Stonehenge Collectibles.

Stonehenge 1998

Welcome to yet one more corner of my little world.

First let me try to explain how a “Bloody Yank” like me got so interested in Stonehenge to become an avid collector. My name is Bob Bradlee aka PostcardBob and formally known as the Cave Mutterer.

One of my early Mutterings on the subject of Stonehenge “The Birth of a Collection” was first printed in the “Heart of Ohio Postcard Club Newsletter” and went on to become the seed that started the website. Over time, the collection expanded to include stamps, coins and other items and I had started by the time it had become a full fledged obsession.
My interest in Stonehenge began as a young boy in the 50’s. I remember my Grandfather telling stories about his adventures in England when, as one of the first Americans to be sent to England to assist the RAC during WWI. While on leave from hospital, he went by train to visit Stonehenge. He told a wonderful story about the stones that captivated my young mind. A father went to England numerous times in the 60’s and 70’s, visiting and photographing Stonehenge on several occasions. I followed the restoration process of the late 50’s and 60’s in the publications of the day and I even did a report for school based on the June 1960 National Geographic story and pictures.

In the 80’s, I was acutely aware of the political strife surrounding Stonehenge. News of the great Bean Fields Wars even made it to the states and received some TV news coverage. I remembered joking, “at least it’s not the Royal Family cocking things up, this time”

Stonehenge became a topic of conversation again in the 90’s while working with MrBill, my eclipse chasing friend. Following his return from Stonehenge 2001, he transcribed a nice muttering about using Stonehenge to predict Solar and Lunar Eclipse events called “The Stonehenge Eclipse Calculator” and can be found on the website.
It was not until my visit to England in 1998 that I became aware of how commercialized Stonehenge, well much of England for that matter, had become over the years. Then again, show me one city, place, or thing of importance that has not been nearly consumed by commercialism at some point in history.

I was amazed at the number of collectibles that were being sold to the masses. Seemingly everywhere there was another gift shop selling trinkets to the tourists.

On the bus ride to Stonehenge, I had listened to the tour guide make a pitch about everyone being sure to stop in the gift shop, either before going through the tunnel out to view the stones, or before heading back to the bus or caravan as they called it. I surmised from the talk, the two hot items were: To squash a set of pennies and to mail a postcard home to yourself or family with a Stonehenge postmarked on it, or as they called it “Franked” from Stonehenge. It could be posted right there at the gift shop. When I saw the crowd all descend on the little gift shop, I beat feet and I left the group far behind. Some listened to the Guide droll on about something I should have listened to, but didn’t. As far as I was concerned, I was there for one thing – get some pictures. Which I did, using both an Olympus OM1 35mm and an early Sony Digital camera. Although I never got around to scanning the 35mm stuff, I did post some of the better Digital images taken with the Sony on the family website.

Upon exiting the tunnel, I knew I was in a special place. It was a quiet day. We were the only group there at the time. I kept moving, so I could keep the others in shadow on the other side of the circle as I looked for angles and took my pictures.

I never made it to the gift shop and have spent thousands of dollars on eBay over the years in retribution for that oversite on my part.

Keep on muttering …..

If you are interesting in Collecting, be sure to check out “Collectors Collect Collectibles and Collectables to build Collections”

2 Responses to “Stonehenge Collectibles.”

  1. Karen Says:

    Did you take the dawn or dusktour that takes you into the henge? It’s so much better that the regular day tours which only walk around the outside. There’s only one or two tour companies that have the licence to do this so it costs a bit more than the normal tours but it’s absolutely worthwhile.

  2. stonehengecollector Says:

    No I did not, MrBill did in 2001 and I plan to on the next trip. I also hope/plan to rent a helicopter and photograph it from the Air next trip.

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