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. 

Visit www.loddonauctions.co.uk

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.

Colonial India takes centre stage in postcard exhibition

An exhibition ‘From Madras to Bangalore: Picture Postcards as Urban History of Colonial India’ is running in London until September 23.

It is being staged at the Brunei Gallery, in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in Russell Square, and is open Tuesday to Sundays, from 10.30am to 5pm, with a late opening until 8pm on Thursdays.

This exhibition covers a selection of picture postcards from the Indian cities of Chennai and Bengaluru between 1900 and the 1930s – then known as Madras and Bangalore, the two most important colonial cities in British south India.

The exhibition tells how these two cities, although separated by 215 miles, were linked through a set of common representational and material practices.

It explores how postcard practices imagined, figured and performed a colonial encounter by depicting cities’ monuments, street, people and places.

The exhibition is curated by Emily Stevenson and Stephen Hughes, of the university’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

Stephen said: “I have used postcards as part of my social history research into south India. A PhD student of mine has also been conducting research about postcards in south India – and now we have put our two interests together into this exhibit.”

Here’s the link to the gallery website https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/from-madras-to-bangalore/

New venue for Nottingham Fair on September 2

Nottingham Card Fair on Sunday September 2 (the day after York Cardexpo) has a special one-off venue at the De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre and Hotel.

Organisers Reflections of a Bygone Age were told on July 9 that the planned venue at King’s Meadow Campus was unavailable because of the university’s new contract with Heart Church in Nottingham – which is now using Studio 7 every Sunday for their services.

The university offered the De Vere Hotel as an alternative, and Reflections was forced to choose between cancelling the event or accepting the new venue, with all the administrative work involved in a late venue change.

Brian and Mary Lund decided to go ahead with the fair as the best option.

The venue, in Triumph Road, postcode NG7 2TU, is close to the regular one – to which the fair will return on Saturday November 3.

It is off the A52 Derby Road into Nottingham, accessed via the Queen’s Medical Centre roundabout.

Brian said: “The hotel is extremely well-appointed, with excellent catering facilities and a stunning outlook onto a lake. The area has been beautifully-landscaped.”

Postcard magazine marks NHS 70th anniversary

Picture Postcard Monthly, the world’s biggest postcard magazine, has marked the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Editor Mark Wingham, who works for the NHS in south east Hampshire, has written a near seven-page feature which charts the history of the NHS and explains why it was set up on July 5, 1948.

The article includes 35 postcard images from Florence Nightingale, to internal and external views of hospitals around the country – including pre-World War One views of operating theatres – and a number of cards featuring doctors and nurses.

At a time when the current NHS Choir is gaining so much media attention, one of the cards features nurses at singing practice at a former asylum in Portsmouth.

The 56-page a month magazine is available now, and you can order a £3.85 copy, plus £1.26 postage, via the contact addresses on our website.

Other major feature articles this month include a special pictorial feature on Canadian patriotic postcards, and a great story involving the link between a chauffeur, the sinking of the Titanic and the running of the controversial 1913 Derby – the race in which suffragette Emily Davison died after deliberately walking on to the course and bringing down the king’s horse Anmer to publicise her cause.

There’s also all the usual round-up of news from the postcard world, a look at the moderns scene, three pages of readers’ letters and a look at what’s hot and what’s not in the auction rooms and online.

Britain’s biggest club fair at Reading tomorrow (Sunday July 1st)

Britain’s biggest postcard club organised fair is being held in Berkshire tomorrow (Sunday July 1).

PPM will be attending the Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club’s annual fair at the Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading.

The doors will open from 9.30am-4.30pm.

For more details, visit the club’s website www.readingpostcards.com

PPM editor Mark Wingham will be in the hall among around 80 dealers, some of whom have travelled from Scotland, Wales and northern England.

Welcome return for Stockport midweek fair

Simon Collyer of AMP Fairs has found a new venue to enable a welcome comeback for his Stockport midweek fair.

Sixteen dealers will converge on the Britannia Hotel, at 67 Dialsone Lane, Offerton, Stockport, on the last Tuesday of the month starting on September 25 and the continuing for the rest of 2018 on October 30, November 27 and December 18. The postcode for the venue is SK2 6AG.

The fairs will run from 10am to 3.30pm.

There’s free parking, free admission. Stamps, ephemera and cigarette cards will be on offer as well as postcards.

Simon said: “The fair is a replacement for the midweek fair at Stockport Masonic Guildhall, where parking problems meant a new venue was needed.”

On other fair news, some of the bigger postcard fairs coming up in the next few weeks include:

  • the Royal National Hotel, London, on June 24
  • Pudsey Civic Hall, Leeds, on July 1
  • Reading, also on July 1
  • Haywards Health and Exeter, both on July 7.

Details of all the above events, and dozens of other shows, are in the ‘What’s On’ listings in Picture Postcard Monthly.

End of the line for Kempton Fair

Tristan Brittain has cancelled his planned postcard fair at Kempton Park racecourse on Saturday June 16 – and says he won’t be staging any more shows there.

The event clashed with the long-established fair at Shoreham in Sussex on the same day and Mr Brittain had only got three dealers signed up to do the event before pulling the plug on it.

A number of the dealers who trade at Shoreham have previously also stood at Kempton – when the dates haven’t clashed.

“It just wasn’t viable to continue with it,” Mr Brittain told Picture Postcard Monthly.

“I think I will have to knock Kempton on the head now. There is no demand for it.”

It is the second time he has had to cancel the twice-yearly Kempton event because of lack of dealer numbers in the two years that he has run it. He says he plans to continue his December event at Wickham (Hampshire), although he has also announced that he won’t be holding a summer event there in future.

All set for PTA two-day Spring South of England Postcard Fair

The Postcard Traders Association stages the first of its annual two-day fairs at Woking tomorrow and Saturday (Friday May 11 and Saturday 12).

It’s the flagship event for the PTA, the umbrella organisation representing fair trade for many dealers in the UK, and some abroad.

The doors open 10-am to 5pm tomorrow, and 10am-4pm on Saturday. The admission is £3 on Friday and £2 on Saturday, and many of the country’s top dealers from southern England will be attending.

Other major fairs in the next few weeks include Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) on May 26, the Royal National Hotel in London on May 27 and the Big Surrey Fairs event at Tolworth the next day.

Haywards Heath, East Sussex, on June 2 and Bristol the following day are other big events in the calendar.

Picture Postcard Monthly carries details and advertisements on all the shows named above, as well as regular listings of all postcard fairs around the country, the upcoming major international fairs and a number of postcard-related auctions in the UK.