Bowling Along - Reflections of a Bygone Age



Bowling Along - Reflections of a Bygone Age
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December 2009
no. 368
of the
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g: the
Bowling alon
Christmas special:
Postcard Stockings
Inside this month:
Postcard television
Crown Green Bowls
The Alaska Mission
Hartley’s Jam
Jacob Popp’s brush with
the law
and much more
plus news, auctions,
moderns, postbag and
events diary
Jacob fights the law
Picture Postcard Annual 2010 out now - don’t miss it!
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Postcard experiment
on TV
Good to see Jon Snow of
Channel 4 News posting a
selection of postcards on
29th October to viewers
who’d tweeted about the
Royal Mail dispute. It was
an exercise designed to
test how quickly the post
was getting through. We’re
still trying to find out how
long the cards did take to
reach their destinations!
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Front cover pictures:
Top right: this airline
poster advert from Contour Creative of New
Zealand is one of Mike and
Sue Huddy’s favourite
modern postcards of the
past year. See page 46 for
their other selections.
Top left: Christmas means
stockings, and they are the
subject of Wendy Mann’s
seasonal offering on page
Centre right: postcards
featuring television make
an interesting theme for
Liz McKernan on page 12.
Bottom left: John Mayhew
tries his hand at Crown
Green Bowls on page 24.
Leonard investigates the
strange case of Jacob
Popp’s picture postcards
on page 16.
One or two errors crept
into AMP Fairs’ advert in
Picture Postcard Annual
due to a crossed wires
situation! Their Birmingham (National Motorcycle Museum) Fair in July
2010 is on the 11th (the
appears in the Diary);
entry to the Penkridge
fair is free; and free tea
and coffee will not be
dispensed at the Rugby
fair, where entry is actually £1.
PPM Features December 2009
Dealers and collectors - Kirsten Elliott sees life from
both sides of the table
Postcard themes: Liz McKernan settles down in
front of the telly
I fought the law - Jacob Popp used postcards in his
Sunday trading battle, Alan Leonard recalls
State of the Nation - John Wood ponders some
weighty postcard matters
Promoting Hartley’s jam - Nick Hartley looks at
advertising postcards
Crown Green - John Mayhew is bowled over by his
postcard collection
Enigma variations - Rick Hogben pursues a code
from New Zealand
Who wrote all those postcards? Julia Gillen focuses
on messages on the backs
Stockings galore - Wendy Mann hangs up in hope
Famous showjumpers - Ron Severs looks at horsey
Alaska’s Igloo Mission - in the far north with Liz
Top Ten Moderns - Mike and Sue Huddy’s choice of
the year
Postcard fairs continue to attract big
Despite the fears of some people within the hobby
that internet sales would affect attendances at fairs,
there are signs that figures are holding up well and
in some cases increasing. Pudsey and Nottingham
fairs both saw big crowds in early November (Nottingham had its best attendance for four years), Haywards Heath is going well, and Stockport’s midweek
event is booming under the stewardship of AMP
Fairs. No fair promoter can afford to be complacent,
though, and continued imaginative ideas are needed to pull in more collectors. Some big issues are
surfacing in the hobby at the moment, and this
month’s Picture Postcard Monthly airs many of
them, possibly controversial but needing thought
and discussion. Because picture postcards provide
such a fascinating panoply of art and history (a
theme we’ll explore next month) it is probably better-placed than many other hobbies to ride out
financial problems.
The question popped!
Regular columns
Fairs/Auction Diary
Auction notes
What the postman saw
Card Chat
Early posting dates 51
Freecard Gossip
Book Review
Picture Postcard Puzzles
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Jean Thomas of Rob Roy Albums has become engaged to
Cliff Davis, who is also quickly becoming a familiar face at
major postcard fairs. The couple plan to marry in May next
year. Rob Roy have been selling albums and accessories to
postcard collectors for almost three decades, since Jean’s
father Bob Hogben appeared at London Charing Cross’s
Saturday market under the arches in 1981.
Newsdesk J
London theme for next year’s Picture
Postcard Show
Organisers have decided that postcards of London
will form the exhibition theme for the Show, which
runs from 2nd-4
4th September. One highlight will be
a display on Jewish Life put together by David Pearlman, former editor of Postcard Collectors’ Gazette,
which premiered at City Hall, London, a year ago.
Other displays will focus on aspects of the capital,
with a strong showing for the various superb ‘London Life’ postcards published during the 20th century.
Postcards in a box
Pudsey in Wonderland
Postcards are the stars of
what is being billed as ‘the
smallest art gallery in the
world’. A group called Cultivating Settle has turned
the old BT telephone box
on the green of the North
Yorkshire market town
into a community participation project titled ‘The
Gallery on the Green’. Any
residents or visitors can
contribute something representing their visit to Settle or their home town or
village. The display, limited to 28 images, is
changed frequently. Museum curator Roger Taylor is
on the lookout for interesting exhibition proposals.
You can view the initiative
Nottingham Postcard Fair
raised £886 for the BBC
‘Children in Need’ appeal
last month, adding to the
£250+ already netted from
the sale of Brian Partridge’s souvenir postcard
for this year.
z West London Postcard
Club have sorted out their
various problems and are
flourishing again. They
have a new chairman in
Michael Goldsmith and
Wheeldon. The club has
taken over the promotion
of the Wembley Postcard
Fair from Roger Lee, the
first fair under the new
regime making a healthy
Rare appearance
Ron Griffiths (right, at the
moderns fair at Nottingham in 1990) has been one
of the most prominent figures in the postcard collecting world over a period of
some 40 years. He pioneered the collecting of
modern postcards, most
famously buying the entire
residue of moderns (and
many older cards, too) left
after the legendary ‘Blue
Peter’ sale of picture postcards at Phillips’ London
salerooms in 1977. He edited the Hertfordshire club
magazine before turning it
into the British Postcard
Collectors’ Magazine in
1981, which he famously
billed as non profit-making.
That ceased publication a
couple of years ago, but
Ron carried on with an
occasional newsletter, the
final edition of which has
just been published. Fiercely critical of other dealers,
who he claimed failed to
support his publishing ventures, Ron had a loyal following of readers among
the collecting fraternity. He
wrote many of the articles
himself under pseudonyms. He is making a rare
appearance as a dealer at
the Tolworth Postcard Fair
on December 28th with his
fabulous stock of moderns.
Successful tee-o
Horncastle Postcard Fair
debuted at its new home,
the town’s golf club, in
October, and promoter
David Calvert was pleased
matched last year’s. The
golf club put on a carvery
and its proprietors were
delighted with the refreshment take-up by customers. Perhaps this will
start a new venue trend for
z Charity postcard salesman Len Whittaker has had
a record-breaking year with
his fund-raising efforts for
the Sudan Church association. His sales to the end of
June 2009 showed a bestever profit of £13,505.
and Michael
Porter’s postcard sales
efforts on behalf of deaf
children in Norfolk have
£77,000 over 20 years.
15 & 16 January 2010
The top French postcard fair!
10am - 7pm
METRO (ligne 10) & parking:
24 rue Saint-Victor
75005 Paris
Marc Lefebvre
Alexandre Przopiorski
[email protected]
Concentration: collectors in a deep study at Wirral Postcard Club/Northern Postcard Fairs event at Thornton
Hough in November
The Seine in flood 1910
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 3
When the M1 was empty...
The M1 motorway was officially opened on 2
November 1959, with the initial stretch running from
junction 5 (Watford) to 18 (Crick). Watford Gap service station was up and running at a basic level
immediately, with others opened later. Toddington,
named after the nearby village, came in 1964. The
50th anniversary was marked by the unveiling of a
plaque at Watford Gap, arguably the most famous
service station in Britain and supposedly the place
where ‘the North’ begins and ends. Early postcards
show the motorway almost deserted, quite unbelievable now!
Exeter Fair
Saturday 5 December
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cigarette Cards and Stamps
Ephemera and Accessories
Clyst Vale Community College, Broadclyst
Organiser: Anne Scott
01395 - 270322
Next events here:
13 February, 13 March
Granada’s Toddington Serices opened in 1964, its facilities
and exterior shown on this pair of postcards published by
CG Williams of Maidstone. Fashion and car-spotting are
part of the fun of looking at these cards which, in impeccable ‘Golden Age’ size, surely must soon deserve to be
labelled ‘old’.
Charnock Richard was the M6’s first-ever service station,
opened in 1963. This postcard was published by Valentine
of Dundee to show off its charms and those of the carriageway.
A full-length article on ‘Motorway Postcards’ appeared in
June 2004 PPM.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
A bumper attendance at Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden
Sports Centre last month enjoyed some fine postcard displays in the inter-club competition, which saw Alfreton
Philatelic Society take the trophy for the sixth time.
Northamptonshire Postcard Club were second, with Gwen
Haynes winning the prize for the best individual board (on
‘Northampton’). Previous winners Doncater slid to third
place this time, while Nottingham came in fourth. Voting
was by collectors and dealers at the fair, and Val Holland
from Brigg won a postcard album as the voter whose
choice most closely matched the final result. Viv Lapworth
made an identical choice, but lost the draw.
Above: big crowds at the fair.
Below: Postcard Traders Association chair Melanie Mordsley presented the Nottingham Fair Trophy to Alfreton’s
Ron Stammers. Bottom: admiring the displays
Royal Mail keeps going... for now
The postal dispute is over for the time being, but the
underlying causes have apparently not been solved.
What we have is a truce, an opportunity for sober
reflection and discussion - a situation similar to the
end of the previous dispute, in 2007. For most people
the strikes that occurred in October did not have too
serious an effect, but the perception of possible delays
and disruptions badly dented users’ confidence in the
system. In some areas of London, where unofficial
walkouts have been causing chaos for months, deliveries have been unreliable and intermittent.
Postboxes unlimited. Royal
Mail holds all the cards on
this postcard published earlier this year by the London
Borough of Hounslow and
designed by Lesley Jones
from Orleans Park School.
Sadly, the trend is in the
opposite direction, with the
service likely to be privatised after the next election,
against the wishes of most
members of both parliament and the public.
We have argued many
times before for the continuation of Royal Mail in public hands as a universal oneprice-for-all service with a
long and noble history. The
postal system touches postcard collectors in two ways:
firstly, in a historical sense the mail service was the
means by which millions of
postcards were distributed,
and many collections focus
on postmarks or cards
showing post offices, postboxes, or postmen and
women. Half the fascination
of picture postcards is in the
journeys they’ve undertaken. Secondly, the mail is
crucial for the smooth running of the hobby as
approvals, or purchases
from auctions or internet
sites wing their way across
the world.
Royal Mail is still a
marvellous service, and
fewer packages go astray
than is often thought, but
the recent closures of post
offices, abolition of second
delivery (or, in many cases,
first delivery) and Sunday
collections raise fears of
how much the service
would be downgraded in
the event of privatisation.
Attempted and abandoned
by the current government,
it will be one of the first
things on the agenda of a
Cameron government if
elected. Derided by internet
buffs as ‘snail mail’ and
talked down by commentators with an agenda as a
declining industry, Royal
Mail, the best brand name
in Britain, is crucial to collectors and communities in
so many important ways. It,
and its excellent post office
and postal staff, deserve
The place for postcards!
Spotted recently: an envelope with an advert for the
shop of J. O. Emes of High
Street, Moreton-in-Marsh. It
described him as a hairdresser,
tobacconist, but right at the
top of the advert was “The
shop for picture postcards”.
zA stunning exhibition of old postcards was held recently at Terrassa in Spain’s Catalonia province. The show, and
an accompanying catalogue, was set up by collectors
Montse Saludes, Rafael Comas and Ana Fernandez.
There’s no post for Miss
Andsum, not even a Valentine card, on this Edwardian
postcard published in the
‘Smart Novels’ series. Perhaps she popped in on one
of the strike days?
Right: Donald McGill’s
young lady is desperate to
catch the postman on this
card, posted at Blackpool in
September 1922
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 5
K What’s on - Postcard Events Diary J
Stockport, Masonic Hall
Digbeth (Birmingham), Irish Centre
26 Ripley, Rose Lane Scout Hut* (TN)
Plymouth, Guildhall
27 Clyst St George, Parish Hall
z28 BRISTOL, B.A.W.A. Leisure Centre
GUILDFORD, St.Peter’s School,
Street, North Lodge
Redruth, Jubilee Hall
Porchester, Parish Hall
Trinity, Jersey, RJA&HS HQ (CIA&C)
Eastbourne , St. Mary’s Church Hall
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
29 Twyford, Loddon Hall
Prestwick, RAFA Club
Croydon, St George’s Church Hall
Neath, Town Hall
Cardiff, Wesley Church Hall
Newark, Showground
z5 EXETER, Clyst Vale Community
Montrose, Hillside Village Hall (CN)
Farnham, Maltings
Beckenham, Azelia Hall
Swindon, Western Community Hall
Hove, St Leonards Church Hall (EL)
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
BIRMINGHAM, Motor Cycle Museum
Tonbridge, Angel Centre
Woodbridge, Community Centre (H)
London, Holiday Inn
z12 Canterbury, Westgate Hall
Bournemouth, Pelhams Park
Cardiff, City Hall
London, Electric Ballroom
East Grinstead, De La Warr Parish
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
13 Mountnessing, Village Hall
Bath/Bristol, Patchway Community
17 Orpington, Crofton Halls*
Cirencester, Bingham Hall
z19 Glastonbury, Town Hall
Midhurst, Grange Hotel
Guildford, Onslow Village Hall (CR)
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
National Hotel
Herne, Parish Hall
27 CHELTENHAM , Pump Rooms (AMP)
Glasgow, Woodside Hall
28 WICKHAM, Community Centre (PP)
Pass, Tolworth
Recreation Centre
Sittingbourne , Carmel Hall
East Grinstead, De La Warr Hall (JT)
z2 Hastings, Christ Church
Farnham, Maltings
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
Key to number of postcard dealers at
BOLD CAPS - 25 or more dealers (40+
if in red)
Bold type - 16-2
24 dealers
Medium type - 7-15 dealers
Medium italics - 3-6 dealers
* evening fairs
Saturdays indicated by z
Three non-specialist dealers are calculated to be equivalent to one specialist
postcard dealer for the purposes of the
Diary. Collectors unfamiliar with a particular event might still be wise to check
with the organisers about the exact number of PC dealers present before making
a long journey.
Great care is taken to make sure that the
information of this Diary is accurate, but
the publishers can accept no responsibility for errors or omissions.
LEEDS, Pudsey Civic Hall
Ludlow, St. John Ambulance Hall
Worthing , Heene Community Centre
Croydon, St.George’s Church Hall
Neath, Town Hall
Cardiff, Wesley Church Hall
z 9 Colwyn Bay, Eirias High School
St. Agnes, Parish Hall
Wellington, Western Community
Hall (SSPF)
Beckenham , Azelia Hall
Sale, Grammar School
Swindon, Western Community Hall
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
Wymondham, Ketts Park Community
Orpington, Crofton Halls*
Winchester, Badgers Farm
Community Centre (CR)
13 Ardingly , Showground
15 TWICKENHAM, Stoop Rugby
z 16 TWICKENHAM, Stoop Rugby
CHESTER, Northgate Arena
Broughty Ferry, St Aidans Church
Hall (CN)
Colchester, Marks Tey Parish Hall
Eastbourne, St Mary’s Church Hall
London, Electric Ballroom
Midhurst, Grange Market
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
Trowbridge, St. James’ Church Hall
17 Chichester, Westgate Centre
Horsham, Village Hall
Herne, Parish Hall
Yeovil, Westlands Social Club (PF)
21 Cirencester, Bingham Hall
Plymouth, Guildhall
z 23 Motherwell, St Mary’s Parish Hall
Margate, Union Church
Littlehampton, United Church (CR)
Powick, Parish Hall
Wimborne, Allendale Centre (RPH)
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
National Hotel
PENKRIDGE, Leisure Centre (AMP)
Carlisle, Houghton Village Hall (CF)
Rochester, Masonic Hall
26 Stockport, Masonic Guildhall (AMP)
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
28 Ripley, Rose Lane Scout Hut* (TN)
z 30 PRESTON, Barton Village Hall
SEA, Shoreham
Bicester, Littlebury Hotel
Gravesend, St George’s Church Hall
Portchester, Parish Hall
Redhill, Salfords Village Hall
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
31 LEICESTER, Parklands Leisure Centre
Croydon, St.George’s Church Hall
Neath, Town Hall
Cardiff , Wesley Church Hall (DCF)
Newark, Showground
z6 BRISTOL, B.A.W.A. Leisure Centre
Woodbridge, Community Centre (H)
Guildford, Onslow Village Hall (CR)
Cardiff , City Hall
Beckenham, Azelia Hall
Farnham, Maltings
Swindon, Western Community Hall
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
NOTTINGHAM, Harvey Hadden
Sports Centre
Leigh on Sea, West Leigh Junior
Patchway , Community Colllege(KN)
Southampton, Novotel
z 13 STOCKPORT, Town Hall
EXETER, Clyst Vale Community
Redruth, Jubilee Hall
Wembley, Methodist Church Hall
Kinross, Church Centre
Southampton, St.James Church Hall
Canterbury, Westgate Hall
Hove, St.Leonards Church Hall (EL)
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
14 LINCOLN, Bishop Grosseteste
Fareham, Ferneham Hall
Orpington, Crofton Halls*
z20 Chester-lle-S
Street, North Lodge
Midhurst, Grange Market
St.Ives, Cambs. Parish Hall
London, Charing Cross Market (RB)
National Hotel
Thornton Hough, Village Hall
Bathgate, Kiam Park Hotel
Herne, Parish Hall
23 Stockport, Masonic Guildhall (AMP)
25 Ripley, Rose Lane Scout Hut* (TN)
26 SHEPTON MALLET, Bath & West
z27 SHEPTON MALLET, Bath & West
Kendal, Parish Hall
London, Electric Ballroom
London, Charing Cross Market RB)
28 Prestwick, R.A.F.A. Club
London, Park Inn
Fair organisers: send us full
details of your events for
inclusion in this diary. Copy
deadline is 10th December
for the January 2010 issue.
International Diary
This is a selected list of fairs outside Britain featuring postcards in worthwhile numbers. The telephone number quoted in each instance is the internal one in that country. If you
are travelling some distances to attend, it would be sensible
to check details with the organiser.
until 9 Jan 2010 LONDON, Chris Beetles Gallery, Ryder
Street. The Illustrators 1870-2009.
until 7 March 2010 LONDON, The British Library. Points
of view: Capturing the 19th century in photographs.
until 31 March 2010 LONDON, Transport Museum.
Suburbia - postcards and ephemera of the railways’
adventures to the London suburbs.
Nov 28 STUTTGART, Liederhalle
Nov 29 COLOGNE, Mulheimer Stadthalle 160.9651.3700
Dec 5 ALBERT, Espace Culturel
Dec 6 MONT ALBERT (Victoria, Australia), Our Holy
Redeemer Catholic School
Dec 12 LILLE, Grand Palais
Jan 2-3
3 ORLANDO, Central Florida Fairgrounds
Jan 8 POMPANO BEACH (Florida), Civic Centre
Jan 15-1
16 PARIS, Maison de la Mutualite (Cartexpo 54)
Jan 17 OZOIR-L
FERRIERE, Salle du Carousel
Jan 29-3
30 PARIS, Omnisports de Bercy (Numicarta)
27 Hendersons, Minsterley
29 Loddon, Twyford
2 T.Vennett-Smith, Nottingham
5 Dalkeith, Bournemouth
5 Railwayana, Sheffield
9 Warwick & Warwick, Warwick
9 Birmingham Auctions, Worcester
15 Trafford Books, Manchester
2 Dalkeith, Bournemouth
12 T.Vennett-Smith, Nottingham -postal
24 Lockdales, Ipswich
27 Cavendish, Derby
29 Hendersons, Minsterley
“Just a card to let you see what it was like here at Xmas”, wrote
‘E.C.’ to Miss G. Carpenter of Alton, Hampshire. The postcard, in the
‘S & W’ series, shows decorations in Sutton (Surrey) High Street
exactly one hundred years ago.
Trafford Books, Manchester
T.Vennett-Smith, Nottingham
Special Auction Services, Midgham
Dalkeith, Bournemouth
SPA, Cirencester- postal
Maidstone Postcard Club
Birmingham Auctions, Worcester
Hendersons, Minsterley
The annual Illustrators (The British Art of Illustration) exhibition at Chris Beetles Gallery in Ryder Street, St. James’s,
London, is showing until 9 January 2010. As usual, there
is particular interest for postcard collectors, with many
artists featured whose work also appeared on postcards.
There are originals from Phil May, Harry Furniss, Mabel
Lucie Attwell, Lawson Wood, and William Heath Robinson.
Fair organisers
A. Dickinson
AMP Fairs
Anne Scott
Alan Wishart
Beacon Fairs
Bristol PC
Barry PS
Barrie Rollinson 01278-445497
Bass Rock Fairs 01368-860365
Bognor Regis SC 01243-837590
Canterbury & EK 01843-862707
Clive Baker
Caledonia Fairs 01436-671429
Colin Harris
Ch.Island Antique 07797777709
C.J. Fairs
Chad Neighbor 01674-832823
Cotswold PC
Chris Rapley
David Calvert
Dragon Coll. Fairs01446-741026
Denny Gibson
D. Luxford
DMG Fairs
Dorset PC
Emmott Prom
Eric Langdon
Ephemera Soc. 01923-829079
Fairdeal Fairs
Felicity Smith
F&WPC Frinton & Walton PC
GCA Grange Com.Ass 01730-816841
Great Southern 07939-302425
Ray How
Helen Prescott
Heart of Eng. PC 01926-854524
Huntingdon PS 01480-468037
IPM Promotions 020-82029080
John Terry
Kevin Noble
KRM Kidderminster
KSG KSG Promotions 01723-363665
MaPC Maidstone PC
MEPC Mid-Essex PC
MJP M.J.Promotions 01792-415293
Neil Baldry
NIPC N.Ireland PC
Norfolk PC
NorthernPC Fairs 01244535578
NSCF Nat. Spec. Collectors Fairs
NWCF North West CF 07973-219394
Peter Duncan
Phoenix Fairs
Philip Nevitsky 0161-228-2947
Popplestone PC 02380-446143
Plymouth PC
Preston PS
P&R Fairs
Rodney Bolwell 01483-281771
Ralph Carter
RF Postcards
Rikki Hyde
Richard Jones
Redpath Phil.
Red Rose PC
Richard Stenlake 01290-551122
Shropshire PS
Specialist PC&PF 0208-8925712
SRP Fairs
Swindon St/PF
Sussex PS
South Wales PC 01633-412598
Trevor Mills
Telford PS
Tim Notley
Wealden PC
West London PC 0208-892-5712
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 7
K Moderns News J
Poster, transport and military card collectors may look
back on 2009 as a bumper year, writes Malcolm Luty. Over
100 new cards, all continental size unless stated, from at
least seven publishers included 18 from London Transport
Museum, listed as SUB 1-18, a mix of posters, leaflet covers, adverts and photos to support its current ‘Suburbia’
exhibition. In addition, the museum is offering a packaged
set of twelve postcards (two each of six poster artworks)
under its Underground merchandising brand.
Also newly-published are six LT
posters by John Burningham
from Dovecot Studios in connection with its exhibition on the
artist; 15 posters from the Imperial War Museum for its Outbreak
1939 exhibition; four oversize
railway posters promoting Wales
from the National Museum of
Wales; five regimental recruiting
posters from National Museums
Scotland, and one poster by
Edward Bawden from Bedford
Museum for its current exhibition on the artist. Finally, two
books from Pomegranate featuring the railway posters of Norman Wilkinson. In total, there are
51 slightly oversize tear-outcards
including five common to both
Sheepdog trials: the village of Trunch, Norfolk, has published 20
postcards to mark its 2009 ‘Scarecrow Day’ where the winner was
this tableau of shepherd with sheepdog and sheep. We mentioned
their 2008 cards in October PPM, asking if anyone had spotted any
other cards from villages that hold similar scarecrow events. None
forthcoming so far, so Trunch remains the scarecrow postcard leader!
The 2010 event is on 27th June.
IWM PP0930, showing that
identity cards were an issue
in 1939
z A
report in
the Daily
that Tunbridge
Wells, Kent’s spa town, had produced picture postcards to promote their image change from
“Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells”
to “Delighted of...” turned out to
be unfounded. On the trail of the
cards, PPM learned that no
“Delighted” cards have surfaced
yet, and the “Disgusted” postcards on sale were in fact fiveyear-old designs published by a
private retailer in the town. Of
course, if there aren’t any, there
certainly should be!
Left: LTM SUB8, a 1926
poster by an unknown artist
Right: prolific caricaturist
Jean Claval designed
this golfing theme postcard as a souvenir of the
postcard fair to be held at
Ozoir la Ferriere, southwest of Paris, next month
Tasteful comics in North Wales
Llandudno’s postcard range would have no need of a 1950s-style
watch committee to check the suitability of jokes on postcards. With
gentle, subtle comics from artists Terry Irvine, Rupert Besley
and Tony Hall on offer, no maiden aunt could
outraged! It is
strange that in
our ‘anything
goes’ on TV
society, picture
postcards have
s e l f - c e n s o re d
quite remarkably. Main publishers represented on the
Judges, Salmon
and local firm
Origins, the latter
providing a fine
range of views.
Judges of Hastings
have also published a series of
sepia views reproducing their Llandudno views of a
century ago.
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Promotional card for London’s
Camden Market - “just two
stops from Eurostar”
A very presidential-looking Martin Parr. The top
photographer’s work is being
shown under the ‘Planet Parr’
tag - this card advertised the
exhibition’s arrival in Paris earlier this year
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The Dealer and Collector
should be friends...
says Kirsten Elliott
I noted in the last PPM the objection from a collector
to dealers dealing amongst themselves before fairs,
and it seemed to me that this is one of two major
gripes that those coming to fairs have about dealers,
the other being the vexed issue of filing in front or
behind. It seems rather a shame that such longstanding grievances should continue to rankle. To
paraphrase Oscar Hammerstein - the dealer and collector should be friends.
There's no doubt that the top whinge by collectors is the failure of dealers to decide whether cards
are filed in front or behind. Perhaps, when I'm standing behind the stall, I don't look like your average
dealer - whatever your average dealer looks like - but
many collectors seem to choose my shoulder to
weep on over this. I support them whole-h
heartedly. I
personally believe the natural tendency of most people is to look for things behind the divider, not in
front. After all, when you are out driving, you expect
the signpost before you get to the turning, not afterwards, and so it seems logical that you should look
for the dividing cards with the subject name on them
in front of the cards rather than behind.
I know the advantage of filing in front is that you don't
get dividers hidden against
the front of the box. However, my husband Andrew
Swift tried filing in front for
a time as an experiment,
and the cards ended up in
much more of a muddle.
What's more, the dividers
seemed to get misplaced
more often, ending up in
the middle of the subject,
instead of in front or
behind. But my object is not
to make a definite case for
one way or the other, merely to say that I, and many
other collectors, think dealers should get together over
this. Please make a decision
one way or the other and
everyone stick to it. If you
can't agree, then toss a
coin. Nothing would make
your customers happier.
However, I cannot feel
much sympathy for those
who complain about dealers dealing amongst themselves at discounted prices
before fairs start. Even
when I was purely a collec-
tor, and not married to a
dealer, I could see no objection to this. Can I ask collectors to spare a thought
for the dealers? In order to
supply you with cards, dealers are taking a risk with
their money - not yours.
They have thousands of
pounds tied up cards for
you to buy. They have to
buy boxes to display the
One of my first purchases, which I bought mainly because
it wins the price for unrealistic colouring. This picture of
the Rock Gardens at Southsea cost me all of 10p, reduced
from 20p. It was printed by Mills & Co of Portsmouth, is
described as a Real Hand Coloured Photograph and was
posted in 1939
I rarely buy greetings cards or multiviews any more, but
when I started out, I bought all sorts of things at the cheaper end of the market. I still
have considerable affection
for this cheeky card, printed
by the Rapid Photo Printing
Co. of London. It cost me a
stupendous 75p. I was getting bolder, evidently
I never thought then that I would be spending £40 on a
card, such as this one of the driver of the van for Wards'
Cakes, seen outside their works in New Road, Portsmouth
cards in, and sleeves to protect them. They have to pay
stall rent and insurance.
They get up much earlier
than you do to set up the
fairs, and they are there
later than you. On the way
home, you can drop into a
pub or café for refreshment
- the only way the dealer
risks doing that is if he can
find somewhere secure to
put the car, or park where
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This card had a price tag of £80, but thanks to dealers who,
in the past, have spared the time to explain to me what
makes a good card, I knew it was worth having. It shows
the cycle shop of J. A. Lemmon in Gamble Road,
Portsmouth, and is full of fascinating detail
he can see it from the pub
or café.
There are other reasons why this complaint is
not very logical. Shops buy
in at wholesale prices and
you don't think that's unfair
- so why is it unfair for dealers to buy at discount? And
where does fairness and
unfairness end? Imagine
that the fair is somewhere
which does not have good
public transport. Should
dealing not start until the
first bus or train has
arrived? Because if it does,
that's not fair to those who
cannot drive. (In these liti-
gious times, I should perhaps not be making this
point - just in case someone
is inspired to take a complaint to the Human Rights
Court. You never know
what might happen!)
And then, what happens if a dealer makes a private appointment with
someone and sells at home,
not at a fair at all. I obtained
Portsmouth postcards from
a Portsmouth dealer who,
knowing I was a Pompey
girl, was happy to have me
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Postcard Theme Page
Liz McKernan
My first memories of television were of watching the
tennis at Wimbledon on a tiny blue screen in the
headmistress’s study. Housed in a very large piece of
furniture the flickering screen seemed to us schoolgirls a magical invention although I do not think we
could even see the ball. The commentary helped to
follow the matches and time spent there was a time
out of lessons so it did not really matter that we
could not see much of the action!
television system can be
traced back to the discovery
of the photoconductivity of
selenium by Englishman
Willoughby Smith in 1873.
The telly, TV, gogglebox whatever we tend to
call it, it is here to stay. It is
so much part of our way of
life that those few who
choose not to have a set
have been known to have
been hounded for not having a licence - for their
non-existant TV!
(right) A Belgian card
from 1960 showing the
good things of life books, booze, flowers
and of course a television.
Not a very inspiring design but it does show a typical television set from the late 1950s. It is a radio QSL from Prague
in the Czech Republic.
People used to talk
about viewers developing square eyeballs if
they watched too much television! This French postcard
shows an entire family including the cat and dog having
developed ping-pong eyeballs.
The illustrator’s pseudonym of BOZZ was used by
artist Robert Velter, creator of the comic strip character
Since then of course televisions have grown ever larger
and the majority are now in
glorious colour. When my
eldest son was small he used
to enjoy watching what he
Many readers will recognise Muffin the Mule on the
screen here. It was a very
popular children’s programme featuring the puppet, animated by Annette
Mills who was the sister of
the celebrated actor John
Mills. The ‘Taylor’ design
published by Bamforth No
K137 was produced for the
French market.
painted tele’ - my mother had
a colour set while we still had
a black and white one.
The name of John Logie
Baird is forever linked with
the invention of television in
1926. However the origins of
what would become today’s
Another Bamforth
card this time posted in
1964 - and ‘Coronation
Street’ is still going strong!
The writer is obviously staying in a caravan park in
Morecombe and comments; ‘Caravan OK but toilets a little way off.’ Not too
far I hope!
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(below) With the growth
of television came the
arrival of the celebrity
who became instantly
recognisable once they
had appeared on the box.
This card from the Nostalgia
Gilbert Harding who
was a regular guest
panellist on the popular
‘What’s my line.’ Harding - a well-known
Brighton resident died in 1960 appropriately outside Broadcasting House.
(above) The arrival of Eurovision was a great event. I
can remember watching
grainy pictures coming live
from Calais! Today we can
watch perfect pictures live
from around the world and
the initial excitement of
those early days has disappeared.
This is a French Maximum
card celebrating Eurovision
with a ‘silk’ picture linked to
the special stamp and postmark from 1980.
‘The Sky at Night’ presented by amateur astronomer Patrick Moore
was the longest running television series with the same
presenter. This postcard was one of a series produced by
the BBC in 1997 to commemorate 75 years of the Beeb.
A German
depicting a
the interior
of a room
h e a r t
drawn on
screen. I
think it is
an advertising
card for a product called
SWIFFER. Perhaps a cleaning material?
I always enjoyed
watching the wrestling on television even
if we all knew it was staged for entertainment.
This card shows the fashionable spindly legs on
both television and armchair from the 1960s.
I have no idea how the expression ‘Couch Potato’ originated but this example printed in Korea and distributed by
Great Mountain West of Utah is a fun design cut out
in the shape of a potato.
‘(right) Camberwick Green’
and ‘Trumpton’ were great
favourites in our house.
This particular series of
cards was produced for the
BBC by Dixons. The card
shows the Mayor sitting for
his portrait - the series introduced children to the many
characters who contribute
to the running of a town.
Great favourites were the
Firemen whose names were
recited every time they
came sliding down the pole.
Paul Ordner, a French illustrator, has designed several
cards on a TV theme. Here
the viewer is furious with
his set because his horse
has lost!
(right) Another Couch Potato this time by artist Elizabeth Titcomb. No 161 in Pat
Holton’s production it features a remote control and
small aerial and I do love
the contented cat curled up
on the sofa.
advised that the January 2010 edition of
MONTHLY will be
published on December 20th. Deadline for
copy is December
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continued from page 13
When television first entered households, complete
attention to it was paramount. This is beautifully demonstrated here with the head of the household going off to
work on his hands and knees so as not to disturb the family viewing!
(from page 11)
round and look at his stock which contained some rare
and exciting cards. Many of
these were at a price which
would make the average
punter at postcard fairs
blink a bit, so there was the
added attraction for him
that here was someone who
was prepared to spend a lot
of money for good and rare
cards without quibbling.
But was it fair to other
Portsmouth collectors?
However, I agree with
the comment made by Ken
Hassell that if cards are
advertised as being on sale,
then they should not go on
the table until the public
arrive. But, as I write this,
more possibilities of claims
to unfairness strike me, if
we take things to extremes.
If I come to a fair with
Andrew, thus allowing him
to go buying cards, is that
unfair to both collectors and
to dealers who have to stay
at their stall?
I'm afraid the truth of
the matter is that life frequently is unfair, and the
more you try to make it fair,
the more complicated it
gets, as I hope I have
demonstrated here. So, to
return to my previous point,
by and large, I don't think it
is wrong for dealers to trade
before fairs. I think there
teaching those
new to collecting
why prices vary
is to show contrasting cards of
the same scene.
three postcards
of South Parade
Pier - but with
prices. The first
is by the well-known Portsmouth photographer, Stephen
Cribb. It shows the pier newly rebuilt after a fire, and was
posted in August 1908. It cost me £3
The second one, by an unknown photographer just a few
days earlier has, in addition to the pier, some of the
bathing machines, and an intriguing piece of machinery in
the foreground.
This may have
been to do with
the building of
the pier - if you
look very carefully, you can
see that work is
still going on.
All this is reflected in the price
tag - £8
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One of my
favourite modern postcard artists is
Fernand Zacot who signs himself simply ZACOT. This
superb design was done for the French telephone directory and published as a postcard by PTT Cartophilie in 1994.
may even be advantages for
collectors. Let us suppose
that Dealer A, who has a
regular customer for a particular subject, sees a card
on a stall where Dealer B
does not specialise in that
subject. He may buy it with
his client in mind, obviously
at a discount. When the
client comes along, Dealer
A pulls out this card and
says, I've got this for you.
He may add a slight profit,
he may even, in the spirit of
good customer relations,
make no profit on that particular card at all. His client
now has the card with
which he is happy, whereas
he might never have gone
to Dealer B. And once again,
of course, this raises the
objection - is this fair to
other buyers and collectors?
Where I do agree with
collectors is that this is all
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fine if dealers then put these
cards on sale at other fairs.
I think it is unfortunate that
some cards are going
straight on Ebay or other
auction sites, and I am not
sure that this course of
action is, ultimately, good
for dealers. But that's an
entirely different subject.
I would end by saying,
in my experience, most
dealers give discounts to
regular customers, and you
can always ask if a discount
is available, especially if
you've made a large purchase. And of course,
there's nothing stopping a
collector from setting up as
a dealer, thus getting to
fairs early and receiving
trade discount.
Right: at £6, it would be
tempting to turn up your
nose at this apparently not
very interesting card as
being too expensive. But
you’d be wrong! Valentine
& Sons of Dundee printed
just four scenes of Baffin's
Portsmouth, and so far I've
only tracked down two of
them. The price tag is just
about right
Finally, this is where a collector
can help out a dealer - by identifying a card. This is BA Gale's
Premier Penny Bazaar at 175
Commercial Road, Portsmouth.
On the wall are painted the
words "& at Southampton".
However, another card turns up
with a double-fronted shop, and
no clue to which city it's in. As I
write this, there's one on Ebay,
marked "Portsmouth Southampton", which is how dealers often
mark this card. It's Southampton. Soon after these pictures
were taken, Marks and Spencer
opened up penny bazaars very
close to Bertram Gale's shops in
both places, and Gale then
became a photographer. The
card, incidentally, was printed for
the company
Third of the pier trio is
postcard - and what a
superb card it is! Photographed some time
during the First World
War, it shows wounded
servicemen being entertained on the pier by the
Southsea Sea Angling
Society. There's just so
much to look at in this
picture. Cost? £35, but I
think even the newest
recruit to collecting can
between this card and
the other two
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Popp Fought The Law
Alan Leonard tells how Postcards
Celebrated Jacob’s Long Battle over
Sunday Trading
Postcards of the Edwardian era illustrate and exemplify a vast range of topics and occasions but unique
among them must surely be the set of six satirically
celebrating their originator receiving over 400 convictions for defying the law week by week through
eight years, from 1902 to 1910.
The transgressor became
a respected citizen of High
Wycombe, where he spent
forty active years. Following his death there on 6th
April 1939, aged 65, the
Bucks Free Press published
an obituary setting his life
in focus. It began:
“Mr Jacob Popp, former tourist guide and
accomplished linguist, who
came to High Wycombe
many years ago to establish
newsagent’s business in
what was then Frogmore
Gardens, may be said to
have contributed something
to the history of High
Wycombe. Certainly his
contribution to the town’s
history was unusual, but
none the less any would-be
afford to ignore the almost
world-wide notoriety Mr.
Popp secured for himself by
the simple and original - if
somewhat expensive expedient of defying the
law for more than eight
years. Mr. Popp, indeed,
may be ranked among the
pioneers, for he was, in
truth, a pioneer in defiance
of the old Sunday Observance Act of 1677”.
When Charles the Second reigned as King
Some funny Laws he made,
And one of them was that to stop
All kinds of Sunday Trade.
When he was dead the people saw
This law was an abuse,
In fact that it was like the King - Of very little use.
Who was Jacob Popp?
His full name was Jacob
Ivanovitch Popp. He was
born in 1873 at Pernau, a
port on the Gulf of Riga,
now in Estonia but then part
of a Baltic province of
Tsarist Russia.
It is not known when
he came to England,
whether as a young man on
his own or earlier as a child
with his family, emigrating
from Russia for some combination of economic, religious or political reasons.
‘Popp’ may have been a
convenient shortening of
his original Russian surname.
Jacob Popp had evidently established himself
in England as a personable
young man in his twenties,
for in March 1899 he got
married at Sevenoaks to a
Kentish girl, Annie Kellaway.
Within a year or two
Popp had somehow found
his way to High Wycombe,
own account, at home”,
then aged 27, with his wife
Annie (29) and one-year-old
Ivy, the first of his four
daughters. She had been
born at Stourbridge, where
Popp may have resided
briefly before settling in
High Wycombe.
Staying with him on
census night was his Kentish brother-in-law, Albert
Kellaway, 35, described as
‘independent’. If he had private means, perhaps in
some measure he had
assisted Jacob Popp’s business venture?
recorded Popp as born in
Livonia, Russia, and being a
‘Russian subject.’ Most of
Livonia became part of
Latvia in 1918, but its northern section, largely inhabited by Estonians, was incorporated into the neighbouring Baltic republic of Estonia. Presumably
Popp became a British naturalised subject as soon as
he was able to apply as a
permanent resident.
In an interview with the
correspondent of New York
Times in March 1908 Popp
They dug it
up and looked around
To see on whom to drop
And finally they found a
Whose name is Jacob Popp.
They summoned their Head
And unto him did say:
“Go, tell J.Popp of his vile
And how we’ll make him
“I came to High
Wycombe and acquired a
business at this little shop.
After a time I began to open
on Sundays and did a good
trade. Then, one Sunday
afternoon, the chief constable came in and said unless
I closed up I would be summonsed. I declined to close,
with the result that a summons was issued against
me on the Monday (21 January 1902). It was taken out
under the statue of Charles
the Second and charged
that ‘I on a certain date,
being the Lord’s Day, commonly called Sunday, did at
Chepping Wycombe, in the
borough aforesaid, unlawfully do and exercise certain
labour, business and work
in the ordinary calling of a
tobacconist and confectioner, the same not being a
On one fine day the
Of Wycombe Town all met,
And said “We must enforce
the Law
For we’ve done nothing yet.
To lessen either Rate or Tax
would surely be a crime,
Let’s start with this old
musty Law
Of Charles the Second’s
where he set himself up in
his own business, in a good
trading location, flanked by
a public house, ‘coffee tavern’, drapers and butchers
etc. Living ‘over the shop’ at
23 Frogmore Gardens, he
was recorded there by the
Census of April 1901. It listed him as working “on his
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He threatened Fine, Imprisonment,
“The Stocks” he even said,
“Would be the fate of him who brought
This Law upon his head.”
Would you believe: this awful man
Whose name is Jacob Popp
Just laughed at him and Sunday next
Was serving in his shop.
They dragged him up
before the Bench
Of Justices, in line,
Who scowled at him and
“We must inflict a heavy
He paid and every Sunday
Finds him serving in his
And every Monday morning
There’s a Summons for
work of necessity or charity’.
I paid 15s - including
costs - and since then regularly every Monday I get my
Sunday observance
In Edwardian times the
enforcement of laws relating to Sunday observance
varied somewhat between
town and country and
between larger and smaller
urban areas, according to
the prevailing local religious
and political sentiments and
Since the Reformation,
activities permitted or forbidden on Sundays had
been regulated by the State
rather than Church authorities. Members of various
and other groups held differing shades of opinion
about the extent to which
Sunday should be strictly
observed as a holy day or
regarded as a holiday i.e. a
day of rest, on which some
forms of recreation and
By 1900 attendance at
Sunday worship had long
since ceased to be compulsory, but trades and other
occupations were subject to
various statutes dating back
to the 17th century.
In particular, the Act of
1677 decreed that “no
tradesman or other person
whatsoever shall do or
labours, business or work of
their ordinary calling upon
the Lord’s Day... works of
necessity and charity only
offenders were subject to a
fine of five shillings or two
hours in the stocks or seven
days in prison for non-payment of the fine.
The 1677 Act also provided that on Sundays “no
expose for sale any wares,
merchandise, fruit, herbs,
goods or chattles whatsoever”.. subject to forfeiture of
goods involved.
ignored, as Sunday markets
became popular in London
and elsewhere. Restrictions
on Sunday travel also fell
into abeyance. The Lord’s
Day Observance Society
(founded in 1831) and other
groups promoted strict
observance but the general
trend was towards relaxation of restrictions.
In late Victorian times
museums, art galleries and
libraries etc were freely
open on Sunday afternoons. An Act of 1781
which prohibited Sunday
entertainments making an
entry charge was evaded
e.g. at the Albert Hall, where
concerts were held on the
basis of free admission but
payment of a charge for
seat reservation.
From 1871 prosecutions under the 1677 Act
required the written authority of a Chief Constable,
stipendiary magistrate or
two Justices of the Peace.
There was evidently no
lack of authorisations for
town’s legal ‘establishment’
engaged in a week-by-week
trial of strength with Jacob
Popp - perhaps with an element of antipathy towards a
defiant ‘incomer’ of foreign
Prosecutions became
an on-going weekly drama,
drawing large numbers to
his shop and attracting
widespread publicity, mostly sympathetic to Popp and
critical of magistrates and
police seen as out of touch
with the more tolerant sentiments of the period.
In the event, it was only
after eight years that these
The Sequel you’ll be
pleased to learn
Although they fine him still
Is that this nonsense only
More money in his Till.
enabling Popp to continue
Sunday trading without further incident for the rest of
his life.
Eight Years Saga
When he received his first
summons in January 1902
Mr. Popp stuck it up in his
shop window, with the
annotation “King Charles is
after me” He kept his subsequent weekly summonses
as souvenirs of his on-going
encounters with the High
Wycombe magistrates and
Chief Constable, Mr. O.D.
Constables were sent
to Popp’s shop every Sunday: next day they duly
declared to the justices that
they had kept observation
and seen persons enter and
purchase tobacco, cigarettes, newspapers, sweets
etc. Popp was duly called
before them; as he did not
dispute the police evidence,
his conviction was quickly
For the first two and a
half years, Popp was generally fined five shillings
plus ten shillings costs,
15s in all. To quote again
from his 1908 interview
for the New York Times:
“There are two alternatives to paying the fine,
viz.: two hours in the
stocks or seven days’
imprisonment in jail. I
wanted to be placed in
the stocks but they have
been removed and I
could not get the magistrates to replace them
or cause others to be
specially constructed
for my benefit. If they would
make the imprisonment two
days instead of seven, I
would go to jail. But I cannot spare a week from business and close the shop. It
is not likely that I shall close
the shop when I take in
between £20 and £30 every
As well as making
news across the Atlantic,
Popp gained much domestic publicity for his defiant
stand, which cast him as a
popular martyr. To show
sympathy with him or simply out of curiosity, numerous visitors sought out his
shop on Sundays.
Later he was able to
open a separate lock-up
shop in White Hart Street.
He was encouraged by his
extending Sunday trade and
the fact that from 1905
onwards he was generally
charged only 2s. 6d. on top
of his 5s fine. Did this represent a concession to him as
a regular subscriber?
It became such a standard levy that early in 1908,
as he said, “I sent the magistrate’s clerk a cheque for a
quarter’s fine in advance, to
save both him and myself
trouble, but he returned it.
Having once begun to prosecute, I suppose the police
did not like to withdraw and
the summonsing will go on
for years probably.”
Other retailers in High
Wycombe and many more
elsewhere seem to have
been allowed to trade on
Sundays. The Popp saga
finally concluded after he
had been convicted 403
”Popp the Martyr
of High Wycombe” was the
headline to this report by a
correspondent of the New
York Times, published in its
issue of 8 March 1908. It
gave a detailed account of
his defiance of the Sunday
trading law, based on an
interview with him.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 17
(from page 17)
times over a period of eight
years, during which he paid
over £200 in fines and costs.
The longer the confrontation continued, the
more profitable it became
for him; by 1910 he was saying that “if he did not take
between £40 and £50 on a
Sunday at his Frogmoor
shop, he had experienced a
bad time.”
Popp’s postcards
Mr. Popp was a man of varied talents. He supplemented his shop takings by
applying his command of
several languages as a
courier for Thomas Cook’s
foreign holiday tours before
and after the 1914-18 war.
From his trips abroad he
often brought back novelties to add to his retail trading stocks.
He had a keen eye for
publicity, which he promoted by producing a set of six
artistic postcards presenting a satirical account of his
prosecutions, with a commentary in verse of which
he seems himself to have
been the writer. The spirited
artwork captioned by these
amusing lines may also
have been Popp’s but these
postcard compositions do
not bear any name.
The New York Times
report of 1908 stated that
Popp had “issued a series
of picture postcards illustrating his experiences and
has sold one edition of
12,000 of these.”
It is unclear whether
this figure represented
2,000 sets of six or 12,000 of
each of the cards. They
were produced both in
sepia and coloured ver-
sions; the former is more
often found today, usually
kept together as a set by
original purchasers having
retained them as souvenirs,
enjoying Popp’s sense of
They are illustrated
here, with the texts of their
neatly hand-lettered commentary.
For another postcard,
Popp was photographed
standing outside his Frogmoor shop.
Later years
Jacob Popp was described
as a man of fine physique
and constitution, fully 6ft. in
height. He was a keen
sportsman, captain of the
Wycombe Cycling Club,
also a motor cyclist and
motorist. He was involved
with local football and cricket clubs and organised
races for the benefit of
street newspaper sellers
and other causes. He was
also an active Freemason.
In June 1924 he fractured his skull and injured
his legs in an accident while
riding his motor cycle. After
spending nine weeks in
hospital he seems to have
resumed his active life, until
1938, when his leg troubles
became serious.
Their ulcerous condition compelled successive
amputations above the knee
of both legs in 1938-39, but
to no avail, as he died on
6th April 1939. The inquest
verdict was “death through
Popp had asked for no
mourning but the widespread respect he had
earned over four decades in
his adopted town was
shown by the large crowds
lining the route of his
cortege from Frogmoor to
the parish church and the
numerous and widely representative attendance at his
Modern postcards as well as old ones are well
featured at each event
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This included his four
daughters, two of them with
their husbands, the other
two then being unmarried.
Popp’s widow was duly
granted probate of his will
in July 1939, when his
effects were precisely valued at £3,891. 14s. 8d.
She was then named
as Philadelphia Priscilla
Popp - which indicates that
Jacob Popp seems to have
married again after the
death of his first wife.
While his personal
biography and contributions to the public life of
High Wycombe may now
have slipped into the shadows, his long campaign for
Sunday trading remains a
significant chapter in English social history, pictorially documented by the set of
postcards he produced to
celebrate it.
Grateful acknowledgement of
their help with information
for this article is made to the
Local Studies Specialist,
Buckinghamshire Library Service, High Wycombe; and to
Tom Holder.
Jacob Popp posed for this postcard photograph outside
his shop, probably in 1910.
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Fairs, and why should I bother?
John Wood
I don't write public letters - it isn't my scene at all but this time I've had enough. I'm hacked off, disillusioned, despairing and generally frustrated beyond
belief, even angry. At what? At the direction our
postcard world is heading. The impact of the Internet means that the whole postcard industry and
hobby is at a crossroads. Should that concern us?
Too right it should if it isn't handled intelligently and
responsibly, because it has already had an enormous
impact on both dealers and collectors. And that
impact is not all good; some of it is not good at all; in
fact it is very bad.
No Leadership
cards, all I am is a customer,
Many items are sold on the
Internet by individuals operating alone and who have
no other involvement in the
world of postcards. That is
good; it opens up new
opportunities for everyone.
The big concern for me
is the fact that major dealers
from the mainstream postcard fraternity are also
climbing into the Internet.
Nothing wrong in that, you
might think; it's a free world
(relatively speaking) anyway. Except that is, it isn't
being properly managed at
all. There isn't a balanced
approach. There is no leadership. In many cases not
even an awareness of what
it all means, despite the
inescapable fact that it
greatly affects every one of
us, sellers and buyers, dealers and collectors, all alike.
I cannot believe the
complacent, inward-looking, shortsighted, unprofessional attitude that leading
figures in the postcard
world are taking towards
their industry and our
hobby. It is an abdication of
People forget that the
postcard world is an industry. A significant number of
individuals rely on it to
make their living; it needs
raw material supplies to
function; above all it relies
on having regular customers. Without the customers it is nothing.
I spent all my working life as
a supplier to, or working for,
or as a customer of the
retail industry. Rammed in
my head every day were
phrases like - "quality and
value", "listen to the customers", "if we don't give
customer service they don't
come back". I've seen, at
first hand, what happens
when the people at the top
lose sight of those principles.
When it comes to post-
nothing more than that. I
like my hobby; I like the
cards I collect; I like to look
at cards I don't collect; I like
the friendship of like-minded collectors; I like the
repartee and friendship with
many of the dealers.
example, I like to go to postcard fairs. At fairs we don't
just talk about postcards,
but also football, politics,
scandal and anything else
of the moment. And, and it
is a big ‘and’, fairs are also
one of the main sources
where we all learn more
about postcards and our
hobby, and we broaden our
interests. Fairs and clubs
and people are at the heart
of postcards. Many collectors, like me, browse
through all sorts of postcards at a fair, not just looking for the specific ones
missing from our collections. For me, I finish up
buying all sorts of cards that
I didn't plan for. Maybe I
liked the message on the
back, maybe it was in better
condition than the one I
already had, or it was from
a different batch, or it was
of a town that I knew, or
maybe I just liked it when I
held it. I like to buy from the
dealers I am familiar with,
those who are friendly and
helpful, and who know what
they have in their stock.
Fairs - why bother?
But what is happening now? I
go to important fairs like
Woking, Twickenham and
Haywards Heath and there
are precious few of the cards
from my favourite publisher
to look at, let alone buy. I get
home, look on the internet a
couple of days later and there
have appeared lots of cards
from that same favourite publisher, being offered for sale
by dealers who had been at
the fairs but had nothing new
in their stock - those same
dealers that I have been buying cards from regularly for
years. What is the point of my
driving over 100 miles to go
to Woking or Haywards
Heath? - not much. Why
spend £50 on the train to go
to Bipex - I didn't, I couldn't
be bothered, I expected it
would be a waste of time.
How sad is that?
What price loyalty of
dealers at fairs to their regular customers? Not a lot in
some cases. Worst of all, we
now have major dealers not
even bringing their topographical stock to the fairs,
but there they are at those
fairs trawling other dealers’
stock prior to opening time
(and during the rest of the
day) to put away the cards to
sell on the Internet. No wonder there isn't much for the
likes of me to look at! Thanks
a lot, everybody! It's ‘I'm all
right Jack’, for the few, at the
long-term cost of the majority. Doesn't anybody realise
that? Don't other dealers
realise they are going to lose
out in the end, because, if
they don't have some decent
cards to sell, then they won't
have the customers coming
to visit them. The ‘I'm all right
Jack’ approach is like having
a cuckoo in the nest, but for
how many years do cuckoos
themselves survive, after they
have destroyed the nest? Not
Increasingly, there is
much more enjoyment in
going to smaller, friendly,
local fairs like Ripley and
Portchester, where the dealers know each other, they
know their stock, and they
know their customers. At
least I know I have an evenhanded, fair chance of seeing
some cards. And I can have a
cup of tea and a laugh as well.
Long may they prosper!
Postcard Industry
But what are the senior members of the postcard trading
community doing? Sniping
at each other, criticising what
the big fair organisers are trying to achieve, grumbling
how things are getting difficult, and ignoring the big
wide world called reality, and
business reality in particular.
There are many dealers who
would read the above and
say, "But I don't do that".
Selling cards themselves on
the Internet? I agree that
many do not do that, but if
they sell to those who do,
then are they looking after
their own business? I think
not. Selling a few good cards
to an ‘internet man’, who
then gets dealers' discount as
well is surely not the best
answer. Getting a good price
yourself, seeing the same
customers next fair and next
year, selling other cards to
them as well. Is that not a
better bet? Some dealers
agree, they do not sell new
stock on the Internet, and
they try to sell all their cards
themselves. I applaud them.
We should all applaud them
and we customers should
support them whenever we
The Internet
Does all this mean that the
Internet is the equivalent of
The Great Satan? Of course
not. Do I buy on the Internet?
Of course I do. For people
who cannot get to fairs, or
auctions, or have no local
shop, then the Internet is the
best thing since sliced bread.
For sellers who maybe are
geographically remote, or for
whom postcards are only a
part of what they do, then it is
also a great opportunity. For
the regular dealers, if they
have had a good card in their
stock and it has not sold,
either because the normal
customers haven't turned up
to see it, or we won't pay the
asking price, then we cannot
object if they then choose to
offer on the Internet, or sell to
another dealer.
On the Internet there is
no doubt that some cards
can, and do, achieve more
money than if they were sold
over the counter. But many
other cards do not sell at all.
By the time commission
uploading, packing and posting, are all taken into realistic
account, does anyone ever
work out their effective net
hourly pay when selling on
the internet? I really wonder
about that.
No Level Playing Field
None of us has any divine
right to preferential treatment. But if, as regular customers and collectors, we are
willing to shell out our hardearned money on a regular
basis then we have every
right to ask for a level playing
field. That is now not the
case, and it is getting worse.
It isn't fair and it isn't right for
the future welfare of the
hobby. The danger of collectors becoming faceless user
ID's on the Internet rather
than regular customers is
real. The danger of a few selfinterested dealers jeopardising the welfare of the majority of their colleagues is real.
Do Something - Now!
I'm saying to everyone out
there, who cares about our
industry and hobby, that
unless something is done, the
postcard world will not just
be changing, it will be withering at the core. What can collectors do? Not a lot in reali-
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 19
(from page 19)
ty, other than making our
feelings known and trying to
get those at the business end
of postcards to listen to us.
Otherwise, slowly but surely,
inevitably and inexorably, the
customers will vote with their
The leaders of the industry need to get their heads out
of those places where they
are currently so securely
amongst themselves about
the minutiae of postcard life,
start looking outwards, and
reach some common agreements and goals. Goals like:How do we re-llaunch those
goals; let the customers know
we care?
How do we get the right publicity; to raise the profile of
postcards; to replace the customers who have gone?
How do we get commitment
from the trade members?
Don't support the cuckoos in
the nest.
Does there need to be a relook at such basic topics as
stock rotation and replenishing, achieving a steady ongoing profit, successful fairs,
auctions and the Internet?
How do we agree a policy on
selling stock to other dealers
at fairs (even if it is to say the
cards will be available at the
end, if unsold, rather than
before opening time)?
How do we agree an acceptable compromise between
handling cards for personal
collections (including those of
dealers) and cards for Internet sale?
We need to talk to the customers, get their input, at
postcard clubs, at fairs,
through the Internet.
And through PPM
I know for a fact that there are
many of us who are very clear
how great a contribution is
made by the editors of PPM
to the world of postcards,
(and, yes, I would be saying
that wherever I was sending
this letter).
That PPM is
impartial; that it gives a
forum for interested people's
views, good or bad; that it
appears every single month a considerable achievement.
If the rest of our postcard
world could be organised to
the same standard the better
it would be.
Come on then…
So come on postcard industry people, “Where are you?".
The alarm bells are ringing. It
isn't rocket science, it isn't nitpicking rhetoric; it is planning, organisation and leadership that we all need. If you
don't do something, and
quickly, we will all live to
regret it.
Postbag J
You’re all right, Jack
sales to overhead costs and
consequently a more acceptable net profit. Next year, to
There is so much in Eric Eunreduce the physical effort as
son’s excellent article (Octowell as cost, we will be reducber PPM) that I would like to
ing the amount of stock we
respond to, but I will limit
take to fairs by eliminating
myself to just a few points.
much of the low value materiEric bemoans the passal.
ing of established methods of
Approvals have not been
trading and the emergence of
killed off, as Eric suggests, but
new. I share his feelings but
there are fewer customers as
recognise that one cannot
some have ceased to buy
stand Canute-like against
because of financial pressures.
change. The internet in generTo some extent this has been
al and eBay in particular are
offset by selling a higher perhere to stay. This will cause
change elsewhere but, with
despatched to approvals cusintelligence, this need not
destroy postcard collecting.
approvals customers will
First, there is a need to
come via eBay.
accept that dealers are not
eBay has already prothere to provide a local dropduced a number of benefits. It
in centre. Yes, meeting old
has brought
friends with a shared interest
many new
is a valued
collectors to
attribute but the
Pick of th
the hobby.
We now sell all over the world
make an adeand an increasing percentage
quate net income to justify the
of these sales are to repeat
financial investment in their
customers. Also it has encourstock and the many hours
aged new sellers, not just
worked. This cannot be
migrating fair dealers, into the
achieved by six dealers in a
market-place. This, in turn,
draughty hall with a handful
promotes a strong auction
of collectors who will probamarket, helps attendance at
bly spend only a few pounds
fairs and increases the velocieach either through lack of
ty of circulation of stock (a bit
funds or, more likely, because
like quantative easing!)
their collections are so extenHowever, e-bay does not
sive that finding a regular supprovide a realistic marketply of cards to sell to them is
place for the dealer, wellnigh on impossible.
established or new, to replenIn 1992, after redundanish his stock. For this he will
cy and early retirement, I
have to continue to rely on
became a part-time postcard
auctions, private purchases
dealer. In the early years my
and buying from fellow dealbusiness was purely fairers. Thus fairs will continue
based. Gradually, I built up the
but the trend will be to fewer
approvals side until it became
fairs where the larger one-day
60% of my business. The proand, preferably, two day ones
portions stayed much the same
will find more support relative
until four years ago when my
to the smaller ones.
wife, not a techno-phobe like
Little of the above will
me, volunteered to start sellconsole Eric but at least it may
ing via eBay. This side of the
help him to think better of
business has grown rapidly
Jack who, as usual, is reacting
whilst sales at fairs and
to a changing world with a
through approvals have
clear-thinking revision of his
remained static.
business model. The economCurrently, the sales on
ic survival of mainstream
eBay and at fairs account for
dealers like Jack is fundamenapprox 30% each whilst
tal to the hobby.
approvals remains the largest
at 40%. However, there have
Mike Pearl
been significant changes in
both of the “old-fashioned”
routes to market. We are
standing at far fewer fairs - yet
sales are holding up. Why?
Well we put it down to picking
the fairs that are right for our
stock range and by accepting
that with limited supplies of
quality new stock it is imperative to limit appearances. This
makes for a better ratio of
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Postcard chronology
I absolutely agree 100% with the
article in Picture Postcard Annual 2010 on re-naming the groups
that post-war postcards are listed
in. The worst is the way dealers
use the term ‘moderns’ for everything published from 1945
onwards, implying these just
aren't collected. We have a fine
example with F.E.Quinton's art
postcards. A number of dealers
apparently have never heard of
him when asked for his cards.
Others just don't bother to bring
them. Why? Because they say
no-one wants them as they are
modern. In the late 1930s he
spent two years pre-war at art
college, was called up to fight for
his country, returned home after
the war and studied two more
years at art college. Not only
did he suffer because his cards
were labelled ‘modern’ but I
reckon so did Salmon because
they were not sure what number
of F.E.Q. cards to print. Consequently, it is easy to find those
that Salmon thought they could
sell easily at seaside places. But
that has meant a large number are
very difficult to find. With the
popularity of A.R.Quinton on
eBay it is making F.E.Q. popular
too and many of his cards are
selling at higher prices than you
would expect when you see
£1.50 printed in the catalogue. I
know the subject has been mentioned in PPM earlier, but I am
sure it needs working out very
carefully by a small body of collectors and dealers under your
leadership. Would "contemporary" or "current" be suitable for
the last 20 years? Would 19451960 postwar, 1960-2000 - think
of a word which means ‘collecting started new popularity’, and
2000-2020 be right? It is just
my thoughts to start on, so someone else can work from there and
think of something better?! How
are your thoughts these days on
the subject of ‘moderns’?!
Jean Cullen
Locks Heath
[We have suggested 1960-90
‘semi-modern’ (but that’s a
rather meaningless term: can
anyone come up with something
better?) 1991-date ‘recent and
contemporary’. Certainly anything prior to 1960 cannot be
remotely classified ‘modern’.
Thoughts from readers welcomed! Next month we will be
having an in-depth look at all the
‘postcard periods’, based on the
recommendations of Tonie and
Valmai Holt some 40 years ago]
The Game at Sheffield
Picture Postcard
Annual 2010
is now available at
£4.75 with an up to date
directory of dealers, fair
organisers, auctions etc
plus lots of features and
articles, and a list of
important 2010 postcard
fairs. On sale from your
favourite dealer or
direct from the
publishers at
15 Debdale Lane,
Keyworth, Nottingham
NG12 5HT (plus postage
£1 UK, £3 Europe, £5.50
rest of world)
Big sender
Having seen the postcard with a
big list of memberships of international postcard and correspondence clubs (November PPM,
p.8), it seems that Andre Perlet
must have sent a huge amount of
postcards. I have a similar postcard, though with a different list
of clubs he belonged to (shown
below, along with the picture
George Eimermann
Wateringen, The Netherlands
It’s their business!
As someone who had a good
friend born in Hartlepool back in
1913 who died about a year ago,
it was with interest I read of the
1914 Hartlepool disaster card
that sold for £1,120 (PPM,
November 2009). I certainly
would have showed her the feature were she still with us. With
regard to the price, it does seem
excessive to anyone involved in
the postcard world. Yet to the
outsider with money to spare, it
isn't really that expensive in this
day and age, considering how
much money people spend on
their leisure activities. What's
more, such individuals probably
wouldn't want to waste time
looking for a dealer, preferring to
spend the money requested on
eBay. And I suppose if they wish
to do that, it is their own business!
Tim Mickleburgh
From the (Eastern)
Roger Lee’s Cossack card on
page 45 of the November issue
is certainly a striking design,
but I think his interpretation of
it is mistaken. Although, from
the spelling, the card was presumably published in France, I
don’t think that the background
is the French tricolour, which is
divided vertically, blue in the
hoist, white in the centre and
red in the fly.
The Cossacks were Russian cavalry, and I suggest that
the background is the old Imperial Russian flag, also a tricolour, but divided horizontally, white over blue over red.
This flag disappeared at the
Revolution of 1917, but - in a
fine example of “what goes
around, comes around” - since
the break-up of the Soviet
Union, the old tricolour is once
again the ensign flown by
Russian ships and also, I
believe, in general use ashore.
Rick Hogben
PPM keeps you
in touch!
I was interested to see the
"TITLES - The New Postcard
Game" postcard illustrated in
November PPM, in particular as
I have a similar card with "Views
of Sheffield and District" (left),
posted in 1914 from Chesterfield. The only clue to the publisher are the words ‘The I.D.L.
Series’ on the back. Like the
Weston-super-Mare card, which
has views numbered 25 to 36, my
card also has twelve views, these
being numbered 37 to 48, so presumably there were at least three
more Sheffield cards in the game
series, which carried the numbers
up to 36. As to how the game was
played I have no idea; most of
the Sheffield views would have
been easy to identify by
Sheffielders of the day.
Philip Robinson
[Tony Roberts turned up two
more postcards in the Weston
series, with views numbered 1324 and 37-48. Can any readers
come up with other places featured in the genre?]
Pending Project
In the November issue of PPM
you reported that the launch of
‘The Postcard Society’ had ‘hit
the deck’. This is untrue. All
that happened was that despite
a very good attendance at the
Woking fair, only 14 or 15 people turned up for the meeting
and, though I could have
attempted to form a committee,
I deemed it as silly to attempt to
do so in such circumstances.
Since the meeting however, various people have come
forward who fully support the
idea of a museum as well as
other sensible ideas to put a bit
of life into the hobby - and if
and when I reckon that we have
a sufficient number of them,
(maybe 30 or 35) then we shall
hold another meeting! The
society has not ‘hit the deck’,
therefore, but is merely in the
‘pending’ tray - though it is up
to others to contact me if they
wish the project to go
forward. My address is 16
Heron Road, St Margarets,
Twickenham, TW1 1PQ and
[email protected]
Personally I find it hard to
believe that only a small handful of people are interested in
the future of the hobby in this
country - but maybe that is the
case. We shall see... Of course,
the ones who actually count are
those who bother to contact me
and who are prepared to come
to a future meeting - probably
in this neck of the woods.
Michael Goldsmith
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 21
Jam today, jam
Nick Hartley investigates a family firm
Hartley's Jam was founded in 1871 in the Lancashire
mill town of Colne. The firm's founder, William Hartley, had started in business as a grocer, hawking his
products in the neighbouring towns and villages. A
fortuitous accident led him into the production of the
preserves for which he would become so well
known. When a local manufacturer failed to deliver
supplies to him, Hartley decided to make the jam
Hartley’s Fruit Farm at
Henlow, Bedfordshire - one of a series of postcards published by the firm
An attractive advertising
postcard for Hartley’s Marmalade
The business grew rapidly
and in 1874 he moved to
Bootle in order to take
advantage of the cheaper
supplies of sugar coming
into the docks, as well as
improving the distribution
of his finished products. At
Bootle, demand was such
that he twice enlarged the
works, but he was still
unable to fulfil all his
orders, and so in 1886 he
built what was then one of
Another card in the ‘official
Hartley’s series showing their works at Aintree, Liverpool
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Transporting oranges to
the largest preserves factories in the world at Aintree
on the outskirts of Liverpool.
The works covered ten
acres and was sited at the
junction of two main railway lines in order to facilitate the delivery of vast
amounts of fruit and sugar.
Hartley's was a huge business. The factory was capable of producing over six
hundred tons of preserves a
week and when the weather
was warm and supplies
abundant, special trains
were laid on to collect the
fruit from the fields.
The construction of the
Aintree works was followed
in 1901 by the opening of a
factory in Bermondsey. The
two factories between them
employed over three thousand workers and next to
the factory at Aintree Hartley built a model village,
which in its day ranked
alongside Bournville and
Port Sunlight.
At the turn of the century, Hartley's was the leading name in the manufacture of preserves. The firm
sold its products the length
and breadth of Britain and
throughout the Empire. The
principal outlet was the corner grocery stores, but its
products were also sold to
stores such as Harrods, as
well as the railway companies and shipping lines. The
White Star Line, owners of
the ill-fated Titanic, served
Hartley's Jams on its fleet
of ocean going liners, as did
Cunard and Union-Castle,
the main shipping line to
South Africa. Hartley's West
End Marmalade was said to
stand on the breakfast table
of King Edward VII.
William Hartley died in
October 1922, at the age of
76. The following year, a
photographer from the
Northampton firm of Clarke
and Sherwell was sent to
the Aintree works to document the manufacturing
process for a series of postcards that appeared soon
The photographer took
around fifty pictures of the
works, as well as the nearby
pottery at Melling, which
made the stoneware pots in
which the jam was sold
(runners and riders in the
Grand National annually
cross the Melling Road) and
the Hartley fruit farm at
Henlow in Bedfordshire.
The directors at Hartley's
selected 24 of the photographs, which were initially reproduced as two
million photogravure postcards.
showed the interior and
exterior of the factory. An
aerial picture was effective-
advert for Hartley’s preserves
Aerial view of the firm’s Aintree
(below) The main entrance and offices at Aintree
Boxmaking department at Aintree
ly the first in the sequence
and allowed the firm to
show not only the size of
the works, but also the
model village which stood
beside it, complete with
ornamental lake. The factory was built of red brick and
was a largely self-contained
unit. It had its own boxmaking department, where
most of the apprentices
started, turning out as many
as three thousand boxes a
day, garages to maintain
the firm's fleet of lorries,
and Dining Halls, one for
women, who formed the
majority of the workers, the
other for men.
Inside the factory, the
photographer captured dif-
ferent aspects of the manufacturing process. The firm
boasted that “fruit gathered
at sunrise is Hartley's Jam
the same evening” and vast
numbers of women were
employed to hull and stone,
top and tail, or to work in
the Finishing Room, where
nimble fingers labelled,
wrapped and tied over a
hundred thousand jars a
day. (The Mayor of Liverpool on a visit to the works
noted that a clergyman
could not tie a knot as fast!)
When it was first
opened, the works had been
a series of long, low buildings in which production
moved from one phase to
the next in a seamless
process, but in 1891 the first
of three great five storey
warehouses in which the
finished products were
stored had been added. A
second was built in 1899
and the third in 1924, too
late to appear in the aerial
photograph of the works,
but which
Aerial view of Hartley’s London works
Hartley’s motor
wagons being loaded with Seville
oranges at the docks
nevertheless featured in a
postcard that was later
added to the series.
The popularity of the
cards encouraged the firm
to widen its horizons. In
February 1924, the directors ordered an additional
five million postcards,
which included the original 24 photographs, as
well as five photographs
taken in Seville (Hartley's
used almost a quarter of
the world's supply of
Seville oranges) and two
others, taken on the docks
at Liverpool. It also produced three million colour
postcards, which were
reproductions of its marmalade
The firm's records are
incomplete, but it seems that
in total at least 37 images
were reproduced. The cards
were distributed amongst the
firm's travellers (salesmen)
and to individual grocers to
put on the counter. The cards
were also given out at trade
fairs and exhibitions, such as
the 1924 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley at which
the firm had two stands.
In 1959, Hartley's was
sold to the Schweppes
Group, together with rivals
Chivers’ and William Moorhouse of Leeds. A few years
later, production of preserves
ceased at Aintree and moved
to the Chivers' factory at Histon, near Cambridge. It is not
known when the firm discontinued the cards, but the
images, which sell for
between 5
£ and 2
£5, remain
an invaluable record of a
business that is an important
part of Britain's industrial heritage.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 23
Crown Green Bowls
John Mayhew
Crown green bowls is played mostly in the north of
England where it originated. Generally a game
between two players, it uses a green which has
raised ‘crown’ at its centre. Although the game is
played mainly in the north there are greens situated
as far south as Kenilworth, Southampton and
As crown green uses a deliberately contoured area which
is difficult to replicate with
indoor artificial surfaces,
there is only one indoor
green, at Birkenhead. The
game was first played in the
1870s and Lancashire was the
first county association,
formed in 1888. The British
Crown Green Bowling Association dates back to 1907 and
in England and Wales there
bowlers playing for 2,600
clubs. No two greens are alike
as they can be round, square,
oblong or mis-shaped with
the raised portion not always
in the centre. Most greens are
either square or rectangular
and can be 35 metres long
and 20 metres wide and the
surface may be irregular. The
ideal green is 37 metres
square with a 30cm - 37.5cm
crown enabling four singles
or pairs matches to be played
at the same time. Each player
has a pair of bowls weighing
up to 3lbs each and points are
scored by getting bowls nearer to the jack than your opponent. Bowls are manufactured so they run on a curving
course known as bias and
unlike flat green bowls the
jack is made in a similar way.
The crown jack is 95-98mm in
diameter and coloured black
with white mounts and spots
or white with black mounts
and spots. The person who
wins the toss bowls the jack a
minimum distance of 19
metres while his toe is resting
on a circular rubber or plastic
mat up to 154mm in diameter
termed a “footer”. There is
one big difference between
flat green and crown green
bowls as the names imply.
With flat green the surface
has to be as flat as possi-
ble and specified rectangular
areas known as rinks are
allotted to each group of
bowlers. A crown green
bowler has no such restrictions and can bowl from one
side to the other and even to
either corner. The laws of the
game state that if a running
jack or bowl appears to be in
danger of striking a still bowl
or jack belonging to another
set, such running bowl or jack
should be stopped and
returned to be replayed. It is
easy to imagine one singles
or pairs game being played
but to envisage four games
taking place at the same time
all bowling over the one
crown is as they say “another
ball game”.
The bowling green at
Blackpool shows bowlers on
three sides of the green bowling at the same time. It is not
easy to detect the crown on a
postcard and the circular mat
or footer is the only clue to a
crown green game.
Players compete for
their county championships
but the big singles event is to
decide the champion of
champions held at the Waterloo Hotel in Blackpool at the
end of the season. Fifteen
county champions plus seven
other competition winners
compete for the title. There
are two cards dealing with
the Waterloo Bowling Handicap, one commencing on
Sept 2nd 1929 and the other
on Aug 31st 1936. I have not
been in Blackpool when the
“Waterloo” is taking place
and my only viewing of it is
by looking at the edited TV
coverage spread over several
days. The big difference
between the flat green championships played at
Bowling Group. The bowls
are at the women’s feet but were they in the team?
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
New Manchester
Hippod r o m e
Band in a
match at
green in
Stockp o r t
A r d wick.
A pub green was a popular venue for a
famous match like the ongoing “Waterloo” at Blackpool.
Bowling Green, Hoylake. The bowler in the foreground is
bowling straight ahead, while two bowls far left indicate
another match being played across him from right to left.
Publisher unknown. ‘Clarendon’ series. Postally used 1919.
The Bowling Green, Alexandra Park, Oldham. Footer being
used by bowler on left bowling to far corner of green. Card
published by Valentine of Dundee in 1939.
Worthing and the “Waterloo”
is the large number of bookmakers sited around the
offering odds on the players.
Quite a shock to a southener
brought up in the genteel
world of flat green bowls.
Group with Trophy
The footers under the chair of the second person sitting on
the left marks this out as a crown green triumph.
Bowling Handicap. Blackpool Sept.
2nd 1929. Sponsored by Magee Marshall & Co. Ltd.
First prize unknown.
Bowling Handicap. Blackpool Aug
31st 1936. Same sponsor as 1929 and a first prize of silver
cup and 5
(above) Bowling Green,
Stanley Park, Blackpool.
The photo shows bowlers
bowling across one another.
Match. Close up of
a bowler about to
release his bowl.
postcard published
marker’s task is
to keep the
score on a card
and ensure the
rules are followed. Photograph by Stringer.
Oakdale Bowling Club 1912.
Group showing footer, bowls and jack. Message “This
is the new club formed of which your humble has been
made secretary off (sic)” Postally used 1912.
bowler. All ready
for the photographer - bowl in one
hand, jack in the
other and foot
firmly planted on
the mat.
(right) Two bowlers
with marker holding
card to record the
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 25
Enigma Variations
Rick Hogben
the 1870s, it also received a
number of assisted-passage
immigrants from Scandinavia. I don’t know how
long the use of their native
languages persisted, but
names certainly fit; I was at
school in the 1930s with
Johansson, Christopherson
and so on. And the sender’s
Berntsen, might be Scandinavian too....
I remain baffled; the
code-breakers at Bletchley
Park had the support of one
of the world’s first computers, a massive machine filling a whole room. I do not
have even a small lap-top,
and my decyphering practice is limited to the occasional cryptic crossword
puzzle. So any solutions
will be gratefully received,
on a postcard of course and in plain language!
In August 2009 PPM, under the heading “What the
Postman couldn’t read”, Harry Hicks wrote about the
codes and devices that senders have used to hide the
meaning of their message. More recently I found that
I have in my collection my own example of a coded
card, rather more baffling than just written backwards or upside down.
One Sunday at the
Bloomsbury I searched
as usual for sailing
vessels, but without
great success - as with
any collection, the
more one has the
more difficult it is to
find anything new.
As a parting gesture,
before going home I
looked, as I often do,
at one dealer’s stock
of New Zealand
cards. It was quite a
small bundle, but in
it was a real photo
card of Dannevirke
High School. This
was a great “find”,
as my father had
taught there early
in his career and
had later been
Headmaster for seven
years, and it was the The original core school building. The
school where I had start- stamp has been carefully removed from the card, and with it the
ed my own secondary post-mark date, but from the new extension visible on the left, the view
probably dates from the early 1920s.
I was so delighted with the
front of this card that I
didn’t really study the
back until some time
after I had read Harry
Hicks’ article. When I
did, I found it bore a
message that looks as
if it needs the attention
of Bletchley Park - a
mixture of long-hand
written words, a selection of block capital letters, some of them separated by full-stops, a
figure 5, and two blots
which might or might
not be part of the message.
It even poses an
additional difficulty not
faced by those who tackled the Enigma code; our
war-time code breakers
between the German
naval command and individual U-boats at least
knew that the solution they
sought would be in German. But this card was sent
from an English - speaking
country to a man with a
Spanish name at an address
in Spain, so the message
could be in either English or
Spanish - or, for that matter,
in Esperanto!
There is one other possibility, admittedly rather
The cryptic message, together with the sender’s name and
address. The card was published by the well-known Wellington
firm, Tanner Bros. Ltd., in their “Maoriland Photographic Series”. The printing and the
rather faint NZpalm, a frequent feature of their cards, are in green. In the bottom right
corner is the rubber stamp of a postal history dealer in Madrid. I wonder how it ended up
in London.
remote, suggested by the
name of the sender. New
Don’t miss out on a single copy of PPM
ealand was settled mostly
from Britain, but when - take out a subscription or place a regSouthern Hawke’s Bay,
where Dannevirke is situat- ular order with your supplier
ed, was first developed in
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Edwardian Postcard
Julia Gillen investigates who wrote all
those postcards
The history of everyday writing has received much
less academic attention than have other areas of
writing history. One reason is that most surviving
texts have been from educated or elite groups;
another is that until later in the nineteenth century
access to writing education was limited, resulting in
many people having little skill in writing and little use
for its production in their everyday lives (Mitch
1992). As access to education increased, eventually
leading to compulsory education for all, ability with
written language spread. Accordingly, when a really
cheap, efficient and attractive communicative object
arrived, it was actually used by and useful to many
people rather than a few.
object was the postcard,
which from 1902 achieved
mass popularity when the
Post Office finally allowed
one side to be used wholly
for a picture and the other for
the address and message.
The consequence is that for
anyone interested in everyday writing at the beginning
of the twentieth century, the
millions of Edwardian postcards to be found at today's
postcard fairs provide a massive resource. For us 'everyday writing' is writing that is
not regulated by the formal
rules and procedures of
dominant social institutions
and which has its origins in
people's everyday lives.
Thus it is the writing that
people do for themselves in
everyday life.
While the majority of
people interested in old postcards are more concerned
with the picture side of the
card, as researchers into
everyday writing we are
using the written texts. In
1875 one journalist wrote in
Appleton's Journal, 'Postal
cards have not been long
enough in use to admit of an
inquiry as to the nature of
the courtesies and social
laws that do or should pertain to them'. We are interested in how by the Edwardian period the texts reflected how writers had devel-
oped and adapted to these
new literacy objects. Thus it
is not simply to look at the
topics people write about but
to consider the nature of the
writing, examine how it was
adapted to the very distinct
material nature of the post-
almost 2000 cards. A mass of
data is then entered into a
large database and this
forms a core for our
research. It is slow and very
time consuming but has
been very rewarding. We
have already published a
number of book chapters on
the topic and have been
amazed how much public
and academic interest the
project has demonstrated.
One of the ways we
are communicating about
the project is through
Twitter, with the help of
Cath Booth.
If you use
Twitter do follow eVIIpc. For
further information do see
our project website at:
Finally, we'd be pleased
to hear from people with an
interest in the topic and
especially from anyone who
can help us find Edwardian
cards very cheaply.
Julia Gillen, Senior Lecturer,
Literacy Research Centre,
Lancaster University. Email:
[email protected]
Nigel Hall, Emeritus Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University. Email:
[email protected]
card, and especially to consider its use in initiating and
sustaining social relationships.
We have gradually been
Edwardian cards (we have
no funding for the project
despite it having received
worldwide interest). Condition is not important to us
and cards are selected solely
on the basis that they have
some sender-produced message on them. Every card
then has both sides scanned.
So far we have done this for
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 27
K Auctions J
A commemorative postcard
for the flight of the Graf
Zeppelin between the USA
and Germany was the star
item at Trevor VennettSmith’s postal auction in
October. The postal history
interest took the price to
£208. Another aviation item,
a postcard of Alcock &
Brown’s 1919 Atlantic flight
published by Beagles, made
£74. Topographical and
social history cards included a Catholic Congress
parade at Brighton (£64),
decorated van at Chipping
Norton (£50), and Co-op
interior at Lesmahagow
£93. Best embroidered silk
postcards were an HMS
Inflexible design at £154
and 17th Lancers at £137. A
novelty Boer War card
satirising Kitchener realised
£90, and a scarce RP of Winston Churchill with village
scene and stirring quotation
£50. Advertising cards
included Shell ‘More miles
on Shell’ at £137, while a
Mucha Months of the Year
made £125 and two Kirchner Fleurs d’hiver cards £71
each. A set of 12 Months of
the Year by Guggenberger
looked good value at £77.
An Irish Gruss Aus-style
card of Cork sold for £43.
Naval collection sells
for £891
October’s Warwick and
Warwick auction included a
number of large collections
offered intact, which all sold
in excess of estimate. A collection of 700 British Naval
cards, estimated at £240,
steamed to £891 and 174
made £690, almost quadruple estimate. Sports cards
are perennially popular and
a miscellaneous collection
of 180, including a few
Olympics, estimated at
£200, made £517. A collection of Post Office, postalrelated and postal stationery cards, appealing to
philatelists as well as postcard collectors, realised
£690 after a £200 estimate.
Best results, though,
were in the topographical
section. There were two
large Scottish collections,
making £1,437 (400 cards)
and £1,322 (450 cards). 320
London and suburbs, with a
pre-sale estimate of £550,
made £1,064 and 100 Manchester and suburbs, estimated £250, made £460. A
Coventry city centre collection contained a good range
of real photographic cards
showing the city prior to the
WWII bombing. The 300
eBay notes
Suffragette comics were
much in demand on the
internet sales site in the
past month, with cards
selling for between £52
(an Ellam design) and
£122 (five different cards
achieved close to this figure). An artist-drawn
Titanic made an astonishing £387 - but it did
have an overprint for a
showing in Tonypandy
of the film of the disaster,
and further information
on the reverse. A different art card made a more
orthodox £59. Louis
Wain came in with a £235
result for a Wildt & Kraypublished ‘Song’ design
- there were six bidders
and 58 bids on this one,
which started at £4.95.
A huge number of
large one-country or
one-town large lots were
sold last month, including 1,000 Portugal, which
made £1,054, 400 China
(£748), 800 Spain(£921)
and 700 Salonica (£610).
remained unsold.
Other highlights:
Swanscombe, parade at
football ground
Capt. Smith of Titanic RP £255
Embroidered silk satirical, The
Iron Grip
Olympic/Titanic sizes cf.
world’s biggest buildings
Holmsley, railway station
Aviation, Hall Caine aerodrome
at Ramsey 1930s
Embroidered silk, Dragoon
Football, Man Utd team 1911
ptd (tatty & torn!)
Pellon (Halifax) rly station £132
Bonzo, radio/golf theme £131
Warrington, street scene RP
Emb’d silk Queens Royal
Ireland, RUC at Donegal RP
WW2, Japanese card, UK
surrender of Singapore £122
cards, estimated at £550,
selections included 350
Yorkshire (£977) and 300
Sussex (£471).
A wide-ranging accumulation of 950 cards, with
Africa, the Far East and the
Caribbean well represented, sold for £1,275 against a
conservative estimate of
£320. A fine collection of
Irish rural cards was on
offer, including village and
countryside cards as well
as the more common city
views. The 280 cards were
estimated at £320 and
realised £1,064.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Arthouse postcards
1930s German
collection at Warwick
Wiener Werkstatte postcards were again headliners
at Markus Weissenbock’s
latest auction in Salzburg,
with prices as high as 6,500
euros a card. Artists Oskar
Kokoschka and Rudolf
Kalvach were among the
Unsigned WWs, on the
other hand, made around
500 euros.
A comprehensive 19-album
collection of German Third
Reich cards of the 1930s and
early 1940s will be offered as
a single lot in Warwick and
Warwick's December 9th auction. Included are official
postal stationery cards, portraits of leaders and soldiers,
Nuernberg Rallies, propaganda cards, Hitler Youth, 1938
and 1939 Motor Show poster
adverts and many more.
In the subjects section, a
Punch and Judy collection of
61 cards will go under the
hammer, along with a rare
Louis Wain Ettlinger 5256
series, including the desirable
Golfers, all offered as single
cards. The poster adverts section has a collection estimated at £850 and several attractive single card lots, including
Fry's Cocoa With Captain
Scott at the South Pole.
Topographicals include
500 Banbury for £1,200 and a
wonderful collection of 400
New Zealand, with many real
photographic cards, estimated at £900.
Embroidered silk, Rugeley
White Star Line, crew RP £103
Titanic, Nearer My God To Thee
hymn cards (6)
Trapani, Italy, fiesta
Louis Wain A Cat’s Matrimony
Kuwait, customs 1960s
Ebberston village scene RP £87
Rudyard Kipling RP
Hong Kong, Queens Road £81
Blandford, gypsies
Kuwait, street scene 1958 £79
Knocklong, Co. Limerick, RC
Guernsey, LL postcard booklet
X-Ray postcard
Lundy Island beach
Alloa, ferry boat
Roscommon Castle
Southwick, oil depot
Turkey, postman & telegram
Crawley, marching troops RP
Bruntingthorpe, pub
Liskeard, sheep fair RP
Golf, Cruden Bay course
Liverpool FC 1914-15
Pauli Ebner (2)
RP Phillimore signed card £52
Shirley Temple on greetings
Original artwork
Arnold Taylor
Above: an
unusual embroidered silk
postcard that sold for £255.
Below: lots of suffragette
comic cards have proved
popular on eBay in the past
A good roomful of bidders
at Birmingham Auctions’
sale in Worcester in October
saw most postcard lots pass
their room estimates, with a
Titanic silk making £825
despite a corner stain.
Among the topographicals,
five cards of a Barnsley
paperworks fire hit £100
and canal disasters made
£30 each. Glamour and
nude postcards sold well,
though advertising cards
struggled a little. Anything
of quality was in demand,
but ordinary printed British
Overseas cards from the
Pacific Rim and Africa were
also popular.
z A couple of court size
Bristol cards caught the eye
Bournemouth last month.
One showed a sketch of
Clifton Suspension Bridge,
with the card cancelled by
an 1895 Bristol squared circle postmark. The other featured Bristol College Green
used in 1901 with a Queen
Victoria stamp.
z Star item at Reading
Card Club’s October auction
was a rare Edwardian real
photographic postcard of a
scene at Pinkneys Green,
which sold for £26.
Sounds a bargain!
PPM keeps
you in touch
with the postcard world!
Sale date 9th December 2009
(left) This child about to discover the surprises in two
full stockings is rather reminiscent of those Victorian
cake decorations called
Snow Babies. An embossed
postcard with a PP imprint.
Stockings Galore
Shapely, capacious, even darned Wendy Mann collects them all, provided
they’re on Christmas postcards
One record which doesn’t appear in any ‘Book of
Firsts’ concerns the first English child to receive a
Christmas stocking in this country. The social historian John Pimlott remarked in his 1978 ‘The Englishman’s Christmas’ that we shall never know just when
and where the first English stocking was filled. In
‘The English Year’ (2006) Steve Roud agreed: “The
Christmas stocking is one of several elements of the
modern Christmas that still puzzles the histo
orian, as
it is not at all clear exactly when or how it came into
vogue in Britain”. Brewer’s ‘Dictionary of Phrase and
Fable’ reckons it was around 1840, saying the custom came from Germany. But whenever it was and
whatever the circumstances, it couldn’t have been
any more satisfactory than my first remembered
stocking - the largest of my father’s I could find,
hand-kknitted by my grannie, and wonderfully and
reassuringly stretchy.
(left) My first remembered
stocking was borrowed
from my father and looked
something like this. Handknitted by my grannie, it
was wonderfully and reassuringly stretchy. A Rotary
RP postcard.
like the idea and shall
stick with it! And just as
personal example and
word of mouth were likely to have played a part
so too must have books.
Serious stocking filling
began to gather momentum
earlier in the States than in
England due to the changing nature of the gift nearer
there. On that side of the
Atlantic Washington Irving’s Christmas figure in his
satirical ‘History of New
York’ appeared in 1809. Still
called St. Nicholas, he was,
however, most unsaintlike
and rode ‘jollily’ over the
rooftops in a wagon dropping presents down chimneys. He was followed in
1821 by a Santa and his
reindeer. This was in a
(right) An Agnes Richardson design from Photochrom
‘Celesque’ Series. Posted
1920. I have in my wider
collection a 1908 letter
written to Santa by an 11
year old American girl. She’d also have needed a
large stocking for her 28 requests. Amongst them and with
sometimes creative spelling, she wrote that she’d like a
muff and fur, a sailor suit and - hedging her bets - a big doll
or a small one with a coach to put it on.
That lucky first youngster
maybe - just maybe - had
associations with the royal
household. However, my
tentative suggestion, as
someone who enjoyed a
number of Christmas
stockings in Oldham, is
that the first national
stocking may have been
hung up close to my old
home. After all, German
merchants had nostalgically taken Christmas trees
to Manchester at least as
far back as 1822 which is
the earliest non-Court
related reference I can find
and they may also, in
time, have introduced the
European stocking cus-
tom. It would seem logical
that this lovely concept
might then have been
copied by a small Mancunian friend of a German
child resident in the city.
Early Court references
focused on gifts being laid
around trees and probably
in regal and aristocratic
circles the humble stocking would have been considered a poor tool compared with the glorious
Christmas trees of the
truly privileged young.
Much is conjecture and
any self-respecting compiler of records would rightly
regard my notion as woolly
and unsubstantiated but I
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
In America in the 1870s
there was some debate
about the relative merits of
trees and stockings. It wasn’t taken for granted in families with small children that
they should necessarily
have both. An embossed
designed by Ellen Clapsaddle. Publisher unknown and
postally used 1910.
poem in the lengthily-titled
annual ‘The Children’s
Friend, A New Year’s Present to the Little Ones from
Five to Twelve’ which also
At the time
of Prince Albert’s influence
and earlier very privileged
English youngsters had
such toy-bedecked Christmas trees stockings might
have seemed superfluous.
They’d have been grander
than this small version
about to be taken indoors
but it’s an attractive image
from Ethel Parkinson on a
postcard from C.W. Faulkner. Postally used 1905.
included an early colour
lithograph of Santa. And the
following year saw the
appearance of ‘the right
jolly old elf’ of ‘Twas the
night before Christmas’
fame, again with reindeer.
This trio showed Dutch
influence as did New York
itself having been named
New Amsterdam by the
early Dutch settlers. However, not only had they shed
their ecclesiastical past in
terms of appearance but
they were also beginning to
share a new characteristic
and that was a jovial personality. It’s true there
could still be a dark side as
in ‘The Children’s Friend’
poem where if Santa found
“the children naughty, in
manners rude, in tempers
haughty... [he] left a long,
black birchen rod......”
expecting it to be used. But
in spite of this injunction he
was a largely amiable fellow in his increasingly
numerous portrayals and
approachability increased
with the years although, as
postcards collectors will
know, he was slow to completely relinquish his birch
The stockings themselves go back, of course, to
Books such as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Carl
Krinken’ struck a chord
and encouraged charitable giving. Scrooge’s
nephew said of Christmas it was the only time
he knew of when men
and women seemed ‘to
think of people below
them as if they really were
fellow-passengers to the
grave, and not another
race of creatures bound on
other journeys’. Here a
thoughful boy leaves gifts
for a small girl less fortunate than himself. Birn
Bros. embossed postcard.
Postmark unclear.
must have been pleased to
encounter such an accessible fireplace. Tuck’s ‘Christmas’ Postcard Series 1757.
Undivided back and postally used 1903.
the famous legend which
gave rise to the custom in
the first place when, wishing to save three impoverished sisters from prostitution, the fourth century
Bishop Nicholas is said to
have thrown bags of gold
through a window which
landed in stockings or
shoes put before the fire to
warm. But this new emerging character had far more
universal appeal than the
pious and constrained bishop could have hoped to
aspire to.
Tim had no Christmas
stocking he and his family
had great hopes - expectations even - of their pudding. The Victorians were
beginning to recognise that
manipulative use of the
resurgent Christmas season
would help heal social divisions as well as being good
for business and Dickens
gave them word pictures
that suited them well. A
Tuck ‘Oilette’ No. 9852 in
their ‘Character Sketches
from Charles Dickens’.
St Nicholas, with whom it
all began. Dutch settlers
took his legends with them
when they sailed to New
York in the 17th century, it
then being called New Amsterdam. He’s being so generous here his gifts wouldn’t fit into a mere stocking.
An embossed postcard produced by Paul Finkenrath
for Woolstone Bros. who
distributed it in their Milton
apparent silence on the subject of Christmas stockings
is significant, though he did
write evocatively of Christmas trees, calling one ‘that
pretty German toy’. He was
born in 1812 and while this
childhood wasn’t all unmitigated misery there were
bleak times. At the age of 12
(below) A ‘Christmas Time’
unsigned Susan Pearse design published by Henry Frowde
and Hodder & Stoughton.
ment the old man probably
wouldn’t have paid stockings any attention unless
they encased a shapely pair
of ankles! His merger with
this new Santa was still for
the future.
As far as I’m aware
Christmas stockings didn’t
feature in any of Dickens’
numerous articles and he
didn’t mention them in his
Christmas books. ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published in
1843 and became hugely
influential on both sides of
that the desire of the
improve Christmas for the
Cratchits focused on food
and the purchase of a giant
turkey. There were no
quickly bought toys, no
hastily assembled stockings
left on the doorstop for Tiny
Tim and his siblings. There
are hardly any toys in the
book and where they are
mentioned the children concerned
directly from their father.
Crucially, this was before
An embossed Birn Bros.
postcard showing very necessary stealth.
he had to work for a time in
a shoe blacking factory and
his father spent time in
prison for debt. But it was
the era he was born into
which was more likely to
have denied him a stocking
rather than family circumstances. In his childhood
the English Father Christmas was still a grown up
concept. With the emphasis
on food, drink and merri-
Getting stockings ready on a spacious four poster bed.
Publisher unknown and postally used 1908.
the Atlantic. Festive food is going to bed on Christmas
an important aspect and Eve - they didn’t hang up
with the parallel themes of any stockings. It was a rumsocial altruism and Christ- bustious occasion and great
mas feasting it followed
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continued from page 31
Some stockings
definitely held more than
others! Artist: T. Gilson.
Publisher unknown.
fun but rather different from
how things are done today.
Christmas as we think of it
was still taking shape.
Eleven years after the
appearance of Dickens’
famous ghost story a book
which was to prove another
best seller was published in
both New York and London.
Even though it hasn’t stood
the test of time, Susan
Warner’s ‘Carl Krinken: His
Christmas Stocking’ quickly
ran into several editions
after it first came out in
1854. As an American she
set this moralistic children’s
tale around her country’s
still evolving Santa Claus
who was, she wrote, kept
very busy filling half a million rich little stockings.
Santa’s targets were children who could reasonably
expect presents such as fur
tippets and rocking horses
‘and what have poor children to do with these?
’ Very
received some discarded
clothes or a mince pie
which had slipped, almost
accidentally, into his load
A modest stocking by
today’s standards perhaps
but some children weren’t
destined to receive one at
all. Flora Thompson, author
of ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’
was born in 1876 and
brought up in a rural
Oxfordshire hamlet. Of
childhood Christmasses she
wrote ‘Mothers who had
young children would buy
them an orange each and a
handful of nuts but, except
at the end house and the
inn, there was no hanging
up of stockings and those
who had no kind elder sister
or aunt in service to send
them parcels got no Christmas presents’. An undivided back postcard and publisher unknown.
but that was about it.
eponymous small hero did
hang up an old darned
stocking which, perhaps
with an eye on book sales
over here, had started life in
England. Not trusting to a
selective Santa, Carl’s poor
fisherfolk parents filled it
with ingenious trifles and
when Santa visited, merely
out of curiosity it has to be
said, he wondered at the
care taken with so few
Robins well provided for on a Tuck ‘Christmas’ Series postcard No. 162. Posted locally in Norfolk at
7.45p.m. on Christmas Eve, 1910. Alice probably received
it in time too.
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Oh dear!
Auntie’s anti-wrinkle cream
and false teeth beside the
bed and her bedtime reading being ‘Youth and how to
attain it’ and all she’s going
to find in her stocking is a
‘Kantleek’ hot water bottle!
Illustration by Albert Carnell
for Photochrom in their
‘Celesque’ Series.
resources. Deciding to give Carl something
special, he gave him the
ability to hear the stories his
simple presents told including that of the stocking
which had once belonged to
a country squire.
I wonder how many
English children began to
hang up stockings as a
direct consequence of this
book? But in spite of its
undoubted suc-
Looks like
a washing line on this
embossed Tuck ‘Christmas’
Series postcard No. C1033.
(below) Still some surprises
left on a lovely study of the
delights of Christmas morning from A.L. Bowley. A
Tuck ‘Oilette’ No. C3782.
Postally used 1910.
cess, in the
days before television and
the instant transmission of
new ideas the stocking-filling Santa moved slowly
into the general English
public’s awareness. An indication of this is that as late
as January 1879 a puzzled
member of the Folklore
Society still didn’t know
who he was. Calling him
Santiclaus, it was then that
Edwin Lees contacted
advertising postcard for
Faulder’s chocolates designed by M. Morris. Publisher unknown and postally used 1910.
Let’s hope Bert who received this postcard
from brown eyed Betsy in 1910 had a more temperate
Christmas than this fellow! C.G. was the artist and
although the publisher’s initials are somewhat obscured
they could be C. & H.G. of London in which case the artist
might have been one of the publishers.
This bare footed lass seems
down to her last pair of
stockings as she makes an
urgent repair before that all
important visit. ‘You never
darn my socks’ my husband
grumbled when I showed
him this postcard acquisition. Very true and I’ve no
intention of starting - unless
I borrow one to hang for
myself this year, in which
case I might have to do
some darning on my own
unknown and postally used
A Bamforth
RP postcard which will
strike a chord with those
who remember inspecting
their own stockings too
early. Postally used 1906.
correspondents recognised
that the name was a contraction of Santa Nikolaus
and described some of the
continental practices, they
neither mentioned the United States nor seemed to
understand that although
he had his roots in St.
Nicholas this Santiclaus or
Santa had become a per-
With eleven
stockings to fill it’s hardly surprising
this worried man would like a word with whoever invented Santa Claus! The postmark’s unclear on this Bamforth
postcard. No 25 in ‘The Xmas’ Series.
the periodical ‘Notes and aware that youngsters
Queries’ as he’d heard that hopefully hung up stockings
on Christmas Eve just gone and, therefore, although he
this stranger had been fill- didn’t mention him specifiing stockings in Hereford- cally the assumption has to
shire and Worcestershire be that, as a folklorist, he
and an Exeter resident had knew of St. Nicholas who
told him he’d also been had been part of legends in
known to do the same in continental Europe for so
Devon. ‘From what region long. However, he was perof the earth or air this plexed by Santiclaus. Whilst
benevolent Santiclaus takes one or two of the subseflight I have not been able to quent ‘Notes and Queries’
A bizarre embossed Valentine postcard where Tommy dreams of a nightmarish Christmas scenario. Having been put in a stocking for
young turkeys here, on another of their postcards he’s
been cooked and is about to be served up. Serves him
right for indulging in too rich a supper before bed!
(left) A sleepless night for
this young man on a WWI
postcard as he wonders if
Father Christmas has callup exemption. Artist: D.
Tempest. Bamforth Topical
‘Xmas’ Series No. 8008.
(above) Determined their
dolls shouldn’t miss out on
the excitement these girls
have strung a line between
toy beds to which to attach
miniature stockings. After a
black and white drawing by
Max Cowper. Tuck ‘Oilette’
‘But Once a Year’ No. 9444.
(above) There’s real anxiety behind these preparations.
Helen Gay’s ‘What’s the use of a gas fire at Christmas!’
says it all. An Inter-Art ‘Comique’ Series postcard.
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Bright eyed children showing no signs of tiredness after
staying awake till the magic hour. The artist’s signature is
faint but looks like A.L. Bowley. Tuck ‘Oilette’ No. C7160.
Postally used 1921.
Not taking
any chances both stocking
and shoes have been put
out on this embossed postcard postally used in the
States 1910. Publisher
the payroll of some stores
and at the peak of the Golden Age of postcards he
must have been known to
It was the whole package of this new and largely
secular Christmas which
was to prove a winner and
(below) ‘I do wish Santa
Claus would bring me a
.................... this year from
Harrod’s Toy Fair’. To avoid
disappointment children
with indulgent families
could fill in postcards like
this in advance.
There’s an ominous lack of a parental presence as this
sheet is about to be cut up and made into giant stockings!
An embossed postcard from Whitney of Worcester, Mass.
Postally used 1915.
sonality in his own right.
But if knowledge of
Santa was patchy here in
1879 the pace of change
accelerated after that. By
1885 there was a Santa
Claus Society in London, by
the ‘90s it wasn’t uncommon for him to be on
the phrase ‘invented tradition’ sums up some aspects
very neatly. By gliding
expectations and giving
them a chocolate box wrapping on both sides of the
Atlantic its future was
ensured. Stockings might
only have been part of the
developing magic but they
were fundamental, and it
was thoughts of them
which prevented boredom
one dark, rain-lashed Saturday afternoon recently and
provided an excuse (as if
one were needed!) to reexamine some of my own
Christmas stocking postcards.
It’s a long, long time
since I hung up a stocking
for myself. I wonder if I
hang one this year St.
Nicholas/Santa Claus/Father
Christmas will be kind
enough to treat me as an
requests would be
(left) Caught at last!’ The six pull- modest. I’d like a
out pictures on this postcard from ‘green’
Dennis of Scarborough show a please. Some recycled
wooden doll going shopping oblongs of old postbefore having a tea-party and cards which just happulling crackers with a teddy. From pen to have festive
illustrations on one
their Dainty Series.
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Children must have enjoyed
receiving greetings that
could be personalised in
this way. Valentine’s ‘Artotype’ Series.
Left: hanging up her stockings on a Christmas night’.
A novel take on the subject
from Fred Spurgin on an Art
and Humour Xmas Series
postcard. Postally used
1916. The old English Father
Christmas - pre Santa - had
no dealings with stockings
but he’d probably have
noticed this pair!
side would suit me fine!
* This is the latest of Wendy
Mann’s Christmas postcard
contributions that have
been a feature of December
PPMs for many years. If
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Many famous riders and their favourite horses have
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There were several outdoor
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Messages on the back of
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Probably the most well-known
events of the second AngloBoer War (1899-1902) were
the sieges of Kimberley,
Mafeking and Ladysmith.
Though the towns were of no
strategic importance, the
sieges tied down a large
number of Boer Soldiers who
otherwise could have taken
part in the invasion of Cape
Colony and perhaps changed
the course of the war. Ladysmith was besieged from 2
November 1899 and relieved
on 28 Feb 1900 by General
Buller, a total of 116 days. On
the whole the siege was a
leisurely affair with no fighting on a Sunday. The local
printer produced ‘Siege Postcards’ of which there are
three main types:
1. Has a soldier and sailor on
the bottom right of the cards
on the address side.
2. Has a soldier, sailor and a
Natal soldier.
3. A souvenir issue that lacks
the word NATAL under the
coat of arms on the address
side and was for philatelic
use only.
Each of types 1 and 2 have a
number of minor varieties.
The card illustrated is of type
1 with the message dated 9
Feb 1900, handed in at the
post office on the 10th. It was
held there until the first mail
out after the town was
relieved. Since no stamps
were available, as was the
the card was cancelled on
arrival at London on 25
March, reaching its destination, Stamford, the following
The message reads: “Dearest
Nettie, Just a line to tell you
we have been besieged 99
days to-day. I was wounded
in taking Gun Hill but am all
right now. I don’t know when
this will reach you so am just
trusting to luck. I will write?
after we are relieved. From
your affectionate brother (signature
With regard to the latter,
there were a number of
mounted Guides such as
Rimington’s Guides but they
were usually colonial volunteers, and without a full signature it is impossible to
identify his company.
The postman wouldn’t
have had time to read this
one! Jan managed to
squeeze 343 words onto a
real photographic postcard of
the “Pied Bull” public
house at Bull’s Cross,
Enfield. It reads “My
Dearest Ada, Got your
letter all right, sorry as
regards th enews I said
I’d send you tonight,
I’m sorry but it can’t be
done, for we heard
nothing one way or the
other, still, no news is
good news they say, so
we’ll wait & see, perhaps I shall be able to
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tell you when I write tomorrow. You said in your letter
that your Aunt Lil wished she
could have had one of yuor
coupons, well, she will be
able to have one of Mo’s
when she gets them if she’d
care to, it would do just as
well wouldn’t it. How’s that
head, still aching, Mums just
been telling me that an overdose of Iron served her just
the same, the Parrishes did as
well if you remember, so I’m
hoping that after you’ve lessened it a bit you’ll rid yourself
of that head ache, for goodness knows you can do without it. I’ve just finished that
sketch in Elsie’s album, &
written for a job that Mr
Abbott recommended to me,
& now I’m going to take a
lock off a door & mend it, not
a bad variety is it, tell your
Ma that I saw that chap about
the pictures this morning
again, & he said that he
beleives they’ne got the
order in to do some more, &
he expects to be able to get
them shortly. I had a look at
your feather last night, its
quite O.K. the next time I
come I’ll fetch it. Hasn’t it
been an awful day, I thought
two or three times I was an
iceberg. I reckon you’ve not
thought of you
several times &
wondered what
sort of a colour
your little N. was
(I don’t want to
give you away
you see, so I
don’t put it in
full). I reckon
you had the second pink on
though. Still I hope
you see it before
long. I shall hear
about that though, I
expect. Shall write
tomorrow night.
Fondest Love Jan.
(contributions from John
Markks and Stephen Sellick)
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onThames, Cirencester, Swindon, Cromer, Norwich,
Cheltenham and Dudley.
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Philip’s Norfolk tour
Philip West was born and brought up in North Norfolk, so was well-p
placed to deliver an ‘A-K
K’ of towns
and villages in the area to NORFOLK Postcard Club’s
October meeting. He chose picture postcards of quality and rarity to illustrate his journey around the
highways and byways, and talked at length and
knowledgeably. Even the smallest settlement produced something of interest, be it a shop, brewery,
railway, circus parade or golf. Change was a recurring theme in the presentation.
Reading singalong
Postcards of World War
One were screened at
READING’s early October
session, when Paul Langton
underlined the importance
of postcards for maintaining
the morale of troops at the
Front and their loved ones
back home. Postcards as
propaganda tools were, of
course, used by both sides
in the conflict. Paul focuses
on poignant messages, and
researched the fate of some
of the senders and recipients. On a more cheerful
note, he led a sing-song of
the chorus of Dolly Gray, a
favourite of the troops that
was featured on Bamforth
song cards.
revealed something of the
work and lives of a range of
picture postcard artists at
the WEST LONDON club
Attwell, Cynicus, Bairnsfather, Tarrant and Dudley
Buxton were among those
under the spotlight. The
sugar-sweet Asti, outrageous Pedro and unfortunate
(stranded in Germany in
1914) added fascination, as
did Lorraine’s concluding
feature on the highly successful Queensland artist
Anne Geddes, whose postcards are sold around the
Deep in the heart of
Club held an audience participation evening in October when speaker Chris
Wood, a Baptist minister,
gave an enjoyable talk on
the history of the American
Civil War. He brought along
several complete reproduction uniforms from both
sides in the war, and several genuine artefacts were on
display, along with powerpoint pictures. Chris also
produced his guitar and the
audience sang with gusto
songs from the period including Battle Hymn of
the Republic and John
Brown’s Body - with the
words appearing on screen!
Art class
Masterpieces from Constable, Turner, Hals and Hogarth were featured by Sue
Edwards at NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Postcard Club in
October. She highlighted
how deliberate inaccuracies
were often included in
paintings to draw attention
to the nuances and foibles
of a particular artist.
* Contact details for all
postcard clubs can be found
in Picture Postcard Annual
Retiring Plymouth Postcard Club chairman Graham Brooks
(right) receives a new Plymouth Argyle book from the
club’s publicity officer Harley Lawer
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December 2009 highlights
Aberystwyth - Angela Davis with Victorian Christmas
Aylsham - Christmas dinner(7th)
Bradford - Christmas party(10th)
Bristol - Christmas social, quiz and raffle(7th)
Croydon - Christmas social(3rd)
Dorset - Christmas fayre and entertainment(9th)
Ellesmere Port & Chester - informal meeting(15th)
Exeter - Christmas dinner
Ferndown - three more of my favourite things(14th) and
Christmas events(21st)
Frinton & Walton - John Barter looks at the Festival of
Britain plus Christmas party(8th)
Huddersfield - Christmas party(9th)
Lothian - Christmas social(11th)
Maidstone - chairman’s evening(21st)
Mendip - club fair(19th)
Essex - Christmas social(17th)
Norfolk - Rosemary and Peter Salt tell the story of Great
North Wales - Gwyn & Christine Williams’ Christmas
selection box(14th)
Northamptonshire - competitions(8th)
West Kent - joint social evening with Gravesend
Stamp Club(11th)
Nottingham - ‘Gordon Richards Trophy’ display
Plymouth - Elaine Clifford, former Bluebell and Tiller
Girl, recalls highlights of her career plus display of
theatre programmes, posters and photos plus
Christmas draw and buffet(9th)
Potteries - Christmas quiz, seasonal refreshments and
Reading - AGM, picture quiz & Christmas party(10th)
Red Rose - Christmas party(16th)
Shropshire - Christmas ‘noggin & natter’(8th)
Southampton - Christmas meal(14th)
South Wales - Christmas dinner at the Village Hotel(10th)
Strathclyde - steps towards Congress(14th)
Surrey - Christmas social with raffle and fun
Tayside - Christmas party(16th)
Torbay - Christmas quiz night & bingo(10th)
Wirral - Christmas buffet & wine plus quiz(3rd)
PLYMOUTH Postcard Club
have awarded Graham
Brooks life membership in
appreciation of his decade
of service as chairman. The
decision was approved at
the club’s AGM, when Graham stepped down, citing a
combination of age and
health conditions. Vicechairman Ron Furzeland
has taken over until the club
finds a successor. It was
also decided to suspend the
club’s annual auction following
disappointing sales, and
to publish the club newsletter bi-monthly in future.
Negotiating Dartmoor
EXETER welcomed Tony
Burges, a blue badge Dartmoor guide, to their late
October meeting, where he
featured the National Park
on their doorstep. He gave
tips on visiting lesserknown parts of the moor
without falling into bogs!
Tony recounted various
local legends topical to
Hallowe’en to add to the
atmosphere. David Walker
from Wellington was guest
Scene at Mid-Essex Postcard Club’s annual fair in October.
The club’s meeting that month had
Michael Cox talk
on ‘Women at
war’, accompanied by some
truly remarkable memorabilia relating to
s u p p o r t .
Michael also
brought along
his stock.
Channel Isles displays
Some 23 members of the
CHANNEL ISLANDS SPECIALISTS SOCIETY attended the postcard meeting
held at the Royal Philatelic
Society's headquarters in
London in early October,
when 18 varied displays
were given. LL cards were
shown by both John Hirst
and Ron Osborne. Mark Bailey displayed Herm cards
and photographs by the
Grut family, photographic
publishers of Guernsey.
Dave Edwards showed
postcards by the Guernsey
photographer T. A. Bramley
published between 1907
and 1927: these included
island scenes and events.
Steve Wells showed cards
Granville and Mont Saint
Michel published by J. Puel
of Granville. Anne Gough
gave two displays of modern postcards, the first
being of cards in the 'Naturally Guernsey' series, and
some new publications of
the Jersey Shell House. Her
second display was of postcards by the publisher John
Hinde. A number of members chose to display a
theme. Richard Flemming
showed Jersey's Corbiere
Lighthouse; David Gurney
the Jersey Sub-Post Offices;
Gerald Marriner Jersey
hotel cards and ephemera;
Keith Raymond and Roger
Harris, Jersey's railways;
and both Roger Harris and
Peter Saunders showed aviation, including cards of the
Saint Malo to Jersey air
race of 1912. Some of the
railway and aviation postcards were particularly
unusual, a number having
recently appeared on the
market and drawn from an
album a dealer had been
holding for 18 years.
Great War memories
BRISTOL’s audience was
treated to audio-visual presentations by Graham Best,
member of the Western
Front Association, last
month. His headline feature
was on Edith Cavell, half of
the illustrations for which
were drawn from postcards.
Nurse Cavell’s execution
was a propaganda bonus
for the Allies, and Graham
showed a large selection of
relevant postcards and
newspaper pictures. Other
WW1 comic cards, the
wounded, and nurses, the
Avon Gorge, Marilyn Monroe, WW2 newspaper headlines and the Bristol blitz. All
were accompanied by suitable music, songs and
sound effects, making for a
very entertaining evening.
Passengers and coaches at Gorey Pier railway station, Jersey, on a postcard from the French publisher L. Bourry of
Villedieu, Manche
Considering that HUDDERSFIELD’s October speaker
David Brown introduced
himself as primarily a
stamp collector, his collection of local postcards
amazed the audience. To
top that, he also produced a
range of Isle of Man cards
and a selection from North
enjoyed one of Lawrence
Corrieri’s amazing talks in
October, this time on the
remote Sutherland area of
Scotland. Lawrence has collected a huge number of
postcards of buses of a
region where the average
service is two a day - one
out and one back! The fact
that the major part of one
route is through a military
firing range and is frequently out of bounds due to military activity added to the
scarcity value of these
buses en route to Cape
Gareth Burgess and
Fiona Gebbie made the
journey from Dunbar to
Dundee to entertain the
TAYSIDE club in October.
Fiona displayed postcards
of the East Lothian Coastal
Trail from Cockburnspath to
Prestonpans, with eyecatching scenes of Skateraw, Belhaven and Aberlady.
For aviation enthusiasts,
there was a card showing
the first plane to land at
North Berwick. On a more
wide-ranging theme, Gareth
exhibited a selection of
cards from 60 different
Scottish postcard publishers, ranging geographically
from J.D. Rattar of Lerwick
in the north to A.R. Edwards
of Selkirk in the south.
Gareth himself has a keen
interest in the history and
output of famous postcard
publisher George Washington Wilson (GWW). Other
highlights included photograaphic
Urquhart of Dingwall, Gammie of Aberdeenshire and
Dunn of Brechin.
Bygone Shrewsbury
SHROPSHIRE club members were taken back in
time to the pre-postcard era
at their October meeting,
viewing a large selection of
Shrewsbury, the county
town. Martin Ryder did the
honours, revealing some
wonderful examples of
shopfronts from the 1880s
and 1890s. These were followed by further high-class
material from the horse and
cart days, with a wide range
of subjects displayed, from
early fire appliances, hansom cabs, steam wagons
and railways to local flooding problems and public
houses, all of which proved
very much to the liking of
those present.
COTSWOLD club featured
a guided walk with club
members Alan and Joan
Tucker. Earlier this year,
Joan made an in-depth
study of Lower Street in
Stroud, close to their
home. She traced the history and development of
their road and also of the
properties on either side
of the road. On a glorious
late summer afternoon,
she gently conducted the
group along the road,
explained its past and present, and showed many
old postcards and photos.
The afternoon was rounded off admirably with tea
at the Tucker household!
The previous month, Ken
Goddard had talked on
one of his favourite topics
- railway postcards. He
used a large number from
his extensive collection to
illustrate points he was
making, and the audience
was able to examine the
cards at leisure.
There’s more club
news on page 56
Gareth Thomas corrected
our note last month when
we said there wasn’t a postcard in sight at South Wales
Postcard Club’s September
session on Nelson. Apparently, the club presented
speaker Roger Morgan with
a set of postcards entitled
Caricatures of Nelson’s
Navy, designed by an artist
who signed himself simply
‘Oggy’. One, shown above,
was most appropriate to the
subject of the talk.
Hatless in Ilkley
Tony Christy provided a
cracking display at BRADFORD’s latest meeting,
showing part of his extensive collection of Ilkley postcards. It was, however, far
from the usual range of
topographicals, with Tony
coming up with several
Bartholomew map cards of
the town, a large array of
comic cards and a lovely
collection relating to Ilkley
Moor’s famous hatless
song. Most interesting was
a selection of pull-out postcards which fully demonstrated the tourist aspect of
the town.
Spellbound at Wirral
Bromborough dealer John
Ryan had WIRRAL club
members spellbound last
month with a fascinating
account of his research into
the ‘Dingle’ series of postcards published by Wiliam
George Bevan of Heswall.
John has amassed a big collection of the cards of the
photographer, whose postcard work was distinguished by its clarity and
quality. Bevan had an eye
for the picturesque scenes
of the Wirral coastlines and
the photogenic shots of Liverpool docks. He also
included human interest in
many postcards, with an
emphasis on the prominence of children, dogs or
horses in the foreground of
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Alaska’s Igloo Mission
Liz McKendrick
Postcards of the arctic regions are unusual finds in
this country - the only ones seen with any regularity
are the set produced by Tuck ‘Wide Wide World - the
Arctic’ showing different artist drawn scenes by the
artist Operti. So I was quite surprised to turn up ten
French Missionary cards all showing both views and
Eskimos around a township called Mary’s Igloo. The
cards were all published by Levenq et Cottin of Lyon.
The rather strangely named village of Mary’s
Igloo can be found in Alaska on the bank of the Kuzitrin River, on the Seward Peninsula just below the
Arctic Circle. It came into existence during 1900
when the nearby village of Kauwerk, 15 miles down
river, was abandoned. Most of its inhabitants (Inupiaq Eskimos - the Inuit people of Alaska’s Bering
Straits region) moved to one of the nearby cities either Teller or Nome but some decided to settle on
the coast and create a new town which they called
Aukvaunlook (or ‘black whale’).
Le Degel pres de la
Mission de Mary’s Igloo au milieu de Juin
This postcard shows a view looking towards Mary’s Igloo
in June. The sea is thawing and great pieces of ice are
floating in the sea in the foreground. Huts and boats from
the settlement can be seen in the distance.
Gold has been mined in
Alaska since 1870 and was
discovered in the area
around Nome in 1898 by
Swedish prospectors. Word
of the strike spread rapidly
and by the following spring
a major gold rush had
begun. It wasn’t long before
20,000 prospectors, gamblers, shop and saloonkeepers and prostitutes
were all living in a tented
city around Nome. The gold
found over many
miles and by 1899
more than a million dollars’ worth
of gold had been
for the gold fields
and the growing
arrived at Aukvanlook and were
ocean boats onto
barges which were
Famille chretienne
de la Mission de
According to the
title of this postcard shows a
Christian family of
Inupiat Eskimos.
They are wearing
reindeer skins to
keep warm.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Deux Chretiens de l’Ocean
Arctique. These two Christian Eskimos are posing in
front of a tepee and come
from near the Arctic Ocean.
They look rather grim.
then towed up the river to
their final destination. Many
of the new arrivals stopped
off at Aukvanlook looking for
hospitality and the village
soon became known to
everyone as ‘Mary’s Igloo’
after Mary, an Eskimo
woman, who welcomed
many of the newcomers into
her home for coffee. The village quickly grew in size
and by 1901 a Post Office
Mere et Fille Alaska
This card shows a mother
and daughter from Alaska
posing for the camera.
and supply store were
opened. By 1910, Mary’s
Igloo had become a large
mixed community of Inupiat
Eskimos, white traders, miners, innkeepers and missionaries as well as support crews
for the barges.
The pioneering French
Jesuit missionary Father Bellarmine Lafortune came to
this remote area of Alaska to
help the native Inupiat Eskimos establish a self-sufficient
social, economic and religious community. He was
stationed in Nome and chose
a second Missionary, Father
Bernard, to be the priest at
Bernard arrived in September 1908 and during his
seven year stay as well as
his normal duties, he managed to learn the Eskimo
language as well as take a
large number of photographs, some of which
may well have been turned
into these postcards. He had
Le Chef d’une ile du Detrroit
de Behring et sa Femme.
The Chief and his wife posing in this card are from an
island in the Bering Strait.
The Strait links the Bering
Sea (northern part of the
Pacific Ocean) to the Arctic
great respect for the
Eskimos but sadly had to
leave when he was called up
for military service in 1915. At
the end of WWI he asked to
return to Alaska but permission was refused. For the next
forty years, Bernard spent his
time writing articles about the
Eskimos for French missionary magazines as well as
sending devotional literature
to the Eskimos of the Mary’s
Igloo area.
Lafortune himself took
over the mission at Mary’s
Igloo on 21st September 1915
but found the life hard. Without Father Bellarmine’s help
he had to do everything himself, including the ministry,
housekeeping, woodcutting,
water carrying, and dog keeping. “If the good Lord had not
given me a constitution of
steel,” he wrote, “I could not
hold out for two weeks.”
Mary’s Igloo was the
venue for an annual reindeer
fair held in January where
Eskimos brought their reindeer from miles around to
compete for prizes in assoing,
butchering, driving, feeding
and herding. There were
races of many kinds as well
as prizes for the best harness,
sleds, and fur clothing. Prizes
were contributed by the merchants from Nome and the
fair, which lasted for several
days, was the great event of
the Eskimo year. Often the
(left) Pres du Cercle Arctique Un Missionaire en
voyage. This unnamed Missionary is holding the back
of a sledge during a trip
around the frozen arctic.
(below) Eglise et Maison
d’habitation de la Mission
la plus proche du Pole
Nord. Mary’s Igloo (Alaska)
This card shows the rather
bleak looking church and
house of the Mary’s Igloo
Missionaries with a dog
sled and man in the snow
outside. The title says it is
the nearest mission to the
North Pole.
Arrivee de Viande fraiche (Les Esquimaux apportent au
Missionnaire de Mary’s Igloo un phoque gele). This postcard shows a group of four Inupiat Eskimos bringing a
dead frozen seal on a sledge being pulled by the three
dogs to the right of the image to the Missionaries at Mary’s
Igloo. The seal is one of the few sources of fresh meat
available in the Arctic region.
temperature fell well below
zero yet people still slept on
the snow in tents keeping
warm inside their reindeer
L’Organiste de
la Mission de Mary’s Igloo
This happy looking native
girl is playing the organ for
the Catholic services held at
the Mission Church in
Mary’s Igloo.
skin sleeping bags.
The flu epidemic of
1918-9 swept through Mary’s
Igloo leaving many people
dead. Then two years later
the survivors were hit by a
tuberculosis epidemic. Both
of these events were to see
the beginning of the end of
the settlement. Many of the
children left without parents
were helped by the missionaries, led by Lafortune, who,
in 1918, opened a Catholic
orphanage, “Our lady of
Lourdes Mission” at nearby
Pilgrim Springs as well as a
Lutheran orphanage at the
nearby township of New
Mary’s Igloo continued
to decline and by 1948 both
the local schools closed due
to lack of pupils and the Post
Office and Store finally shut
in 1952. By then the remaining residents had moved on
to Nome or Teller. Today
Mary’s Igloo has no permanent population - it is only
used as a seasonal fish camp
during the summer months.
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A marvellous view of a crowded
London street on a postcard by
unidentified publisher. St. Maryle-B
Bow Church, of Bow Bells
fame, is on the right
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postcard heritage
Sir Robert Peel, founder
Police, keeps watch on
Cheapside on this Edwardian postcard view. Peel
(1788-1850) was twice
Prime Minister of the
United Kingdom, and as
Home Secretary oversaw
the creation of the police
force as we know it
today. The statue, sculpted by William Behnes,
was unveiled in 1852. It
was moved to Postman’s
Park (near St. Paul’s
Cathedral, on the site of
the original General Post
Office) in the 1930s, and
now stands at the Metropolitan Police Training
Establishment at Hendon.
Many other statues
of Peel can be found
around England, including ones in Parliament
Square, London, and
Peel Park, Bradford. A
number of pubs were
named after him, and
many other memorials
Cheapside itself was
originally the site of various produce markets.
Charles Dickens rated it
“the greatest thoroughfare in the City of London”, though today it is
just one of several routes
from the East End and
City to the West End. It
was badly damaged by
German bombing in
The detail in this
photograph is amazing,
with a procession of
horse-drawn buses and
carriages. It illustrates
perfectly why old
postcards, with their
often unique (though
not in this case!)
images, are so useful
and fascinating for
social, transport and
fashion historians.
The vantage point
used to create the
image of this scene
was a popular one for
postcard photographers.
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Mike and Sue Huddy’s
Moderns of the Year
As in previous years
the top of our top ten
has a strong transport
element. This year we
start with a card from
Real Lachance the
Canadian publisher
of shipping cards.
This one, Cunard’s
Queen Mary II just
one of a number of
Cunard ships published by him.
2009 was the 50th
year of the Iconic
mini car still produced near to us at
although sadly no
longer a Britishowned mark.
Readers that know
our Libdem enthusiasms will be surprised at the inclusion of our next
card, published by
Pat Holton to commemorate the election of her granddaughter, Chloe
Smith, as Conservative
MP for
Norwich North.
Continuing the political theme, the next
card commemorates
the election of President Obama. This
postcard was published by Zazzle in the
Still with aircraft, a
postcard published by
Carl McQuaide in his
wingtip series - this one
of the iconic Concorde
at Bristol Filton.
The organisers of
Bloomsbury fair
published several
very collectable
cards during the
year - this one
marking the 50th
mans first walk on
the moon.
Next of our cards
Reflections of a
Bygone Age in
Specials’ series,
this one, no. 19
showing an engine
of the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire railway at
Toddington station.
Our last card
takes us back to
time a card published within the
Auk by Colin
Roach - this one to
mark the naming
and the maiden
voyage of the
celebrity Equinox.
This feature was due to appear in the 2010 Annual, but was
delayed in the post from early September until mid-October.
Comforting postcards
2009 saw the organisers of the Picture Postcard Show issue a set of
six entry/promotional postcards on
the theme of the British seaside
Returning to our transport
theme, our next card is from
New Zealand, published by
Contour Creative. This one is
part of a set of five postcards of
Tasman Empire airways - an
S30 empire flying boat.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Among the pleasures of research is the occasional
chance find of an intriguing story or article about a personal interest or passion. I was delighted to find in my
local record office this mention of picture postcards in an
article in the ‘ladies’ column’ of a September 1914 newspaper.
"In these days when picture postcards accumulate
so rapidly that there is soon no place to put them a good
plan is to take two and paste them together so that no
writing shows, and then, when a good-sized box full has
been collected send to a hospital. Hospitals welcome
them because they can be sterilised; whereas many gifts
have to be destroyed through a fear of infection. Also the
preparation of them forms a splendid rainy day amusement for the children of a household, while the convalescent patients greatly appreciate them".
What this shows is the endeavours of everyone to
assist in the war effort so quickly in the initial weeks, and
that the writer believes this is a support for wounded
men. Apart from wondering how many got stuck together and sterilised, what would the value for in completion
and collection terms be to us today? And how many
postcards were used in this way? - John Gallagher
New political cartoons by Martin Rowson
Eight new postcards in the ‘Cynicure’ series feature cartoons by top artist Martin Rowson
Cynicure series
13. Northern Rock
14. Blair’s conversion
15. Harry the Hero
16. Punch & Judy politics
17. Extremes meet
18. Same old crew(e)
19. Labour’s tax U-turn
20. Boners culture
Two of the
cartoons are
based on Donald McGill designs, and a number
of politicians are featured in the set,
including Gordon Brown (on three
of the cards), Tony Blair, Ann Widdecombe, Alastair Darling (three),
John Prescott, Peter Mandelson,
Jacqui Smith, David Cameron and
George Bush. All the cartoons originally appeared in The Guardian.
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Martin Rowson’s work appears frequently in the Guardian,
The Independent and The Daily Mirror. He was appointed
‘Cartoonist Laureate’ of London when Ken Livingstone was
Mayor. He has written three books and illustrated several
368/A Richard Evertt recently bought the illustrated
postcard. It shows the 2nd
battalion of the Cameron
Highlanders at an unknown
location. The regimental history states that the battalion
was in China from 1908/9. En
route they spent some
weeks in Hong Kong before
moving to Tientsin where
they were used to provide
guards for the British Legation in Peking. So the card
could be in either Hong
Kong or Peking (Tientsin)
which is where the scan of the back
might help, for to the right are some oriental characters which presumably will
name the publisher and his location.
That hopefully might unlock the identification of main picture, as some readers might be ex-servicemen who have
served in Hong Kong,
where I suspect the picture
was taken.
368/B Bill King of Saltash is
trying to checklist the ‘D’
series of photographic
postcards of the
area published by
Alfred Vowles. If
anyone can provide captions to
any of nos. 12, 13,
19, 24, 35, 36, 40,
43, 44, 51, 66-8,
71-3, 75-7, or any
after 78 in the ‘D’
series, he’d be
delighted to hear
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Card Chat
Mark Routh searches out
the tasty and unusual in
modern postcards.
My wife Jo and I have just returned from the World of the
Mouse, better known to many as Walt Disney World, Florida. This was our fourth visit and our first without the children (who have, of course, all grown up now). Since our
first visit in 1993 I have collected every Disney theme park
related postcard I could find. This is made a lot more fun
by Disney's policy of constantly changing and updating
issues. Back in 2003 I bought some attractive art cards
which I saw this year with fancy embossed borders (not
present on the cards in 2003 - so of course I had to buy
these new ones). There are also annual year-dated postcards and this year I found three different 2009 dates (one
for the Magic Kingdom Park, one for Epcot and one general design for the whole Florida Disney World). I know a
lot of people collect Disney as a theme, but these new cards
are not cheap to buy. The really good ones were priced
between $2 and $3 each (£1.50 to £2) and it would be difficult for a dealer to make any money selling these with a
margin of profit if he or she had to make this initial outlay.
Therefore I doubt many of the postcards issued over the
last few years will turn up on stalls (unless found postally
used which might be a bit cheaper). I still bought copies for
my collection but if I offered my doubles to someone at
£2.50 a postcard would I have any takers? I suspect not,
but I put it to you that this is their real value.
Would you consider placing
your loved one’s funeral plans
in the hands of a company you
saw advertised on a postcard? I
suppose you might consider it
appropriate under certain situations. I only ask because an
advert postcard for 'Golden
Charter Funeral Plans' fell out
of my National Trust Members’ magazine. It is a sympathetic postcard showing an
autumn wooded pathway and
apparently they offer 'Unrivalled choice and peace of
mind from only £1,655' - a
most unusual postcard.
Readers’ postcards
I enjoy receiving postcards from
readers, some from a long way
away. Willy Allan sent me one
depicting a Green Ant from Darwin in the
One of the BBC Poetry Season
beastie'), Christina Rossetti,
Benjamin Zephaniah, Alfred
Lord Tennyson (one of my
favourites - The Charge of the
Light Brigade - although only an
extract of this long poem is printed on the back of this particular
card), Seamus Heaney, Wilfred
Owen (this WWI writer can be a
bit of an acquired taste but this
one - 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'
- has a cracking opening line
which goes 'What passing-bells
for these who die as cattle?') The
set also includes poems by Dylan
Thomas, William Butler Yeats
and John Betjeman. I am sure
you will agree that this is an
esteemed collection of writers
and a most collectable set of
postcards. I depict the Tennyson
card to give you a flavour of how
these look.
Stampex and
The Falklands
The autumn STAMPEX show
held in London had yet another
free exclusive postcard for visitors, published in their ongoing
series (this was no. 17). Personally this was a must for me as the
postcard depicts artwork entered
by Peter Morter for the 1982
Although not used for the stamp
Moderns at Woking
I spent yet another enjoyable day at the South of England Postcard
Fair held at Woking Leisure Centre. My reason for visiting was the
Saturday Moderns section of the fair which is a great event. Again
I came away with a couple of hundred postcards. If you are a moderns collector and can make either of the two annual events you will
not be sorry. Alan Bower was there and his stall is always worth
looking through. Alan had not long returned from Ireland, where he
said the postcards had become quite expensive with even the basic
view cards costing 50p each. Alan suffers from the same problem
that many of the modern dealers do, that collectors seem reluctant
to spend more than 50p for a modern postcard. This means that he
has to somehow buy postcards under this price and then try and sell
them for 50p and still make a profit. There are dedicated and knowledgeable modern collectors who realise that there are modern cards
which are worth much more and who are willing to pay the true
value (I happily parted with £6 for a smashing hovercraft card
which was well worth that amount).
Northern Territory in Australia
(but then he was on holiday at the
time - postcards beat any other
form of correspondence). He
very kindly informs me that
these ants (he calls them 'critters') make nests in trees by folding leaves together. Joe and
Christine King sent me a smashing series of poetry postcards
issued by the BBC as part of a
poetry season. Each card has a
simple piece of artwork on the
front which is representative of
the poem featured on that card.
There are also four or five lines
from the featured poem on the
front. Thankfully the poem is
printed in full on the reverse side.
I was sent ten cards (and unless
anyone knows otherwise I
assume that's the set) which have
a wide range of writers including
Wendy Cope, Robert Burns (the
well known poem 'To a Mouse' 'Wee, sleekit, cow'rin tim'rous
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
1958 poster
reproduced on a card published
by The British Postal Museum &
issue, this design shows a painting of HMS Invincible, which in
1982 had been involved in the
Falklands War (I know we are
supposed to refer to it as a 'conflict' but soldiers died and one
country was fighting another and
in my mind that is a war!). As I
keenly collect Falklands War
postcards I was pleased to
receive my copy and have placed
it in my stack of items waiting to
be mounted as a Falklands War
display (which I will get around
to mounting one day especially
for the members of the Canterbury Postcard Club who have
suffered six - yes six - displays
by me but who still seem to want
me back! - but I have currently
run out of mounted material to
show them).
Ryan’s postcards
Moderns dealer Alan Bower was
actually selling at Woking (see
panel, left) a smashing set of
postcards recently obtained from
Ireland for what he had paid for
them because he could not see
how he could sell them for more,
but they were so nice he wanted
to have sets to sell. This was a
special set of six postcards that
were (are?) only available in
Terry Wilson has sent me a cracking postcard advertising an exhibit
at the 'Gate Gallery' in Grimsby titled 'Long Distance Information….give me MEMPHIS TENNESSEE'. This was a display of digital illustrations by David Pitcher. The photograph on the front shows
a black and white image of a female telephonist (from the good old
days when you used to be asked to be connected with somewhere who remembers those days?) See what you think
my package complete and
unopened (in 'mint condition' or as my granddaughter says - boring). I would love to have given
these a go and if I ever come
across any that have been 'played
with' I shall buy them as examples and look at them longingly
and wonder what fun I have
missed out on!
which depicts a cracking Rupert
Besley cartoon of Santa with his
sleigh on the moon (one of the
reindeers - clearly Rudolf as he
has a red nose - is seen to be saying "So much for the satnav!")
and no. 492, a lovely painting by
J o h n
Postcard girls
County Kerry. It was near here in
Dunquin that the movie 'Ryan's
Daughter' was filmed in 1968-9
(it’s now the 40th anniversary of
the filming). The six sepia-toned
photographs have a nostalgic
look and depict some of the
scenic views from the film and
some of the stars (John Mills,
Trevor Howard and Sarah Miles
- no picture of the main star,
Robert Mitchum, though). The
area of the Dingle Peninsula
gave the film some of its charm
and these postcards show this.
Bought in Dingle and believed
exclusive to the area, these are
the type of postcards that modern
dealers bring our way and which
we would not see any other way
(so my thanks go to Alan for
these). Just take a look at the
houses shown in the background
behind Trevor Howard, who is
depicted dragging two naughty
youths along by their ears, and
you can just feel the quality that
went into this film (it did win two
Academy Awards after all).
Delcampe potential
At the Postcard Show the internet sales site Delcampe had a
stand where they showed visitors
how to access the site and what
sort of thing was on sale. Similar
to the eBay idea, but without the
costs, this site has a wide range
of collectables on offer. I had a
look and found more televisionrelated postcards here than on
eBay, so the site is worth a look.
Also around the hall, and on their
stand, was a free advertising
postcard for this web-site auction
company. This was the company
logo with a stamp, coin and postcard placed behind it, all on a
green background. When I
turned my copy over I saw that
this was a dated card for 2009
and no. 3 in a series (although
they call it an edition rather than
a series), one of a 5,000 limited
edition production. The design
rang a bell, so when I got home I
had a look through a couple of
boxes and found a very similar
one (same logo and items behind
it) but this time with two large
faded images of postcards in the
background. This one had a very
light brown background and was
the year card for 2008 and was
Mac Publications postcard in
their ‘Bygone Ireland’ series
shown as Edition 1 in a limited
number of 2,500 copies. What I
want to know now is whether the
edition 3 on the 2009 card means
there have been two other editions this year or whether there is
just one other card issued
between the two different postcards I now have. Can any reader help? Whatever the outcome,
these free postcards are welcome, and I can recommend this
site as being well worth a look
I was pleased to see Keith
Edmondson's Freecard Gossip
article back again last month, and
it was interesting what he said
about Boomerang issuing cards
in sets of five. The all-girl pop
group 'The Saturdays' have promoted their album 'Wordshaker'
with promotional boomerang
postcards. In my local cinema
rack I found individual postcards
for two of the girls in the group,
Rochelle and Vanessa. I assume,
naturally, that there are also cards
for Una, Mollie and Frankie,
who are the other three members
of the group. I have some dou-
Magazine freebies
It has been some time since I last
mentioned any free postcards
with magazine issues and there
has been a bit of a decline in
these. Regardless of that, a real
cracker came out in August with
a television connection. Lazy
Town is an unusual children's
programme from Iceland which
has cast and crew from Iceland,
America and Great Britain and
which has now been shown in
over 100 countries. The two
main characters are Sportacus
and Stephanie, and if you have
children then there is every
chance that you have seen at
least one of the many shows.
Issue no. 36 of 'Lazy Town' magazine (30th July - 26th August,
£2.15) came with two attached
free postcards. At first I did not
grasp what these were and
thought they were black and
white colour in cards as each
showed one of the two main
characters in black and white on
a colour scene background. What
confused me initially was a number of little bags of coloured sand
that came with the postcards! I
now know that each segment of
the character is actually a peeloff label and the area underneath
is sticky. Over this you sprinkle
the coloured sand and then shake
off the excess. You then move
your way through the various
peel-off areas until you have
used the sand to colour the whole
character depicted on the postcard. This is a very unusual and
quite magical concept which
makes these true novelty postcards. Despite my eagerness to
give this a go (kids have so much
fun stuff these days) I have kept
Boomerang postcard promoting
a new album
bles of Rochelle and Vanessa and
am looking to swap with anyone
who can help me complete my
set. If you have these two missing and have doubles of any I am
missing then please get in contact as apparently 'Everyone
Loves a Saturday' (as printed on
the front of the cards!).
I also have an interest in,
and collect, some stamps, so read
the monthly magazines including
'Stamp and Coin Mart'. Recently
in copies sold by WH Smith they
gave away a free postcard from
The British Postal Museum &
Archive poster series. This poster
advertised buying stamps in
stamp books and is an attractive
1958 design by Peter Huveneers.
In the following issue there was a
form you could send off for
another free card from the series.
These are interesting designs and
if you can buy a set it is worth
seeking out if this is your sort of
Pat’s last cards
I just have to mention the smashing two Xmas postcards recently
issued in the PH Topics series by
Pat Holton. These are no. 491,
Pat Holton promotes
the idea of using postcards as
Christmas cards again with her
PH Topics no. 492, designed by
John Pulham
Pulham of two children posting
letters (Christmas cards?) into a
wall-mounted post box (the
added snow and robin create that
'Xmas' feel). A new Besley card
is always greeted with pleasure,
although a rare event unfortunately, and this one shows what
we have been missing. Next year
Pat is apparently due to release
her last card when she hits the
magical number 500. When this
happens we will be losing one of
our very special postcard people
and it will be a sad day, but I
wish her luck with whatever she
moves onto.
* You can contact Mark at 165
Raphael Drive, Shoeburyness,
Southend on Sea, Essex SS3
Picture Postcard
Annual 2010
is now available at
£4.75 with an up to
date directory of
dealers, fair organisers, auctions etc plus
lots of features and
articles, and a list of
important 2010 postcard fairs. On sale
from your favourite
dealer or direct from
the publishers at
15 Debdale Lane,
Keyworth, Nottingham
NG12 5HT (plus
postage £1 UK, £2.50
Europe, £4.50 rest of
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 49
Picture Postcard Sales List no. 9/09
Brian Lund Postcards, 15 Debdale Lane, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5HT
(all coloured and in VG condition unless stated)
1. THE BEATLES. Mix of two sets pub’d
London Postcard Co. (12 cards)..................£5
2. COCA-COLA advert set (6)...........................£2
3. DR. WHO mix pub’d Slow Dazzle Worldwide
4. DUFEX Teddy Bear set (10).....................£4.50
5. EUROPE. Don’t let Europe rule Britannia!
anti-EU sentiment pub’d This England
magazine. Bulldog, flags etc. (4).............£1.20
6. HARRY POTTER artist-drawn images pub’d
GB Posters (8)...............................................£3
7. PHQ no. 1. the scarce County Cricket
8. PICTURE POSTCARD SHOW 2008 souvenir
cards/entry tickets with comic theme (6)
9. PICTURE POSTCARD SHOW 2009 souvenir
cards/entry tickets with seaside theme (6)
10. TIM O’BRIEN. Cargo plane at Southend
11. Bewdley pub’d Severn Valley Rly...........75p
12. Arley pub’d SVR.......................................75p
13. Crowcombe with train pub’d Judges.....40p
14. Crowcombe pub’d West Somerset Rly...40p
15. Dent pub’d Pedley....................................50p
16. Leyburn with train pub’d Wensleydale
17. Bridgnorth with train pub’d SVR.............75p
18. Ramsbottom with engine........................50p
19. Sylvia BARHAM pub’d CW Faulkner CG
20. Stanley BERKELEY We kissed beneath pu
1904 VG.........................................................£2
21. Charles FLOWER. Canterbury ser. III Tuck
Oilette 8934 CVG (2).....................................£4
22. FLOWER. Tuck Oilette - Cologne CVG...£2
23. T. GILSON Carry On CVG..........................£2
24. Lilian GOVEY Sister Susie’s sewing shirts
pu 1916 CF.....................................................£3
25. Florence HARDY pub’d Misch ‘Little
Friends’ pu 1914 CVG...................................£4
26. Suzanne MEUNIER. Parisian Girls no. 5018
27. Xavier SAGER watercolours 1st April
theme - Avril Tendre (3) CG.......................£15
28. Lance THACKERAY. Tuck write-away 1765
An early Bird pu 1907 CG............................£5
29. THACKERAY. Tuck write-away 985 How is it
you u/b pu 1905 CVG...................................£6
30. THACKERAY. Tuck write-away 542 I am
delighted u/b pu 1903 CVG..........................£6
31. ADVERTISING. Poster advert for Brighton
32. AVIATION. CL Temple, well-known aviator,
with racing bike RP F................................£20
33. DR BARNADO funeral procession,
animated RP pu 1905 VG...........................£25
34. CIRCUS. Les Rigolos de Barnum & Bailey
pu 1903 VG..................................................£30
35. COLLECTION JOB. 1906 Calendar by
Duvocelle VG..............................................£50
36. EARLY. Sandwich Men court size pub’d
Beechings pu 1901.....................................£45
37. FATHER CHRISTMAS motoring design
pub’d Birn Bros. CVG...................................£7
38. FATHER CHRISTMAS A Merry Yuletide.
Santa & Angel CVG......................................£4
39. FILM STARS. Sepia RPs pub’d Woolstone
Bros. in ‘Milton’ series, or by one of the film
studios. Lionel Barrymore, Brian Aherne,
Richard Arlen, Frank Lawton, Otto Kruger, Jan
Kiepura, Edmund Lowe, Claude Hulbert, John
Loder, Gyles Isham, William Lundigan, Melvyn
Douglas, Robert Young, James Dunn, Carl
Brisson, George Brent, Fred Macmurray, Larry
(Buster) Crabbe, Richard Cortez, Jackie Cooper, Fredric March, Herbert Marshall, Warner
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Cheque with order, please.
Refund sent on any items
already sold. Satisfaction
or refund. You can ring to
order on 0115 937 4079
C = coloured
M = mint condition
VG = very good
G= good F = fair
Order from
Brian Lund Postcards address above. Order by
Lot number. Postage in UK
50p extra per mailing.
pub’d = published by
pu = postally used
c/u = close-up
Baxter, Tom Walls,
George Raft, Franchot
EACH.................. £1.25
40. FOOTBALL. Autographed RP of J. Parker,
Nottm Forest £25
41. GOLF. RP of Henry
Cotton in Switzerland
1940 G..£50
42. HATS. Birn Bros.
design pu 1911 CVG...£2
612 After The Play u/b pu
1903 CVG...£5
44. MOTORING. AA road patrol assisting during floods pub’d AA RP VG..£30
45. RAILWAY, Woolwich Arsenal pub’d WH
Smith pu 1908.............................................£20
46. TEMPERANCE. Advert for Grand Bazaar at
Newcastle-on-Tyne Oct 1902 written by Guy
Hayter, leading light of Temperance
Movement CG.............................................£25
47. TOBACCO. Webster Cigars pictorial scene
48. WOVEN SILK Hands across The sea RMS
Victorian. Slight foxing. G..........................£40
49. BRIGHTON. Visit of Earl Beatty Oct 1922.
Animated RP. G..........................................£40
50. DULVERTON, crowded street scene RP
pub’d JH German pu 1908 G....................£40
51. LIVERPOOL playscene RP of ‘Strike’
alluding to local strike pub’d Carbonara
52. MANCHESTER, Radcliffe Parish Church
procession & street scene RP pub’d locally
53. MANCHESTER, opening of Seymour
Gardens, Hollingwood RP pu 1909 G.......£25
54. MANCHESTER. Close-up trams and lorry in
RP street scene VG.....................................£18
55. ORMSKIRK crowded street scene RP
56. PARIS VECU - Le Marchand de Coco pu
Early posting
Latest additions to our
ongoing listing are as follows:
*Leatherhead 20 May
18 May 1887
15 July 1899
* indicates an earlier date
than previously recorded.
If you can contribute
to this feature, please
send photocopy of both
sides of any submitted
postcard. The important
side is the picture - the
location of the postmark is
The latest updated
listing appears in 2010 Picture Postcard Annual.
1907 VG......................................................£30
57. PARIS. Motor car excursion outside Thos.
Cook offices with crowd VG.......................£35
58. SOUTHALL railway station int. RP pu 1913
59. TOOTING Broadway animated street scene
pub’d Johns pu 1925 with tram, horsedrawn vehicles VG.....................................£35
60. WANTAGE Tramway RP pub’d Chapman
61. WELLS. 1909 Royal visit RP pub’d Dawkes
& Partridge VG............................................£45
Unusual postcards
from Edwardian
This old picture postcard is obviously in bad
taste, and we don’t wish
to be flippant about a
very serious subject but we spotted this
postcard published by
the Pictorial Stationery
Co. of London in their
‘Peacock’ series c.1905.
This is no. 18 - does
anyone know who represented the first 17 or
any later numbers?
The earliest Rhodesian
postcard (until someone
turns up an older one!) ,
posted at Bulawayo in
July 1899. The card was
published by the Press
George’s Square, London.
New Pictorial Postal Cards
Edward Hill sent news of
Queensland’s first postcards, published by the
state’s Post Office. The
information comes from
The Brisbane Courier of 24
June 1898:
“We have been shown
some advance proofs of the
pictorial postcards which
the Postmaster General
(Hon. W.H. Willson) has
decided to issue, with a
view to inviting the attention of persons residing outside the Colony to the
scenery and products of
series, comprising eighteeen views of Queensland
scenery and products,
which are very handsome,
will be issued to the public
FERNDOWN Postcard Club’s first October meeting featured an evening of Bugs, Butterflies, Bees and Birds, followed by a session of six sheets in two minutes of postcards. What a selection! There were cards showing missionary work in Papua & New Guinea, the 1939 Mailomat
machine used by the U.S. Post Office, cards from Brunei
featuring pipework taking water to the town, pop-up letter
cards and even more butterflies. The 35th Division of Irish
volunteers in World War One competed with highly
sought-after camp postmarks, WW1 armoured vehicles of
the Royal Naval air Service, natives of Singapore, early
views of Boscombe, and Sonning Lock.
Contributors and advertisers are advised that
the January 2010 edition of PICTURE POSTCARD MONTHLY
Y will be published on December 20th. Deadline for copy is December 10th.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 51
Cultural and
Entertainment Freecards
It would be wrong of me, writes Keith Edmondson, to imply
that cultural freecards are something new. The French
freecard scene is dominated by cards advertising Film Festivals, Museum events, Theatre programmes etc and in
this column at the same time last year when I reviewed
some of the cards of 2008 I included a Boomerang card for
an exhibition at the Museum in Docklands and one for
Proms in the Park. Perhaps it is the fact that this year there
have been fewer cards distributed that there appear to be
more cultural and entertainment cards in the racks, and in
the London area Boomerang and Big Smoke Media look
as though they have tagged on to specific customers for
promoting their events.
illustrated for “Sister Act”, “We
Will Rock You” and “Treasure
Island” at various
Big Smoke
Media include
among their
customers the
Gallery, The
Dali Universe
and The Animation
issued during
the year are
illustrated. Only
the “Renaissance
Faces” event at
racks advertising the Michael
Jackson Opus. The cards gave a
discount of £50 on the list price
of £199 for the book. By the
time you read this the cards
will probably have long
since gone but I suspect there
will still be plenty of copies
of the book available.
Students are targeted by this
advertising postcard
postable card. The
reason, however,
for illustrating a not particularly
good card in terms of image
reproduction, from the Animation Art Gallery is the reference
in the top right hand corner to
“postcard not for sale”. At least
I am not the only one to consider
this as being a “postcard” even if
you cannot strictly post it.
Boomerang cultural and
included the British Library, one
of four cards illustrated for the
“Talking Liberties” event earlier
in the year, and the RSC, one of
two cards illustrated for “Arabian Nights” currently at the
Courtyard Theatre in StratfordUpon-Avon until the end of January. There have over the year,
however, been many Boomerang
cards for shows and four are
Shakespeare Co.
London Theatres plus one
for the touring “ABBA
the Show”.
At the time of
preparing this column at
the beginning of November Boomerang were distributing
a set of six cards in their cinema
This Michael
Jackson card is likely to be in
demand from collectors
These postcards featuring high-profile
performances make an interesting addition to a related postcard collection
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
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13p per word per month (4 or more consecutive
insertions without text change)
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months, £6.24 for 4 months, £7.80 for 5 months, £9.36 for 6
Minimum cost of single insertion £1.50. Minimum cost of multiple
insertions £1.20 per month.
Semi-display (boxed) £7.50 for 3 col. cms, £1.75 each extra col. cm.
(price includes lineage).
These rates are inclusive of V.A.T.
PAYMENT: All classified adverts should be prepaid. When calculating cost, do not count street number, and calculate tel.
no./postal code as one word each.
PRESENTATION: Please type or write advert clearly, underlining
words required in bold. Include your name (and not just an
address) within the advert.
TRADE ADVERTISING: Traders advertising for postcards in the
‘wanted’ section must conclude their advert thus: (T) if they
require postcards for resale and expect trade discount/prices from
other dealers. This avoids any misunderstanding by prospective
vendors. Dealers who fail to comply with this instruction will in
future be refused advertising space.
ALTERATIONS: If any changes are required in an advert, or it is to
be resumed after a break, please make sure you resubmit the
whole advert.
HULL CITY FC postcards wanted:
team groups, players and crowds.
N. Turner, 21 Wolfreton Mews,
Willerby, Hull HU10 6PW. Email:
[email protected]
LYDNEY, CINDERFORD, COLEFORD, Mitcheldean, all Forest of
Dean areas, Gloucestershire. Brian
Clutterbuck, 32 Templeway West,
Lydney, Glos GL15 5JD. Tel. 01594841206.
FOWEY, FOWEY, FOWEY, Cornwall. Quality postcards, photos and
ephemera wanted. Marcus Lewis
01726 832089. Mobile 07973
[email protected]
Royal Leicestershire Regiment
scenes. Better Shipping cards: Liners, Warships, Cargo; British, german, American, Russian, Japanese. Nazi zeppelins, Nazi propagande, Irish political cards 1920s.
RPs of port scenes - Humber, Liverpool, Tyne, Jarrow, Dublin, Cork,
hamburg, Barrow. German Uboats WW1, WW2. Harry Potterton,
63 Keyham Lane West, Leicester
LE5 1RS. Tel. 0116 243 3444.
CASTLES. Appreciative price paid
for postcard of Dinas Powis Castle.
Harry Welchman, 19 Orchard Crescent, Dinas Powis, South Glamorgan CF64 4JZ. Phone 029-20512439.
A.R. QUINTON 2986, £00’s reward!
P. Cove, Sanjoby, Eype, Dorset DT6
MORETON - LEASOWE - SEACOMBE. New Brighton, Liscard,
Wallasey, Birkenhead, Upton, Hoylake, Rock Ferry, New Ferry,
Bebington, West Kirby, Bromborough, Cammell Laird. L. Clow, 52
Saughall Road, Moreton, Wirral
CH46 5NG.
WELSH WAR MEMORIALS - dedications especially. Graham Farthing, 106 Ashridge Way, Morden,
Surrey SM4 4ED.
POSTCARDS OF FULHAM plus Fulham-associated football. John
Martin, 1 The Rise, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 5PT.
PPM keeps you in
touch with the
postcard world!
MADEIRA ISLAND POSTCARDS all types 1894-1950s. Shipping at
Madeira + photos large and small
1880-1930s + travel albums. J.R. De
Silva, 147 Buxton Road, Hazel
Grove, Stockport, Cheshire SK7
CRICKET - anything considered.
Local teams if named or located.
Approvals to - G. Jennings, 4
Henry Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham - Postage refunded.
PARTIES (1860-1
wanted by private collector
Postcard collections,
ephemera. Any condition.
Uncle Tacko!
Cleveland House,
Cleveland Place, Dawlish,
Devon EX79HZ
mail: [email protected]
Also postcards from
Postage always refunded. John Lesch, 133 Rue
Howald, Luxembourg.
NORWAY. Early cards/Postal History - Scott Simpson, 14 Dower
Road, Sutton Coldfield B75 6UA.
[email protected]
I am a collector looking for
all series from all periods.
Please send even single
cards. I will usually pay your
price plus your postage
costs, or I will exchange for
your own subject
David Pearlman
790 Finchley Road
London NW11 7TJ
Tel: 020-8
[email protected]
Postcard collector seeking all
areas of any subject relating to
Greece including Costumes,
Personalities, Royalty, Ships,
Trains, Cartoons, Art, etc. etc.
Prompt response
J. Tsatsas, 1A Netherhall
Gardens, London NW3 5RN
CRICKET TEAMS. Private collector.
Details to: Ron Deaton, 20 Hill Top
Road, Harrogate HG1 3AN. 01423
required. J.R. Adams, 2 Devon
Square, Newton Abbot, Devon
TQ12 2HN.
BLACK & WHITE SCOTTISH VILLAGE and town views, especially
Angus, Fife, islands, plus Hallowe’en, posted Caymans, Sudan.
Chad Neighbor, 8 Dalgarno Park,
Hillside, Montrose DD10 9JF. (T).
Email:- [email protected]
Any other interesting postcards on
a Jewish or Palestine theme
eagerly sought by collector.
For immediate response please
write to:
Adrian Andrusier
c/o Sheldon Monk & Co. Ltd.,
19 Cavendish Place, London
or telephone 020-7580 5866
KEYWORTH & PLUMTREE postcards wanted, please, on approval.
Help me improve our collection! I’d
also like any postally used cards
sent to an address in either village
1900-11. Brian Lund, 15 Debdale
Lane, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12
SUFFOLK, NORFOLK and Cambridgeshire Postcards published by
F.G. Pawsey & Co. Ltd and Langhorn Pawsey & Co. (L.P. & Co.) of
Bury St. Edmunds. Bob Pawsey, 82
Westerfield Road, Ipswich IP4 2XN.
Tel: 01473 252893.
Single cards or collections
Grenville Collins
Flat 81, 95 Wilton Road
London SW1V 1BZ
Tel. 020 7834 1852
[email protected]
WANTED - Postcards (modern &
old) & ephemera of Tenerife,
Canary Islands & Spain in general.
We pay with UK cheque. Please
approval to: Sophie Baillon, PORTOBELLO, Cruz Chica 84, Guamasa, La Laguna. 38330. Tenerife.
(T). [email protected]
LANCS, BURNLEY F.C. Photographic postcards always required.
Prompt response, postage refunded. Mark Yates, 8 Shakespeare
Street, Padiham, Lancs BB12 8SN.
Email:[email protected]
Single items and collections
welcome. Postage refunded
Tel: 01704-2
[email protected]
GOULBORNS, old Millgate, Manchester. Postcards of skittle alley,
cheese store etc. K. Warrender, 36
Moss Lane, Timperley, Cheshire
WA15 6SZ.
CHANNEL ISLANDS: vintage and
modern cards wanted. Any quantity considered. P. Dunn, 12 Wyndham Crescent, Burton upon Trent,
Staffs DE15 0DF. Tel: 01283 845190
Good R.P. cards always required
Gerry Kelly,
20 Waldemar Avenue,
Norwich, NR6 6TB
Phone: 01603 417961
E-mail: gerry[email protected]
Kirkcudbrightshire wanted. Brian
Cox, Kirknewton House, Kirknewton, Wooler NE71 6XF or
[email protected]
GERMANY - All areas and subjects
particularly aviation up to 1945. P.
Dickerson, 20 Easson Road, Redcar, TS10 1HJ.
series 5 Misch & Co. “The Holy
Scriptures” Old Testament. Also
any cards of New Testament
Series. A. Butterick 01483 769974,
07706 190604. Walnut Tree House,
Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey
GU22 9DZ.
Ardingly, Barcombe, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsted
Keynes, Lewes, Newick & Chailey,
Sheffield Park and West Hoathly.
Send cards/photographs to J.
Young, 28 The Garstons, Bookham,
Surrey KT23 3DS. Postage refunded.
NORFOLK AND NORWICH CINEMA postcards and ephemera wanted. P. Yaxley, ‘Polperro’, Silfield
Road, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18
9AU. (Tel: 01953 603549).
also postcards of all other
countries, world postal history
and postmarks
Single items, collections and
accumulations welcome
7 Brooks Malting, Kiln Lane,
Manningtree CO11 1HP
Tel: 01206 393682 Mobile:
077987 48350
email: [email protected]
FRENCH & ITALIAN anti-Kaiser
postcards. Graham Farthing, 106
Ashridge Way, Morden, Surrey
SM4 4ED.
GOOD PRICES PAID for postcards
of Stockwood Park, Bedfordshire,
and Stoke Edith, Herefordshire.
Alan Hamblin, 50 Overstone Road,
Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 5PJ.
Tel. 01582-763571.
PROPELLOR aircraft wanted. Mike
Charlton, 4 South East Farm, Horsley NE15 0NT. Email:
[email protected] or
wanted. David Pickard, 1 Beauval
Road, East Dulwich, London SE22
8UG. Tel: 020 8693 2585.
(Cards, Badges, Memorabilia).
Comic & Greetings cards of Plymouth area and Royal Air Force.
Graham Brooks, 28 Rawlin Close,
Eggbuckland, Plymouth PL6 5TF.
Tel. 01752 774467.
Seeking quality RP cards of
individuals or groups:
all classes and kinds.
Portrait and Social History type;
formal or informal.
Must be postcard backed and
No commercially published cards.
Phone 020 7701 3978
Fax 020 7703 2800
[email protected]
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 53
urgently wanted. Julie Jakeway.
Tel. 01603-437411.
DOGS wanted, any breeds considered but no Bonzo, Comic or Puppies, thanks. John Rolfe, 39 Combe
Avenue, Blackheath, London SE3
All postcards wanted
Top prices paid for better
and RP cards
Tel/Fax 01952-223926
e-mail [email protected]
BULLDOGS Comic, Patriotic, Real
Approvals to - G. Jennings, 4
Henry Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham. Postage refunded.
BARTON, YORKS. Cards are
marked Barton, Yorks, or Barton,
groups of soldiers at Catterick
Camp. W. Robotham, 17 Marygate,
Barton, Richmond, North Yorkshire
DL10 6LD. Tel. 01325-377772.
good quality Irish cards you have
for sale. Paddy Macken, 10 Villa
Park Road, Dublin 7.
DULWICH, CAMBERWELL, CATFORD postcards wanted. David
Pickard, 1 Beauval Road, London
SE22 8UG. Telephone 020 8693
UNLOCATED UK topo. Must be
clueful and reasonably priced.
Postage refunded. Nigel Bown, 45
Eastern Avenue, Chippenham,
Wiltshire SN15 3WL.
Quality cards desired.
Tel: 01624 832062
HULL CITY FC postcards wanted:
team groups, players and crowds.
N. Turner, 21 Wolfreton Mews,
Willerby, Hull HU10 6PW. Email:
[email protected]
DISS & DISTRICT, 5 miles radius,
especially villages of Burston,
Shimpling, Palgrave, Dickleburgh,
Scole, Winfarthing and Tibenham.
Also Crested China of Diss, and
Norfolk & Suffolk railway stations.
D. Cross, 60 Uplands Way, Diss
IP22 4DF. Tel. 01379-651897.
of lifeboat & crew wanted, pre1945 only. Approvals, scans,
copies. Richard Roberts, 8207
Regency Drive, Pleasanton, CA
94588, U.S.A.
[email protected]
DELINQUENTS? Dashing hooligans?
Stylish, punky criminals? Photos?
Negatives? (1850-1940). Mr. Hartnett, Brewery, 19 Brow Road,
Haworth BD22 8LD.
EXHIBITION CARDS wanted by collector, especially cards of stands
and advertising cards, no foreign
exhibitions wanted. Also Church
Missionary cards, Crystal Palace,
and topo’s for the following areas:
Anerley, Beckenham, Elmers End,
Hayes, Keston, Penge and West
Wickham. Postage paid. Bill
Tonkin, 23 Bramley Way, West
Wickham, Kent BR4 9NT.
Photographic 1870 - 1950
Tintypes? Cabinets? CDVs?
Real photo postcards? Quality
silver gelatin photog
Private collector seeks sharp,
clear images depicting changing male fashions - tailoring
styles, hairstyle trends, ‘looks’.
From casual (farm/factory/occupational workwear and sportswear) to traditional/formal
(‘suited and booted’, starched
collars, bow ties, top hat ‘n’
tails, fancy dress, ‘eccentrics’).
No commercially published
visuals, please.
Approvals welcome and dealt
with promptly, postage
Mr Paul Hartnett, The Old
Brewery, 19 Brow Road,
Haworth, Yorkshire, BD22 8LD
Questions? Tel: 01535 646 985
or via
[email protected]
Postcards of GHOSTS or
required by serious
collector - must either
show apparition or text
refer to haunting
No Halloween, comic or
Cornish Litany please
Also looking for GWR
‘Legendland’ series
Approvals welcomed and
dealt with promptly,
postage refunded
G.M Wheeldon,
9 Ashtree Court, Feltham
Hill Road, Ashford,
Middlesex TW15 2BU
Tel: 01784 246399 (eve)
relics required. N.J. Bridger, The
Warren, Curridge, Newbury, Berkshire RG18 9DN. Tel: 01635 200507.
QUANTITY OF PPM back numbers
early 1990s available. Contact Peter
on 0208-300-3705.
CARTES POSTALES ET COLLECTION, the French magazine for
postcard collectors, costs £5.30 inc
postage. CARD TIMES is the regular monthly magazine for cigarette
card collectors. Current issue and
back numbers £3.05 each (inc.
postage). Reflections, 15 Debdale
Lane, Keyworth, Nottingham
NG12 5HT.
2010 is now available at £4.75 plus
postage, with an up to date directory of dealers, fair organisers,
auctions etc plus lots of features
and articles, and a list of important
2010 postcard fairs. On sale from
your favourite dealer or direct from
the publishers at 15 Debdale Lane,
Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5HT
(postage £1 UK, £3 Europe, £5.50
rest of world)
Got a point of
view or something
to say? Write to
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
for sale as one lot, unsorted.
They are part of a large
collection of cards accumulated
over 38 years by rare bookseller
Anah Dunsheath in Auckland.
If any dealer has connections
with New Zealand, maybe
visiting for holiday, please get in
touch to view.
ALSO for sale in lots.
[email protected]
Tel. ++64 21 934 016
or P.O. Box 4181, Auckland 1140
New Zealand
LISTS. Topographical - England,
Ireland, Wales, Channel Islands.
Detailed lists including condition.
Please state interests and send
SAE. Ken Simson, 14 Old Farm
Road East, Sidcup, DA15 8AE.
[email protected]
WRIGHT - part exchange vintage
postcards & coins.
[email protected] BARRY
WRIGHT - part exchange vintage
postcards & coins.
Moderns a Go!
FOR A SELECTION of quality topographical and photographic postcards visit
[email protected] BARRY
WRIGHT - part exchange postcards, covers, postal history - sent
on approval.
All Topics - take
advantage of weak US
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Vintage Quality Postcards
SHOP now on with over
40,000 church postcards also available directly from Pip Barker. Send
wants list to: [email protected] or phone 07778-560241.
UK topographical sales, approvals,
wanted lists. Auction lots bought.
Website updated weekly.
BARGAIN BUNDLES! 20 postcards
for £7 inc. post; A-Z of Counties,
Foreign, Subject & Moderns available. Send SAE for sales list. Tom
Carr, 8 Church Road, Thorrington,
Essex CO7 8HH. Tel. 01206 250881.
McGILL POSTCARDS £15 inc. post;
also Bamforths, Pedro, Mike, Xerxes, Trow, Flip, Wilkins and many
other saucy Sixties postcards 50p
each. Eric Kent, 8 The Croft,
Flitwick, Bedfordshire MK45 1DL.
Tel. 01525-752222.
Visit my online shop at
1000’s still to list
Colin Williams
31 Rivington Drive
Burscough, Lancashire L40 7RN
NOTTINGHAM Postcard, Cigarette
Card & Ephemera Fair at Harvey
Hadden Sports Centre, Wigman
Road, Bilborough, Nottingham.
Sunday 7th February 2010 from
10am to 5pm. 50+ postcard dealers
including moderns specialists.
Postcard display competition..
Admission £1 (to ‘Children in
Need’. Contact Reflections on 0115
937 4079 or see our website for
more details and locator map.
Try a PPM Classified!
Visit Postcard World for many surprises. We have thousands of vintage subject and UK topographical
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of our cards are illustrated for your
interest and information and we
trust that this will add to your
enjoyment of Postcard World.
Please browse around and hopefully you will find something of
interest. Our website is updated
weekly so bookmark us and visit
Deryk and Brenda Whitfield
5 Gipsy Close
Balsall Common, West Midlands
DALKEITH POSTCARDS for Railway and Shipping
M.E.P. POSTCARDS. Modern specialists.
quality postcards.
Scotland starts November
8,500 images of Great Britain
with details and prices.
Art cards listed by number
Sylvia/John Jones
On-lline daily for queries
interesting and unusual old paper
Only 5 minutes from the M4
(Junction 14)
A constantly of UK,
Foreign and Subject
postcards - also some stamps,
postal history and ephemera.
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Opening Times:
Monday to Friday - 9.15 to 5.30
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has a Collectors’ Shop,
trading in a wide range
of collectables.
Over 40,000
always in stock. Also stamps,
coins & medals, cigarette cards,
toys, silver, ephemera
Open Tues and Sat 10 - 5
Other times by appointment
26 South Street,
Eastbourne, Sussex
Tel: (01323) 644464
(Home) 01323-646694 after 6 pm
Over 35 years at this address
Please ring first if travelling any
in aid of Children in Hunger. Send
SAE for a copy to L. Marchant, 40
Cornard Road, Sudbury, Suffolk
CO10 2XA.
COLLECTABLES YARD. Books, [email protected] BARRY
ephemera, photos, prints, post- WRIGHT - part exchange postcards on all subjects plus bric-a- cards, covers, postal history - sent
brac. De Silva, 2B Stockport Road, on approval.
Cheadle SK8 2AA. Tel. 0161-
4832086 or 07950-547243.
NEW APPROVAL SERVICE. All categories and subjects. Postcards,
photos and prints, books and
ephemera. Wants list to CollecWe have now re-llocated
tables Yard, Rear of 2B Stockport
Our premises are now at the
Road, Cheadle SK8 2AA. Tel. 0161side of The Foley Hotel
R/O 12 Worcester Road,
Foley Bank, MALVERN,
Worcestershire WR14 4QU
(open weekends and afternoons)
Parking at rear on weekends
only (Tel: 01684 573092)
Cig cards, Books, China,
Dinky Toys etc
Over 5000 cards on our Website
We specialise in Web Site Sales:
Site updated every week
Overseas Customers Especially
(Ebay Trader - PcPostcards)
z UK TOPO, including topo art.
Send your wants list to
Mike Pearl
10 Peter’s Close
Macclesfield SK10 4JQ
When visiting the East Coast
please call in for:- Postcards,
Stamps, Postal History, FDC’s
and small collectables
01723 514433
Open Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat
22 HIGH ST.,
Comprehensive range of
25,000 + postcards
Good stocks of Coins, Banknotes,
Cigarette Cards, FDCs,
accessories, including postcard
cases etc
Buy, sell, exchange
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
01926 491382
of Pedro, Taylor, Fitzpatrick &
McGill etc. Top prices paid by private collector. Call David on 01903
234432 or 07961 795333.
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Please visit our online shop
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The Netherlands
Tel: +31 71 3617568
Send for latest free catalogue
which includes a large section
of British topographical
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like a copy of our monthly auction
catalogue phone 01202 292905.
LODDON AUCTIONS. Long established May and Nov/Dec auctions,
regularly with 600+ lots comprising a wide range of printed material. Catalogues £3 by post. Entries
invited. Enquiries to G. Arkell, 39
Falmouth Road, Reading, Berks
RG2 8QR. Tel: 0118 9611915
TEDS? MODS? ROCKERS? Skinheads? Prints? Negatives? Mr. Hartnett, Brewery, 19 Brow Road,
Haworth BD22 8LD.
1960s/70s: Tom Browne Nurses
reprints, Medici (Children, Artists,
Salmon, Rural), Maps etc. SAE for
list. Ruthven 01708-760049.
John & Margaret Pearsall
Most Subjects Stocked - Lists
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or Contact Direct
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E-mail: [email protected]
Stamp, Postcard & Postal History
Dealers urgently require English,
Welsh, Scots postmarks on cards/
envelopes for re-sale to collectors.
Must be clear impressions:
Squared Circles, Duplexes,
R.S.O.’s especially wanted.
Highest prices paid, send for our offer.
Nigel Davidson
Freepost, Rogart,
Sutherland IV28 3BR
Tel. 01408-641747
Contributors and advertisers are advised that the
January 2010 edition of
MONTHLY will be published on December 20th.
Deadline for copy is
December 10th.
HOSPISCARE CHARITY (reg no. 297798)
This month’s sale of bargain packs of modern
cards include
Pack of 50 UK/IRELAND MAPS (all different) @ £5.00
Pack of 50 MALDIVES (mixed used/unused) @ £7.50
Pack of 50 DISNEY (faces and places, all different) @ £5.00
Pack of 50 (ART UNLIMITED) unused, all different, new from
Holland @ £5.00
Pack of 100 SHROPSHIRE @ £5.00
Pack of 100 FRITH old and new @ £5.00
Pack of 500 WILTSHIRE (heavy in tourist areas) @ £7.50
Pack of 500 NORFOLK (GOLDEN AGE SIZE) @ £20.00
Pack of 100 NEW ZEALAND (mixed used/unused) @ £5.00
Pack of 100 HORSES @ £7.50
Pack of 500 U.S.A. (golden age size) @ £10.00
Pack of 100 BOOMERANG (all different), (many out of print)
@ £1.00
Pack of 100 FOREIGN FREECARDS (all different) @ £1.00
UNWANTED/UNLOVED (1-1000) no charge except for
Invoices will be sent with orders and postage/packing
added. Order from Alan Nethercott at P.O.Box 268, EXETER
EX2 9ZS or telephone/telex 07800 841 816 or email [email protected] Single cards available on
approval. Please ask for details.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 55
K Books J
Wales in the Golden Age of Picture Postcards (David
Gwynn) sounds a pretty daunting challenge. How to
cover a large country in one 96-page volume and
under 200 postcards? Nevertheless, in this recentlypublished book from Amberley Publishing, David
has a good stab at putting across Welshness through
the medium of postcards, all in full colour or sepia.
His aim, he says in the introduction, is to “examine
the range of postcards that were sold in Wales in the
early years of the 20th century”.
In essence this
is a tourist’s
view of Wales,
which after all is
part of what picture postcards
been about. The
author begins
with pageants
and patriotism,
showing Welsh
George before Welshness: the lady and the bridge on
moving on to card ref. 31 published by ETW Dennis of
Welsh women Scarborough. The artist was Warren
in national cos- Williams
tume and a generous 19 pages of comic
Clubscene extra
postcards. Then we travel to
the various parts of Wales
and a succession of touristy NORTH-W
postcards. In truth, the enjoyed
selection is fairly pre- slideshow by Tony Farnham
dictable, with few examples on ‘The Romance of Lonof what postcard collectors don’s River’. He featured
call ‘gems’, but then these barges, people and places
are not the cards the gener- on the Thames starting
al public might empathise from Shoeburyness and
with or buy a book of. To ending at Sonning. Tony
the bookshop browser, a worked on the sailing
card of Llandudno’s Great barges when he was a
Orme and Happy Valley young man and so has firstwould strike a more familiar hand knowledge of life for
chord than a real photo- those working the barges.
graphic animated back
street of downtown Rhyl. KENT’s AGM was an upbeat
There are postcards of affair, with chairman Roger
South Wales industry, but Stone in optimistic mood,
that is part of outsiders’ and all officers returned for
perceptions of early 20th another year. Then guest
century Wales. Having said speaker Douglas Chapman
that, it would have been gave the club an insight into
nice to have found a bit lesser-known aspects of
more information about the Canterbury
card publishers or artists in
the captions (my pet gripe!). story of murdered ArchbishThomas
In all, a pleasant tour of op
Wales - but hang on - there remains.
are no cards of rugby or
singing? What’s going on? - z Tim Ward of Put The
Clock back postcard fame
launched his latest book at
Ross-on-Wye and
* ISBN 978 1 84868 303 7. 96pp. both
£12.99. Amberley Publishing, Presteigne last month. EntiCirencester Road, Stroud, Glos tled Roses around the door?
GL6 8PE.
the book looks at rural
images of Herefordshire
from 1830-1930. Naturally,
postcard images loom large
enormously enjoyed a talk
- of harvesting and hopfrom auctioneer David
picking, cidermaking and
Rogers-Jones. He focused
blackon social history and
smiths, beekeepers and
notable bills (like the 1946
basket-makers. Tim has
bill for a week’s treatment
done painstaking research
and maintenance at Banto unearth the stories
gor Hospital, £6-7s-3d) and
behind the pictures and also
confessed himself a ‘noscharts the history of the
tagia nutter’.
agricultural unions.
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
Military photographs and
how to date them (Neil
Storey) is published by
Countryside Books. So
many postcard collectors
look for military cards,
either as a regimental or
war interest, or as part of
family history research,
but find that many photos
of groups or individuals
unidentified. At last a book
has come along that could
save them time and trouble in unearthing the origins of some of those frustratingly anonymous postcards. The author, a Military and Social Historian
of 25 years’ experience,
offers advice on how to
identify military uniforms,
ranks, badges, insignia,
medals and equipment,
and because he specifically covers the period 18701940, the information is
particularly relevant to the
postcard scene. A wealth
of photos, many taken
from postcards, guides
the reader through the
complexities of soldierspotting, with big sections
on the Edwardian era and
the First World War. Many
are naturally from studio
or army camp photographers, and fortunately the
participants in these situations normally showed off
their uniforms proudly
and prominently, to make
identification easier. Neil
Storey’s detailed text
explains the nuances of
dress and insignia in this
very useful publication. B.L.
* ISBN 978 1 84674 152 4.
192pp softback, £12.99. Countryside
House, 2 Highfield Avenue,
Newbury, Berkshire RG14
Special reader offer:
Countryside Books, the publishers, are offering copies
DATE THEM to Picture Postcard Monthly readers at a
special price of £10.99 - £2
off the cover price of £12.99
- inclusive of postage and
If you would like a
copy, please print your
name, address and the title
of the book you want clearly on a sheet of paper and
send it with a cheque
(payable to Countryside
Books) to Picture Postcard
Monthly Offer, Countryside
Books, 2 Highfield Avenue,
Newbury, Berkshire RG14
5DS. Tel: Newbury (01635)
43816 - e-mail address:
[email protected]
Right: investigating the military with Neil Storey
Ron Linsdell, long-standing
Northamptonshire Postcard Club and a former
mayor of the town, has
died at the age of 80. He
was a councillor for 25
years. Ron worked for a
postcard printing and publishing firm in Northampton, and collected postcards of the town and
county, along with many
other interesting subjects.
John signs off
John Gent,
CROYDON Postcard Club
last month, told his audience that he had been giving talks on local history
and postcard-related subjects for over 50 years! This
was to be, however, his
showed over 200 social history postcards from his
10,000-strong local collection, including fires and fire
brigades, railways and railway
trams, motor and steam
vehicles, portraits, adverts,
comic cards, pubs, cafes,
hotels, military parades,
brass bands, sports groups
and suffragette meetings.
There were also several
cards of Croydon Lifeboat
Day Carnival in 1908 which
attracted thousands of
spectators and included
lifeboats from Eastbourne
and Southend. It was not
clear what would have happened in either of these two
towns had there been an
emergency at sea!
* A profile of John Gent’s
appeared in PPM in April
z Nottingham Postcard
Club member John Atherton won the Gerry Weston
Cup at the annual Military
Historical Society Exhibition
in Farnham with a display of
Royal Marine badges.
Picture Postcard
K Puzzles J
Another selection of puzzles for you to identify, all on
picture postcards sent in by readers. If you know the
location, tell us (write, fax, email or phone) and give
yourself the chance of a prize. First authentic identification of each puzzle wins you a choice of: pack of modern social history cards, a free classified ad in PPM
(max. 25 words), a Reflections pen, one of the Yesterday’s series of books based on old postcards, or a set of
Reflections Postcard Centenary cards (state which
you’d like when writing).
If you have a postcard (or cards) you’d like identified, send in, enclosing two first-class or three secondclass stamps per card submitted (for administration
costs). List any identifiable clues on a separate piece of
paper, and write your name in pencil on the back of the
postcard. Email scans/photocopies not accepted.
Address for all correspondence: PPM, 15 Debdale Lane,
Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5HT.
368/2 This postcard features a service by a war memorial
in a churchyard. Where? (Nigel Bown collection)
368/3 The banner on top of the high-flying decoration
appears to read ‘Mission Bridge...’ .The cobbled street is
on a steep hill, too (Colin McLean collection)
368/1 Does anyone recognise this street scene of terraced
houses, with a tram wending its way downhill? (Mark
Bown collection)
identified 367/1 as
a hotel just outside Conwy in
close to the Sychnant pass. The
Hotel (right) was
built in the 1930s and used as a school during World
war Two (Brian was there!). It is now a complex of
country residences. Chris Jackson was first to place
367/3 as Beoley, near Redditch, while Terry Blud located 367/4 as Hadley, Shropshire. The area is now part of
Telford New Town and the pub on the postcard demolnedy reckoned 367/7 was Bearished in 1961. Peter Kenn
wood, Birmingham, while 367/8 was recognised by
Nigel Bown as Birchington-o
Sea. The arch on 367/15
was erected in Sheffield for the Royal visit of 12 July
1905 (King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra), Mark Bailey told us. Finally, Gerald Lamont was quickest to spot
367/19 as Fakenham, looking down Bridge Street from
the Market Place. Still plenty to identify from last month
- have another look!
From October, Alf Carney placed 366/20 as the
Cerebos Salt Factory at Greatham, near Hartlepool - it
produced Cerebos and Saxo salt as well as Bisto gravy.
Contributors and advertisers are advised that the
January 2010 edition of PICTURE POSTCARD
MONTHLY will be published on December 20th.
Deadline for copy is December 10th.
368/4 (above) This
postcard of Jacques’
Family Hotel was published in Reed’s Pictorial series. Can someone give us the location? (Peter
368/5 (left) A Singer
sewing shop is on
the corner of this
distinctively-architectured street in
the 1930s, with the
shops of Leo and
A. Butler & Co. to
its left (Doug Forton collection)
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 57
368/6 Traction engine action on this card of Newbiggin
Rectory. Which of many Newbiggins is this? (Mick Liversedge collection)
368/7 Gloverson’s Ales were on offer at the “Park Hotel”.
Where? (Barrie Rollinson collection)
368/8 Can anyone identify this attractive village scene,
complete with pond? (John Chesworth collection)
368/9 There are lots of
Whitchurches, too, so we need to know which one
this is. The card was posted at Kilburn in June 1914 (D.
Sandland collection)
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009
368/10 Here’s an attractive rural panormaic topographical,
with clues in the church tower and the distinctive range of
hills in the background (Verna Palmer collection)
St. Lawrence Schools, Cowley
- clear enough, but many Cowleys exist. Which is this?
(Julian Dunn collection)
368/12 (above) The
Rev. S. Whitehead
was the minister at
this new Wesleyan
Chapel somewhere
(Tom Norgate collection)
368/13 (left) Worth
& Son
music shop and
cafe - and the
shop next door
sold postcards
and fancy goods
(Andrew Swift
Picture Postcard
K Puzzles J
368/14 The “Lion Hotel”
impressive war memorial. Where?(Len Whittaker collection)
Where was
shop at no.
Hurst collection)
Children in Need Postcards
All proceeds to BBC Children in Need appeal
1990 Pudsey Bear & Friends (Rosalind Wicks) out of stock
1992 Not all kids have a colourful life (Frank Burridge)40p
1993 Maybe Robin Hood can fix me up (John Green) 40p
1993 Poverty St (John Green)
1993 Teddy Bears & Money Boxes no. 2 (R. Wicks)
1996 ...and these little piggies (Michael O’Brien)
1996 Pudsey & Building Blocks (Boomerang)
1997 Girl & Pudsey Bear (Brian Partidge)
1998 Wishing you the best of health (Rosalind Wicks) o/s
1999 Join in the fun (BBC)
1999 To make a donation please call (BBC)
1999 Remember remember (BBC)
1999 Pudsey Bear and building blocks (BBC)
2000 Girl, Teddy Bear & Doll (Brian Partridge)
2000 Boy & Football (Thought Factory)
2001 Teddy Bears & Money Boxes no.
20 (R. Wicks)
2002 Art Class (Rupert Besley)
50p (signed copies £1.50)
2003 Offence to impersonate (Terry
2004 Posting my donation (Rosalind
2006 Children in New Brighton (Martin
Parr) (2) 50p each
2007 Whose bright idea?(Terry Irvine)
2009 Pudsey in Wonderland (Brian
(signed copies £1.50)
Order from: Reflections of a Bygone
Age, 15 Debdale Lane,
Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5HT
Please make cheques payable to:
Reflections ‘Children in Need’
Does this street scene ring a
bell with anyone?(Gerald Wright collection)
368/17 Peace celebrations at Milton in July 1919 outside
the “.... Arms” pub which sold Young’s Noted Ales (Brian
Clutterbuck collection)
Picture Postcard Monthly December 2009 59
National Motorcycle Museum Solihull B92 0EJ
Sunday 6th December
Hello Playmates, Here We Are Again......
10am the curtain rises - your cast list is as follows
Peter’s Postcards
Simon Smith
Rosalie Postcards
Mike Tarrant
Picture Postcard Co.
Barry Davis
John Ashford
R.F. Postcards
Terry Powell
Maxam Cards
David Benson
David Calvert
Rob Roy
Geoff McMillan*
Vicki Greenwood
Jack Stasiak
Geoff Ellis
Tracy Powell
Mike Huddy (moderns)
Simon Rapstoff
Peter Lincoln
Elm Postcards
Ron Holmes
Ray Jones
Andrew George
Mike Cant
Neil Parkhouse
Andrew Swift
David Seddon
Richard Flavell
Ian & Lynne Hurst
Derek & Jean Garrod
John Ryan
David Lapworth
Jim Jackson (postcards &
David Walker
Mary Wheeler
Reflections of a
Bygone Age
Mike Pearl
Derek Garvey
John Priestley (autographs)
Mike Heard*
Julian Dunn
Ted Gerry
Christine Booth
Derek Warry
cigarette cards)
Blue Bridge Postcards
Mike Cremin
Paul Willmott
Peter Robards
Gordon Collier
Mark Bown
Andrew Reid
Greg Pos
Pat Morriss
Final curtain 5pm
Full catering, large car park
Admission £1.50
Peter & Simon
forward to
seeing you all
A.M.P. Fairs
Andrew Dally
Ephemera Warehouse
Bill Kirkland
Phil Vass
Keith Irwin
Chris Vaughan-Jones
Chris Bates
Ann Gray
Mike & Sharon Bennett
Mike Clark
G & C Cards
George Nairn
* Cigarette cards
Next year’s dates at this venue:
Sunday 11th July
Sunday 5th December
01283-820151 mobile 07966-565151