Two-Day Woking Fair set for bumper turn-out

The Postcard Traders Association (PTA) has attracted more than 50 dealers to its two-day flagship Spring fair at Woking – which it says is its best turn-out ever.

The annual event will be held at the leisure centre in Kingfield Road on Friday May 17 (10am-5pm) and Saturday 18 (10am-4pm).

A number of dealers who have now attended the Surrey fair before have signed up to the event – as well as others who have not appeared for years.

It’s a terrific achievement by the PTA to increase dealer numbers at a time of falling attendances at fairs.

But show-goers have a number of other big events to attend around the country before then, including the Big Surrey Fairs event at Tolworth on April 22; Exeter on April 27; the Royal National Hotel (London) on April 28; and Nottingham on May 4.

Picture Postcard Monthly includes a list of every fair over a three-month period in each issue.

Our May edition is being printed in mid-April and will be distributed to subscribers from April 22/23.

Shepton Mallet – the world’s biggest postcard fair is here at last!

Shepton Mallet – which hosts what is thought to be the world’s biggest postcard fair – gets under way tomorrow (March 22.

The two-day Festival of Cards 2019 is again being held at the Bath and West Showground in Somerset (postcode BA4 6QN).

Nearly 130 dealers from Britain and overseas, including Europe, Scandanavia and Northern America, will converge on the arena on Friday March 22 (from 10am-6pm) and Saturday 23 (9.30am-4pm).

There is free car parking on-site, with the Friday entrance costing £5 – not the £4 originally advertised on the organiser’s website or in PPM.

It has been estimated in previous years that there could be as many as two million postcards up for sale.

See you there!

Dealer listing in Picture Postcard Monthly

The February issue of Picture Postcard Monthly contains four pages of listings of many of the top postcard dealers in the country.

Find out which dealers live near you – and might buy you unwanted collections or cards left to you by relatives over the years.

The list includes all those dealers who either subscribe to PPM, advertise regularly with us or organise the fairs held up and down the country every weekend of the year.

Major features in the edition include an article on the nautch dancing girls of India, jigsaw puzzle postcards, one of the favourite foreign holiday retreats of Kind Edward VII, a new book on postcards of Southampton and the history of William Grant woven silk cards.

The Feburary PPM is available now, priced £3.85 at a fair near you, or you can order via post from us (£1.26 actual cost postage).

Ireland’s biggest single collection of cards to go under the hammer

The largest single collection of postcards believed to have been accumulated in Ireland is up for auction in Dublin later this month.

It covers all periods, countries and themes with great strength in Irish topographical cards and was compiled over several decades by Seamus Kearns, a Dubliner who died in 2014.

The auction is being held by Whyte’s of Molesworth Street, Dublin, on Saturday January 26th, at 1pm. Visit to view the catalogue.

The full story, with images of some of the cards to go on sale, is in the January issue of PPM, which is available for sale, priced £3.85.

Ian Whyte, whose firm is hosting the auction, knew Mr Kearns well.

He said: “Seamus was the only collector of postcards I knew in the early days, so when I bought an album of cards for a pound or two, I used to sell it to him straightaway for a pound profit, after I had removed a few of the cards of postmark interest. There are dozens of those albums still in this accumulation.”

Ian said the collection will consist mainly of “quite large lots” valued from around £50 upwards – many of which will be for the trade “or the very adventurous collector.”

Your big postcard fairs for early 2019

Here are Picture Postcard Monthly’s top picks for your five biggest postcard fairs around the country to see in the new year in style.

They are:

  • Sunday January 6th, LEEDS, Pudsey Civic Hall
  • Saturday January 12th, BRISTOL, BAWA Leisure Centre
  • Saturday January 19th, EXETER, Clyst Vale Community College
  • Saturday January 26th, PRESTON, Barton Village Hall
  • Sunday January 27th, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG.

See PPM for full details of all the fairs coming up, including the organiser details. Our December 2018 issue also has all the major fairs in the country for the year.

The five show listed above include two fairs previously run by Anne Scott which have now changed hands – with the Exeter event now organised by Devon dealer John Ainslie and Bristol by Janette McCutcheon, wife of Gloucestershire dealer Campbell.

Temporary venue change for Warwick and Warwick

Warwick & Warwick’s next postcard auction – in 2019 – will be at a different venue.

It will be held at Alderson House at 23 High Street, Warwick, on Wednesday January 23, although the viewing will take place at the Warwick and Warwick premises as usual.

The next auction after that, on March 20, will return to the more familiar surroundings at the Court House.

Visit the company’s website for more details.

Postcard era to to end at Croydon

Organiser Peter Duncan is staging his last midweek postcard fair at Croydon in London tomorrow (Wednesday December 5).

The all-day event has been increasingly hit by falling attendances by both dealers and the visiting public.

“The decision has been a while coming,” said Peter, who has run the monthly event with his wife Jenny for more than a decade, although the fair, which is held on the first Wednesday of every month, has been going a lot longer than that.

PPM editor Mark Wingham will be attending the farewell event, which runs from 9am-3pm (approximate times) at the St George’s Church Centre, postcode CR0 4EZ.

Peter added: “For the last year, I’ve been struggling to get enough dealers to maintain it, and unfortunately it has got to the stage where it’s not worth carrying on. We will have a bit of a bash and do something a bit special as it’s the last one.”

The PPM BIG FAIRS guide for 2019

Our December issue of Picture Postcard Monthly contains a guide of all the major postcard fairs in Britain next year.

The Christmas issue will be delivered to most UK subscribers this Thursday or Friday – November 22/23.

As usual, in our regular listings, we include a breakdown of every postcard fair in the country for the next three months, as well as some international fairs and UK auctions houses which specialise in postcards.

But, as a special feature, for the first time we also look a year ahead to all shows which are expected to attract at least 14 postcard dealers. It’s the first time we have taken this approach – and we are responding to requests from readers who want to start planning their postcard year ahead.

One of the major feature articles in the December issue is a fascinating look at the Russian revolution, with journalist Tobie Mathew setting the scene for his new book ‘Greetings From The Barricades,’ when postcards were used as a mass propaganda weapon.

PPM World War One special edition now on sale

Our November edition of Picture Postcard Monthly is now available on sale at postcard fairs around the country – and from us directly.

It’s a special 56-page edition to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

The major feature articles include the internment of the German High Seas Fleet, a look at war posters from all conflicts, a report on cartoon cards produced by a Private Jones, the French city of Rouen during the war, the story behind a lesser-known WW1 song, and the history of the Cenotaph in London and the Poppy Factory in Surrey.

As usual, the 56 pages are packed full of some amazing postcard images from yesteryear.

Order your copy now – or why not subscribe for six months or a year. PPM is a great idea for a Christmas gift.

October PPM another packed issue

Remember years ago that special ‘Kodak moment’ captured with your first camera? We do, in another story-packed issue of Picture Postcard Monthly.

Some of our major feature articles in the 56-page October issue include:

  • That Kodak moment – a look at some of the photographic company’s massive output of postcards
  • The 1906 San Francisco earthquake
  • 100 years of the RAF
  • The Witham Rail Disaster
  • Are postcards set for a comeback?
  • Postcards from The Seychelles.

Plus there are all the usual features, including newsdesk, a look at modern postcards and our free fairs listing service. Find out when the next fair is heading your way.

You can order your copy now., or why not take out a subscription for the world’s biggest dedicated magazine to old postcards.