Last chance saloon for Brian Girling collection

The sixth and last chance to acquire part of the late Brian Girling collection will be at auction in Warwick next month (January).

Warwick and Warwick will be selling off the final instalment of the  collection and trading stock in what auctioneer Colin Such rates as “one of the best postcard collections ever formed in this country in recent years.”

Colin said: “Brian was a well-known and respected dealer with a fine knowledge of postcards, especially those of London and the Home Counties and this important sale includes a large section of such cards, with London divided geographically.

“There are individual collections of many boroughs with four figure valuations of Edgware, Harrow, Marylebone, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Twickenham and Wimbledon. A collection of London omnibuses is offered intact with an estimate of £2,600. 32 different Rotary London Life are estimated at £550.”

The auction takes place on Wednesday January 24.

The penultimate part of the collection went under the hammer last month – with every lot selling, most realising well above estimate. It also contained significant ranges of London and suburbs.

December fair date changes

PPM has been publishing the date changes for two big fairs just after Christmas this year (2017).

A reminder that the postcard fair at Wickham, near Portsmouth, is now on Wednesday December 27 – at the community centre in Mill Lane (10am-4pm).

And Big Surrey Fairs announced a few months ago that it had switched its last fair of this year at Tolworth Recreation Centre to Thursday December 28.

PPM understands that a different date for Tolworth is being publicised on one or two other websites, but we can confirm that the date is definitely December 28th. Visit

Tristan Brittain, who organises the Wickham fair, has also got another fair at Kempton racecourse on Saturday December 16.

PPM will be having a stall at Wickham.

Picture Postcard Annual 2018

The Picture Postcard Annual is now available at £6.95, plus £1.60 post or £5 overseas from the publishers – Reflections of a Bygone Age, by emailing

Copies are also available at fairs from selected dealers or from us, at PPM, on 023 9242 3527.

It’s packed with essential reference information, including the postcard scene around the world, early posting dates, a listing of postcard clubs and feature articles which include the Russian Revolution, World War One comics, postcards from Japan and exotic tyre advertising!

New Maidenhead Postcard & Antiques Fair

There’s a welcome new fair on the scene in Berkshire – with Neil Baldry returning to the fold as an organiser to pick up the void that will be left after Mike Huddy’s final show at nearby Twyford in November.

It will be held on Sunday October 8 at Manor Green School, Maidenhead.

Neil said: “It’s really to take the place of Mike’s Twyford. I’m getting one fair in before Mike’s final show to get the ball running. I just felt it would be a shame to lose the fair completely in this area. I’m hoping to attract 15 plus dealers.

“I’m looking to hold it quarterly and it will be on the second Sunday of the month. There is already an antique fair there on the second Sunday of the month but we will be in a different room. It’s a really good venue with lots of free parking.”

Bristol Postcard Club’s October fair cancelled

Organisers of the long-running Bristol Postcard Fair have cancelled their annual showpiece Autumn event because of lack of support from dealers.

Only around 17/18 dealers had booked for the show at Portishead on Saturday October 28 – half the usual number that attend.

Club secretary Michael Lambert said: “We felt making the early decision was the fairest thing for those dealers who had said they would attend and also the collectors who were planning to come along.

“We’ve been holding the fair for 35 years. I don’t think we will organise another one now. ”

Read the full story in the October issue of Picture Postcard Monthly.

Page Postcards expanding its business

Page Postcards is now selling cards at a tenth antiques outlet in England.

Jonathan Edwards, a regular dealer at fairs nationwide, has further increased his retail portfolio by moving into a recently-opened venue at Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

Jonathan said: “I am delighted to open up a new outlet for postcards and stamps and particularly to move into a completely new area.

“The owners of the Harborough Antiques Centre have worked hard to create an interesting centre with a wide range of antiques and collectables. They were delighted to add postcards and stamps to their range of items.”

Jonathan already has postcard for sale at nine outlets in five counties – four in Oxfordshire, two in Berkshire, and one each in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Northamptonshire.


Countdown under way to 2017 York Expo postcard fair

Countdown is under way to one of the showpiece events of the postcard calendar – the annual York Card Expo International.

The two-day fair at York Raceourse Grandstand is being held on Friday September 1 (11am-6.30pm) and Saturday September 2 (10-4.30pm).

It has been held in April in previous years, but organiser Jack Stasiak has moved it back this time in the hope of boosting the attendance.

The change of date also gives far more breathing space for buyers and sellers between York and the country’s biggest annual fair, at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which has traditionally taken place in February.

The many dealers who attended both events had little time to build up their stock because there was only six or so weeks between the two events. Now they are months apart, which should be good news for buyers too.

Top dealers from throughout the UK and overseas will be at York. The full list of sellers was published in the August edition of Picture Postcard Monthly, and an updated list appears in our September issue, which will be received by subscribers between August 22nd-24th.

For details, contact Jack or Felicity Stasiak on 01347 822722.

There is an on-site restaurant.

The following day, on September 3, there’s another big fair at Nottingham – at King’s Meadow Campus (NG7 2NR).  Call  0115 9374079 for details.

A Beginner’s Guide to Postcard Collecting

We have a limited number of a 38-page A-5 booklet ‘Postcard Collecting – A Beginner’s Guide’ left in stock.

It’s a great introduction to the world to the hobby produced by Brian Lund, the former editor of Picture Postcard Monthly (PPM), and costs £3.95 plus £1 postage.

Call us on 023 92423 527 or email to order your copy.

PPM is also selling John Wood’s major new reference work about French postcard publishers Levy Sons & Co of Paris.

The 200-page A4 publication ‘LL1’ has been compiled by John on behalf of the LL Circle, and is as “an accumulation of information” about the 10,500 or so postcards of the UK produced by the company.

Every known LL card for every town is described and listed, with hundreds of cards illustrated. There’s also background history, back type information and detailed notes to aid identification.

It’s available for £25 plus £2.90 postage (2nd class) in the UK. The postage rates are higher overseas.

Our August issue carried the second in of a series of five articles about LL written by Geoff Ashton, who founded the LL Circle, and helped John compile his book.

August Picture Postcard Monthly out today! (July 22nd)

The August issue of PPM has been delivered to subscribers throughout the UK today – with readers in 24 countries outside the UK due to receive their copies in the next day or two.

It’s another action-packed issue, with major feature articles including:

  • A look at the Bamforth comic cards of the Kaiser in World War One
  • The building of the Panama Canal
  • LL postcards in England
  • Stormy Waters and the Pictorial Stationery Company
  • Murder most foul!
  • London Fire Brigade – ‘pride’ of the capital.

Plus all your favourite regular features – Mark Routh’s look at the moderns scene, the events diary, our review of the auction scene, and news stories from around the country as well as reports from Britain’s network of postcard clubs.

Order your copy today!

Postal Museum set to open

London’s long-awaited new heritage attraction, The Postal Museum, opens to the public on Friday 28 July – and we hope postcards will play an important part in its story.

Its galleries will take guests “on a journey through five centuries of world-class curiosities.”

Once visitors have taken in the museum, their ticket gives them access to a subterranean world that until now remained hidden from public view.

Visitors will descend into the old engineering depot of Mail Rail and board a miniature train designed to transport them through its narrow tunnels.

The interactive train ride will pass through and stop at the original Mount Pleasant station platforms, where an audio visual display will take riders back in time, giving an insight into the heyday of the railway.

Mail Rail will also have a dedicated and interactive children’s play zone: Sorted!

There’s more on this story, and an image, in the news section of the August issue of Picture Postcard Monthly, which is on sale five days before the postal museum opens its doors for the first time.