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Finding Postcard Fairs in the UK

31 Aug

I mentioned yesterday The Picture Postcard Show which opens in London tomorrow and lasts three days. Most postcard fairs are only one day affairs, although there are a few two-day fairs and some evening fairs. Whether they last one, two or three days postcard fairs are a great place to find postcards to illustrate your family history.

When it comes to finding out where postcard fairs are held there are two main places to look:

The Postcard Traders Association website

The Postcard Traders Association has a calendar of postcard fairs on their website. The good thing about this calendar is that you can click through and find out more information about the organiser, including contact details and possibly their website.

The main drawback with this list is that it doesn’t always get updated regularly, but it is a good starting place especially as a lot of the fairs take place on a regular basis. Also this doesn’t always feature some of the smaller fairs.

Picture Postcard Monthly

Picture Postcard Monthly magazine has a much fuller list of postcard fairs including some international ones (along with auctions and exhibitions). These usually cover the coming three months and also includes contact details for the organisers as well as indicating the number of postcard dealers likely to be attending.

As well as the list of fairs in Picture Postcard Monthly, it is also the main place where postcard fairs are advertised, as well everything else you would expect in a magazine such as news, letters and articles.

The Postcard Traders Association website has a page entitled How to Win at Fairs with advice to get the best out of your visit to a postcard fair. My own advice would be to set yourself a budget and stick to it, otherwise it could get very expensive!

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Picture Postcard Monthly now available through online subscription

2 Apr

Picture Postcard Monthly describes itself as “the top magazine for collectors of old and modern postcards worldwide”. Whilst there is a definite bias toward UK material, there is still much to interest postcard collectors worldwide.

Although it has previously been available by post for readers outside the UK (through an annual subscription), it is now (from the March 2010 edition) also available online as a pdf download, again through an annual subscription.

The magazine covers all aspects of postcard collecting, from old to modern, news and events, research on publishers, photographers and artists, book reviews, articles on subjects or places on postcards. There is an article index on the website which will give you some idea of the wide range of material covered.

Currently on the publisher’s website (Reflections of a Bygone Age) there are two sample issues available for download. So not only can you see what has been going on in the UK postcard collecting scene, but there are also some wonderful articles in the two editions.

In the November 2009 edition there is an article of Sussex interest about the Bonfire Night celebrations in Lewes. In the December 2009 edition I really enjoyed reading about Jacob Popp the High Wycombe shop-keeper and his continued defiance of the Sunday trading laws.

I am not sure if I can give up getting the printed edition, partly because it gets passed around the family after I have finished with it, but it would be such a great way of keeping back issues of the magazine without having to take up precious shelf space.

Is Twitter just the modern version of the picture postcard?

12 Oct

The latest edition (October 2009) of Picture Postcard Monthly includes a reference to a piece in the Daily Telegraph about a study which suggests that Tweeting is just the modern equivalent of sending a picture postcard.

The study by Julia Gillen of Lancaster University and Nigel Hall of Manchester Metropolitan University highlighted some of the similarities between the postcard and tweets, such as the limited amount of space, the use of abbreviations and text speak, the speed at which the messages are delivered and the sheer volume of messages sent (calculated at around 6 billion postcards sent between 1901 and 1910).

More details can be found on the Manchester Metropolitan University website, including details of how to read some of the postcard messages that are being sent again, but this time on Twitter.

Interestingly as I was checking out the story on the Telegraph.co.uk website I noticed another story, which shows that postcards aren’t always the quickest way of sending messages. This particular postcard took forty years to reach its destination, unfortunately the intended recipients had since moved on (if not passed on).

I seldom send postcards these days (but I do collect modern ones as well as old ones) but then I have never tweeted yet either. I wonder if Twitter will still be around 100 years on, if not what will have taken its place as an instant messaging system?

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