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



Have We Got News For You

PPM featured on the quiz comedy game show Have I Got News For You.

It was the featured guest publication in the ‘missing words’ round – where panellists try and guess the missing word in text taken from stories.

Around five million viewers regularly tune in to the prime-time BBC 1 programme starring Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. Comedian Jack Dee was in the chair for the last programme in the series, which featured the magazine – and was screened on June 5.

There’s a full report in the July issue of PPM.

PPM June 2015 edition

Our first issue – May 2015 – is now available, and work is of course already underway for the June publication, which will be available from May 24.

Major features next time up include:

  • A royal bust-up on a beach that helped inspire a man whose creative work fascinated postcard publishers down the years
  • The Army says farewell to a garrison town after more than a century
  • Southwold (Suffolk) pays tribute to a famous former son – the prolific illustrator Reg Carter
  • The Leicester unemployed March to London in 1905
  • A World War One ‘message from the grave’
  • PPM’s own tribute to the Two Ronnies’ famous Four Candles sketch!
  • The Pictorial Stationery’s Company Autochrom Landscapes
  • The Great Knight William Marshal, King John and the Magna Carta.

New date for Shepton 2016

Next year’s Festival of Cards at the Bath and West Show Ground, Shepton Mallet, will be a week later than initially planned.

Organiser Barrie Rollinson has moved the event back a week because the venue is no longer available when he wanted it.

The fair is now being held on February 26 and 27, 2016. It was initially due to be on February 19/20.

This year’s Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club’s Annual Fair at Rivermead Leisure Centre is another full-house.

The Berkshire club rightly prides itself on attracting many ‘smaller’ dealers who don’t stall out at major fairs but has also booked up top sellers from around the country. It’s being held on June 21.