Northampton12th Sep 2017 by Michele Auborn
Secretary: Glyn Roberts
Welcome to Northampton, and to our Branch, which meets at Weston Favell Parish Hall, Booth Lane South, Northampton, NN3 3EP.
Our meetings start at 6pm and usually end at 9pm. Our 2019 dates are
MARCH 4 – APRIL 1 – MAY 13 – JUNE 3 – JULY 1 – AUGUST 5 – SEPTEMBER 2 – OCTOBER 7 – NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 2
We offer a warm welcome whether you are a long standing collector intrigued to find out more about us, or someone who has never before seen a cigarette card and would like to know more. If you are a new attendee we ask that you please make yourself known at the entrance so we can introduce you to our regulars.
Our featured card is by local manufacturer J. Lees, it dates from 1912, was issued in their hand-filled cigarettes, and the cards all show footballers from the Northampton Town Football Club. This was a series of 21 cards, but for some reason each of the card numbers are prefixed by the number 3, which makes it look as if there were over 300 cards in the set. A list of all the cards may be found at https://cartophilic-info-exch.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/j-lees-son-northampton-town-football.html
Do note card 301 actually shows W.D. Tull. And to read more about him, as a footballer and war hero, click https://claptonfootballclub.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/walter-tull/comment-page-1/
We also love the back images of these cards, with their patriotic exhortations – “Smoke Northampton Made Cigarettes” – and “Support Local Industry”, so the back is also reproduced on this page; in fact, we were the first Society Branch to show the back of a cigarette card on our webpage..
By the way… it was very exciting to see our featured card reproduced on the back cover of a recent edition of “Card World” Magazine as part of the selection from Postal Auction 558. Did you all spot it? The first thing we noticed was that our card has more equality to the borders, whilst the card on the magazine favours the left side. Does this mean they were hand-cut as well as hand-filled? Actually there were two cards on offer in the auction. We wonder if a local collector bought one, or both? If it was you, do get in touch
A warning….. if you come across a card, or cards, from this set being sold cheaply do check it carefully, because this sought-after set has been reproduced as “The Nostalgia Classic Limited Edition Collection”. The makers have clearly marked their cards as being reprints on the bottom under the framelines, but this can be removed by cutting it very close to the picture.
Firstly, can I say that I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It is odd writing this in the past tense, but because of publishing deadlines I am doing this the week before Christmas! I would like to thank all the members who ha
Table booking forms have been pouring in at the time of writing this post-Christmas update. Forty-four tables have already been booked with wall tables doing particularly well, so don’t leave it too late to complete your table booking form. Additi
In this Auction, 'the collection' again features items at Lots 6 - 71, including 4 with high catalogue values. One set, scarce as set, is catalogued at £1900, but is not that popular. What reserve can I give, when the cards are in VG condition.