Postcard award to Bernard

Donald McGill guru Bernard Crossley has become the first winner of the Conrad Graham award for postcard research and writing.

Bernard was presented with his trophy and cheque at the most-recent Bloomsbury Fair in London by ex-PPM editor Brian Lund, who is administering the award with his wife Mary.

Brian said: “Bernard’s excellent biography of McGill, coupled with his work in helping to set up the Isle of Wight museum dedicated to the comic artist, and his assistance to the University of Kent in a McGill project, made him a worthy recipient.”

Two other winners – Mark Routh and Antony Edmonds – have also been chosen for awards by Brian and Mary, who were tasked by Conrad Graham’s executors with selecting ten trophy recipients after the book and postcard enthusiast left £1,000 in his will for the purpose.

The Lunds would welcome your nominations for the remaining seven recipients. Email reflections@postcardcollecting.co.uk.

In the meantime, PPM readers are also invited to make their suggestions for Best Article of the Year for 2016. Editor Mark Wingham has asked Brian and Mary Lund to administer the award to ensure independence. John Claydon won the 2015 trophy for his ‘Warhorse’ feature.