PPM Club Member of the Year – finalists announced

We unveil here our five finalists for the Picture Postcard Monthly Club Member of the Year Award 2015/16.

They are the three women and two men put forward by you – and shortlisted by us – to fly the flag for postcard clubs across Britain.

Three of them are treasurers and two club secretaries.

Two represent Welsh clubs, one a Scottish club and two clubs in England.

One thing they all have in common is that they are highly-valued by their members, which is why we feel it right that their efforts should be recognised by us all.

Shortly after taking on the reigns of PPM, we invited all the country’s clubs to put forward the names of a committee member, past or present, who had served them with distinction and made a difference.

We were looking for the club member who goes above and beyond to promote the interests of their club – and the world of postcard collecting as a result.

The winner – who will be unveiled in the June issue of PPM – will receive an inscribed trophy to keep.

In alphabetical order, the roll of honour is: 

  • Brian Dunn, North Wales, Treasurer and postcard fair organiser
  • Richard Everett, Bury St Edmunds Postcard Club Treasurer
  • Margeorie Mekie, Lothian Postcard Club, Honorary Secretary
  • Kathleen Phillips, Croydon Postcard Club Treasurer
  • Marion Turner, Criccieth Stamp and Postcard Society Secretary.

More major fairs ahead for collectors

After another York Card Expo on April 1st/2nd, there are some more major fairs ahead for collectors around the country.

Details  of all the above events are in the  April issue of PPM, out now.

The next major events are:

  • April 24th, the Royal National Hotel, London
  • May 1st, Tonbridge
  • May 7th, Nottingham
  • May 13th/14th, the PTA fair at Woking
  • May 16th, Leeds
  • May 28th, Bury St Edmunds.

Details  of all the above events are in the  April issue of PPM, out now.

Raiders steal collection in house break-in

Collector Andrew Jenkins has appealed to the postcard community to watch out for prized cards stolen in daytime raid at his home.

Intruders stole various goods including two treasured albums collected over 30 years by Andrew Jenkins, who lives near Grantham in Lincolnshire.

Andrew has circulated descriptions of the stolen PCs to all his contacts, as detectives investigate a break-in shortly before Christmas while he was out.

Andrew said: “Obviously it’s devastating. A lot of the cards were unique. I’ll never be able to replace them. I have been collecting for more than 30 years since I was a teenager, and the Lincolnshire cards for around 25 years after I moved here. I don’t think the thieves specifically took the postcards. They took other things and just took them too. But the cards are all traceable. I catalogued them separately, including postmark dates.”

Andrew said the albums are standard six to a page style in clear leaves but have home-made black card interleaving pages. Both albums contained around 250 to 300 cards. They consisted of a:

  • Blue album,  containing vintage cards of Grantham, Bourne and surrounding villages in Lincolnshire including Witham on the Hill, Colsterworth, Corby Glen, Castle Bytham, Little Bytham, Folkingham, Morton, South Witham. Many of the cards were illustrated in “South Kesteven on Old Picture Postcards” Reflections of a Bygone Age 2004.
  • Red album, containing early Court size PCs including an 1896 card of Nottingham, and several Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee cards, plus artist cards by B Cascella (Italian artist – with distinctive ‘wood block backs’) and art nouveau and Vienna 1898 Exhibition cards published by Phillip & Kramer.

Andrew said: “As you can imagine this is a great loss to me.”

If you are offered any of these cards or hear of them for sale either as a whole or in batches please contact  the police 101 helpline, quoting Lincolnshire Police incident ref 378 of the 8th December.

Andrew also offered up the following tips:

–          keep a separate list of cards in your collection including any identifying features and price paid for insurance purposes
–          check your house contents insurance is sufficient to cover the loss of your collection
–          ensure the collection is kept in a secure place with window locks and an alarm if feasible
–          don’t give out your address to people you don’t know if talking about your collection.

Toovey’s sponsor January 2016 edition of PPM

PPM has its first sponsor under our ownership – and here’s a message from sponsor Nicholas Toovey.

“Toovey’s Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers & Valuers are proud to be the first ever sponsors of Picture Postcard Monthly.

“Our auctions feature a changing calendar of specialist fields such as paintings, coins, silver, toys and Asian art.

“However, we are passionate about quarterly sales of Paper Collectables that include postcards, stamps, cigarette cards and ephemera.

“The postcard community remains a close one, and we are pleased to be part of it. We already have a good and growing reputation among the trade and look reinforce this with the public too. By supporting the number one periodical for the postcard hobbyist we hope to establish Toovey’s as the number one choice for collectors.”

Nicholas Toovey BA (hons), FRSA

January 2016 PPM out soon!

Our first PPM of 2016 has already been printed – and should be delivered to the homes of all UK-based subscribers before Christmas.

And PPM has its first sponsor under our ownership – West Sussex auction house Toovey’s has sponsored the January issue and others planned for this year.

You can read a message from Nicholas Toovey separately on these pages.

This issue has feature articles on:

* the Essex town of Leigh-on-Sea
* postcard artists Charlie Hammond – an Englishman who made it big Down Under
* the tramways of Wolverhampton
* we investigate the secrets of a metamorphic skull
* we report on fantasy postcards in the early days of flying
* May The Force Be with You, as we look at Star Wars
* Walsall’s majestic gem, the second in our series of articles on The Lost Theatres of England
* plus many other stories and all your usual favourites.

Big postcard auction at Warwick & Warwick

Warwick & Warwick has another big auction coming up – this time on Wednesday November 18.

It includes the ‘chronological collection’ of Karl Jaeger, which auctioneer Colin Such says is rich in social history cards and fills 25 volumes – though it will be “vended, suitably broken down.”

To view the catalogue, click here.

PTA Autumn South of England Postcard Fair

The Postcard Traders Association is staging its Autumn South of England fair at Woking next Friday and Saturday (September 25/26).

It’s being held at the Leisure Centre in Kingfield Road, GU22 9BA. Enquiries 07583 915284.

PPM will be attending – so please do pop over and say hello.

We will also be at Billericay on October 4.

Collecting postcards for newcomers

PPM reader Paul Braithwaite has written a ‘newcomers’ guide to collecting postcards which can be downloaded by clicking here.

It’s a handy, easy-to-read, and short document which is one of many ideas Paul has for trying to attract new blood to the hobby.

Paul has a letter promoting the guide in the September 2015 PPM. In the August issue,  Paul had a feature published about his lifelong interest in Photochrom postards, and he has written a history of Photochrom, which will appear in the October 2015 issue.

Help us find the club member of the year

We have begun the country’s first search for a postcard club super-stalwart.

 

We are asking the committees of every postcard club in the UK to consider putting forward the names of one or two of their stalwarts to win the first PPM club Member of the Year Award.

 

We will accept nominations from rank-and-file members, but more weight will be given to candidates officially put forward by their clubs. Unfortunately, we will not consider nominations by people who put themselves forward.

 

We are looking for the man or woman who you feel helps to do most to promote the activities of your club. He or she will be your ‘go-to’ colleague – the person you know can be relied on to do the job.

 

They may be your founder member who is still at the club. They could be a long-serving secretary, someone who has held a number of positions on your committee, or a rank-and-file member for whom nothing is too much trouble – be it organising your social activities, keeping the kettle boiled to keep you all going with hot drinks at meetings or giving up their time to help your annual fair go smoothly.

 

Providing your nominee has been a member of your club at any stage during this calendar year of 2015, he or she could be a former or a retired member.

 

Posthumous nominations will also be warmly received – providing you have the family’s full consent.

 

All we ask is that you ensure that you have your nominee’s full approval for having their name put forward, that you complete a nomination form on their behalf. They must also be willing for their photo to be used in any resulting publicity – and that would include not only PPM but also your local press, as we will issue a news release to relevant local media in the areas in which our top three candidates live to help raise the profile of collecting picture postcards.

 

Your nominations, by email or ordinary mail, need to be with us by no later than November 30, 2015.

 

We will carry stories of some of the short-listed representatives in several issues of PPM next year and announce the winner in June 2016. A trophy will be awarded to the winner.

 

Twelve nominees will be short-listed by PPM and we will later announce the details of a three-strong judging panel who will review the claims of the final dozen.

 

You can download a nomination form from this website or you can take a photocopy from the July, 2015, issue of PPM and post it, with a photograph of your nominee, to Picture Postcard Monthly, 6 Carmarthen Avenue, Drayton, Portsmouth, PO6 2AQ.

 

If you are submitting the names of two candidates, you will need a separate form for each of them.

Download the form here: Club Member of Year entry form