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Nottingham Branch

nottinghamSecretary: Alan Wain

We meet bi-monthly on Thursdays.

 Our Branch Meetings take place from 7.30 to 8.30 pm at West Bridgford Conservative Club, 28 Rectory Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6BG  

Our area includes Derbyshire, Leicestershire, parts of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. All card collectors from this area are welcome to our meetings.

We have hosted the Cartophilic Society Annual Convention twice; in 1998, which was The Society`s 60th Anniversary – and 2006, which is described / photographed at:


NOTTINGHAM has many card connections.

It’s the home of John Player, whose  first advertising cards were issued in the 1890s, closely followed by a set of 20 “Castles and Abbeys” in 1895castles abbeysplayer back, which were issued as either bordered or unbordered cards. Yes those card collecting complexities were about right from the start!  This card is Fountains Abbey, the unbordered version, and on the left is its back so you can see the design of Nottingham Castle that they used on their early cards and their packets.
John Player issued cigarette cards right through World War One and the inter-war years, plus many sets of adhesive (or sticky) back sets and their special albums, but stopped issuing cards just after the start of the Second World War. However their “Doncella”, “Grandee” and “Tom Thumb” brands briefly issued cards again in the 1970s and 80s.

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You might also be interested in this website – both to read, and to get involved with!

Nottingham is also the site of the oldest Inn in England, “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem”, dating back to 1189, still in business, and coincidentally shown on a John Player card. Anyone have one to scan for us? Plus its the home of Nottingham Forest Football Club, as shown on our header card. Does anyone know who issued this? And its also where HP Sauce was invented. Who remembers “Wilson`s Gravy” now eh? If YOU dont, check out

But we must not leave this area without a nod to Robin Hood – as portrayed by Errol Flynn on this super Mitchell Stars of Screen and History card (number 11), as well as countless other incarnations, even a whole set issued by Typhoo Tea. 

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