A surprise purchase in Hong Kong – Brian Joyce18th December 2018 by Sam Whiting
As some of you might know, I have been absent from the UK branch circuit for the last 24 years whilst working as a contract finance manager for a construction company in the middle and far east until 2017 when I finally retired. Although I was unable to attend any SCSGB branch meetings, I was still able to pick up a quantity of Chinese cigarettes cards and advertisement posters when I was working on the construction of Hong Kong Airport in the mid 1990’s. After searching the backstreets of Hong Kong I managed to find a collectors paradise in a four storey building in Portland Street in Kowloon’s Mon Kok district. This building primarily sold stamps, coins, banknotes, phone cards and in one particular shop – cigarette cards. My Mr. Wong had an ingenious way of picking up hard to find cards, he employed a man on a motor bike to visit out of the way villages in Northern China to by anything collectable. He would then meet up with Mr. Wong every six months and sell what he had collected. I kept a record of what I bought and recently came across a record of what I bought in January 1995. Included in a bulk purchase of 1,200 cards which were found in the Tientsin district of China were type cards from Egyptian Cigarette Manufacturers (Russo Japanese War), Osaka (Birds & Animals) and Kimura (Warships). The most surprising thing of all was a very grubby Taddy Clowns and Circuses card (see the attached scan). I cannot for the life of me imagine how a card from an unissued set, from a company which closed down nearly a hundred years ago, could turn up in a village in Northern China. I attach a scan of the card in question – it is a pity it is in such poor condition but what can you expect for a purchase costing five Hong Kong Dollars (about 45 UK Pence!!).
A dilemma. Imagine you are, or know a card collector who lives outside the UK, who would be really interested to join us, were it not for the high cost of the overseas subscription? If only there was a way to reduce this cost. And now there is!
Where does the time go! I am writing this in the week before Christmas, and another year has flown by. By the time you get this we will be in to 2020, so I hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
All card and ephemera collectors make a note in your diary now because our next card convention will take place on SATURDAY 25th and SUNDAY 26th APRIL 2020 at FIVE RIVERS LEISURE CENTRE, HULSE ROAD, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE SP1 3NR ❄️❄️
Anyone want to buy a large cricket collection. Only joking! That is what I wrote on the Saturday afternoon of the 3rd Ashes Test. As you will know, England managed a magnificent 67 all out in their 1st innings, with only Root and Bairstow out to goo