Northampton12th September 2017 by Michele Auborn
Secretary: Glyn Roberts
Welcome to Northampton, and to our Branch, which meets at Weston Favell Parish Hall, Booth Lane South, Northampton, NN3 3EP.
Our meetings start at 6pm and usually end at 9pm. Our 2019 dates are
MARCH 4 – APRIL 1 – MAY 13 – JUNE 3 – JULY 1 – AUGUST 5 – SEPTEMBER 2 – OCTOBER 7 – NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 2
We offer a warm welcome whether you are a long standing collector intrigued to find out more about us, or someone who has never before seen a cigarette card and would like to know more. If you are a new attendee we ask that you please make yourself known at the entrance so we can introduce you to our regulars.
Our featured card is by local manufacturer J. Lees, it dates from 1912, was issued in their hand-filled cigarettes, and the cards all show footballers from the Northampton Town Football Club. This was a series of 21 cards, but for some reason each of the card numbers are prefixed by the number 3, which makes it look as if there were over 300 cards in the set. A list of all the cards may be found at https://cartophilic-info-exch.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/j-lees-son-northampton-town-football.html
Do note card 301 actually shows W.D. Tull. And to read more about him, as a footballer and war hero, click https://claptonfootballclub.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/walter-tull/comment-page-1/
We also love the back images of these cards, with their patriotic exhortations – “Smoke Northampton Made Cigarettes” – and “Support Local Industry”, so the back is also reproduced on this page; in fact, we were the first Society Branch to show the back of a cigarette card on our webpage..
By the way… it was very exciting to see our featured card reproduced on the back cover of a recent edition of “Card World” Magazine as part of the selection from Postal Auction 558. Did you all spot it? The first thing we noticed was that our card has more equality to the borders, whilst the card on the magazine favours the left side. Does this mean they were hand-cut as well as hand-filled? Actually there were two cards on offer in the auction. We wonder if a local collector bought one, or both? If it was you, do get in touch
A warning….. if you come across a card, or cards, from this set being sold cheaply do check it carefully, because this sought-after set has been reproduced as “The Nostalgia Classic Limited Edition Collection”. The makers have clearly marked their cards as being reprints on the bottom under the framelines, but this can be removed by cutting it very close to the picture.
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