May 20, 2017

Bamforth & Co Ltd postcards #2

These are two more funny postcards from Bamforth & Co Ltd. They are both unused.

Sifnos | Greece

This postcard is Sifnos (Greek: Σίφνος; the spelling Siphnos is obsolete in English but still by convention often used to refer to the island in ancient times), which is an island municipality in the Cyclades island group in Greece. The main town, near the center, known as Apollonia (pop. 869), is home of the island's folklore museum and library. The town's name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora. The second-largest town is Artemonas (800), thought to be named after an ancient temple of Apollo's sister-goddess Artemis, located at the site of the church of Panayia Kokhi. The village of Kastro (118), was the capital of the island during ancient times until 1836. It is built on top of a high cliff on the island's east shore and today has extensive medieval remains and is the location of the island's archeological museum. The port settlement, on the west coast of the island is known as Kamares (245).

There are 360 churches in the island of Sifnos, more than any other island in Cyclades. It is no coincidence, the large number of festivals held on the island almost every month. Many churches and monasteries of the island are historical sites with great religious and architectural interest. The most important one is the monastery of Panagia Chryssopigi. One of the most "popular" churches of the island, is one of the Seven Martyrs, where many couples choose to get married. Still, Panagia Poulati renowned both for its beauty and what the landscape that surrounds it.

It was posted from Sifnos, but I cannot make out the date.

Malibu Spice

Even though I don't generally like art or ad postcards, I like the simplicity and bright colour of this one. I think it is an ad postcard for Malibu Spice.

Rumcajs, Manka and Cipísek | Czech Republic

As I have written in a previous post, a while a a large number of old postcards came to my possession. Among them there are a lot with Czechoslovakian stamps [so I guess the cards were sent between 1918 and  1993] and most of the cards depict Czechoslovakian cartoons like Krtek [the Mole]. All the cards are written in Czech [which I don't speak] so it takes a lot of research to find out the name and origin of each cartoon character. If you know Czech and you can translate the writtings for me please let me know!

The following postcards depict Rumcajs, Manka and Cipísek. Rumcajs is the main character of the Czechoslovak bedtime cartoon from 1967. He is one of the most famous robbers of all times. Before he became an outlaw he was an ordinary shoemaker and the owner of the shop in a small town called Jicin. And if chance did not so ordain he would lead a quiet life sewing and repairing shoes. Unfortunately, he offended the local governor, calling his sizable feet elephant-like. That unflattering comment has become a cause for Rumcajs exile to the Rzacholecki forest and made him change his appearance and profession. From a quiet cobbler Rumcajs turned into a robber wearing a distinctive red hat, with a thick black beard and a revolver loaded with acorns. 

Despite his threatening appearance, Rumcajs was a robber of gentle nature, willing to help the residents of Jicin. He also stood up for forest animals frequently harassed by His Majesty the Prince, his capricious wife and servants. The robber always overcame all adversities because Rumcajs and his family - his wife Manka and his son Cypisek were favorable not just for animals, but also for magical characters like Rusalka (the water-nymph), Aquarians and Giants living in the neighborhood. 

The author of the origin of Rumcajs was Vaclav Čtvrtek who described the adventures of the robber in eight volumes of his book. In Poland, translations of four books from the series of the popular robber adventures were published. The animated series O loupežníku Rumcajsovi was directed by Ladislav Čapek and the project of the characters was created by a well-known painter Radek Pilař. In Poland, the first part of the 39 episode bedtime cartoon O rozbójniku Rumcajsie was broadcast on 3 July 1970 and it was narrated by Boguslaw Sochnacki. In 1974 the musical The Adventures of Rumcajs the Robber with music by Katarzyna Gaertner and libretto by Ernest Bryll, was first shown at the Polish Theater in Warsaw. The play enjoys a remarkable success and is still very popular.[source]

The bearded guy in the red hat is Rumcajs who as a bandit, constantly fighting with an unnamed degenerated aristocrat.

The Lone Star State | USA

This postcard is again from my collection. It is a multi-view of Texas, USA. Texas (Spanish: Texas or Tejas) is the second largest state in the United States of America by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S.A.. Texas is nicknamed "The Lone Star State" to signify its former status as an independent republic, and as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico. The origin of Texas's name is from the word "Tejas," which means "friends" in the Caddo language.