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.

PPM at PTA Fair at Woking next month

PPM will be taking a stand at the PTA flagship two-day Spring fair at Woking next month – so why don’t you pop along to say ‘hello.’

We will be at Stand 19-20 for the event on Friday May 12/Saturday 13 at the Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, GU22 9BA.

No less than 112 stands have been booked, and a full list of dealers attending is in the current May issue of the magazine, which is already available, price £3.75 (at fairs) or an extra £1.22 postage (actual costs) within the UK.

Major new reference work on LL postcards available now

PPM is proud to be one of the selling points of a major new reference work about French postcard publishers Levy Sons & Co of Paris.

A 200-page A4 publication ‘LL1’ has been compiled by John Wood on behalf of the LL Circle, and is described 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.

The first of a series of four articles about LL will appear in the June 2017 edition of PPM, all written by Geoff Ashton, who founded the LL Circle, and has helped John compile the listings.

A postcard ‘Poseidon adventure’

One of the most important international postcard fairs in Europe is being held in Belgium in May.

The 26th European Postcard Fair is being held at the Poseidon Ice Rink in Brussels on Sunday May 14.

Spokesman Xavier Languy said: “Our fair is located in a very large and comfortable space at the Ice Stadium, where we’ve been since 2011. Last year we had about 65 dealers – of whom one in four were foreign – manning 300 metres of tables.

“We had about 400 visitors. Despite this relatively small number, the fair is very well known for a big turn-over especially among dealers. It’s much more international than local.

“The Belgian dealers have opportunities there to sell foreign cards and subjects and the foreign dealers find plenty of good stuff.  Our fair attracts big spenders.”

Super special postcard Saturday!

That’s experienced fair organiser Michael Goldsmith’s take on his second Postcard Bargain Show, which is being held at Teddington on April 29.

The show is again devoted to half-price sales, 30p boxes, job lots, 50p moderns, special offers and bargain ephemera.

Michael, who has been running fairs for 32 years, said: “If Harrods and Selfridges can have annual sales, why shouldn’t we do the same in the postcard world?”

The fair is being held from 10.15am to 4pm at The Elleray Hall, Elleray Road, Teddington, postcode TW11 OHG. The admission is £1.50.

April PPM out today!

The April 2017 issue of PPM was delivered to subscribers homes today (March 22), packed with features and news about your favourite hobby.

Special features inside this month include a look at the photographers who worked in the Staffordshire Potteries; Edwardian ocean liners; Queen Marie of Romania; Prussia Cove in Cornwall; and Behind Enemy Lines – a fascinating story about the postcards sent to a British prisoner-of-war during World War One.

Plus there is all your regular features, including an in-depth look at how postcards are holding up in the auctions houses; three pages of your vibrant readers’ letters and dates of all the forthcoming auctions and fairs coming up at home and abroad.

Order a copy online today or call 023 9242 3527.