Nottingham & East Midlands Branch14th September 2017 by Michele Auborn
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:
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 1895, 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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/50284741@N02.
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).
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!
Where does the time go! I am writing this in the week before Christmas, and another year has flown by. By the time you get this we will be in to 2020, so I hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
All card and ephemera collectors make a note in your diary now because our next card convention will take place on SATURDAY 25th and SUNDAY 26th APRIL 2020 at FIVE RIVERS LEISURE CENTRE, HULSE ROAD, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE SP1 3NR ❄️❄️
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