11,000 pier postcards up for sale

Former submariner Mike Smith is selling his massive 11,000-strong collection of pier postcards which were amassed over 20 years of collecting.

Read about Mike’s auction for the cards of cards featuring structures in England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, in the March edition of Picture Postcard Monthly.

Mike is selling them for the best offer received before April 21. The lot includes around 100 cards by the artist AR Quinton featuring piers.

The collection also includes piers that have long disappeared, disasters, seaside and river piers, hold-to-lights, internal views and troupes and shows on piers.

Mike, who spent eight years in the Royal Navy on submarines and surface ships, said: “I’ve long had this fascination with piers – I suppose, like ships, they go out to sea.

“But I’ll be 78 in March, and what will happen to them when I’m gone? I’d rather they went to a good home now, ideally for a collector but they will appeal to dealers too.”