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Fabulous Hats - Ascot:
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Buckingham Limited Edition FDC from Ascot to Folkstone - No. 77 of 1000.
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Ascot pictorial postmark for Royal Ascot Ladies Day.

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Fabulous Hats - Ascot:
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Buckingham Limited Edition FDC from Ascot to Folkstone - No. 295 of 1000,
Signed by jockey Willie Carson.
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Ascot pictorial postmark for Royal Ascot Ladies Day.
William Fisher Hunter "Willie" Carson, OBE (born 16 November 1942) is a retired jockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

Best known as "Willie", Carson was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1942. He was apprenticed to Captain Gerald Armstrong at his stables at Tupgill, North Yorkshire. His first winner in Britain was Pinker's Pond in a seven-furlong apprentice handicap at Catterick Bridge Racecourse on 19 July 1962.

He was British Champion Jockey five times (1972, 1973, 1978, 1980 and 1983), won 17 British Classic Races, and passed 100 winners in a season 23 times for a total of 3,828 wins, making him the fourth most successful jockey in Great Britain.

Willie Carson's best season as a jockey came in 1990 when he rode 187 winners. This included riding six winners at Newcastle Racecourse on 30 June, making Carson one of only four jockeys to ride six winners at one meeting during the 20th century. However, he came second in the 1990 jockeys' championship to Pat Eddery (who rode 209 winners).

Carson had a long association with trainer Major Dick Hern for whom he rode his first three Derby winners. Five feet tall and riding at an easily maintained weight of 7 stone 10 pounds (49 kg) Carson was much in demand as a jockey up to his retirement in 1996 at the age of 54.

In 1980, he took over the Minster House Stud at Ampney Crucis near Cirencester and he and his wife Elaine have developed it into a state of the art stud complex. He is almost certainly the only jockey in the 20th century to have ridden a horse that he bred, Minster Son, to victory in one of the Classic races, the St. Leger Stakes 1988. He and his ex-wife Carol had three sons Anthony, Neil, and Ross.

In 1983, Willie Carson was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to horse racing.

From 1982 to 1983 Carson joined Bill Beaumont as one of the team captains for A Question of Sport. With Clare Balding, Carson co-presented BBC horse racing on BBC1 until the BBC ended their racing coverage at the end of the 2012 season.
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Fabulous Hats - Royal Ascot:
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Benham Limited Edition PNC FDC - No. 0091 of 1000,
Signed by TV Racing Commentator John McCririck.
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Blackstock Road, North London pictorial postmark for Fabulous Hats.
How did that get in here :?: :o
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British Virgin Islands $1 coin for Queen Mother Centenary.
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John Michael McCririck (17 April 1940 – 5 July 2019) was an English television horse racing pundit and journalist.

McCririck began his career at The Sporting Life, where he twice won at the British Press Awards for his campaigning journalism, but he was sacked in 1984. In 1981, he joined ITV Sport's horse racing coverage which moved, during 1984 and 1985, to Channel 4 as Channel 4 Racing. In October 2012, the channel announced that he would be dropped from its team, which McCririck blamed on ageism. McCririck took the matter to an employment tribunal, but he lost.
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Not sure how John's signature deerstalker hat went at Royal Ascot but he was known to wear unusual hats from time to time. :)
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Fabulous Hats - Ascot
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Autographed Editions fdc from Ascot to Watford.
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Signed by Champion Jockey Lester Piggott,
who was discussed on the previous page.
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Another different Fabulous Hats postmark.
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Autographed editions is not part of the postmark.
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Lester Piggott.
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Ascot 300 years of Horse Racing - issued 11th August 2011:
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A G Bradbury cover for 300 years of racing at Ascot
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Stamp from Smiler Sheet - "See & Be Seen".
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A G Bradbury First Day Cover
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The Home of First Day Covers
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Limited Edition FDC - Number 23 of 100.
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Cover designed by A G Bradbury of Leicester
& printed by A T Shelley of Leceister.
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Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip on the way to Ascot Races:
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Elizabeth South Australia - 4th April 2017.
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The reverse of the cover.

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Australia 2017 - Queen's Birthday - First Day Cover

In 2017, the Queen will turn 91. The Queen’s Birthday 2017 stamp issue celebrates this incredible milestone. In the domestic base rate stamp, we show the Queen greeting the crowd during a day of public engagements with Prince Philip. On this occasion, Her Majesty is visiting the Broadway Theatre, situated in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham.

This year will also mark the 70th anniversary of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and His Royal Highness Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey, London.

The international rate stamp features Her Majesty and Prince Philip, in recognition of the longevity of their relationship. The couple are riding in the Royal Procession as part of the prestigious five-day horseracing event Royal Ascot. First introduced in 1825 by King George IV, the Royal Procession signals the beginning of each day’s racing. A royal carriage procession, headed by the Queen and Prince Philip, travels up the straight mile in a circuit, transporting the Royal family to the Royal Box. In 2013, The Queen’s own horse, Estimate, won the prestigious Gold Cup race.

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Issue date: 4 April 2017
Denominations: 1 x $1, 1 x $2.95 (international)
Stamp design:Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design: Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio

This was my last Ascot cover from my collection, but there is more to come from the other racing places around the British Isles. :)
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Horse Racing British Post Office fdc postmarked at Ashford Kent 6th June 1979:
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The fdc has been overprinted with the first winner of the Derby, Diomed in 1780 & the 200th winner, Troy in 1979 & is addressed to:
The White Horse
Willesborough Lees
Ashford
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The White Horse was a pub in Willesborough Lees, a suburb of Ashford Kent. It is about 58 miles south east of London & 22 miles west of Dover.

The nearest thoroughbred racecourse was Folkestone, 11 miles to the south east, which was sold in 2012 for housing.

It is not clear why "The White Horse" produced this cover nor how many it produced. Perhaps it was because Mahmood, the 1936 Derby winner on the 9p stamp, was a light coloured grey & someone thought this was close enough to a "White Horse". :D
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Ayr is a town situated on the southwest coast of Scotland in the historic county town of Ayrshire about 30 miles south of Glasgow. With a population of almost 47,000, Ayr is the largest settlement in Ayrshire and the 14th largest settlement in Scotland. The town is continuous with the smaller town of Prestwick to the north.

Ayr Racecourse at Whitletts Road, Ayr, Scotland, was opened in 1907. There are courses for flat and for National Hunt racing.

Horse racing in Ayr dates back to 1576, but the first official meeting did not take place until 1771 at a racecourse situated in the Seafield area of the town. This first racecourse was a mile oval with sharp bends.

In the early days, racing was supported by the local landed gentry and members of the Caledonian Hunt. Important figures in the course's history have included the Earl of Eglinton, Sir James Boswell and the Duke of Portland.

In 1824, Ayr's most important race meeting, the Western Meeting, was established and by 1838 it offered £2000 in prize money and the most valuable two-year-old race of the season in Britain. The meeting's feature race, the Ayr Gold Cup, became a handicap race in 1855 and is now the richest sprint handicap in Europe.

Due to the small size of the track and limitations on the size of the paddock, a new site for the racecourse was eventually sought and in 1907, the course was moved to its current location in the Craigie area of town. After extensive research into other British courses, the new course layout was based on that of Newbury, with the exception that Ayr's straight course is six furlongs rather than a mile. The former racecourse is now playing fields, known as the Old Racecourse, and part of Seafield golf course. Local road names Racecourse Road and Racecourse View also reflect this history.

A jumps track was added in 1950 and in 1966 the Scottish Grand National was transferred to the track after Bogside Racecourse was closed down. It is now regarded as the premier racecourse in Scotland.

The paddock stand at Ayr is named the Rothesay Stand in honour of Charles and Camilla, Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.

It should not be confused with Ayr, Queensland:
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Ayr, unlike Ascot, had a generic slogan everyday machine slogan cancel "Racing At Ayr, The Ideal Holiday" combined with a horse passing the winning post.

The earliest examples I have of this machine cancel are in 1965 & the latest in 1969, so it was used for at least four years:
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26th August 1965 to Braintree, Essex.
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Regional S1p 1958/1967 QEII 3d Deep Lilac (Scotland)
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11th August 1966 to Wells, Somerset
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I have noticed preference for the Scottish Regional stamps for the Scottish slogan cancels.
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From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, most major towns had their own slogan postmark which contained a number. In the case of Ayr it was S.7, within a triangle. Of course it was impossible to know the exact date of posting unless another date stamp was applied:
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Ayr S.7 to Ilford, Essex.
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Regional SG S2 1966 QEII 4d Ultramarine (Scotland)
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14th August 1966 to Glasgow, Scotland
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Interesting late usage of the Robert Burn's 1759 - 1796 fdc with Scotland SG2 4d Ultramarine:
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1st October 1966 to Norwich, Norfolk.
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Royal Mail cachet shows the Birthplace of Robert Burns at Alloway, Ayrshire.

Alloway is a conservation village that is now a suburb of Ayr. It is best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns and the setting for his poem "Tam o' Shanter".
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1966 Robert Burns Commemorative FDC with Ayr commemorative hand cancel.
"That's man to man the world o'er
Shall brothers be for a'that"

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FDC 25th January 1966 to London
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With added 1996 Robert Burns Bi-Centenary stamp added with Mauchline Ayrshire commemorative hand cancel "To a Mouse". Robert Burns lived on the outskirts of Mauchline.

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known familiarly as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language.

Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".
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Nice postcard of the views of Ayr, but alas no view of the Ayr Racecourse:
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10th August 1966 to St.Cyrus, Kincardineshire, Scotland.
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If one has left over blank FDCs they have to be used somehow, which is why so many appear on eBay as "XXXXX FDC" when they are actually used up to 20 years after the event without the relevant stamps :shock:
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Thank you for that Ian. Yes we collectors can be a frugal lot at times & use up our old blanks instead of buying new. :)
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With this example from 1967, I am not sure if the cds section, by it's oval appearance, has deteriorated or whether the card used here was momentarily stuck in the cancelling machine causing it to be elongated.
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28th February 1967 to Peterborough.
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Whatever the issue with the cancel in the previous post, it is fixed now:
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20th June 1967 to New Jersey, USA
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The Inverclyde National Recreation Centre
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Looks like they get very relaxed there. :)
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Largs, in the previous post, reminds me of Largs North, a bayside Adelaide suburb, just to the north of Port Adelaide & the long time home of prolific first day cover maker, Wesley Cover Service (WCS):
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WCS Melbourne Cup fdcs - 12th October 1960.
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Back dated fdc as cachet was not available until 1962
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Back to Ayr in 1969 with the last of my examples of the "Racing At Ayr" slogan cancels:
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19th May 1969 to BOAC London.
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Scotland SG S11 5d Royal Blue Regional Wilding Definitive.
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Don't know whether I would be sending the Department of Health & Social Security a postcard telling them I was on holidays. :)
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1st September 1969 to Rotherham, Yorkshire.
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Burns Monument & Tea Gardens, Alloway.

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Come Racing Series Number 6 - Ayr
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Ladbroke (Ayr) Gold Cup - 21st September 1979.
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Produced by Stamp Publicity (Worthing) Ltd of Worthing Sussex.

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Note this cover is like most of the other covers in the series as it is franked with the 9p "Saddling Mahmoud for The Derby 1936" stamp.
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Come Racing at Ayr - Signed by John Joe O'Neill.
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Ladbroke (Ayr) Gold Cup - 21st September 1979 - Signed by John Joe O'Neill.
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On 10 April 2010, Jonjo O'Neill trained Don't Push It to win the Grand National. In seven attempts as a jockey he had never completed the course but Don't Push It, ridden by the champion jockey Tony McCoy (whose best finishes in fourteen previous attempts had been third places) overtook Black Apalachi at the last fence & pulled clear on the run in to win by five lengths. In March 2012 he trained Synchronised to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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Unlike the cover in the previous post this cover is franked with the 11p "The Spring Meeting at Newmarket 1793" stamp.
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BigSaint wrote:With this example from 1967, I am not sure if the cds section, by it's oval appearance, has deteriorated or whether the card used here was momentarily stuck in the cancelling machine causing it to be elongated.
28th February 1967 to Peterborough.
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Re the Presenation Pack (29 June), does yours not include the Thelwell cartoons? These are some of them.

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No it didn't Ian, but I do have some somewhere. Thank you :)
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Ian, ask & you shall receive. I brought this one over from another thread for you:
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The unadopted stamp designs by British Cartoonist "Thelwell" which were perhaps a bit ahead of the times for the British Post Office.
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I found another one amongst my Australian horse racing collection:
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This one arrived downunder & had a "Gunsynd" pictormark & a "St.Patrick's Race Club" pictormark added.
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Still looking for a set of these postcards. :D :D
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As far as I know the paper form in the presentation pack is the only way they come, and some are back to back. I don't think postcards per se were ever produced.
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While I am preparing the next place to show, here is a recent acquisition, a promotion card for the "HORSES" issue of 5th July 1978:
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These were printed in black for "Stamp Collecting" in sheet-feed photogravure by Harrison & Sons Ltd with the official permission of the Post Office.

However I don't know how these cards were used.
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Some people used them as 'sort of' maximum cards, although the term wasn't used.

Some of them put them on larger envelopes with 1 or all of the stamps and got FDCs. I have one somewhere.

Otherwise they were just souvenir/collectibles.
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BigSaint wrote:While I am preparing the next place to show, here is a recent acquisition, a promotion card for the "HORSES" issue of 5th July 1978:

These were printed in black for "Stamp Collecting" in sheet-feed photogravure by Harrison & Sons Ltd with the official permission of the Post Office.

However I don't know how these cards were used.
They were "a free giveaway" on the cover (or insert) of "stamp collecting" magazine.
(I think the whole magazine was in cello - it was the era of abundant inserts).

I'm sure most never got used.

They trade on eBay at present and £1 gets you 20 mint copies (plus carriage, of course).

In their "as issued" form, they attract little interest, but when used "as Ian notes", people do mop them up.

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norvic wrote:As far as I know the paper form in the presentation pack is the only way they come, and some are back to back. I don't think postcards per se were ever produced.
Yep, I've never seen them as postcard stand alones, either.

This is how they group in the presentation pack insert:
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Terry... I regularly strip this pack for the stamps (and presentation card), so I'll put the Thelwell bit aside (for next time I send you anything).

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Thank you Ian & Tim for the extra information on these cards. It was exactly what I was looking for.

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Thankyou for the clarification Norvic and ViccyVFU. What a shame they weren't issued as postcards.
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A late entry from Royal Ascot - Fabulous Hats - Ascot:
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Royal Mail FDC from Ascot to Aberdeenshire.
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Ascot pictorial postmark for Royal Ascot Ladies Day.
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norvic wrote:Some people used them as 'sort of' maximum cards, although the term wasn't used.

Some of them put them on larger envelopes with 1 or all of the stamps and got FDCs. I have one somewhere.

Otherwise they were just souvenir/collectibles.
Ian,

I found one:
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Back with a slightly different pace in our racing:
Badminton Horse Trials.
The Badminton Horse Trials is a 5 day event, one of only six annual Concours Complet International (CCI) Five Star ***** events as classified by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). It takes place in April or May each year in the park of Badminton House, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort in South Gloucestershire, England.

Badminton was first held in 1949 by the 10th Duke of Beaufort in order to let British riders train for international events, and was advertised as "the most important horse event in Britain". It was the second three-day event held in Britain, with the first being its inspiration – the 1948 Olympics. The first Badminton had 22 horses from Britain and Ireland start, and was won by Golden Willow. Eight of the 22 starters failed to complete the cross-country course. Badminton was the home of the first European Championship in 1953, won by Major Laurence Rook on Starlight XV. In 1955, Badminton moved to Windsor Castle for a year, at the invitation of the Queen, in order to hold the second European Championships. Badminton was first televised in 1956.

In 1959, Badminton was held in two sections, called the Great and Little Badminton, due to the popularity of the event and the number of entries. The horses in the two sections jumped the same fences, but were separated into the two divisions based on their money winnings. This graded approach was abandoned after the 1965 event. In 1989, the current director and course-designer Hugh Thomas, who rode in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, took over from Frank Weldon, a former winner, who is credited with bringing the event to the pinnacle it is at today.

Badminton is held in the 6 square kilometre (1500 acre) Badminton Park, where the car parks, tradestands, arena and cross country courses are located.

Badminton has been cancelled on several occasions – in 1966, 1975, 1987 and 2012 the event was cancelled completely, and in 1963 it was downgraded to a one-day event due to bad weather. In 2001 it was cancelled due to foot and mouth disease. In 2012 it was cancelled due to waterlogged ground.

Together with the five-star rated Rolex Kentucky Three Day and the Burghley Horse Trials, Badminton forms the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Only two people have ever won the Grand Slam; Pippa Funnell in 2003 and Michael Jung in 2015/16. Australian Andrew Hoy nearly took the title in 2007 but lost it when he had a pole down at Burghley. The remaining CCI***** rated events are the Luhmühlen Horse Trials, the Australian International Three Day Event and the Stars of Pau. It is also now part of the HSBC FEI Classics—a points-based system containing the CCI***** events.

The cross-country day at Badminton attracts crowds of up to a quarter of a million and is the second largest for money made in the world (after the Indianapolis 500).

Registered cover from the 1954 event, postmarked at the Mobile Post Office on 21st April 1954 with provisional registered label from the Mobile Post Office:
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The 1954 event was won by Margaret Hough of Great Britain on Bambi V.
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Badminton is about 19 miles north east of Bristol, about 17 miles north of Bath & about 100 miles west of London:

A cover to the same addressee, R Kingston of Slough, for the 1957 event, dated 25th April 1957, postmarked at the Mobile Post Office but registered at Chippenham Wiltshire about 10 miles south east of Badminton:
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The 1957 event was won by Sheila Wilcox of Great Britain on High And Mighty.

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A cover to the same addressee, R Kingston of Slough, for the 1958 event, dated 16th April 1958, postmarked at the Mobile Post Office but registered at Badminton this time.
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The 1958 Event was won by Sheila Wilcox of Great Britain on High And Mighty, a repeat of the previous year's win by horse & rider.

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A cover to the same addressee, R Kingston of Slough, for the 1962 event, dated 12th April 1962, postmarked at the Mobile Post Office & again registered at Badminton.
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The 1962 Event was won by Anneli Drummond-Hay of Great Britain on Merely-a-Monarch

These are the only covers I have seen from the Mobile Post Office.

Back tomorrow with covers from the Badminton Post Office. :)
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Souvenir cover for the Silver Jubilee of the Badminton Horse Trials with the pictorial postmark for the 11th April 1976. It is not clear when a pictorial postmark was first introduced for the event but this is the earliest I have. There is an insert inside the cover but unfortunately it is stuck to the back flap of the the cover.
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The 1976 Event was won by Lucinda Prior-Palmer of Great Britain on Wide Awake
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An Official Shire Horse Society cover for the 1978 Badminton Horse Trials with pictorial postmark for the 15th April 1978:
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With a note on the reverse of the insert card describing an enjoyable day there.

The 1978 Event was won by Jane Holderness-Roddam of Great Britain on Warrior.
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Price list for Official Shire Horse Souvenir covers that was also inside the 1978 cover:
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On 5th July 1978, the British Post Office issued a set of horses stamps (SG #1063 to #1066).

They were the Shire Horse 9p (SG #1063), Shetland Pony 10½p (SG #1064), Myrlyn Cymreig Welsh Pony 11p (SG #1065) & Thoroughbred 13p (SG #1066).
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Postmarked at Badminton with Registration label affixed at Swindon.


A very scarce postmark on this cover. :)
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Registration label affixed at Badminton. By this time the post office had decided that producing labels for every village PO was a pointless exercise and they could just as well use the ones supplied to their post-town. This led to some interesting combinations where the county of the label was not the same as the county of posting.

Consolidation like this avoided waste when POs closed.
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Thank you for that explanation Ian. :)
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On 9th July 1996, Benham Silk fdcs, of Folkestone Kent, produced a limited edition fdc of 5000 with Richard Meade the subject of the cachet. The cover is postmarked at Badminton with a pictorial postmark of a horse jumping a fence.

Richard John Hannay Meade, OBE (4 December 1938 – 8 January 2015) was Britain's most successful male equestrian Olympian. He was a triple Olympic gold medalist and the first British rider to win an individual Olympic title. He also won five World Championship medals, including team golds in 1970 and 1982.

Richard Meade won the Badminton Horse Trials on two occasions. Firstly in 1970 on "The Poacher" & again in 1982 on "Speculator III".
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Throughout his eventing career Meade was the outstanding rider of his time and the lynchpin of British teams for 21 years. In 1964, he won the Burghley Horse Trials on Barberry. Meade was a member of Britain's gold medal winning team at both the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics, and also won the individual gold in 1972. He also competed in the 1964 and 1976 Olympics, as well as the substitute competition in Fontainebleau during the partial boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Meade also won two World Championship gold medals and three silver medals, as well as three European Championship gold medals and two bronze medals. He twice won the Badminton Horse Trials, in 1970 on The Poacher and in 1982 on Speculator III.

Meade excelled at the major events and championships; in four Olympic games he never finished out of the top eight places. When he retired he was 6th in the list of the most successful British Olympians of all time across all sports; he is currently equal 11th.
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