July postcard magazine captures the holiday spirit

There’s plenty of diversity as usual in the July issue of Picture Postcard Monthly, which is now out for sale at £4 at fairs around the country – or direct from us with postage.

The spirit of summer is captured in an article about Fred Pontins Holiday Camps, which is well-illustrated with cards from the 1970s. We also look at the “public enemy number one” – the seagull, and there’s a story about the Bird Man of Hyde Park, to continue the theme of our feathered friends.

One of the country’s most-experienced auctioneers looks at four decades in the auction rooms, and there’s also a superbly-illustrated article on all the Roman pontiffs; and, still overseas, a fascinating feature on The Sphinx in Egypt.

Plus all your regular features such as our look at the auctions scene, a round-up of news, a look at the country’s network of postcard clubs, our regular report on the moderns scene and a vibrant Postbag.

PTA set to fly the flag for postcards at major antiques show

The Postcard Traders Association (PTA), supported by PPM, will showcase the hobby at a major four-day antiques show next month (July).

It has accepted a generous invitation from the organisers of Art and Antiques for Everyone to mount a postcard display in Halls 17-18 at the NEC Birmingham from July 18-21.

The event will feature 180 antique dealers in the largest vetted fair outside London for the widest range of antiques, art and decorative interior pieces.

There are not expected to be any postcard dealers at the event.

But Campbell McCuthcheon, one of the country’s top postcard dealers, will be co-ordinating a special exhibition of rare, vintage, classic and collectable cards which will no doubt introduce many visitors to the world of postcards.

His display will focus on postcards/artefacts of the RMS Titanic alongside many popular themes and modern cards.

Free back copies of PPM will also be given away.

Busy month for big postcard fairs

Flaming June is a busy month for some of the country’s top fairs.

Shows were being held today (Sunday June 2) at both Bristol and Leicester – but there are plenty of other venues which will attract a minimum 14 postcard dealers this month, including both Canterbury and Thornton Hough next Saturday (June 8).

On Sunday June 23, Reading Postcard Club puts on its annual fair – the biggest event organised by a club in the country, with more than 60 dealers expected at the Rivermead Leisure Centre. Picture Postcard Monthly (PPM) will be there, with a half-price sale of postcards!

On Saturday June 29, there is again action both north and south, with fairs at Shoreham-by-Sea and Preston; with the ever-popular Etc Fairs show at the Royal National Hotel, London, the next day.

Full details are in the June issue of PPM, out now – and available for order via our website.

Major articles in this month’s edition include a look at pioneering postcard artist Marian Gardiner; a special report into the postcards of Fred S Howard and Misch & Co; why postcards are a slice of history; and the scuttling of the German Fleet after World War One.

There’s also an interesting story linking a Southampton orphanage, World War One and the sinking  of the Titanic.

The annual subscription is just £40 a year in the UK.

All set fair for Woking – one of THE big postcard events

The Postcard Traders Association holds its tow-day Spring South of England Postcard Fair over the next two days (Friday May 17 and Saturday 18).

The event, at Woking Leisure Centre in Kingfield Road, is one of the showpiece events in the annual postcard fairs calendar – and one of only four two-day shows in the country.

More than 50 dealers are lined up to attend the fair – one of the PTA’s biggest turn-outs for years.

The doors open tomorrow from 10am-5pm (£3 admission) and on Saturday from 10am-4pm (£2 admission).

Picture Postcard Monthly is among the stallholders – so do give us a visit.

Two-Day Woking Fair set for bumper turn-out

The Postcard Traders Association (PTA) has attracted more than 50 dealers to its two-day flagship Spring fair at Woking – which it says is its best turn-out ever.

The annual event will be held at the leisure centre in Kingfield Road on Friday May 17 (10am-5pm) and Saturday 18 (10am-4pm).

A number of dealers who have now attended the Surrey fair before have signed up to the event – as well as others who have not appeared for years.

It’s a terrific achievement by the PTA to increase dealer numbers at a time of falling attendances at fairs.

But show-goers have a number of other big events to attend around the country before then, including the Big Surrey Fairs event at Tolworth on April 22; Exeter on April 27; the Royal National Hotel (London) on April 28; and Nottingham on May 4.

Picture Postcard Monthly includes a list of every fair over a three-month period in each issue.

Our May edition is being printed in mid-April and will be distributed to subscribers from April 22/23.

Shepton Mallet – the world’s biggest postcard fair is here at last!

Shepton Mallet – which hosts what is thought to be the world’s biggest postcard fair – gets under way tomorrow (March 22.

The two-day Festival of Cards 2019 is again being held at the Bath and West Showground in Somerset (postcode BA4 6QN).

Nearly 130 dealers from Britain and overseas, including Europe, Scandanavia and Northern America, will converge on the arena on Friday March 22 (from 10am-6pm) and Saturday 23 (9.30am-4pm).

There is free car parking on-site, with the Friday entrance costing £5 – not the £4 originally advertised on the organiser’s website or in PPM.

It has been estimated in previous years that there could be as many as two million postcards up for sale.

See you there!

Dealer listing in Picture Postcard Monthly

The February issue of Picture Postcard Monthly contains four pages of listings of many of the top postcard dealers in the country.

Find out which dealers live near you – and might buy you unwanted collections or cards left to you by relatives over the years.

The list includes all those dealers who either subscribe to PPM, advertise regularly with us or organise the fairs held up and down the country every weekend of the year.

Major features in the edition include an article on the nautch dancing girls of India, jigsaw puzzle postcards, one of the favourite foreign holiday retreats of Kind Edward VII, a new book on postcards of Southampton and the history of William Grant woven silk cards.

The Feburary PPM is available now, priced £3.85 at a fair near you, or you can order via post from us (£1.26 actual cost postage).

Ireland’s biggest single collection of cards to go under the hammer

The largest single collection of postcards believed to have been accumulated in Ireland is up for auction in Dublin later this month.

It covers all periods, countries and themes with great strength in Irish topographical cards and was compiled over several decades by Seamus Kearns, a Dubliner who died in 2014.

The auction is being held by Whyte’s of Molesworth Street, Dublin, on Saturday January 26th, at 1pm. Visit www.whytes.ie to view the catalogue.

The full story, with images of some of the cards to go on sale, is in the January issue of PPM, which is available for sale, priced £3.85.

Ian Whyte, whose firm is hosting the auction, knew Mr Kearns well.

He said: “Seamus was the only collector of postcards I knew in the early days, so when I bought an album of cards for a pound or two, I used to sell it to him straightaway for a pound profit, after I had removed a few of the cards of postmark interest. There are dozens of those albums still in this accumulation.”

Ian said the collection will consist mainly of “quite large lots” valued from around £50 upwards – many of which will be for the trade “or the very adventurous collector.”

Your big postcard fairs for early 2019

Here are Picture Postcard Monthly’s top picks for your five biggest postcard fairs around the country to see in the new year in style.

They are:

  • Sunday January 6th, LEEDS, Pudsey Civic Hall
  • Saturday January 12th, BRISTOL, BAWA Leisure Centre
  • Saturday January 19th, EXETER, Clyst Vale Community College
  • Saturday January 26th, PRESTON, Barton Village Hall
  • Sunday January 27th, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG.

See PPM for full details of all the fairs coming up, including the organiser details. Our December 2018 issue also has all the major fairs in the country for the year.

The five show listed above include two fairs previously run by Anne Scott which have now changed hands – with the Exeter event now organised by Devon dealer John Ainslie and Bristol by Janette McCutcheon, wife of Gloucestershire dealer Campbell.

Temporary venue change for Warwick and Warwick

Warwick & Warwick’s next postcard auction – in 2019 – will be at a different venue.

It will be held at Alderson House at 23 High Street, Warwick, on Wednesday January 23, although the viewing will take place at the Warwick and Warwick premises as usual.

The next auction after that, on March 20, will return to the more familiar surroundings at the Court House.

Visit the company’s website for more details.