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.

Stage set for first ever East of England Paper Fair

The first ever East of England Paper Fair is being staged a week today (Saturday March 11).

Upto 50 dealers,  including some of the country’s top postcard dealers, will attend the event at the Burgess Hall Leisure Centre, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU.

It will be the first fair organised by long-term dealer Stan Woodhouse.

The venue is a ten-minute drive from the A14/A1.

The show’s opening times to the public will be 9am-3.30pm.

PPM will be there – so please drop by our stall to say ‘hello.’

Countdown underway to world’s biggest postcard fair

There’s only a few days to go until the start of the world’s biggest postcard fair – at rural Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

Barrie Rollinson’s FestivalofCards 2017 is the largest and most-eagerly anticipated event for collectors of the year – certainly in Britain, and once again it is attracting a good number of overseas dealers.

The festival takes place at the Bath and West Showground on Friday February 24 and Saturday 25. Opening times are 10am-6pm on the first day and 9.30am-4pm on day two.

More than 130 dealers will be attending.

Check out Barrie’s website at

PPM will be there at stall P13, so why not come over and say hello. But the office will also be manned as usual during the show.

There will be a full report in the April PPM, including details of a change in month for the festival in 2018.

The Kempton show ‘will go on’

The new organiser of Kempton Park Fair has apologised to any buyers who turned up for his cancelled show.

Tristan Brittain had to call off what would have been his first event on February 4 because he couldn’t get enough dealers to make the event at the racecourse viable.

A major problem was that the date clashed with the long-established nearly month fair at Haywards Heath – which attracts a number of dealers who might otherwise have gone to Kempton.

The fair was advertised in the February PPM – which was distributed from January 24 onwards – but this March issue was printed three-weeks after February 4.

Tristan said: “I’ll have to put this one down to experience. I do have the two other dates for the year booked for June 18 and December 16 so I’m determined to try to make Kempton Park work.

“Obviously the dealers knew the fair was cancelled. My concern was any collectors who went along not knowing it was off. I can only imagine how annoying that was.

“But I had no way of letting everyone know. How could I? I would have no idea of who was planning to attend or I gladly would have telephoned every one of them myself.

“All I can say is that I’m really sorry. I’ll try to put on a fair to be proud of in the summer and before Christmas. It won’t be for the lack of trying.”

Kempton Fair cancelled next month

We have few details – but organiser Tristan Brittain has cancelled next month’s fair at Kempton Park.

The event was due to be held on Saturday February 4th, clashing with the long-established and monthly Haywards Heath fair, which attracts many of the dealers who might otherwise have attended Kempton.

Tristan said he had failed to get adequate dealer support to proceed with the event, although he hoped to go ahead with two other show later this year.

We will post more details when we have them.

Horray for Hollywood!

PPM gets ready for the annual Oscars ceremony in the February issue with a look at Hollywood and some of the stars who have graced the awards over the years.

Other features in next month’s issue include the menace posed by rats to the fighting forces of both sides in trench life during World War One; a look at the famous WW1 song If You Were The Only Girl In The World;  Sir Thomas Lipton’s tea empire; Romanov Russia; and The Tuppenny Tube on London’s old Central Line.

The price remains £3.75 plus £1.20 post/packing (total £4.95) but Picture Postcard Monthly remains just £3 an issue, including postage, for subscribers (£36 a year).

The February issue will be available from January 25th. Why not order your copy now?

Judges – the Marmite postcards?

Do you love them – or loathe them?

Cards published by Fred Judge of Hastings are not everyone’s cup of tea – and there are at least three tens of thousands of them, from mountain streams and abbey ruins to super street scenes.

One big fan is John Eastlake, who has just retired after around 15 years as Judges voluntary archivist.

Find out his views and see some of his favourite Judges cards after years seeking out new numbers both for his personal and also for the company collection.

There’s no doubt which side of the ‘Marmite’ side of the fence which John stands on.

And there’s a special five-page report in the January edition of Picture Postcard Monthly, available now.