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Lincolnshire Branch

lincolnshireBranch Secretary:
David Scuffham


We have been a branch for over twenty years and have more than eighty members 


After many years of memorable meetings, card chats, and super swapping at Merrimans Restaurant we have relocated !

Our meeting on October 6th was the first to take place at our brand new home, The Rugby Club. This is actually part of The Princess Royal Sports Arena, Great Fen Road, Boston PE21 7PB. And if that address sounds familiar, that’s because its only just past our former home – in fact its the next building on the left! Nothing else is changing, our meetings are still going to start at 10 am, they will still regularly feature at least one visiting dealer, with a range of cards, binders and pages, and we will also continue our very popular auctions. 

So re-programme your sat-nav, update your wants lists, and come along to share our new adventure!


Our featured card is from the John Player`s 1914 issued Un-numbered series, “Counties and their Industries”, showing a typical rural scene of the time with inset map. It’s a most attractive set! 

Beaulah Advert Card

Beaulah Advert Card

For our featured local manufacturer, we are spotlighting the trade cards of J & J Beaulah, of Boston Lincolnshire. During World War Two their factory had joined many others in forsaking their own brands for feeding the nation, and producing `wartime standard` tinned goods including “Blitz Soup”. After the war, and after rationing had finally come to an end, they returned once more to producing their own range of tinned fruit and vegetables, and started issuing cards. They did this in what may seem a rather odd way, as you swapped the labels from the cans for the cards – if you find an original one of their special slot in albums album, look to the back where it says “These can cards are issued in various sets of general interest. Sets may be obtained by collecting labels from Beaulah’s Canned Fruits, Vegetables, etc. See full instructions on can labels.” This explains why the covers of those albums display the large front wording of “CAN CARDS”.

Look out for their very attractive standard sized single issue advertising card, as shown, which shows the Boston Stump, a local landmark, and their Seal of Quality trade mark; this card is often called “Boston Stump” or “Boston Stump Card” in dealers catalogues. You may not know that the words BOSTON STUMP printed within the seal on the card can be found in either blue or in black. It does not alter the value, but its another extra type card for the collector to find.

They also issued three sets of proper trade cards – a set of 25 cards of “Coronation Series” in 1953, and two sets each of 24 cards, “Modern British Aircraft” also issued in 1953, and “Marvels of the World” issued in 1924.

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