We regret to announce that PPM will cease publication in May, 2020 – after 40 years of continuous production, making it the longest-running postcard magazine in the world.

The threat posed by Covid-19 – the coronavirus – has caused the cancellation of nearly every fair planned in the foreseeable future, from the world’s biggest event at Shepton Mallet next week (March 27/28) to much smaller events including Portchester, near Portsmouth, also on March 28.

The Postcard Traders Association has already cancelled its two-day fair at Woking in May. Any readers considering travelling with a previously publicised show, should check with the organiser if the event is still on.

The cancellation of fairs has obviously heavily impacted on our advertising for the weeks and probably months ahead, which means it is no longer viable for us to produce the magazine. A recent fall in subscription levels also reflects current reader confidence.

We are incredibly sad to have to make this call, especially so close to the 500th edition of PPM, which was due to be this December; and appreciate the news will come as a big disappointment to many of our valued readers. We can only apologise for this.

The April edition of the magazine is already at the printers, and will be sent out as usual. It went to press before we had news that Shepton was cancelled and before we had any idea that we might have to pull the plug on the magazine.

We are proceeding with the May edition too.

That will include full details of how subscribers will be able to reclaim their subscriptions for the copies of the magazines which they won’t receive. For example, if your subscription was due to end in August 2020, you will not receive three editions for which you will have paid – so we will refund one quarter of your subscription. Please be re-assured that we do have adequate funds to repay everyone … but it will take us some weeks to sort this.

There will be a bigger and better explanation for subscribers in the May PPM.

People are still able to order the April and May editions from us.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the magazine in the five years that Sally and I have been running it – particularly, of course, those people who have loyally subscribed from home and overseas, and also our advertisers and regular contributors.

For four decades, PPM has been THE top magazine for postcard collectors across the land – with buyers from around Britain, and subscribers in 24 countries outside of the UK, including Europe, Scandinavia, Thailand and English-speaking countries overseas such as South Africa, Australia, Canada and the USA.

We have aimed to help champion and provide a voice for our great hobby.

Mark Wingham