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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 more collectors than you may think, as our club is quite uniquely situated and has “local” members from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland!

Once upon a time, before the events in the news overtook collecting as we knew and loved it, we held regular Thursday bi-monthly meetings at The West Bridgford Conservative Club, 28 Rectory Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6BG. They started at 7.30pm and closed at 9pm, though some of our members liked to get there earlier. After all we had a guest dealer at every meeting, and we encouraged members to come along and exchange their swaps. There were an average of around 10 to 12 members each time, and that gave all of us good time to have a look at all of the cards on offer without feeling too overwhelmed or panicked, as well as do a few exchanges amongst ourselves, and enjoy a good chat.

One day those times will return. We just have to persevere. Collecting has been affected by world events before, and probably will again. The overall message must surely be for us all to treasure the good times and make the most of them while you are able.

And one Thursday very soon we will see you in person.


In 2019 we co-hosted our third Cartophilic Society Annual Convention. The first time was in 1998, which was The Society`s 60th Anniversary – and the second in 2006, which is described and photographed at:


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

Firstly it’s the home of John Player, whose first advertising cards were issued in the 1890s. Here’s a good weblink to start you off with information about them;

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 this John Player card.

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

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 here by Errol Flynn on this super Mitchell Stars of Screen and History card (number 11). 

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