Postcard shows under new management

Janette McCutcheon, of Forest Fairs, has taken over the long-established Haywards Heath postcard fair from Rosemary Shepherd – but there are changes planned for next year.

Whilst Janette has continued with the remaining scheduled event for 2019 – on Saturday December 7 – she will scale down the number of Haywards fairs from eleven to six next year.

Janette already runs successful fairs in Shoreham and at Bristol, and hopes that Haywards Heath will be a perfect fit with her existing venues. Haywards Heath began life as an evening fair and was set up by JHD Smith, before being taken over by Rosemary, who has run it for more than twenty years.

Janette’s plans include synchronizing her Sussex fairs in 2021, alternating Haywards and Shoreham, to give “a single, quality, monthly postcard, paper and cigarette card fair in the county each month.”

Part of the changes for the Haywards Heath Postcard & Paper Fair, at the Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, include a new opening time of 10am and a closing time of 3pm.  Full details, including the 2020 dates, will be in the December issue of PPM, which is being printed soon and will be sent to subscribers later this week.

There’s also a change in management of Lincolnshire’s biggest postcard fair – at Horncastle,  securing its future in 2020.

John Allen is taking on the event from Simon Collyer, who runs AMP Fairs, and is Britain’s most prolific postcard fair organiser with more than 60 shows in his portfolio.

John said: “Simon had more than 100 people through the doors at the last fair at Horncastle – and people in Lincolnshire have nowhere else in the county to go.”

The December PPM also has a page listing of all the big fairs due to be held in the country next year – as well as our regular more detailed listings of every postcard fair coming up in the next three months.

PPM costs £4 a copy, and is available at major fairs or via our website. A subscription is £40 for the year, including postage.

Southgate Auctions’ first timed auction

PPM advertiser Southgate Auctions is staging its first timed postcards auction at the end of this month.

You can bid on line at The-Saleroom until the online auction ends on October 28, 2019, at 5pm.

You can view the cards by clicking here or by visiting

Southgate also have traditional auctions at 55 High Street, Southgate, London, with its two remaining dates for this year being on November 4 and December 9.

Picture Postcard Monthly in Essex this Sunday (October 13, 2019)

Picture Postcard Monthly will be at the annual postcard fair at Billericay this Sunday (October 13).

Up to 30 dealers will trade at the event at the Mayflower School, Stock Road, on the B1007 (post code CM12 ORT) for the biggest fair held in the county.

The event runs from 10am-4pm. The admission is £1.50 and there is ample free car parking, with excellent catering.

Other major fairs this month include Bristol, Canterbury (Kent) and Teddington (Middlesex), all on Saturday October 12, Perth in Scotland on October 18/19, the South Wales Postcard Club event in Cardiff on October 19; Horncastle (Lincs) on October 20; Shoreham-by-Sea(Sussex) on October 26; and the Etc Fairs monthly show at the Royal National Hotel, London, the next day.

PPM editor Mark Wingham said: “We look forward to meeting readers at Billericay on Sunday. It’s always a great fair with a lively atmosphere. But there is great choice right across the country for some big fairs coming up this month.

“Fairs remain the best way of buying postcards for collectors who can get out and about. It’s great being with like-minded people and getting a first-hand look at these amazing century-old collectables which have withstood the test of time so magnificently.”

All roads lead to York for major postcard expo

One of Britain’s few remaining two-day fairs and the largest event of its kind in northern England starts at York tomorrow (Friday August 30).

The York 2019 Card Expo International is being held in the Racecourse Grandstand from 11am to 6.30pm tomorrow, and from 10am-4.30pm on Saturday.

Around 70 dealers are attending – mostly from throughout the UK, but a few from overseas, including France, Germany and Holland.

For information, call organisers Jack and Felicity Stasiak on 01347 822722.

But there are plenty of other big fairs further south in the next few weeks – including Nottingham, Haywards Heath and Exeter, all on Saturday September 7; Norwich on Sunday September 15; and Woking on Friday/Saturday September 20/21.

For details, read Picture Postcard Monthly, the world’s top magazine for collectors of old postcards.

DH Lawrence postcard causes new storm

Find out why a postcard signed by DH Lawrence caused a controversy 89 years after the writer’s death – after it was saved from the rubbish tip.

The story appears in the latest issue of Picture Postcard Monthly, the country’s dedicated 56-page a month publication for collectors of old postcards, which has readers in 23 countries outside of the UK.

The September edition of the magazine also includes feature articles on Alpha silk woven postcards, the Nottinghamshire photographer Albert Hindley, the Great Fire at Salonika during World War One, the evolution of Victorian trade cards in the USA and the Welsh photographer Edwin Charles Burn (known as Burns).

We also have a nostalgic look-back at the September 1994 PPM – and the centenary of postcards commemoration.

Plus there are all the usual features including a look at moderns postcards, a lively Postbag (readers’ letters), club news and a four-page special report on what’s hot and what’s not on the postcard auction scene, both online and in the auction houses.

August PPM on sale now

The August issue of Picture Postcard Monthly, the country’s only dedicated magazine for old postcards, has a major feature reporting on the postcard legacy of FW Woolworth – once Britain’s favourite store.

Other feature articles include a review of vintage film star cards from New Zealand, Australian poster cards, the talented illustrator Evelyn Stuart Hardy, the East Sussex resorts of Hastings and St Leoanrds and a special report on ‘Liebesgaben’ – the Germans’ ‘gifts of love’ for their troops during World War One.

There’s also all our usual features such as the vibrant letters pages, our look at the modern postcards scene and what’s hot in the auction rooms.

PPM out now – 56-pages for just £4 plus post/packing.

July postcard magazine captures the holiday spirit

There’s plenty of diversity as usual in the July issue of Picture Postcard Monthly, which is now out for sale at £4 at fairs around the country – or direct from us with postage.

The spirit of summer is captured in an article about Fred Pontins Holiday Camps, which is well-illustrated with cards from the 1970s. We also look at the “public enemy number one” – the seagull, and there’s a story about the Bird Man of Hyde Park, to continue the theme of our feathered friends.

One of the country’s most-experienced auctioneers looks at four decades in the auction rooms, and there’s also a superbly-illustrated article on all the Roman pontiffs; and, still overseas, a fascinating feature on The Sphinx in Egypt.

Plus all your regular features such as our look at the auctions scene, a round-up of news, a look at the country’s network of postcard clubs, our regular report on the moderns scene and a vibrant Postbag.

PTA set to fly the flag for postcards at major antiques show

The Postcard Traders Association (PTA), supported by PPM, will showcase the hobby at a major four-day antiques show next month (July).

It has accepted a generous invitation from the organisers of Art and Antiques for Everyone to mount a postcard display in Halls 17-18 at the NEC Birmingham from July 18-21.

The event will feature 180 antique dealers in the largest vetted fair outside London for the widest range of antiques, art and decorative interior pieces.

There are not expected to be any postcard dealers at the event.

But Campbell McCuthcheon, one of the country’s top postcard dealers, will be co-ordinating a special exhibition of rare, vintage, classic and collectable cards which will no doubt introduce many visitors to the world of postcards.

His display will focus on postcards/artefacts of the RMS Titanic alongside many popular themes and modern cards.

Free back copies of PPM will also be given away.

Busy month for big postcard fairs

Flaming June is a busy month for some of the country’s top fairs.

Shows were being held today (Sunday June 2) at both Bristol and Leicester – but there are plenty of other venues which will attract a minimum 14 postcard dealers this month, including both Canterbury and Thornton Hough next Saturday (June 8).

On Sunday June 23, Reading Postcard Club puts on its annual fair – the biggest event organised by a club in the country, with more than 60 dealers expected at the Rivermead Leisure Centre. Picture Postcard Monthly (PPM) will be there, with a half-price sale of postcards!

On Saturday June 29, there is again action both north and south, with fairs at Shoreham-by-Sea and Preston; with the ever-popular Etc Fairs show at the Royal National Hotel, London, the next day.

Full details are in the June issue of PPM, out now – and available for order via our website.

Major articles in this month’s edition include a look at pioneering postcard artist Marian Gardiner; a special report into the postcards of Fred S Howard and Misch & Co; why postcards are a slice of history; and the scuttling of the German Fleet after World War One.

There’s also an interesting story linking a Southampton orphanage, World War One and the sinking  of the Titanic.

The annual subscription is just £40 a year in the UK.

All set fair for Woking – one of THE big postcard events

The Postcard Traders Association holds its tow-day Spring South of England Postcard Fair over the next two days (Friday May 17 and Saturday 18).

The event, at Woking Leisure Centre in Kingfield Road, is one of the showpiece events in the annual postcard fairs calendar – and one of only four two-day shows in the country.

More than 50 dealers are lined up to attend the fair – one of the PTA’s biggest turn-outs for years.

The doors open tomorrow from 10am-5pm (£3 admission) and on Saturday from 10am-4pm (£2 admission).

Picture Postcard Monthly is among the stallholders – so do give us a visit.