Is new Prime Minister Theresa May a postcard fan?

The postcard world may just have gained a new ambassador on the world stage – new Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mrs May is captured on camera admiring postcard images of her Berkshire constituency of Maidenhead.

And she was more than an interested passer-by, according to Reading & District Cigarette Card & Postcard Club spokesman Roy Sheppard.

Before her move to Number 10, Mrs May lived in Sonning – three miles from Charvil where the active Reading club holds its meetings.

Roy said: “Every summer Charvil village holds its annual summer fete, and for many years we had a publicity display stall to promote postcards, cigarette cards and the club.

“Most years Theresa May opened the fete and presented the raffle prizes. The photos in the September edition of Picture Postcard Monthly were taken with her permission on July 9, 2006, and she is seen studying the postcard board titled ‘Maidenhead as it was.’

“The next year we displayed ‘Sonning as it was’ which she was genuinely fascinated with, and called her husband over to look at.”

The Edwardian Postcard Project

A team at Lancaster University has launched the next stage of its Edwardian Postcard Project.

Julia Gillen, Dr Amanda Pullen and Nigel Hall from Manchester Metropolitan University are involved in a project to put online a collection of 1,000 postcards, their transcribed messages and, where available, historical information about the postcard users.

You can find out more in the September issue of PPM – out now – or by visiting

Other stories in our latest edition include a look at the 950th anniversary of The Great Fire of London, one heroic pilot’s fight against the zeppelin in World War One, Spanish PPM reader Alan Spree seeking postcards published by his great grandfather Jack, life in the pretty Devon village of Littleham and the Kolar gold fields of India.

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Britain clinches 13th gold in Rio – as PPM strikes gold with its Olympic coverage

At the time of writing, gymnast Max Whitlock has just claimed Great Britain’s 13th gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio – why not read our special games coverage in our August issue?

It includes a postcard-laden six-page feature which looks back at the modern games – and there’s an interview with PPM reader Peter Kilford, a former England and GB 800 metre runner who missed out on selection for Rome in 1960, and was then robbed of the chance of going to Tokyo four years later because of injury.

On September 7, 1961, Peter ran a personal best time of one minute 47.9 seconds – at the time the fifth fastest ever by a British athlete, and 55 years later, despite huge improvements to the technology of the track and footgear, it’s still the 123rd best time by an Englishman.

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Other stories include Turning Turtle – the sea monsters fighting for survival; Neil Goulding looks on film cards from Holland; Dawn Rooney reports on early travellers in Cambodia; we look at a book about the Four Heatons (residential suburbs near Manchester); Antony Edmonds makes a surprising discovery about Francis Frith; and Roy Lewis reports on the tragic story of Dorothy Notley.

A Postcard from Bedhampton (Hampshire)

PPM will be supporting a Hampshire group which aims to preserve “all things” Bedhampton next month.

We will be attending a Heritage Open Days event put on by the Bedhampton Historical Collection from 11am to 4pm on Sunday September 11 at The Elms, 2 Lower Road, Bedhampton, PO9 3LH.

‘A Postcard from Bedhampton’ will include a fine display of old postcard views of the former village, which lies between Portsmouth and Havant – and is the place where poet John Keats spent his last night on home soil.

PPM editor Mark Wingham will attend to promote the hobby of postcard collecting, and offering postcards for sale from a stock of around 40,000 cards, including a large selection of Portsmouth and south east Hampshire postcards, with separate sections for nearby Havant and Hayling Island.

There’s free parking and free entry to the event, which includes the chance to visit the Adam’s influenced Waterloo Room built by Sir John Theophilus Lee in the 1820s. Refreshments are available.

New date for York Card Expo 2017

Next year’s York International Postcard Expo has been put back from April to September – and will remain an autumn fixture in future.

Organiser Jack Stasiak has announced that the 2017 date will change from the previously announced April 7/8 to Friday September 1 and Saturday September 2. The venue remains the York Racecourse.

The move allows breathing space between York and Shepton Mallet, Britain’s biggest postcard fair.

This will clearly benefit both the dealers who stand at both fairs – and have only a few weeks to find fresh stock – and those buyers able to attend both events.

Jack said: “The racecourse has allotted the dates we thought we had for 2017 to another event, so some date change became unavoidable. ”

The full story is in the August issue of PPM, which will be available for sale from July 22/23.

Earlier entry to the Reading Club Fair on June 19

Organisers have brought forward the opening time of the Reading Club Fair by half-an-hour this year.

The event on Sunday June 19 – the biggest fair organised by a postcard club in Britain – will run from 9.30am-4-30pm at the Riverside Leisure Centre (RG1 8EQ).

It has previously always opened at 10am.

More than 80 dealers will attend.

For details, visit the Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club website


Margeorie PPM Club ‘Member of the Year’

News release: June 5th, 2016

Margeorie Mekie, Honorary Secretary of Lothian Postcard Club, is first winner of a national competition to find the club member who has done most to promote the hobby of postcard collecting.

Runner-up was Marion Turner, of Criccieth Stamp and Postcard Society, and third Kathleen Phillips of Croydon Postcard Club, Surrey.

The competition was open to members of all 50 plus postcard clubs in Britain, and run by the hobby’s dedicated magazine Picture Postcard Monthly (PPM).

PPM editor Mark Wingham said: “Margeorie was a clear winner in the eyes of our three judges. She is an amazing ambassador for her club in Scotland and to the hobby of postcard collecting in general.”

Postcards were a huge hobby in Edwardian times up until the end of World War One – with the mail service delivering to homes six times a day so that people would receive cards the same day they were posted.

Wingham added: “Postcards lost their appeal after the fighting stopped. The cost of stamps doubled from an old halfpenny to a penny and people no longer had the stomach to collect them. They were seen as just too frivolous by many after the horrors of the trenches.

“But the hobby was revived in the 1970s. Millions of old postcards have survived until today and are still highly collected at fairs nationwide and online – although one has to say mainly by the older generation.”

A trophy was presented to Margeorie (78) at a club meeting. She said: “It was a tremendous surprise. I am very lucky to belong to such a wonderful club. We have the most delightful members who are enthusiastic, friendly and are always willing to help.”

A few words about the top three:

Margeorie Mekie (Lothian) Honorary Secretary since the club was founded in 1985. A founder member and a former vice-president. She organises the club’s syllabus, invites the speakers, encourages new members, supports production of the newsletter, helps co-ordinate the annual Christmas party and actively promotes both her club and hobby. She also hosts committee meetings at her home. Described as “the lynch pin” of her club.

Marion Turner (Criccieth Stamp and Postcard Society). More than 25 years service including 20 as secretary, arranging the club’s programme of activities, setting up the venues and stands, making teas and ensuring a warm welcome to all. She gives wonderful illustrated presentations on her many collections. Her nominee said: “Our club would not exist without her.”

Kathleen Phillips (Croydon). Treasurer since November 2013. Joined club in 2006 and took over as chairman initially. Gives talks and arranges walks. Helped keep the club afloat when membership dropped. Hosts meetings at her home. Without her hard work, the club would have folded. A wonderful effort from someone aged 89.

*In an attempt to raise the profile of our hobby, the above news release was sent to the following newspapers in the areas of our top three nominees – The Scotsman, the East Lothian Courier, The Cambrian News, The Croydon Advertiser, The Croydon Guardian, the Caernarfon & Denbigh Herald and the North Wales Daily Post.

Special features: Battle of Jutland & Lord Kitchener lost at sea

With World War One anniversary commemorations still very much in the news, we have two special reports on the terrible conflict lined up in our June issue, which will be distributed to subscribers on May 22/23.

Many of the commemorations have homed in on the dreadful land battles.

But we look at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, the greatest naval battle in the war. We’ve all heard about it – but how much do you actually know about the sea battle? And which of the great fleets triumphed?

There’s also a report on Lord Kitchener, so tragically lost at sea when HMS Hampshire struck a sea mine en route to Russia.

But we’ll be back on dry land in our July issue with a detailed look at the heroic exploits of the 36th Ulster Division and the Battle of the Somme.

But there’s plenty of lighter reading in our June issue, with an in-depth look at the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, and the (Chinese) year of the Monkey, plus our regular look at moderns postcards, the auctions scene and so much more besides!

Water, water everywhere

Here comes the summer! Our May issue – available now – has a strong focus on the outdoors life with water a strong theme.

Feature articles this time around include outdoor swimming pools/lidos, life on the canals, the seafront pier, a Post to the Coast project in Worthing and hydrotherapy.

Our water theme continues with a look at The Moon on postcards and the tragedy off the Isle of Wight when HMS Gladiator sank in a freak accident at sea.

Plus there are all the usual features on the auction scene, our usual look at moderns, the news round-up, the list of upcoming fairs and so much more.

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PPM Club Member of the Year – finalists announced

We unveil here our five finalists for the Picture Postcard Monthly Club Member of the Year Award 2015/16.

They are the three women and two men put forward by you – and shortlisted by us – to fly the flag for postcard clubs across Britain.

Three of them are treasurers and two club secretaries.

Two represent Welsh clubs, one a Scottish club and two clubs in England.

One thing they all have in common is that they are highly-valued by their members, which is why we feel it right that their efforts should be recognised by us all.

Shortly after taking on the reigns of PPM, we invited all the country’s clubs to put forward the names of a committee member, past or present, who had served them with distinction and made a difference.

We were looking for the club member who goes above and beyond to promote the interests of their club – and the world of postcard collecting as a result.

The winner – who will be unveiled in the June issue of PPM – will receive an inscribed trophy to keep.

In alphabetical order, the roll of honour is: 

  • Brian Dunn, North Wales, Treasurer and postcard fair organiser
  • Richard Everett, Bury St Edmunds Postcard Club Treasurer
  • Margeorie Mekie, Lothian Postcard Club, Honorary Secretary
  • Kathleen Phillips, Croydon Postcard Club Treasurer
  • Marion Turner, Criccieth Stamp and Postcard Society Secretary.