The home of the Cartophilic Society of Great Britain

Nottingham & East Midlands Branch

Nottingham & East Midlands  Branch

Secretary: Alan Wain

Greetings to all card collectors!

May we start by saying we offer a warm welcome to all prospective visitors, wherever you come in from. In fact our club has “local” members from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland!

And we are currently looking for new members.

Our meetings are held bi-monthly on Thursdays. They start at 7.30pm and close at 9pm, though some of our members like to get there earlier. And why not? After all we have a guest dealer at every meeting, and we encourage members to come along and exchange their swaps.

So if you are a local collector, just nip along and meet us at The West Bridgford Conservative Club, 28 Rectory Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6BG.

Our 2020 dates are:

 Date                    Dealer
Jan 23rd            Paul Lynch
Mar 19th            Derek Golson
May 28th           John Taylor
Jul 23rd                our AGM
Sep 24th           John Shaw
Nov 26th            Derek Golson


Last year was a momentous one for us as we co-hosted the Cartophilic Society Annual Convention, for the third time. The first time was in 1998, which was The Society`s 60th Anniversary – and the previous in 2006, which is described and photographed at:


We are delighted to have a NOTTINGHAM branch, because the area has so many card connections …

It’s the home of John Player, whose first advertising cards were issued in the 1890s. These were closely followed by a set of 20 “Castles and Abbeys” in 1895castles abbeysplayer back, which were issued as either bordered or unbordered cards. Yes card collecting complexities were there right from the start!  The card we illustrate is Fountains Abbey, in the unbordered version, and we also show its back, mainly so you can see the design of Nottingham Castle that was used on early cards and packets.
John Player issued cigarette cards right through the inter-war years, including  many sets of adhesive (or sticky) back sets which had special albums, but they stopped issuing cards just after the start of the Second World War. 

This was not the end though, we wonder if any of you may remember finding cards in with their “Doncella”, “Grandee” and “Tom Thumb” brands in the 1970s and 80s? These cards are excellently produced.

If you are on flickr, check out

You might also be interested in this website – both to read, and to get involved with!

Nottingham is also the site of the oldest Inn in England, “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem”, dating back to 1189, still in business, and coincidentally shown on a John Player card. Anyone have one to scan for us?

 Plus its the home of Nottingham Forest Football Club, as shown on our header card. Does anyone know who issued this? 

And its also where HP Sauce was invented. Who remembers “Wilson`s Gravy” now eh? If YOU dont, check out

Finally, we must not leave this area without a nod to one of the area’s most renowned residents, Robin Hood – there are many cards and sets showing him, but some of us will always imagine that he strode through Sherwood Forest looking just as portrayed by Errol Flynn on this super Mitchell Stars of Screen and History card (number 11). 

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