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London Branch

London Branch


Oliver Sanders

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Our featured card is :

John Player’s “Clocks – Old  & New”, card number 19

And just like “The Westminster Clock” shown on that card, (also known as Big Ben), London Branch has a long and striking history! 

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?

Well these days we have found ourselves settled into a very comfortable, Victorian-themed snug, complete with Chesterfield sofas.

 “The Carpenters Arms” is No.12, Seymour Place, Marble Arch, Central London W1E 7NE ~ it’s 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 also take place every month, starting at 5 pm. There is 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 have been brought along on the day by our members; this sale generally has approximately 100 lots, and the cards are at prices to attract all purses. As our Branch Secretary says …you`ll struggle to find better priced cards anywhere, let alone in The Capital City…

So if you work in London, are visiting the city on a day trip, or have come over here on your holidays, why not come in and have a look around.

A friendly welcome is in store for all collectors, whether you are a Society Member or not.


londonYou might like to know that we are one of the Branches which share the honour of actually having 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.

And those other card issuing Branches were:
Midland Branch
(“Branch Personalities” )

(“Silhouettes of Veteran and Vintage Cars”)

and the now closed Timperley Club
( “Timperley Types”)

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