April Picture Postcard Monthly out today

The April issue of PPM is available from today (Thursday March 22) – when it will be delivered to most subscribers’ homes.

You can order your copy from us, or it will be available from selected dealers at fairs around the country, including the Festival of Cards at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which is being held tomorrow and Saturday (March 23/24).

Major stories in this edition include an in-depth look at Britain’s first postcard magazine, which started 116 years ago, the postcard world of King Edward VII, the Goring-on-Thames floods of 1903, the World War One hero and Victoria Cross recipient whose life was saved by a packet of postcards in his top pocket, famous wooden buildings on postcards, a look at The Netherlands from the air,  the cartoonist and satirist Martin Anderson (known as Cynicus), and how photographers in the Golden Age helped turn those daytime views into night scenes.

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The postcard world heads to Somerset

Hundreds of postcard collectors are set to descend on the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset for the world’s biggest fair for the hobby.

Organiser Barrie Rollinson has got around 140 dealers, a number travelling from overseas, booked for the two-day event which starts tomorrow (Friday March 23) and is open from 10am-6pm.

It ends on Saturday, when the opening hours are 9.30am-4pm.

Dealers from eastern Europe, North America, France, Germany and Holland are among the foreign continent.

Visit www.festivalofcards.com for more information. Admission is £4 on Friday and £2 on Saturday.

‘New’ postcard fair set for Berkshire

Neil Baldry has organised three new fairs at Twyford in Berkshire this year.

Weeks after cancelling a planned fair at Maidenhead, which was originally scheduled for March 11, Neil has unveiled three dates for Loddon Hall, at which he expects to attract at least ten dealers.

The first event will be on May 13, to be followed by other fairs in September and November.

Neil said: “Loddon Hall is a well-established venue, with relatively good car parking. It already holds antique fairs, and people are familiar with it.”

Tristain Brittain has also just released the dates for his next two fairs – at Wickham, near Portsmouth, on the Bank Holiday of May 7, and Kempton Park racecourse, London, on June 16.  For more details, read the May edition of Picture Postcard Monthly, which will be out by April 24.

Leeds Postcard Fair cancelled tomorrow (March 4th)

Leeds Postcard Fair organiser Claire Gamble has apologised to customers for having to cancel her event at Pudsey Civic Hall tomorrow (Sunday March 4).

Heavy snow meant too many dealers had no chance of safely travelling to the venue – so the event was called off yesterday (Friday).

Claire, of C & S Promotions, said: “I’d like to apologise for the cancellation of the postcard fair, due to the adverse weather conditions at the time. We had contacted as many people as possible. I am just sorry to anybody who did not know and turned up on the day.”

Claire is putting on an extra event on Sunday July 1 – having cancelled her September event because of the clash with Jack Stasiak’s two-day York extravaganza.

11,000 pier postcards up for sale

Former submariner Mike Smith is selling his massive 11,000-strong collection of pier postcards which were amassed over 20 years of collecting.

Read about Mike’s auction for the cards of cards featuring structures in England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, in the March edition of Picture Postcard Monthly.

Mike is selling them for the best offer received before April 21. The lot includes around 100 cards by the artist AR Quinton featuring piers.

The collection also includes piers that have long disappeared, disasters, seaside and river piers, hold-to-lights, internal views and troupes and shows on piers.

Mike, who spent eight years in the Royal Navy on submarines and surface ships, said: “I’ve long had this fascination with piers – I suppose, like ships, they go out to sea.

“But I’ll be 78 in March, and what will happen to them when I’m gone? I’d rather they went to a good home now, ideally for a collector but they will appeal to dealers too.”

St Ives and Maidenhead fairs cancelled

Show organiser Stan Woodhouse cancelled his fair at St Ives on March 17 because of lack of dealer numbers.

Fifteen dealers had booked for the event but that’s not enough to avoid Stan making a loss on the show if he carried on with it. The event was due to be just five days before the dealers’ set-up day at Shepton Mallet – the world’s biggest postcard fair, which this year has more than 130 dealers booked from home and abroad.

“Shepton may have been a factor,” Stan said. “I can’t analyse it, but there just wasn’t the dealer support there. I’m very sorry for any disappointment to the public who were planning to attend.”

And Neil Baldry has called off his postcard and antiques fair at Maidenhead, Berkshire, for March 11, partly because of problems around his proposed replacement venue and lack of suitable car parking.

See the March issue of PPM for the full stories.

The March issue also carries the name of every dealer so far booked for the two-day Festival of Cards at Shepton,  Somerset, on March 23/24.

It also includes the full fair listings for March, April and May 2018, as well as news on auctions in Britain and overseas.

The end is NOT Nigh

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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2018 gets under way with a fair near you!

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.

Last chance saloon for Brian Girling collection

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.

December fair date changes

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.