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Our Library

Did you know we also have a library? Since we first started writing our reference books and publishing our magazines we have been keeping a copy of every one for the future, even when wartime restrictions meant we could only produce our magazines to order we still managed to print one for the library. In later years, we have added to thins by way of donations and purchases to cover books by other writers, and on subjects as diverse as cigarette packets, football cards, gum cards, postcards,


Yes, TODAY is it, the LAST CHANCE, the day the hammer falls for all the lots in our catalogue. So dont miss out by missing the auction .... Remember non-members are welcomed to bid, but you must pay 10% buyers premium. Our members do not pay this. Well I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and tis staying fit and well, this wretched virus is lingering longer than most people would have thought. All auctions, including ours, seem to be doing very well, but I cannot wait until we can resume

Postal Auction P.A.570 – November 2020

Some pre-auction jottings from our Secretary.... I hope everyone is staying fit and well. Like everyone else, I am still missing attending various fairs and auctions; let’s hope that things can start to improve in the not too distant future. I would like to inform you that there are quite a few lots in this auction with very low reserves. These have been set by the vendors as they just want their lots to sell. The first batch starts at lot 13 through to lot 31, and the second at lot 119 thro

Armistice Day

Our_featured card this time is a trade card by Wilbur-Suchard Chocolate Co. (USA) from a set called "Soldiers of the Allies". If you look closely you can see it was designed as a cut out, to be folded at the "score" points given so the soldier stood alone with no background. Today marks one hundred and two years since The Armistice of World War One. Surprisingly the word Armistice does not mean permanent cessation of fighting, it technically only means a temporary break. It was signed

We Will Remember

Our card comes from Mitchell`s “London Ceremonials” (1928) – card no.1 , and it shows the Cenotaph, in Whitehall London, which was formerly the focus of attention on Remembrance Day. Designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. It first appeared as a hollow and temporary structure made of plaster which was constructed for the Peace Day Celebrations in 1919. The idea of it being hollow fulfilled the true meaning of the word Cenotaph, which, Wills “Do You Know” third series tells us, “


CORNWALL BRANCH1975 – 2013 Kernow a’gas dynergh Founded in 1975, for many years this Branch was run by collector Roy Worgan of Truro, and a band of dedicated fellow enthusiasts. Before becoming Branch President Mr. Worgan had been Branch Secretary. He was still actively collecting and exhibiting cards almost until his death at the age of 94 in 2018, and in fact was dubbed “Mr.Cornwall” by the Cartophilic Society magazine when his life membership certificate was presented at our Li

Cheshire Branch

CHESHIRE BRANCH2011 - present Our story is also the story of the Timperley Card Collectors Club. We write it now to record the passing of our former Branch President and Society Life Member John Drew, who passed away in April 2020. The son of a card dealer from Bridgewater Somerset, it was he who decided that a club in the Cheshire area must continue. Timperley, who you can read about by clicking HERE, had been founded in 1978, but its organiser could not continue beyond the end of 201

Lincolnshire Branch

LINCOLNSHIRE BRANCH 1994 - present The Lincolnshire Cigarette Card Club was formed in November 1994, and its aims were to promote the hobby of cigarette card collecting to collectors in the local area, whether these be long term collectors who frequently met together at fairs, or new members who might be encouraged to start collecting if they were introduced to the pleasures of cards. We believe our first venue was the Poachers Inn, at Kirton Holme, near Boston, now The Poachers Country H

Nottingham & East Midlands Branch

NOTTINGHAM and EAST MIDLANDS BRANCH1990 - present day We believe we were founded in 1990 by David Hunter. At first we met bi-monthly, on Thursdays, at 7.30pm-9.30pm at the Royal British Legion Club, in Gotham, Nottingham. Many years ago, and just into the Second World War, a blacksmith operated from a little thatched building on the site, and once the remaining men came home it became a kind of meeting place. The building burnt down in the 1950s, but it was decided to rebuild it as a prop

Hants & Dorset Branch

In 1945 we have a record of the Cameric Club having a “Bournemouth Branch”. However in a list of Branches in the “Cameric Notes and News” Volume 10, New Series, May 1956, Bournemouth is not mentioned. Where did it go? The earliest record of a Cartophilic Society Branch is in 1988 when we were meeting at Corfe Mullen Village Hall, which was located behind the Co-Op. We met one Sunday of every month except for August, between the hours of 2 and 4.30pm; and our secretary was Mr Chris Po