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

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

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.

Car parking advice for big Reading show

Britain’s biggest club-organised postcard fair is hoping to avoid a repeat of the car park confusion which baffled some collectors last year.

Reading & District Cigarette Card & Postcard Club has an impressive list of more than 75 dealers lined up for its annual fair at the Rivermead Leisure Centre on Sunday July 1, from 9-30am-4-30pm.

Club spokesman Roy Sheppard said: “At last year’s event some understandable unfavourable comments regarding the mystery of the car parking system and charges were reported.

“We would like to clarify the situation in advance this year. The club cannot change or influence the car parking charges or arrangements as the car park is run by a commercial private company which set the charges and conditions.

“The park operates on an automatic number plate recognition system, the minute you drive in a photo is recorded of your car number plate, and on leaving the same applies, hence your total time stay is noted against your vehicle registration number.

“There is only one pay station, at the main entrance to the sports centre – not at the side doors leading into the fair. There are two pay machines there and you will have to enter your car registration number and payment for your estimated duration of stay.

“Leisure centre staff will be available at the pay machine to advise and minimise any queuing with additional auxiliary hand held machines for the first hour.”

The covered over (hooded) pay machines belong to Reading council and are not in use.

The Sunday charges are up to 30 minutes – free; up to 3 hours – £1; up to 5 hours – £2.50; and over 5 hours – £5. The 30 free minutes are not included as an addition to your pre-paid time stay.

What’s hot on the auction scene in postcards

Want to know what’s hot on the auction scene in postcards?

The May issue of Picture Postcard Monthly, which will be out on April 23/24, contains a bumper four page look at the big sellers in the auctions houses – and online.

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Major feature articles include a look at Trench Life in World War One on the German side of No Man’s Land; Glitz at the Ritz – foreign hotels with spectacular rooms with a view; how to date old French postcards; the poster cards of Ludwig Hohlwein; a review of the world’s biggest postcard fair at Shepton Mallet a fortnight ago; and the final in our series of six features about French publishers Levy and Sons of Paris.

Plus there will be all the regular favourites such as Postbag, Card Chat (a look at modern postcards), Newsdesk and a full look at the upcoming fairs across Britain and the major ones overseas.

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Wirral Postcards & Local History Fair on June 9

Wirral Postcard Club, which makes a donation to a local charity after every one of its fairs, is staging its next event on June 9, from 10am-4pm at Thornton Hough Village Hall in Manor Road.

It will be selling local photos, ephemera and books as well as postcards.

Please note this fair is on Saturday June 9 – and NOT Sunday June 9 as incorrectly stated in the April issue of PPM.

Call 0151 608 7611 or email for details.