Following the demise of J Salmon of Kent as a postcard publisher, the Isle of Wight company of WJ Nigh and Sons is now almost certainly the world’s longest established family-run operation – dating back to 1903.
PPM takes an in-depth look at the company in the February issue – which will be distributed to UK subscribers’ homes tomorrow (January 22).
We meet the two brothers and their cousin who now run the business, and the brothers’ father Terry, now retired from the Shanklin-based company, but currently working as archivist, helping to preserve Nigh’s heritage from the last 115 years.
Terry, grandson of the founder William James Nigh, picks out some of his favourite Nigh images from the decades, and explains where he has chosen them.
Other articles in the February issue include a tribute from the Prime Minister to a postcard dealer’s work for charity, and reports and feature articles on battleships of the Edwardian era, the Winchester area photographer Leonard Robert Taylor, artistic sporting postcards, modern drinks-related poster cards and mini-golf in Aberystwyth.
It also includes the regular features such as Postbag (our vibrant letters page), Clubscene (reports from the clubs around the UK) and Hammertime (news from the auction rooms).
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There’s some great postcard fairs lined up for the first few weeks of 2018.
Some of the bigger events include Leeds (January 7), Northampton on Jan 13 and Anne Scott has her two showpiece events at Bristol on Jan 13 and Exeter seven days later.
Details of these events and all the other fairs around the country are in the January issue of Picture Postcard Monthly, which is now available for sale.
And the countdown is now under way to the world’s biggest show – at Shepton Mallet – when just about everyone who is anyone in the hobby will descend on the quiet Somerset market town on March 23 and 24. Organiser Barrie Rollinson told PPM that he is delighted with the way that bookings are shaping up.
The January issue contains some great features, including one by Scottish based dealer Richard Stenlake, who tells, through postcards, how his airman grandfather, Second-Lieutenant Frank Holder, was awarded the Military Cross for his part in shooting down the L48 zeppelin over British soil in 1917 World War One.
Other major stories include John Claydon taking us on a trip to the zoo, a look at some of the work of Dutch artist Rie Cramer, part four of our series of five articles on famous French publishers Levy Sons and Co, and we report on North Wales Postcard Club’s special project to put together a fully comprehensive list of publishers in their region.
There is also our usual look at news, views, the auction scene and three lively letters pages.
The sixth and last chance to acquire part of the late Brian Girling collection will be at auction in Warwick next month (January).
Warwick and Warwick will be selling off the final instalment of the collection and trading stock in what auctioneer Colin Such rates as “one of the best postcard collections ever formed in this country in recent years.”
Colin said: “Brian was a well-known and respected dealer with a fine knowledge of postcards, especially those of London and the Home Counties and this important sale includes a large section of such cards, with London divided geographically.
“There are individual collections of many boroughs with four figure valuations of Edgware, Harrow, Marylebone, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Twickenham and Wimbledon. A collection of London omnibuses is offered intact with an estimate of £2,600. 32 different Rotary London Life are estimated at £550.”
The auction takes place on Wednesday January 24.
The penultimate part of the collection went under the hammer last month – with every lot selling, most realising well above estimate. It also contained significant ranges of London and suburbs.
PPM has been publishing the date changes for two big fairs just after Christmas this year (2017).
A reminder that the postcard fair at Wickham, near Portsmouth, is now on Wednesday December 27 – at the community centre in Mill Lane (10am-4pm).
And Big Surrey Fairs announced a few months ago that it had switched its last fair of this year at Tolworth Recreation Centre to Thursday December 28.
PPM understands that a different date for Tolworth is being publicised on one or two other websites, but we can confirm that the date is definitely December 28th. Visit www.specialfairs.co.uk
Tristan Brittain, who organises the Wickham fair, has also got another fair at Kempton racecourse on Saturday December 16.
PPM will be having a stall at Wickham.
The Picture Postcard Annual is now available at £6.95, plus £1.60 post or £5 overseas from the publishers – Reflections of a Bygone Age, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies are also available at fairs from selected dealers or from us, at PPM, on 023 9242 3527.
It’s packed with essential reference information, including the postcard scene around the world, early posting dates, a listing of postcard clubs and feature articles which include the Russian Revolution, World War One comics, postcards from Japan and exotic tyre advertising!
There’s a welcome new fair on the scene in Berkshire – with Neil Baldry returning to the fold as an organiser to pick up the void that will be left after Mike Huddy’s final show at nearby Twyford in November.
It will be held on Sunday October 8 at Manor Green School, Maidenhead.
Neil said: “It’s really to take the place of Mike’s Twyford. I’m getting one fair in before Mike’s final show to get the ball running. I just felt it would be a shame to lose the fair completely in this area. I’m hoping to attract 15 plus dealers.
“I’m looking to hold it quarterly and it will be on the second Sunday of the month. There is already an antique fair there on the second Sunday of the month but we will be in a different room. It’s a really good venue with lots of free parking.”
Organisers of the long-running Bristol Postcard Fair have cancelled their annual showpiece Autumn event because of lack of support from dealers.
Only around 17/18 dealers had booked for the show at Portishead on Saturday October 28 – half the usual number that attend.
Club secretary Michael Lambert said: “We felt making the early decision was the fairest thing for those dealers who had said they would attend and also the collectors who were planning to come along.
“We’ve been holding the fair for 35 years. I don’t think we will organise another one now. ”
Read the full story in the October issue of Picture Postcard Monthly.
Page Postcards is now selling cards at a tenth antiques outlet in England.
Jonathan Edwards, a regular dealer at fairs nationwide, has further increased his retail portfolio by moving into a recently-opened venue at Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Jonathan said: “I am delighted to open up a new outlet for postcards and stamps and particularly to move into a completely new area.
“The owners of the Harborough Antiques Centre have worked hard to create an interesting centre with a wide range of antiques and collectables. They were delighted to add postcards and stamps to their range of items.”
Jonathan already has postcard for sale at nine outlets in five counties – four in Oxfordshire, two in Berkshire, and one each in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Northamptonshire.
Countdown is under way to one of the showpiece events of the postcard calendar – the annual York Card Expo International.
The two-day fair at York Raceourse Grandstand is being held on Friday September 1 (11am-6.30pm) and Saturday September 2 (10-4.30pm).
It has been held in April in previous years, but organiser Jack Stasiak has moved it back this time in the hope of boosting the attendance.
The change of date also gives far more breathing space for buyers and sellers between York and the country’s biggest annual fair, at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which has traditionally taken place in February.
The many dealers who attended both events had little time to build up their stock because there was only six or so weeks between the two events. Now they are months apart, which should be good news for buyers too.
Top dealers from throughout the UK and overseas will be at York. The full list of sellers was published in the August edition of Picture Postcard Monthly, and an updated list appears in our September issue, which will be received by subscribers between August 22nd-24th.
For details, contact Jack or Felicity Stasiak on 01347 822722.
There is an on-site restaurant.
The following day, on September 3, there’s another big fair at Nottingham – at King’s Meadow Campus (NG7 2NR). Call 0115 9374079 for details.
We have a limited number of a 38-page A-5 booklet ‘Postcard Collecting – A Beginner’s Guide’ left in stock.
It’s a great introduction to the world to the hobby produced by Brian Lund, the former editor of Picture Postcard Monthly (PPM), and costs £3.95 plus £1 postage.
Call us on 023 92423 527 or email email@example.com to order your copy.
PPM is also selling John Wood’s major new reference work about French postcard publishers Levy Sons & Co of Paris.
The 200-page A4 publication ‘LL1’ has been compiled by John on behalf of the LL Circle, and is as “an accumulation of information” about the 10,500 or so postcards of the UK produced by the company.
Every known LL card for every town is described and listed, with hundreds of cards illustrated. There’s also background history, back type information and detailed notes to aid identification.
It’s available for £25 plus £2.90 postage (2nd class) in the UK. The postage rates are higher overseas.
Our August issue carried the second in of a series of five articles about LL written by Geoff Ashton, who founded the LL Circle, and helped John compile his book.