The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley Classic BBC kid's animation by Michael Bond
On this page..... a set of 8 postcards printed by Arthur Dixon in 1969,and a party invitation
These are actually numbers 1 to 8 of a larger set.With 9 to 26 featuring Camberwick Green.And 27 to 31 reserved for good old 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.
Ref. L6/8394 BBC 1 " Belladonna "
Ref. L6/8396 BBC 3 " Signor Solidago "
Ref. L6/8397 BBC 4 " Constable Knapweed and Dill "
Ref. L6/8398 BBC 5 "Lady Rosemary, Dill, Sage, Bayleaf, Parsley"
Ref. L6/8399 BBC 6 "Sage" ( brolly torched by Tarragon btw )
Ref. L6/8400 BBC 7 " Rosemary,Knapweed,Basil & Belladona "
Ref. L6/8401 BBC 8 " Parsley "
Ref. L6/8395 BBC 2 " Tarragon "
The other slight mystery is why these particular series were chosen over-and-above all the other BBC kids' shows of the period -apart from the fact that they're all puppet-based. (answers on a postcard !)
Not that it really matters of course.And you can still get hold of pristine,unused exampes for around a pound a piece,which has to be a steal.
I'm pretty sure they were all specially staged stills too,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 only 5 for Basil.
With Camberwick having a lot more characters to draw on of course,which also means they probably work better because they're generally 'busier" as a result.
And,sad to say,I reckon 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 got it right with Sage.
And quite who you'd send a postcard of Belladonna to is another matter entirely.
Granny perhaps ?
The item below is a party invitation,produced at the same time.
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.
The large background pic is the back -which I've only made that big to make the writing legible.And inset are the front & back and the 2 interior pages.
As it's the only one I've ever seen,I don't know whether they replicated the full set of 8.And whilst logic says that they probably did,it's also entirely possible this was just a one-off.And hopefully we'll find out in due course.