Sadly spotted too late for Christmas, which is a shame becauase this Factory Records Postcard Set would have made an ideal stocking filler for the music fan in your life.
If you haven't yet been along to the Postmodernism exhibition at the V&A, we heartily recommend you make your way down there post haste. There really is something for everyone who loves the 70s to the 90s, from architecture & consumables to fashion & popular culture.
There are eight designs to pick from, some more credible than others. As well as the Last of the Famous International Playboys design pictured here, I like the designs based on Love Will Tear Us Apart, Lips Like Sugar and You Spin Me Round (featuring a Penny Farthing). The cards cost £3.50 each which includes the option of having your own personalised message printed inside.
Go to the Spotted Sparrow website to see the whole range.
Cummins is viewed by many as the definitive chronicler of the Manchester music scene, beginning his career at around the time that Joy Division started. This special edition box set features 20 of his iconic Joy Division images, reproduced as postcards and presented in hand finished box. Appropriately, the set was made in Manchester.
Buy it online from Polite Shop, priced £25.
Yes, you read that title correctly, this is indeed a Joy Division colouring book by Piper Gates Design.
A limited edition (so get in quick if you want one), the book is A4 in size and has a four-page cover and eight pages of 'colouring in fun. You even get a free Transmission sleeve as a bonus to prolong the fun even further. You'll need to buy your own coloured crayons, but let's be honest, you'll only need black and grey.
It's being sold as a 'Buy It Now' on eBay, priced at £15.99. See another image over the page.
Please note that the link has now been changed after first print run sold out. The new link is for the the second batch to be printed up, which can be ordered now.
If the price of the photography prints was a bit rich for your blood, you can now pick up Kevin Cummins' classic pop culture images in postcard form, courtesy of the Archive 2: Manchester by postcard set.
Archive 2 is the latest themed set of postcards (Archive 1 took in Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s), focusing in on the pick of Manchester's past – The Fall, The Stone Roses, Morrissey, The Smiths, Buzzcocks, Magazine, Happy Mondays, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Alan Erasmus, Joy Division, New Order, Bernard Sumner, Liam Gallagher and the The Haçienda on those 16 postcards.
£12 secures you a set and if this is your kind of thing, a limited edition Joy Division set is coming soon. Another image from the set over the page.