“South Goodwin” lightship by Scott Eidson

Andrew “Scott” Eidson (b.1908) was an American artist responsible for many paintings used as box art by model kits manufacturers. This one was painted for Universal Powermaster Corp., New York City for their Revell Ship Kit Model #5012. The original (14″ x 22″) watercolour – above – came up for auction in New Jersey in May 2018 where it sold for a paltry $150.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sadly, I just don’t get time to post here these days with “Collect Ireland”, “Irish Postcards”, “Art For Art’s Sake” and “Irish Movie Madness” becoming increasingly busy, but there’s always time for the annual Christmas indulgence!

During the year I have been buying Christmas themed paintings for an ongoing project – more of which another day – and I have used two of these for my 2016 cards. The Choirboy card was created using original Christmas card artwork from the long defunct firm of Arthur Burkart & Co., London, and the snowy church scene is from a 1920/30s card purchased from an American eBay dealer. As usual they were printed by Vistaprint and the quality of printing is quite outstanding.


New site for Art Lovers

Apologies for the long gap since my last post here – busy, busy, busy….

A link to my latest project below. Enjoy!

art 4 arts sake

The Barbarians are Inside the Gates!


If you’ve ever been to the Isle of Man, or are a transport preservationist of any kind please consider signing this petition asking that Douglas Corporation and the Isle of Man Government reconsider their hasty decision to close-down the unique Douglas Horse Tramway with immediate effect.

In many ways the Isle of Man is run in the same Mickey Mouse fashion as our own country – i.e. by an elite, out of touch clique who blunder from one crisis to the next while always managing to look after themselves and their pals in the process. The island’s tourist industry has been dying a death through neglect for decades and the people who want to kill off the tramway are cut from the same cloth as the charlatans who have the abolition of the Isle of Man TT in their sights. A tax haven purged of the pesky visitors who lower the tone of the place is their long-term goal. Apartment blocks for those involved in the financial laundry sector have all but obliterated most of the hotels on Douglas Promenade so it’s little wonder that traffic on the tramway has been in decline.

Please sign the petition!


The Christmas indulgence again!

Christmas draws near and I’m still above ground so it’s time for my favourite fetish…

This year my card cost very little but it took quite a long time and a fair bit of searching to track down a suitable picture. Several false starts and then this superb watercolour popped up on eBay.

eBay Mandara

As you can see, it cost a pittance, but I did have to set the alarm for 3.00am to get up to bid for it! A small amount of editing on Vistaprint’s user friendlywebsite and voilà. I haven’t been able to find out a thing about the artist but he is, of course, credited inside the card.

Vistaprint card

I have been too busy elsewhere to post on this blog during 2015 but hope to get back to it next year – in the meantime don’t forget to check out my new Irish Postcard site.

Happy Christmas everybody!


A Man from Elsewhere – J.G.Farrell

This ultra-rare title has been on my wish list for a few years now and when it popped up in my eBay notifications recently I was very excited – until I saw the price! It is a rare item – there’s not a copy anywhere online – but I’m not lashing out that sort of money for something which may not even be that good. It was the author’s first novel (published in 1963) and I’ve found some of his early work is bit of a struggle to wade through – “A Girl in the Head” (1967) – being a case in point. Anyway, I’ll put it out there for any J.G.Farrell fans.

A Man for Elsewhere for blog

eBay link here: A Man from Elsewhere

Irish Postcard Collectors Forum

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Christmas and another excuse to indulge myself.

Christmas means one thing for me – a new card – to prove that there’s life in the old dog yet. This year as the Festive Season approached I was struggling to find a suitable image for the card when I stumbled on the charming work of English artist Mark Wakefield.

Mark is an ex.coal miner turned artist who sells his work on eBay under the name wren9180 and is well worth checking out. A gentleman to deal with, Mark was more than happy to let me use his painting for my 2014 Christmas card and I’m sure you will agree the result is very pleasing. As usual Vistaprint produced a high quality product in double quick time. Not cheap but very satisfying.

Christmas Card 1 (2) - Copy


Mark’s Facebook page is here

Another lightship that got away…

A fine scale rc model of the “South Goodwin” lightship sold on eBay last night for a paltry
£199.00 – I would have bid on it myself but the seller couldn’t organise packing for courier collection. That meant the only option would have been to travel from County Wexford in the SE corner of Ireland to Sheffield in the English Midlands, collect the model and back to Ireland. Two sea crossings and a lot of rail travel that would have cost me another £300-400 on top of the purchase price. If I was 20 years younger, and less impoverished, I would have gone for it but my heart just wasn’t in it. There will be others, or so I keep telling myself. See what you think – approx  31” long and 6” wide – a gem!


Bell from Light Vessel LV.10. sells on eBay

LV 10 BELL 1

The bell from the Trinity House light vessel LV .10. complete with the original clapper and bell toggle/rope. The bell, 12” in diameter at the base and 11” tall, weighing in at around 12 kilos sold for £561-00 on the 3rd July. A fine piece of maritime heritage which has hopefully gone to a good home.

LV.10. was built by Philip & Son, Dartmouth, Devon and launched in 1951 serving initially on the Helwick station. In 1984 she was converted to an Automatic Light Vessel and saw further service on the Sandettie and Sunk stations. I think she is still in service but will have to check with Trinity House.