The Club is delighted to announce the start-up of live meetings again, the programme is as follows :
Thursday 9th, Already held, 24 members attended and discussed and elaborated on their old & new acquisitions discovered during lockdown.
Thursday 14th, Quarterly Auction for members. Items always welcome from members of the public prior to the night of the auction.
Thursday 11th, "Evolution of Village Schools' by member & former teacher, Liz Tebbutt.
Thursday 9th, AGM & Christmas Party for members only.
Some Fair dealers have turned to E-bay to sell their cards, so if you have a computer and can access E-bay there is an opportunity to try your luck, there are some nice cards listed there, it can be very exciting to bid, watch and hopefully win. Alternatively, there are on-line specialist collector’s auctions where one can watch and bid on-line, such as locally based Loddon Auctions who are holding a bumper 3 day auction with 1500 lots of Cigarette & Trade cards, Postcards, Sport items, ephemera, militaria, stamps, beer labels etc. on October 13-15th. To view the catalogue see, watch the auction live, or bid, you must first register on www.the-saleroom.com
Our June 2020 Annual Fair at Rivermead, Reading, had to be cancelled due to Government restrictions. All booking monies received from dealers were returned, leaflets and some magazine advertisements were printed and taken out before the cancellation was known, extensive postage costs, so expenditure was incurred that the Club has had to absorb.
Some large Card Fairs for 2021 have been hopefully booked at Woking, Shepton Mallett and York. Fairs have to be organised, booked and planned well in advance sometimes a year or more. Regarding any 2021 Reading Fair we will take a decision in early 2021, subject to any Government and letting Hall conditions and restrictions, and the views of the committee, our members, and sufficient volunteers.
The “Picture Postcard Monthly” magazine ceased publication suddenly with the May 2020 issue, due to the lack of advertisement income owing to the cancellation of major fairs. This was a huge loss to the hobby after many years as the ‘must read’ magazine keeping one up to date with the hobby and firing up our interests. Our thanks go to Brian and Mary Lund, who were the original founder publishers and editors of the magazine (their brainchild) for so many years, and on their retirement has been admirably produced and published by Mark and Sally Wingham for the last five years.
Fortunately, after a few months, a new magazine, has risen from the ashes, “Picture Postcard Collecting” which is published by Michael Goldsmith. Michael is the recently retired postcard fair dealer and major Fair Organiser. Michael has now become the owner, publisher and editor of this new magazine which will appear 10 times per year. The first edition was published for October 2020 and is excellent, targeting the hobby and the collectors in a similar style to the hobby’s original magazine which for decades was the ‘must read’ for postcard collectors. See the other pages of this news sheet for scans of the front cover and contents page.
Well done, Michael, on this first issue, very good and enjoyable, it helped to revive my flagging postcard collecting spirits during this lockdown period, I have been missing the Card Fairs, large and small, as well as antique fairs throughout 2020, and now the hobby has it’s own magazine again!!
To contact Michael, phone: 020 8892 5712.
Cards to Sell/Donate
If any members of the public have any postcards or cigarette cards to sell or donate to the Club’s Quarterly Auctions when they resume, then please contact Roy Sheppard, 0118 – 9695155.
Ring B. Clark (Secretary) on 0118 948 1350 for further details about the Club.
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