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.

Pier pressure at Loddons!

A recently arrived private collection of pier postcards will make their first showing with many scarce and sought-after cards on offer at  the next Loddon Auctions sale at Arborfield, in Berkshire, on October 18.

It includes real photographic cards showing storm and fire damage, river as well as coastal piers and many other pier cards sorted by location.

The sale will also offer a further selection of good London suburb cards including RPs of shop fronts, delivery vehicles, street scenes and other views. Foreign cards will also be offered with several Africa related lots with good ethnic interest.

There will also be many themed lots including theatre, shipping, silks, artist drawn glamour, London Life, Louis Wain and advertising and much more. 


York 2018 Card Expo International starts today (Friday August 31)

One of the jewels in the postcard fair crown – the York Card Expo International – starts today (Friday August 31) at the York Racecourse Grandstand.

The doors for the annual postcard fest organised by local dealer Jack Stasiak open to the public from 11am-6.30pm.

It’s back open for business again tomorrow (Sept 1) from 10am to 4.30pm.

This year’s line-up of nearly 70 dealers includes traders who have travelled from France , Germany and Holland.

But if you can’t get to York, there are several other major fairs up and around the country in the new few weeks.

This Sunday sees the Nottingham fair – at a new ‘one-off’ venue at the De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre, postcode NG7 2TU.

Heading south, The Postcard Traders’ Association has its autumn two-day fair at Woking on September 14/15 and there’s Norwich, at St Andrews Hall in the city centre, on September 22.

There are also big fairs at Northampton on September 22, Leicester the next day, Bristol and Preston on September 29 and the Etc Fairs monthly showpiece at the Royal National Hotel, London, on September 30.

PPM editor Mark Wingham said: “September is a busy and impressive month for the hobby, and fairs in particular.

“Apart from the major fairs listed above, there are plenty of smaller fairs covering just about every part of the country.”

Every issue of Picture Postcard Monthly has a listing of every fair held at which there is a known postcard dealer presence. Order your copy today!

Space available for dealers for big Norwich fair – and other show news

Organiser Lee Marchant still has some space for dealers at his big annual fair at Norwich on Saturday September 22.

The venue, at St Andrews Hall in the city centre, is one of the best on the circuit. Call 01787 370406 for details.

Meanwhile, Leicester Postcard Fair has been confirmed as definitely on the for the following day, Sunday September 23.

The last fair on June 3 had to be cancelled as the venue was being refurbished, and at the time there was a question mark over whether the work would be completed in time for the autumn event.

But organiser Chris Newbold said the new-look venue will be ready in time. It also has a new name – the Holiday Inn Leicester, Wigston. It was previously the Leicester Stage Hotel.

Reading postcard club has changed the date of its 2019 event at the Rivermead Leisure Centre – bringing it forward a week to Sunday June 23 – to avoid a clash with the Etc Fairs event at Bloomsbury.