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.


Britain’s biggest club organised postcard fair

Reading and District Cigarette Card and Postcard Club stages its annual fair tomorrow – Sunday July 2.

And the event is the biggest one-day event in the country organised by a postcard club.

It is being held at the Rivermead Leisure Centre in Richfield Avenue from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

There will be more than 80 stallholders from England, Scotland and Wales – mainly postcards, but also cigarette cards and other ephemera.

PPM will be there – at Stand 48 so do please come and pay us a visit and say ‘hello.’

One of the Reading club’s big promotions for the event is that it features some dealers who do not usually attend other fairs.

It is thought there will be at least a half a million postcards in the sports hall.

See you there!

Major stamp fair keen to attract postcard dealers

The organiser of a major stamp fair is hoping to attract postcard dealers – to help broaden the appeal of the event.

Melvyn Philpott has rebranded the returning Salisbury Stamp Show as The Salisbury Stamp & Postcard Show.

It’s being held at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre on October 20/21 this year.

Melvyn said: “It has been felt for a while now that the available ‘spend’ at many stamp shows is spread too thinly between the participating dealers therefore making all the effort involved less attractive. This we believe is true not only for stamp dealers but also for postcard traders.

“For our newly returning Salisbury Stamp Show we have decided to limit the maximum number of stamp dealers to 50 (or even less), with the remaining tables being offered to postcard dealers. We have a private on-site attended car park available for use by our visitors.

“If any of your readers are interested in taking a space at the show, please me on 01406 350896 or email

Dorset Postcard Fair cancelled

Dorset Postcard Card has cancelled its summer fair planned for July 16 – saying dealer bookings were down 50% on last year.

Organiser David Stevens commented:  “We normally get 20-25 dealers, but our numbers were down on last year by 50%, so we’ve cancelled it to avoid running it at a loss. Reading moving their date to our usual date has really knocked us, even though we moved our event back a fortnight to try and get around it.

“We will try again on another Sunday next year, and try and link in with one of the Exeter Saturday fairs, as we have dealers who like doing both over one weekend.”

The event was due to be held at Dorchester.

June PPM out today!

Our June issue, being delivered to subscribers’ homes today (Monday May 22), includes the regular news round-up, three vibrant pages of readers’ letters and news of upcoming fairs and auctions.

Feature postcard articles include:

*Geoff Ashton, who chairs the Reading based LL Circle, busting the myth of the origins of the letters LL
* Antony Edmonds taking a patriotic look at the Pictorial Stationary Company
* Mark Routh takes a look at the world of modern postcards
* soccer memorabilia collector John Daniels explaining why he’s now backing cricket
* Chris Breach shows some super real photographic examples of why accidents happen on land, air and sea
* Phil Rowlett has a potted look at the history of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers
* Mark Wingham takes another look at one of the ‘lost theatres of England’ – the Grand at Oldham
* Dick Williams reports on his favourite postcard artist Thomas Gilson
* Alan Leonard takes a voyage on the High Seas with the East Asiatic Company.

If you don’t get PPM delivered every month, we have dealers selling copies at fairs nationwide including Bury St Edmunds (May 27), Haywards Heath (June 3), Canterbury (June 10), Shoreham by Sea (June 17) and the Royal National Hotel London WC1H 0DG (June 25) to name just a few!

Order your copy today. It’s £36 a year including postage – but the UK price is set to increase £2 from July 1.