Postcard fairs – contact local organisers before travelling

Picture Postcard Magazine is receiving a lot of enquiries about whether fairs are going ahead around the country because of concerns over Convid-19 – the coronavirus.

If you’re planning to attend any  postcard-related fair, even if it has been advertised recently in our magazine or elsewhere, we would advise you to check before travelling with the organiser that it is still going head.

The full list of the country’s fair organisers appears in page 51 of each issue of PPM.

At the time of writing, Britain’s biggest fair – the Festival of Cards at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, on March 27/28 – is still on.

The April edition of PPM is being printed, and will be with UK subscribers on March 22 to 24, and overseas subscribers some days after that. At the time of going to press, we were not aware of any fairs being cancelled. This situation may now have changed.

Postcards capture the changing face of the High Street

The changing face of the High Street comes under the spotlight in the March edition of Picture Postcard Monthly, as we look at how postcards captured the ‘golden years’ of Britain’s shopping centres.

Other major features in the 56-page magazine include regimental silk postcards, regional accents, childhood memories of Nottingham and some amazing and bizarre images of the European viper hunters – whose efforts to track down snakes were captured by photographers.

There’s also all your regular features such as our review of the auction scene, both online and in the showrooms; reports from the postcard clubs across Britain; our look at modern cards and our in-depth listings service, which includes all the fairs coming your way soon.

Order your copy of PPM now – £4 plus posting.

Launch of the PPM 500 Champion Award

Countdown is under way for the 500th edition of the world’s only monthly dedicated printed postcard magazine.

This December will mark the special milestone for Picture Postcard Magazine, which has readers in 23 countries outside the UK and is printed in Portsmouth.

And to celebrate, we have launched a competition in our March 2020 edition, which is on sale now, for the man or woman who does most to keep the hobby afloat in Britain.

We will announce the winner, the PPM Postcard Champion, in our December issue.

We have asked readers for nominations who may be a fair organiser or helper, someone who sells postcards to raise vital funds for charity, a stalwart member of a postcard club either past or present, a favourite PPM columnist or perhaps a local historian who has used postcards to widen the hobby’s appeal.

The nomination form is available in the latest issue of the magazine, or you can request one on line.

June 1 is the deadline for entries.

End of the line for Horsham Postcard Fair

The axe has fallen on the annual Horsham Postcard Fair in Sussex this July because of lack of support.

The Wealden Postcard Club’s latest newsletter reports that the event has been pulled from the calendar for 2020 – representing another loss of shows in the county.

The number of postcard fairs at Haywards Heath has this year already been scaled back from eleven to six,  in a move understandably taken to sustain the popular event in the longer-term.

Wealden club officials reported that the Horsham fair had struggled to attract new helpers to run it – and also faced a challenge to make its 2019 show viable.

The newsletter stated: “It’s now time to call it a day.”

The full story will be in the March 2020 edition of Picture Postcard Monthly, due out on February 22/23.

Southgate Auctions’ next timed auction

PPM advertiser Southgate Auctions is staging its next timed postcards auction at the end of this month (January).

You can bid on line at The-Saleroom until the online auction ends on January 28, 2020, 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 next dates for this year being on February 3, May 4, September 7 and December 7.

Comic cards under the spotlight in postcard magazine

The January edition of Picture Postcard Monthly, now the world’s only dedicated printed magazine for the hobby, has a special look at comic postcards.

We publish the results of our first ‘Great Gags Gallery’ – in which readers were invited to submit their favourite funny card with a few words to explain their choice.

We also review the postcard year of 2019.

Other special features include a look at cards from Sefton, the Merseyside metropolitan borough; the ‘forgotten’ cards of French publish Levy and Sons; the postcard art of Joseph Pike; cards produced of the rugby Union world cups; and the day the Pictorial Stationary Company ended up in court in a case against a small Cornish hotel.

There is also our usual look at the moderns scene, your letters’ pages and your news and views.

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New postcard fair set to start at Manchester

A new midweek postcard fair will start near Manchester next month.

The Manchester Postcard Fair will be held at the Britannia Country House Hotel, Palatine Road, Didsbury, from 10am to 3.30pm on Thursday February 13.

Organisers hope to attract up to 20 traders, with cigarette cards, stamps and ephemera also for sale on the day.

Co-organiser Steve Shepherd said: “We normally do antique and collectable fairs and some outdoor events, but we have wanted to branch out and do more specific events for some time.”

Visit for directions of how to get to the venue. For details call 07816 220136.

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.”