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The 2010 South of England Postcard Fair, Woking, Surrey

23 May

It had been quite a while since I had been to a postcard fair at Woking Leisure Centre, in Woking, Surrey, although I did go to the leisure centre in October last year for the family history fair.

The leisure centre is a great venue for a postcard fair (and a family history fair) because it has all the facilities that you could need on site, such as a restaurant and plenty of car parking. There is also plenty of space to move around and most importantly for me it is just a short walk (less than 10 minutes) from Woking railway station.

The fair was held over two days (Friday 21st May and Saturday 22nd May), with a specialist modern postcard fair included on the Saturday as well. There were supposed to be over 75 dealers (spread over more than 110 stalls) over the whole weekend, but I didn’t count them. There were certainly more than enough to keep me busy for almost four hours, before my money ran out and I decided I needed to start heading home.

It wasn’t just postcard dealers, although were in the majority, there were dealers selling accessories (albums and pages), cigarette cards, ephemera and most surprisingly for me someone selling old Ordnance Survey maps, something I had never seen before.

So was it worth me going? I would have to say “yes”. The cost of admission was only £2 (£3 on Friday) and with such a large number of dealers it was inevitable that I would be able to add to my collection. I came away with eight postcards, several of which were incredible bargains, and one Ordnance Survey map (a 6” to the mile, 1912 edition of Henfield, Sussex).

There was however on item which I would have loved to have bought, a professional and probably unique photo of the shop in Hailsham which once belonged to my GEERING ancestors. The photo was a lot later than when my ancestors were there (probably by 60 or 70 years so) and the shop front had changed quite a bit since their time, so I couldn’t really justify the £30 asking price!

The fair was organised by Specialist Postcard & Paper Fairs, their website has details of their upcoming fairs, the next one being at Twickenham on the 16th and 17th July 2010. Time to start saving my pennies!

… and whilst we are on the subject, where do I get my indecisiveness from?

22 May

Why do I find it so hard to make a decision? Is it something I inherited from one of my ancestors? If so, which one?

All of these questions crossed my mind as I tried to decide what I was going to do today. In truth I had known that I had to make a decision for several days, but had been putting it off.

My two options for today were walking another section of the South Downs Way or going to the postcard fair at Woking, Surrey. There were of course other options, such as staying at home and doing nothing, but I had at least narrowed it down to these two possibilities.

I could always toss a coin for it, but the logical side of me thinks that I should be able to make the decision without using luck. The problem is that although I can see all the advantages and disadvantages for each of the options, it still doesn’t help me make up my mind either way.

So it makes me wonder, did my ancestors have the any difficultly making decisions? If I had a time machine would I be able to go back and find my ancestors sitting on the fence?

Their decisions probably wouldn’t have been quite so trivial as mine, but is indecisiveness something that gets passed down through the generations, or something you learn from those around you?

Non-genealogy Saturday

5 Dec

If last Saturday was Genealogy Saturday then this Saturday was Non-Genealogy Saturday. It wasn’t intentional, but other things just got in the way, at least I hadn’t really planned to do any serious family history otherwise I would have been annoyed.

First on the agenda was collecting a bookcase with my brother and his van. I was very kindly offered a second-hand bookcase, which is a great improvement on my existing bookcases, and I think it means I actually gain a bit of shelf space into the bargain.

Once we had collected the bookcase I spent some time giving it a clean, before starting on the rest of the housework. After a quick bite to eat for lunch, I was again off out with my brother over to Haywards Heath for the monthly postcard fair.

I was really after some more pages for my postcard album as I have about 50 to 60 cards that are waiting to be put away. We didn’t really have long over there, but I managed to find one superb card for my main collection, but very little else caught my eye.

After stopping for some shopping and visiting my godfather on the way home, I was in need of some proper food and drink. Although I am not sure that a bowl of tomato soup and some bread rolls really count as proper food.

Then I spent about an hour and a half in the evening polishing the bookcase. It is now ready to replace the existing bookcase in the hallway, which in turn will replace the small bookcase in the spare bedroom, which will probably be dismantled and stored in the shed. That is probably going to be tomorrow’s job.

Although I was busy today and didn’t really have time to sit down and do any serious family history, when I think about it most of what I did was related in some way to family history. Most of the books that will go on the bookcase are about family or local history and of course at the postcard fair I was looking for places with a family connection. Most of the postcards that need putting in an album are connected in some way to my family history.

So I guess in a way I have been working indirectly on my family tree today.

I just can’t stop buying postcards

11 Oct

Whether it is in person at postcard fairs or online on eBay, I just can’t seem to stop buying postcards. Now I have even started buying postcards for no other reason than they would look good on my blog, trouble is I never get around to writing about them.

I went to another postcard fair today, in fact it was a Stamp and Postcard Fair, at Broadbridge Heath, Sussex. It would be wrong to say I have no interest in stamps, but I certainly don’t collect them and would have no idea where to start, so naturally it was the postcards I was after.

Postcard were not very well represented will only one decent size selection, but there were enough Sussex cards there to keep me busy for an hour or so before I had to walk back into Horsham to catch my bus home.

I came away with eight or nine postcards, of various places and subjects. I promise you will see some of them in the coming months. The postcards were a very good price to, so often I see cards that are a silly price, well outside of my price range and I wonder if they will ever sell, but today’s were really good value.

Now I think I am going to have to get some more pages for my postcard album, because I am getting seriously low on space!

Adding more postcards to my collection at Haywards Heath

5 Oct

Last Saturday was the first Saturday in the month, which can only mean one thing, a postcard fair at Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

I have been going to this fair on and off for many years, at least ten years I would think. It is usually held on the first Saturday of every month, but not always (yes, my brother and I have been caught out in the past).

It is held at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, West Sussex between 10.30am and 4pm, but check with the fair organiser to make sure. The admission is just £1.00, and for that you get the opportunity to browse through (and buy) thousands of postcards, from somewhere in the region of twenty or so different dealers.

A large proportion of these dealers specialise in Sussex and the south-east of England, although most have a selection of subject cards and a smaller selection from a wider geographical area. Naturally it is the Sussex cards that I am mainly interested in, both for my main collection and to illustrate my family history.

Last Saturday I came away with seven cards, which is more than usual, but it probably reflects the fact that I spent longer there than normal. Five of those cards have a family connection, which you will probably be seeing in the next couple of weeks. The other two I got because they appealed to me (places I have been walking) and they are also both possible contenders for the upcoming Festival of Postcards.

If you live in the UK and want to find a postcard fair near you then check out the list on the Postcard Traders Association website.

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