Leicester Branch12th January 2015 by Sam Whiting
Secretary: John Shaw
We meet on the second Monday of every month at The Fairfield Inn, Gloucester Crescent, South Wigston, Leicester LE18 4YE.. This is an excellent “local” with parking, including disabled parking and wheelchair access. It also has an ATM (very important on fair days!)
We were founded by Max Handsley,
We have selected two Leicester card issuers for you.
Firstly, J. Goddard & Sons, Station Street, Leicester, Silver and Silver-Plate cleaning powder manufacturers; though you will find them downgraded in most dealer catalogues as simply making “metal polish”. These issued several very attractive large size sets of cards, unsurprisingly mostly dealing with antique silver and silver-plated wares.
“Old Silver” (a set of 12 cards with attractive red backgrounds, issued 1924) –
“Use and Cleaning of Silverware” (first series issued 1926, if 2 cards can be called a series – plus a second series of 6 cards issued 1937) –
“Cleaning a Silver Teapot” 1928, 4 very unusual cards in black and white showing a maid cleaning a teapot then looking at it finished –
“Silverware with Flowers” first set of 4 cards issued in 1930, second set of 8 cards issued in 1933 –
“Old Silver at the Victoria and Albert Museum” 1933, a set of 9 cards –
and – “Present Day Silverware”, 1937, a set of 12.
Apart from these, they also issued “Four Generations” in 1925, a set of 3 attractive cards with human figures in costume; and four sets of views each of 12 cards, namely “London Views”, 1925, buildings vignetted on to white backgrounds – “Ports of the World”, 1928, attractive coloured cards as shown – “Views of Old Leicester”, again 1928 – and – “Views of Leicester”, 1934.
Another, more recent local issuer is Walkers Crisps. The company actually started in the 1880s as butchers, and first made crisps in 1948. Their first set of 52 Tazos appeared in crisp packets during 1996, characters from Warner Brothers “Looney Tunes” cartoons. This was a huge hit with their target audience, and was almost immediately followed by a set of 20 World Tazos, which can be mistaken as part of the first set as the same characters appear, but this time they are dressed as World historical figures. A set of 30 Monster Munch Tazos were also issued that same year. Star Wars Tazos appeared in 1997 ( Trilogy) and 1999 (Phantom Menace); when their packaging went inter-galactic, check out the one we show with C-3PO! There are so many variants on the Star Wars packaging that it takes experts to sort them out, we advise you go and visit the guys who run http://www.milkcapmania.co.uk/ – an amazing site which deals with all manner of pogs, tazos, and other milk-cap-iana and its just packed with facts! Walkers also issued scratch off Star Wars game cards, in 1999 with a bottom border giving the character’s name, the words “cant resist”, and what they cant resist! And you’ll find a listing of those on the same website!
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!
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
The Handbook is divided into two parts and provides comprehensive listings and illustrations of known ‘Felt’ and ‘Leather’ Designs issued by Tobacco and Trading Companies in North America, Canada & Great Britain between 1910 and 1915.
Oh to be in England now that summer’s there! Writing this in mid-June, it is not very warm and the rain is affecting the cricket World Cup with 3 games abandoned so far. I shouldn’t grumble, it has given me the chance to get the auction listing