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Bargain hunt on holidays, Autographs
Newsletter 17/07/2014
Thu, 17 Jul 2014

Take your Delcampe agenda everywhere you go!
Are you going on holidays? Enjoy the summer! Whether you're going to the mountains or to the sea, you've probably made plans to visit some of the towns and villages in the area where you'll be staying.

Take the opportunity to visit some flea markets! Take a look at the Delcampe events agenda! Don't be surprised if you find places to bargain hunt where you're going on holidays.
And if you find that an event isn't listed, just go ahead and make the change and add it to the agenda. Anyone can make a change!

Napoléon Bonaparte
An autograph is the relic of a moment in history
signed by
someone we admire!

Whether we're fans in a Brazilian stadium or fans of a rock band or enthusiastic readers of an exciting saga, we all admire people that inspire us and make us passionate about something.
Placed on the pedestal of celebrity, each of these personalities retains some of the intimacy a giant screen or a biography can't provide. Owning an autograph means owning a special little part of the signer's personality. Every autograph is unique and becomes a sacred object for its owner. A window on the celebrity's personality which can sometimes be deciphered: long loops on "L's", rising, angular or illegible handwriting, strong or light lines..  
Rick Searfoss,
American astronaut
The Beatles,
English musicians
Brigitte Bardot,
French actress
Take something to write with, wherever you go. Your autograph collection could very well start in a concert hall, in the aisles of your local stationary shop… Or on Delcampe! We have an extensive autograph catalogue!
Do you have any yet?
Tell us about your treasure

Tour de France, Away, At the heart of the Great War
Newsletter 03/07/2014
Thu, 3 Jul 2014

The 101st Tour de France
The 101st Tour de France starts on July 5th. From the plains of Champagne to the mountain stages of the Alps to the tortuous cobblestones, the Grande Boucle takes fans on a three-week discovery of the regions of France over 3,660 km.
The legendary bicycle race, now a hundred years old, stirs up the passions of collectors. Many official items are issued for each Tour. And Delcampe has many of them in its shops! 

Are you getting your suitcases ready?
Keep your sales in the shade of a palm tree
The summer holidays are here! Are you locking your suitcases? Don't forget that Delcampe provides you with a "I'm currently unavailable" option under public information via the link:

"My Delcampe" > "Account: General parameters"
A palm tree  will appear beside your nickname and under all of your sales to inform your potential buyers that you're away. This will ensure that no disputes arise if you don't answer while you're travelling. Are you a gold+ club member? You can close your sales on the multiple changes page (link).

remember that this option doesn't exempt you from finalising all transactions in progress. Don't forget before you go!
And remember to deselect the option when you return.

We're commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the First World War this summer.
We'll be introducing you to items from the Great War every month.

Soldier helmets

The helmet was a basic part of the footsoldier's gear and it provided them with vital head protection against shrapnel. At the beginning of the conflict, nearly 80% of all injuries were head injuries. The number fell to 20% after the helmet was introduced.

The French "Adrian" helmet (named after the Intendant-General) was designed under emergency conditions in 1915.  Usually "horizon blue" in colour and sporting a crest (an ornament that lessened vertical impact), this helmet, made of steel 7 to 10 mm thick and weighing about 700g, provided
basic protection.

The French "Adrian" helmet

The British "Brodie" helmet was based on the Adrian model. Made of a single piece of steel with a 4 to 5 cm brim, it was stronger and manufactured more quickly.

The British "Brodie" helmet

However, the German helmet provided the best protection. The "Stahlhelm" ("steel helmet"), the successor to the spike helmet and recognisable among all others, was still used during the Second World War.


The spiked helmet

... And its successor, the "Stahlhelm"
Helmets on Delcampe

Are you selling interesting First World War items on Delcampe?
Contact us and we may put them in our next newsletter!