Yorkshire12th Sep 2017 by Michele Auborn
Welcome to Yorkshire Branch
Branch Secretary :
Our Branch Meetings take place on the first Sunday of every month, starting at 1pm, at Windhill Conservative Club, 39 Carr Lane, Shipley BD18 2NQ. They usually last for a couple of hours and end about 3pm. There is always a good selection of cards, and our regulars are all very welcoming and knowledgeable. So why not pop along?
In addition we are one of the clubs which co-host the Great Northern Rally, later in the year. This is the perfect opportunity to meet all the various personalities, your future club-mates, and find the Branch you would most like to join! Last year this event ran from 10am till 4pm, not at our usual venue, but instead at the Haughton Working Mens Club, Haughton Le Skerne, Darlington, DL1 2DD. General admission was £2, but Cartophilic Society members could come in for free! Inside the hall the collector was well amused by several dealers ready and waiting to complete wants lists amd have a chat about why that number so so scarce! We also offered free advice and valuations for the collectors of the future, those who have just discovered cards, or found some in their attic, and would like to know more about them and the hobby in general. If you want to be notified of when this year’s event is taking place, or need any additional details about card collecting in this area, please phone the Yorkshire Branch Secretary on the telephone number above
Read All About It….✒️
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/your-leeds/nostalgia/leeds-cigarette-card-club-is-playing-to-its-strengths-1-6901407 is slightly outdated, and refers to the time when we used to meet at Calverley Methodist Church in Leeds, but it is still a good read!
Our featured card is one from a set of 7 “Dogs – The Yorkshire Terrier” issued by Perikim in 2005, these lovely little dogs were originally bred in the 19th century to catch rats, which were becoming a great problem in the clothing factories of the area.
Several Yorkshire manufacturers issued cards; here are just a few to whet your appetite in fond remembrance
BASSETT SWEETS – George Bassett & Co Ltd was founded in Sheffield, some time between 1840 and 1855. Later they would be responsible for “Peace Babies” – at least that was how they were first advertised by Bassett in 1918 – but you may know them better as jelly babies, or even as their original, far earlier Lancashire name of “Unclaimed Babies”). Bertie Bassett features on all kinds of advertising collectables, but the company also issued several sets of cards, their first being 25 “Nursery Rhymes” (1966) The following year saw 25 “Popular Dogs”, and in 1968 the very attractive “Motor Cars – Vintage and Modern”. No more cards until “Victoria Cross Heroes in Action” appeared in 1970, and four years later the TV tie in “U.F.O”, which we show a sample of. That same year they issued several sets but there is frequently confusion with Bassett and Barratt cards, which is all because Bassetts took over their London rival in 1969 but let them carry on issuing cards in their own name. Bassett cards after this period were titled as from the “Barratt Division”. Twenty sets with this inscription were issued between 1974 and 1980, mostly based on TV series and cartoons, but also a run of 17 sets of “Football” cards which continued into the 80s. From 1980 to 1991 they issued 29 sets, the last being “Football 1990-91”. Their next issue was again just Bassett, a set of 25 “Looney Tunes Cartoons” issued in 1999, and followed two years later by “Adventure Game Cards”. More recently, in 2003, they issued a set of 32 Lord Of The Rings mini-cards
ROWNTREES CONFECTIONERY –was founded in 1862, in York, and among its early apprentices were Joseph Fry and George Cadbury! Rowntrees first issued cards in 1905, a set of 25 “Celebrities”, with their “Elect Cocoa”. They did not issue again until 1924; a single card, postcard size, for the Wembley Exhibition, issued as a giveaway, plus a set of “York Views” which I have always suspected to have also been issued for the same Exhibition. It seems even more likely because their next issue was not until 1932, the charming “Treasure Trove Pictures”, a large set of 120 cards. In 1934, another curious one, “The Old and The New”. Then another large gap, possibly due to wartime sweet rationing which some readers might be surprised to learn did not actually end until February 1953 – and it was not until 1955 that the packet issue of 12 miniature “British Birds” fluttered off the shelves, but do not be put off by the term “packet issue” as these cards are on far whiter board than usual. The very attractive large sized “Circus Cut-Outs” came along in 1960, then a breather before a flurry of six sets appeared in the short period from 1976-78.
TETLEY TEA – founded in 1837, but the Tetley brothers Joseph and Edward had been trading in salt since 1822 at Huddersfield. They moved to London in 1856 and would eventually be the first company to sell tea bags. They are mainly known for plastic models of their tea folk and related collectables, but they did issue cards, this set of 48 “British Birds” in 1970; they also issued a wall chart to stick the cards on – in exchange for two packet tops and a 10p postal order
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