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.