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Leicester Branch

Leicester Branch

1981 – Present Day

We believe that this tiny advertisement in the Cartophilic Notes and News magazine, copy dated January 1981, started it all off:

A new branch for the East Midlands?” Mr J. A. Drew of Glenfield in Leicester is anxious to contact any members who would be interested in his intention to form a new branch.”

Some time after that, when our secretary was Kevin Kershaw, we started meeting at The Fairfield Inn, Gloucester Crescent, South Wigston, Leicester LE18 4BY. We met on the second Monday of every month, we met from 7.30pm and closed up about 9.30pm. This was an excellent “local” with parking, including disabled parking, wheelchair access, and it also had an ATM, which is very important on fair days.

Our featured card is by J. Goddard & Sons, of Station Street, Leicester. This issuer were Silver and Silver-Plate cleaning powder manufacturers; though you will find them downgraded in most dealer catalogues as to simply making “metal polish”. They issued several very attractive large size sets of cards, unsurprisingly mostly dealing with antique silver and silver-plated wares. This particular one is from “Cleaning a Silver Teapot” (1928), card number 4

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