Yorkshire12th September 2017 by webspinner
Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch
Branch Secretary : Sam Whiting
Telephone : 07793 676981
Our Branch Meetings used to take place at Calverley Methodist Church Hall, Leeds. They started at 2pm and there were usually two dealers in attendance, plus a club auction that started at about 3pm.
We then moved to The Windhill Conservative Club, 39 Carr Lane, Shipley BD18 2NQ. These meetings were on the first Sunday of every month, starting at 1pm, usually lasting for a couple of hours, and ending about 3pm. There was always a good selection of cards, and our regulars were all very welcoming and knowledgeable.
Sadly with recent restrictions these days of camaraderie and card swopping are only memories. As are thoughts of the Great Northern Rally, which our club co-hosted, always the perfect opportunity to meet card collecting personalities, and collectors who could become your future club-mates. More about that should life resume as we used to know it, as it’s later in the year, but here’s a pen portrait of last year’s event.
Here we are at the Haughton Working Mens Club, Haughton Le Skerne, Darlington, DL1 2DD. We arrived early, which was good as there was quite a crowd. Doors opened at 10am. We were delighted to find that although the published admission was £2, Cartophilic Society members could come in for free! Inside the hall we spent a lot of time with all the dealers, completed a couple of sets from our wants lists and had a chat about why that number was just so scarce! Also met a number of club mates and a few newcomers, who we might see at future meetings! The organisers had also found some people to give free advice and valuations – for the collectors of the future, for those who have just discovered the joy of collecting cards, and for those who found some in their attic and wondered what they were. In other words anyone who would like to know more about the hobby in general. It closed at 4pm. And was a great day out!
So if you want to be notified should this year’s event take place, or need any additional details about our Branch, or on card collecting in this area, please phone the Branch Secretary on the telephone number above
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A few virtual press cuttings for your perusal and to entertain you in your isolation.
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/your-leeds/nostalgia/leeds-cigarette-card-club-is-playing-to-its-strengths-1-6901407 is slightly outdated, and refers to the time when we used to meet at Calverley Methodist Church in Leeds, but it is still a good read!
If anyone spots any others maybe they would let us know.
Our featured card, top, is one from a set of 7 “Dogs – The Yorkshire Terrier” issued by Perikim in 2005. This characterful canine is captured wonderfully by artist Janet Reid, who only uses three colours in each picture. The reverses of the seven cards detail each animal’s character and describes either an attribute like appearance or temperament, or has other information like the breed history, and how to care for that specific breed. The cards measure 79 x 62mm, so technically Large Size.
Did you know these lovely little dogs were originally bred in the 19th century to catch rats, which were becoming a great problem in the clothing factories of the area.
And if you are a dog-person, we have pleasure in adding that “Perikim” issued several other sets, all equally attractive, and each featuring another specific breed.
Several other Yorkshire manufacturers issued cards;
BASSETT SWEETS – George Bassett & Co Ltd was founded in Sheffield, some time between 1840 and 1855. Later they would be responsible for “Peace Babies” – at least that was how they were first advertised by Bassett in 1918 – but you may know them better as jelly babies, or even as their original, far earlier Lancashire name of “Unclaimed Babies”). Bertie Bassett features on all kinds of advertising collectables, but the company also issued several sets of cards, their first being 25 “Nursery Rhymes” (1966) The following year saw 25 “Popular Dogs”, and in 1968 the very attractive “Motor Cars – Vintage and Modern”. No more cards until “Victoria Cross Heroes in Action” appeared in 1970, and four years later the TV tie in “U.F.O”, which we show a sample of. That same year they issued several sets but there is frequently confusion with Bassett and Barratt cards, which is all because Bassetts took over their London rival in 1969 but let them carry on issuing cards in their own name. Bassett cards after this period were titled as from the “Barratt Division”. Twenty sets with this inscription were issued between 1974 and 1980, mostly based on TV series and cartoons, but also a run of 17 sets of “Football” cards which continued into the 80s. From 1980 to 1991 they issued 29 sets, the last being “Football 1990-91”. Their next issue was again just Bassett, a set of 25 “Looney Tunes Cartoons” issued in 1999, and followed two years later by “Adventure Game Cards”. More recently, in 2003, they issued a set of 32 Lord Of The Rings mini-cards
ROWNTREES CONFECTIONERY –was founded in 1862, in York, and among its early apprentices were Joseph Fry and George Cadbury! Rowntrees first issued cards in 1905, a set of 25 “Celebrities”, with their “Elect Cocoa”. They did not issue again until 1924; a single card, postcard size, for the Wembley Exhibition, issued as a giveaway, plus a set of “York Views” which I have always suspected to have also been issued for the same Exhibition. It seems even more likely because their next issue was not until 1932, the charming “Treasure Trove Pictures”, a large set of 120 cards. In 1934, another curious one, “The Old and The New”. Then another large gap, possibly due to wartime sweet rationing which some readers might be surprised to learn did not actually end until February 1953 – and it was not until 1955 that the packet issue of 12 miniature “British Birds” fluttered off the shelves, but do not be put off by the term “packet issue” as these cards are on far whiter board than usual. The very attractive large sized “Circus Cut-Outs” came along in 1960, then a breather before a flurry of six sets appeared in the short period from 1976-78.
TETLEY TEA – founded in 1837, but the Tetley brothers Joseph and Edward had been trading in salt since 1822 at Huddersfield. They moved to London in 1856 and would eventually be the first company to sell tea bags. They are mainly known for plastic models of their tea folk and related collectables, but they did issue cards, this set of 48 “British Birds” in 1970; they also issued a wall chart to stick the cards on – in exchange for two packet tops and a 10p postal order
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