Leicester Branch12th January 2015 by Sam Whiting
Secretary: John Shaw
Welcome to Leicestershire
Pre-restriction due to the current state of events, our meetings took place on the second Monday of every month, they started at 7.30pm and ended about 9.30pm.
Our venue was : The Fairfield Inn, Gloucester Crescent, South Wigston, Leicester LE18 4BY
This was an excellent “local” with parking,
including disabled parking, and there is wheelchair access. And it also had an ATM, which is very important!
Though we do not have a large membership and only cover a relatively small area of the country, there was always plenty of buying, trading, and selling going on at our meetings and always something worth looking at
A little club history: we were founded by Max Handsley,
We have selected two Leicester card issuers for you.
Firstly, J. Goddard & Sons, of Station Street, Leicester. This issuer were Silver and Silver-Plate cleaning powder manufacturers; though you will find them downgraded in most dealer catalogues as to simply making “metal polish”. They 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 rather saucy maid cleaning a teapot, then sitting on a table 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.
They also issued : “Four Generations”, in 1925, a set of three attractive cards with human figures in costume – four sets of “views”, each set of 12 cards, these being “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, they were characters from Warner Brothers “Looney Tunes” cartoons. This was a huge hit with their target audience, and 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 the second set had them dressed as World historical figures. An easy way to tell them apart. A set of 30 Monster Munch Tazos were also issued that same year. Star Wars Tazos appeared in 1997 to mark the Trilogy, and again in 1999 with the release of The Phantom Menace); their packaging also went inter-galactic, check out the one we show with C-3PO! There are so many variants on the Star Wars packaging that it truly takes experts to sort them out, so we advise you go 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 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! Interesting cards, and you’ll find a listing of those on the same website!
Our featured card is number 22 of Ogdens “A.F.C. Nicknames”
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