London Branch12th September 2017 by webspinner
Our London Branch is in the heart of the Capital, which will almost certainly be the area of the United Kingdom which is most affected by the current situation.
Our featured card shows a landmark which has stood strong, proved the test of time, and whose bells have rung out for two victory celebrations as well as countless events of national importance. “The Westminster Clock” (also known as Big Ben), appears here in all its glory on card number 19 of John Player’s “Clocks – Old & New”
May this image give you strength beneath dark clouds
Do any of you reading this perhaps remember when we used to meet in the splendour of Caxton Hall? Or perhaps the Victory Services Club, with its grand military connections? More recently we have found ourselves settled into a very comfortable, Victorian-themed snug, complete with Chesterfield sofas.
“The Carpenters Arms”
12, Seymour Place, W1E 7NE
is a five minute walk from Marble Arch Underground Station (that’s on the Central Line, Travelcard Zone 1)
The hostelry itself was established in 1776, rebuilt in 1872, and is now coincidentally the HQ of another “London Branch”, that of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. In fact, we perhaps ought to let you know they feature six different guest ales every month!
Our own branch meetings formerly took place every month, starting at 5 pm. There was usually at least one dealer in attendance with a good stock of cards, and an excellent auction starting at 6.15, including the added attraction of lots which had been brought along on the day by our members; this sale generally had approximately 100 lots, and the cards were at prices to attract all purses. As our Branch Secretary used to say “…you`ll struggle to find better priced cards anywhere, let alone in The Capital City…“
So when peace returns, and you can again travel to London why not come and have a look around? A friendly welcome is in store for all collectors, whether you are a Society Member or not.
You might like to know that we issued our own cards. Our two sets were both standard sized, entitled “London Branch Personalities”, and there was a first and second series. The cards themselves were black and white images, as shown here, of officials and prominent collectors who attended our meetings, with brief biographies and a hint of their collecting specialties on the backs. The 1st series was issued in 1980, and card 1 commemorated Fred Piper, who had died that year; the 2nd series was issued in 1995 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Cartophilic Society.
If you wish to reminisce, we thoroughly recommend these links which give you a list of all the subjects in number order
The sets do appear quite regularly on internet auctions, so look out for them. And if any of our readers have any inside information about their production, or any anecdotes (suitable for printing), please do get in touch.
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