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Nottingham & East Midlands Branch

nottinghamSecretary: Alan Wain

We meet bi-monthly on Thursdays from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at West Bridgford Conservative Club, 28 Rectory Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6BG  

Our area includes Derbyshire, Leicestershire, parts of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, and we were delighted to meet a lot of local collectors, perhaps prospective new members, from these areas at the CARTOPHILIC SOCIETY ANNUAL CARD FAIR AND CONVENTION held on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of April, at the DeVere Jubilee Conference Centre & Hotel, Triumph Road NG8 1DH.

We have co-hosted the Annual Convention twice before; in 1998, which was The Society`s 60th Anniversary – and in 2006, which is described and photographed at:


NOTTINGHAM has 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.

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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

But we must not leave this area without a nod to Robin Hood – as portrayed by Errol Flynn on this super Mitchell Stars of Screen and History card (number 11), as well as countless other incarnations, even a whole set issued by Typhoo Tea. 

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