The meeting at Charvil Village Hall on April 10th saw the return of member Michael Tubb, who gave the second power point presentation on one of his favourite collecting and research topics “Singer Sewing Machines”. Michael's talk was a continuation of his talk in 2013. He explained and showed the audience the special passenger railway station called “Singer” built on the site of the Singer factory, which was used to transport the workers to and from Glasgow. The factory produced 900,000 Singer sewing machines yearly, mainly for export to the Empire and Europe. Since his talk of a year ago Michael has added to his collection, and is trying to list and catalogue the many trade cards issued by Singer and has found many previously unknown cards of Birds, places and shipping, and believes that there are many more still undiscovered. He then showed us many items of Singer ephemera, a mere fragment of his collection. The evening concluded with the traditional one card competition and raffle.
The ever popular Club Quarterly Auction took place at The Jubilee Hall, Charvil, on April 24th with 120 lots, many were cigarette cards offered for auction by two members of the public, one album contained a quantity of “Taddy” footballers and South African cricketers, which sold at their reserve prices, unfortunately bidding for the cigarette cards was depressed because some of the keenest members were absent, as they were at the Cartophilic Convention and AGM at Southport, but successful bidders and vendors were delighted with the outcome.
The next Quarterly Auction is on August 14th, so if any member of the public would like to sell cigarette cards or pre-1950 postcards in future auctions please contact 0118-9695155 for details.
The next meeting is on May 8th at Charvil Village Hall at 8.00pm, when club member Roy Sheppard will give a presentation based on vintage period postcards of “Local (Reading) Hospitals in WW1”.
On May 29th at The Jubilee Hall, Charvil at 8.00pm, members are invited to bring along and briefly talk about cards or other collecting items of interest, this is always a popular and entertaining evening.
Ref. Disc 15, CLPUBAPRIL 2014