The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley
On this page ..... a set of 8 postcards printed by Arthur Dixon in 1969,and a party invitation
These 1969 Herbs postcards by Arthur Dixon are actually numbers 1 to 8 of a larger set.
With numbers 9 to 26 featuring Camberwick Green.And 27 to 31 featuring Basil Brush.
There's no mention on the backs of anything other than the details for that particular card.So I presume they weren't catalogued collectively as something like "BBC Children's Favourites".
And it's also possible that they weren't even actively marketed as a single set of 1 to 31.
What I am pretty sure about is that they were all specially staged stills,rather than lifted directly from the broadcast footage.
Either shot at the time of filming for general marketing purposes,or later just for these cards.
So,there are 18 for Camberwick ..... 8 for The Herbs ..... and 5 for Basil.
Camberwick has a lot more characters to draw on of course,which also means they tend to work better because they're generally 'busier" as a result.
And,sad to say,some of The Herbs ones are actually a bit dull by comparison.With the Tarragon and Parsley solo efforts suffering from too much incidental background and not enough subject -although they did get it right with Sage.
And quite who you'd send a postcard of Belladonna to is another matter entirely. Granny perhaps ?!
But it's always nice to have merchandise that features still photos of the actual models and sets though.
Postcards in reference number order.....
Ref. L6/8394 BBC 1
" Belladonna "
Ref. L6/8396 BBC 3
" Signor Solidago "
Ref. L6/8397 BBC 4
" Constable Knapweed and Dill "
L6/8398 BBC 5
" Lady Rosemary,Dill,Sage,Bayleaf,Sir Basil and Parsley "
Ref. L6/8399 BBC 6
" Sage " ( torched brolly courtesy of Tarragon btw )
L6/8400 BBC 7
" Lady Rosemary,Constable Knapweed,Sir Basil and Belladona "
Ref. L6/8401 BBC 8
" Parsley "
Ref. L6/8395 BBC 2
" Tarragon "
Produced at the same time,by the same company
Exactly the same image as one of the cards above,just a slightly cropped version and simply given an extra leaf with a perforated centre line.
It's the only one I've ever seen.And the fact it's the one with most of the central characters leads me to believe they didn't bother replicating the other 7.Which would seem entirely logical for such a niche item.But the jury's still out on that one.
I've used a view of the back page as the large background pic -which I've only made that big to make the writing legible.
And I've inset a pic of the front & back splayed open and,below that,one of the 2 interior pages.