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Saturday, 2 April 1960
Caxton Hall. Londo

A new age indeed, the dawning of the 1960s and an announcement, on the inside front cover of “The Cartophilic World” (Vol.13 No.145), “Annual General Meeting – Saturday 2nd April 1960, at 2.30 p.m”. This was to be held at Caxton Hall, Westminster, London. The editorial said “it is hoped that as many members as possible will attend. This is the time when you, members, decide who shall administer the Society for the following year and the only chance you have of expressing your opinions. So lets have a bumper meeting”. Sadly, in spite of this, and what was felt to be “ample notice”, very few members attended, only 20-25. The major shock to the members attending (the committee having known of his decision for a few weeks prior) was the resignation from the Presidency of Mr. C. Glidden Osborne, who had been President since the Society began. He felt that he lived too far away, and was growing older, so worried that he could not serve the society as ably as before. He was, however, persuaded to become President Emeritus. Into his chair stepped Mr. W. M. (Wilf) Wright.
You may be interested at the Treasurer`s report, which contained a comparison between 1958 and 1959. Subscriptions had fallen, by 2/6d (£213 7/6d in 1958 and £213 5/- in 1959) Reference books had done very well though, rising from an income of £37 18/3d to £52 11/9d. And a new book was announced – Reference Book No.24 “The Guinea Gold Booklet”. Profits from auctions had also risen, by just over £6. However the cost of producing the magazine was up by £15 10/- a year and General Expenses up by £2.
The event included an auction comprising 46 lots. Mr. E. C. Prior was the auctioneer, Messrs Knight and Piper acted as porters, and Mr. Pitts ran the book. Top price, £5, bought a group of Society Reference Books. Next highest result was £3 4/- for a set of 84 cards of Felix Potin`s “Flowers Plants and Fruits. £1 was bid on a set of “Speed” by Barratt; it was noted the cards were scarce as a complete set. However “some lovely postcards of the Trade variety” failed to reach the reserves. In total, the lots sold for £38 2/- and that netted the Society just over £16 (actually 08d. over)

Saturday, 8 April, 1961
Caxton Hall, London

The AGM took place at Caxton Hall at 2.30 p.m. They were under rather sombre circumstances as Our President Emeritus Mr. Charles Glidden Osborne had passed away on January 15. The accounts showed that in the year 1960 subscriptions had fallen to £206 7/- from 1959s £213 5/-. The sale of reference books was also down by £2 to £50 5/-, but we had brought in just over £6 by sales of back issues of our magazine and also in advertising and an extra £16 was made via the auctions. A fairly large increase in general expenses was due to postage on the new 140 page Reference Book No.24 (“Guinea Gold”), stationery,the binding of back issues for the library so they might be better protected, and also on a presentation to Mr Glidden Osborne to mark his retirement.

1962 ?

Saturday, 30 April, 1963
Caxton Hall, London

Saturday, 11 April, 1964
Caxton Hall, London

This was the last annual general meeting before the Cameric and Cartophilic combined to form The Cartophilic Society of Great Britain (In December 1964).

Saturday, 3 April, 1965
Caxton Hall, London

This was the first combined Cameric and Cartophilic annual general meeting

Saturday, 30 April, 1966
Caxton Hall, London

Saturday, 29 April, 1967
Caxton Hall, London

Saturday 27th April 1968
Caxton Hall – LONDON

“The Cartophilic Notes and News” (Vol.2 No.20 – MARCH/APRIL 1968) throws up a question as it says “In accordance with what has become established precedent a whole day booking of a room has been made at Caxton Hall for the Society Annual General Meeting on Saturday 27th April, 1968. Formal business will start around 3 p.m. and will be confined to the essentials of business, sufficient time being allowed for members to voice their opinion and discuss matters pertaining to item on the agenda. Dealers` stalls will function from 10 a.m. and will continue to do so all day, except during the time of formal business when trading must cease. The occasion affords a good opportunity to cement friendships by personal contact; make your wants known to other collectors; do a few swaps and generally enjoy yourself cartophilically. Come along. It always gladdens my heart to be present, and you will discover that so it does yours. See you there. FRED PIPER.”

This is the first reference so far discovered to an all day event, previous advertisements having always only mentioned the AGM taking place in the afternoon. It is also the first mention to there being dealers stalls at the AGM, but mention of “established precedent” means such must have existed before. If you have earlier documentation please tell us. We know from other sources that the event was well attended, 66 members and 4 visitors, and that some had travelled a long way to attend. Representatives from three Branches were there, Mr Cyril Marsden of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Midlands. Seven dealers were present, but we do not have names. There were also several albums of cigarette packets present to view – these were the start of the Society “Carton Collection”, and had been expertly mounted by Mr. Wardlesworth. Some members noted examples were missing, and the solution was always the same – any member with additional cartons going spare, or information, should contact us. Some of the points raised in “Any Other Business” are interesting. Mr. Fletcher of Nottingham requested that name tags could be supplied to officials of the Society. He said as a new member he could not make himself known to them because he did not know who they were. He suggested a simple name tag would accomplish this. The Society agreed to provide these as of the next year. Mr. Yate of Birmingham asked when the next Society Reference Book would be available. (This was to be the British Trade Index part II) Research Editor Mr. Wharton Tigar said it should be ready to publish by the end of that year, and perhaps released at the next AGM. Mr. Hicks of Blackheath suggested the next membership list be issued as a small booklet, and carry an idea of members` interests to allow for contact of like minded folk to be made. This idea was to be considered. And Mr. Widdowson of Retford asked why there was no ballot for membership of the Society Council. The answer to that was since no nominations were received, the members retiring and seeking re-election had no opposition. Members were reminded that any of them could nominate any other member to join the Council.

Saturday, 3 May, 1969
Caxton Hall, London

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