Tel:  (01793) 731 693
Fax:  (01793) 731 782

Other postcards

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 Ready-To-Mail Cards"
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 exhibitions.


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 Milkmaid" (1882).
See other postcards: 
from "The Mad Dog", on our "By Book" page
from "Three Jovial Huntsmen", on our "By Number" page
from "A Frog he would a-wooing go", on our "Swaps" page.

By Book By Number Swaps?

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