Hello to All ,
As card collectors I think we all know where and why our card desires spring from .
I'm 100% sure that mine spring from my childhood and early teenage gum chewing experiences .
I remember the CWN currency and that drove me to collect the set . I remember (vaguely) the Batman sets and that earmarked them for inclusion into my collection .
The Comic Foldees were are favourite of mine at an older age (8 or 9 years old) and I've started to put them into my card porfolio .
A small % of my collection is Western based and I believe that stems from the old goggle box (TV).
I always watched lots of Cowboys/Indians TV series and films in the mid 60's , especially when the influx of US shows hit the UK .
I remember watching The Virginian , Wagon Train , Bonanza and even Barbara Stanwyk in the Big Valley , my desire to don my Cowboy Outfit and holsters knew no boundaries .
I certainly remember the Brooke Bond cards from tea packets and strive as I did to try to complete a set I never did . I still drink plenty of tea but have no desire to chase the sets of my past . I see them in a different , brighter light nowadays .
When I stepped over the salty brine in search of US gum card excitement I was astounded at the variety and quantity of exciting and action based cards that were on offer .
I lived in the Gallery for days , weeks and months looking at all the images you guys had ammased over such a short time scale . I'll never forget my excitement , it was like a childhood Christmas experience .
I recently stumbled across an old post I made on N54 , from it's tone , wording and date it was an early one and it was praising the Gallery and in particular the Wild Man set and the UK Superman in the Jungle issue .
I confidently stated that ' I was going to get me some of those ' .
That was over 3 years ago and to this day I do not own one single Wild Man card , opting instead to go after other sets that caught my imagination , Horrors of War , Uncle Sam , Freedoms War , US Navy Victories , all of these are super sets and I'm so glad I have them in my collection .
The thing is I've often wondered where the ' inspiration ' or ' desire ' to collect these war based sets sprang from .
I grew up with what I've mentioed above plus The Saint , Muffin the Mule , Magic Roundabout etc and these are not exactly your blood'n'guts shows .
I recently uncovered what I consider to be the main source of my War card campaign .
It was an old booklet that my parents made me fill out in the run up to Christmas ( I was 6 years old) . It contains all the scribblings of a young mind complete with spelling mistakes and bad gramar (things never change) but on each of the blank non lined pages contained what i guess were meant to be Christmas sketches . I've shown them below and whilst not up to George Moll standard I'm sure they show why I had an overwhelming urge to go after Horrors , Freedoms War , Battle etc .
Apologies for the ramble (I'm Welsh) .
The evidence .