Polish Postcards

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     The following is an excerpt from "Goldmine" Magazine regarding the history of the Polish Postcard Record:

     "Although the so-called Polish Postcard singles are widely considered an aspect of flexi-disc collecting, the sheer range and novelty of available issues has established them as a firm, if difficult, theme in their own right.

      Little firm data has been published surrounding these exotic issues’ origins and development. The majority were produced by the Polpress label and are sometimes inaccurately described as pirate productions, in that the music was not licensed from the western copyright holders. However, as one of the few rock-music media readily available to Polish youth during the Communist era, their status as items of social history necessarily outweighs any legal issues.

      Polish Postcard records seem to date back to the 1960s, when Mary Hopkin’s “Bylie Taki Dni” (“Those Were The Days”) was paired with the Ohio Express’ untranslatable “Yummy Yummy Yummy” for an issue much sought after by Apple label collectors. Other known issues from this early period include Procol Harum, The Doors and Pink Floyd.

      Many of the discs (which are, of course, shaped and manufactured to the specifications of a regular picture postcard, then embossed with two musical tracks) frequently bear images completely unrelated to their subject — cartoons, street scenes, greetings and so forth. It also appears that “new” postcards were not always produced; many postcard singles exist pressed onto cards which clearly predate the song’s recording — a 1920s view of Warsaw, for example, playing a 1970s Deep Purple song.

      Neither was Poland the only Communist bloc nation issuing music in this form. The Soviet Union itself saw a number of postcard singles issued by the Moscow Photo/Cinema Organization during the late 1960s, measuring some 9½” across and playing at 78 rpm. These cards, too, tend to offer totally unrelated images on the postcard side.

      Another characteristic of these issues is their extremely limited availability. Some press runs were as tiny as 50 copies. One should also be aware that automatic record players — that is, those whose mechanism automatically returns the playing arm to its rest upon reaching the end of the record — are unable to play them, as the postcard record begins where a conventional 45’s label would lie.

      Entire LPs were produced in the postcard medium, two songs per card. For obvious reasons, complete sets are extremely rare and highly valued today, particularly those still contained within their own original packaging. Many cards, individual and otherwise, were issued in “picture sleeve” envelopes or wrappers, bearing the artist and song title. Several Pink Floyd titles are known in this format, including the albums Dark Side Of The Moon and Meddle, and a unique compilation, Super Floyd. (Pink Floyd themselves utilized the wrapper format as packaging for the set of non-musical postcards included within their Shine On box set. )

      Polish postcard releases, while actively traded, are nevertheless extremely difficult to find. Many collectors might spend their entire lives without ever finding one through their traditional record-hunting channels. However, shift one’s focus away from record collecting and into the realms of cartophily (postcard collecting) and some finds can be made. Many card dealers have sections of novelty and musical postcards, and while these tend to be dominated by mass-produced American issues, playing state anthems and songs for tourists and the like, more esoteric items abound."

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The following is a listing of Bootleg Polish Postcards

11:59  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by Czestawa Gucz~  Translation of Inscription on the front of the Postcard: "Strong Wishes"11:59
11:59  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by Patryk Stachura~  Translation of Inscription on the front of the Postcard: "Greetings From Vacation"11:59
Atomic  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Image on Postcard is from the "Great Ecclesiastical Clergymen Collection" found in the "Costumes Turcs" Album in the British MuseumAtomic
Atomic  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Image on Postcard is from the "Great Ecclesiastical Clergymen Collection" found in the "Costumes Turcs" Album in the British MuseumAtomic
Atomic  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Image on Postcard is from the "Great Ecclesiastical Clergymen Collection" found in the "Costumes Turcs" Album in the British MuseumAtomic
Call Me  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting of "Teddy Bear & Duckling in Sailboat" by Czestawa GuczCall Me
Call Me  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting of "Teddy Bear & Duckling in Sailboat" by Czestawa Gucz  The Coloration on this Postcard is slightly different to the one listed aboveCall Me
Danceway  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Photo of Orchids by Goetz & Goetz Prints~  Translation of Inscription on the front of the Postcard: "Cool Wishes"Danceway
Dreaming  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Scenes from Gdynia, Poland: 1. (top left) Polish State Railway Station; 2. (top right) Hotel in Gdynia; 3. (middle left) Zwirki i Wigury, one of the Main Avenues in Gdynia 4. (middle right) Shipyard Memorial; 5. (bottom) Molo Pier in GdyniaDreaming
Dreaming  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Scenes from Gdynia, Poland: 1. (left) Monument of Mariusza Zaruskiego, a Famous Polish Army General and Pioneer of Polish Sailing; 2. (top right) The M/S Sylwester Ship; 3. (bottom right) New Year's Celebration at Gdynia HarborDreaming
Hanging On The Telephone  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsHanging On The Telephone
Heart Of Glass  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by famous Polish Artist, Tadeusz Makowski from 1929, housed in the National Museum at Krakow, PolandHeart Of Glass
Heart Of Glass  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by famous Polish Artist, Tadeusz Makowski from 1929, housed in the National Museum at Krakow, PolandHeart Of Glass
Heart Of Glass  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by famous Polish Artist, Tadeusz Makowski from 1929, housed in the National Museum at Krakow, PolandHeart Of Glass
Hits Postcard Boxed Set  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk   This is an 8 Postcard boxed set. Each Postcard has a painting of an animal on the front and the set includes the following 8 songs: "Atomic", "Call Me", "Denis", "Dreaming", "Heart Of Glass", "Rapture", "Rip Her To Shreds" & "Touched...Presence Dear". The origin of these paintings is an ancient book titled "Zlota Legenda"~ or "The Golden Legend" from the year 1260. Written by Jakub de Voragine, the Archbishop of Genoa at the time, this is considered an important book that provides an insight into the what the popular religious thoughts were during the Middle Ages.Hits Boxed Set
In The Flesh  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  This Postcard is from the collection of Marka Sosenki, famous for his massive collection of ephemera that depicted Jewish life in the early portion of the 20th Century through WWII. The Translation of the Inscription on the front of the Postcard: "Happy (Gay) Hallelujah!". The translation on the reverse side did not make any sense to me nor does it seem connected to the image on the front. The translation on the backside is as follows: "Luxury Kitsch on Postal Cards from Packages".In The Flesh
In The Flesh  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsIn The Flesh
Island Of Lost Souls  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  This painting is titled, "Portrait Of Ewa" by Polish Artist Jacek Chrzanowski (from 1988)Island Of Lost Souls
Kidnapper  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Photo by Adam Szczgiel.Kidnapper
Kidnapper  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Photo by Michal Cafa.Kidnapper
Kidnapper  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Photo from ThetaXStock.Kidnapper
Kidnapper  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Sculpture by Polish Artist Malgorzata (Margaret) Niedzielko, Titled, "Zatoka". The title translates to "Bay" or "Gulf".Kidnapper
Kung Fu Girls  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsKung Fu Girls
Kung Fu Girls  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Photo of Pope John Paul II at Defilad Square, Warsaw on June 14, 1987...during his third visit to PolandKung Fu Girls
Kung Fu Girls  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsKung Fu Girls
Oh Oh I Love Her So  7"  Poland  000910  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Comes in a plain white envelopeOh Oh I Love Her So
Oh Oh I Love Her So  6"  Poland  000910  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Commeration of the 1980 Moscow Olympics  Comes in a plain white envelopeOh Oh I Love Her So
One Way Or Another  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  The only Inscription on the Postcard identifies this photograph as having been taken in Warsaw, Poland in 1945.One Way Or Another
One Way Or Another  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  The only Inscription on the Postcard identifies this photograph as having been taken in Warsaw, Poland in 1945.One Way Or Another
One Way Or Another  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  The only Inscription on the Postcard identifies this photograph as having been taken in Warsaw, Poland in 1945.One Way Or Another
Picture This  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsPicture This
Picture This  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsPicture This
Picture This  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsPicture This
Pretty Baby  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Photograph by Polish Artist Zdzislaw Beksinski~ Title of the Photo: "Odchodząca" ("Outgoing")Pretty Baby
Rifle Range  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by Tadeusz Brudzyński~ Title Unknown: No other details availableRifle Range
Rifle Range  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by Tadeusz Brudzyński~ Title: "Profile On Grey Background"Rifle Range
Rifle Range  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by Tadeusz Brudzyński~ Title Unknown: No other details availableRifle Range
Rip Her To Shreds  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  This is a photo of the Hotel Podklasztorze, in the Polish town of Sulejów. Built from a 12th Century Abbey, this photo depicts a portion of the original architecture, "The Cracow Gate" & "The Tower Of Music"Rip Her To Shreds
Rip Her To Shreds  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  This is a painting of 3 baby chicks by Polish artist and children's book illustrator, Wojciech Kołyszko.Rip Her To Shreds
Slow Motion  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting from 1956 by famous Polish artist, Zdzisław Bekiński, now stored in the National Museum in Wrocław, Poland. The Painting is Titled, "Winter".Slow Motion
Slow Motion  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Photograph by Bolesława Zdanowska, Polish Photographer from 1958. The Photograph is Titled "Fishing" in Gdynia.Slow Motion
The Tide Is High  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsThe Tide Is High
The Tide Is High  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk    This is a painting of 3 baby chicks by Polish artist and children's book illustrator, Wojciech Kołyszko. The same illustration can be found on one of the Postcards.The Tide Is High
Union City Blue  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Photography by Polish Artist, Zdzisław Bekiński. The Photo is Titled, "Aureola".Union City Blue
Union City Blue  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsUnion City Blue
Victor  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by famous Polish artist, Jacek Malczewski. This is one in a series of paintings from 1905, all Titled, "The Poisoned Well".Victor
Victor  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by famous Polish artist, Jacek Malczewski. This Self-Portait from 1909 is Titled, "At Well".Victor
War Child  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsWar Child
X-Offender  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  The inscription on the front of this Postcard reads; "I'll Never Leave You", as verified by the same inscription written in English on the reverse side.X-Offender
X-Offender  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  This Postcard appears to be a New Year's Greeting. The Inscription on the body of the elephant reads "New Year". The fine print along the bottom translates roughly to: "May your New Year be full of Peace".X-Offender
X-Offender  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  X-Offender
X-Offender  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  X-Offender
X-Offender  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  X-Offender

French Kissin'  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  This is a 2 Postcard set..both disks play "French Kissin". As you can see, when placed side-by-side, the 2 separate postcards create a single painting of a woman sitting at a table. Painting by Polish artist, Władysław Czachórski in 1879. Title of the Painting: "Do You Want A Rose?".French Kissin'French Kissin

I Want You  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by Tadeusz Brudzyński. Title: "Profile On Golden Background".I Want You
I Want You  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by Tadeusz Brudzyński. No other details are available.I Want You
I Want You  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Painting by Tadeusz Brudzyński. No other details are available.I Want You
Military Rap  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Unable to translate any of the inscription on the back. Any details pertaining to this Postcard are unknown.Military Rap
Military Rap  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  There were absolutely no identifying inscriptions on this postcard to give any sort of detailsMilitary Rap
Now I Know You Know  7"  Poland  Postcard Flexi Picture Disk  Scenes from Inowrocław, Poland~ 1: (top) City Health Resort from 1240 to 1875; 2. (bottom left) Sun Dial; 3. (bottom right) Apartment building on the Street of Queen Yadwiga who ruled during the 1300's.Now I Know You Know

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