and other publishers

I am sorry to have to tell you that

Jean Cullen

is currently unable to produce this news letter

If you would like to send her a message please email her and the message will be delivered.

On her behalf I am writing a bit about one of her collecting themes but it is not Salmon so switch off here if that is your only interest.

Jean has a small collection of postcards (14) printed and published by

Bursill & Ladyman, Ltd., Colour Printers, Brixton S W
"Feline" Shakespeare Post Card Series - Registered

They are not all different because, like Salmon, B & L did overprint Christmas Greetings (on 2 of them in Jean's collection). How many there are in the series we do not know. As indicated by the series title they are pictures of cats dressed as Shakespearean actors. Anthropormorphic is the term used in the postcard world. Jean has mentioned before (January 2012) that the actual scenes seem to be an artist drawn picture based on the mirror image of a series of cards published by Ellis & Walery in the undivided back era. The originals are even more elusive than the B & L cards and Jean has only one - F.R.Benson's Co. in "Hamlet".

You will have heard about the buses. You stand about waiting for one and when it turns up there are 2 more following. I search for these cards on eBay and in the last three or four years only one has shown up until in July 2012 I received an email that told me about three. Of course I bid on them all and managed to win two at what I thought was a reasonable price but the other one got away (SHYLOCK) at over 4 times what I paid for the other two. Jean was delighted when she saw them.

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BENEDICT AND BEATRICE. - Much Ado About Nothing SHYLOCK - Merchant of Venice The two murderers drowning the Duke of Clarence in a butt - Richard II

A friend of ours, Christine Booth, is also a keen collector of this series. She has 18 different cards accumulated over many years. Nine of them appear in both collections so we have between us 21 different cards plus two with overprinted greetings. So this is a list of them and the one we missed.

BOTTOM AND TITANIA. "So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysucle gently entwist." A Midsummer Night's Dream.

TOUCHSTONE, A CLOWN. "It is meat and drink to me to see a clown." As you like it.

The Twin Dromios (Comedy of Errors)

THE GHOST OF HAMLET'S FATHER "I am thy father's spirit - Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night." - Hamlet

Pistol and the French Soldier (Henry V)

Cardinal Wolsey (Henry VIII)

SHYLOCK. "A Pound of Flesh." Merchant of Venice

Ford (Merry Wives of Windsor)

SIR JOHN FALSTAFF. "Indeed, I am in the waist two yards about." Merry Wives of Windsor.

Bottom and Companions (Midsummer Night's Dream)

Bottom as Pyramus (Midsummer Night's Dream)

Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Midsummer Night's Dream)

BENEDICT AND BEATRICE. Beat.- "A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours." Much Ado About Nothing

DOGBERRY AND THE WATCH. "But masters! Remember that I am an ass!" - Much Ado about Nothing

OTHELLO. "Rude am I in my speech." - Othello

BOLINGBROKE. "Harry of Hereford, Lancaster and Derby am I" - Richard II.

Similar soldier (- also from Richard II? - no caption)

The two murderers drowning the Duke of Clarence in a butt. Richard II.

ROMEO AND JULIET "Wilt thou be gone, it is not yet near morn." Romeo and Juliet
Ditto with overprint With all Good Wishes for Christmas

Petruchio (Taming of the Schrew)

OLIVIA, MALVOLIO AND MARIA. - "Oliv. - What is the matter with thee?" - Twelfth Night.
Ditto with overprint Hearty Christmas Greetings

SIR TOBY BELCH. "Good! Good!" - Twelth Night

I would like to thank Christine for her help and allowing me to include her cards in this check list. The cards are not numbered so I have listed them in alphabetical order of the Shakespeare title.


If you would like to read about some of the Salmon artists please click on the appropriate postcard below.


If you would like to look at earlier websites please click on one of the links below.

April 2012
January 2012
October 2011
July 2011 Lake & Castle Combe; May Olney signature; Guildford Cathedral; Ride a Cock Horse; Helen Allingham.
April 2011 Pencil sketch & Adcock; Reg Carter; Parsons Norman; Hamble ferry; Mothering Sunday & Easter; Quintin article on book; Helen Allingham; Banbury.
January 2011 F.E.Quinton; ARQ1555 Advert on reverse; C.T.Howard no publisher or printer; Catalogue gaps - G.Rankin; Foreign views - Tanganyika; Helen Allingham; Moderns - Brian Partridge.
October 2010 W.Carruthers; Calverley Hotel; Mods - L.Johnson; Studdy; Calendars; Don's A.R.Quinton website.
July 2010 C.T.Howard; Spain Holiday; Answers to letters; Coronation; Souvenir Lettercard.