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London Branch

John Player "Clocks - Old & New" - card number 19

John Player “Clocks – Old & New” – card number 19


Secretary: Oliver Sanders
Tel: 01372 273319

Some may remember when we used to meet in the splendour of Caxton Hall, or the cosiness of the Victory Services Club? Well now we have found ourselves settled in a very comfortable, Victorian-themed snug, complete with Chesterfield sofas, called “The Carpenters Arms“; its situated at No.12, Seymour Place, Marble Arch, Central London W1E 7NE, just a short 5 minute walk from the Marble Arch Underground Station (that’s on the Central Line, and falls in Travelcard Zone 1). This hostelry was established in 1776 and rebuilt in 1872, and is now coincidentally the HQ of another London Branch, that of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. In fact, we must let you know they feature six guest ales every month!

Our branch meetings take place once a month, and start at 5 pm. There is usually at least one dealer in attendance with a goodly stock of cards, and an excellent auction starting at 6.30 which usually has approximately 100 lots, at prices to attract all purses. This month, however, is our


This starts at 5 and runs through till 8pm. Its a real feast of fun and frivolity, and its definitely not to be missed. A friendly welcome is in store for all card collectors, and food is also available. So if you work in London, are visiting on a day trip, or are over here on your holidays, why not come along and have a look around! 

londonYou might like to know that we are one of the Branches which share the honour of actually having issued our own cards. Our two sets were both standard sized, entitled “London Branch Personalities”, being a 1st and 2nd series. These were black and white images, as shown here, of branch officials and prominent collectors who attended our meetings, with brief biographies and a hint of their collecting specialties on the backs. The 1st series was issued in 1980, and card 1 commemorated Fred Piper, who had died that year; the 2nd series was issued in 1995 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Cartophilic Society.

If you wish to reminisce about the old days, we thoroughly recommend these links which give you a list of all the subjects in number order

These sets do appear quite regularly on internet auctions, so look out for them. And if any of our readers have any inside information about their production, or any anecdotes (suitable for printing), please do get in touch.

And those other card issuing Branches were:
Midland Branch (“Branch Personalities” and “Silhouettes of Veteran and Vintage Cars”)
and the now closed Timperley Club ( “Timperley Types”).


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