Author: Brian Lund

Confessions of a collector

April 2nd 2020 Confessions of a collector with John Claydon One of the contributions I used particularly to enjoy in PPM a few years ago was Michael Goldsmith’s diary of his experiences as a dealer. Most of us collectors come to savour the hunt for postcards almost as much as the postcards themselves, and so Read More …

Picture Postcard Magic

April 1st 2020 Starting today, we’re publishing a daily blog for postcard collectors which we hope you’ll enjoy. They’ll be a mix of features, comment & fun, and we’d love your feedback, either as a facebook comment or by sending stuff we can include in a blog (by email: reflections@postcardcollecting.co.uk). The blogs initially are presented Read More …

PPM bites the dust

Picture Postcard Monthly is stopping publication with the May 2020 edition. Publishers Mark and Sally Wingham of Chimes Publishing have taken the decision after the likely cancellation of all fairs for the foreseeable future sent projected advertising revenue plummeting. PPM has entertained and informed collectors for the past 40 years, and its demise – barring some Read More …

Postcard fairs lockdown

So that’s it for a while. I can’t see any postcard fairs taking place for quite a while. Fortunately there are other ways of buying cards without leaving your house, and I can see collections being pored over, re-arranged, added to, analysed and listed. It’s one way of getting over self-isolation. And how about sending Read More …

Postcards at the Chippy

Just about any subject under the sun can be found on picture postcards, so it is no surprise to come across plenty of comic cards showing fish and chips. Real photo cards of shops selling them are pretty rare, though, and likely to sell for £30 upwards when discovered.  Perhaps they were not photographed very Read More …

The past in colour

Most topographical postcards of the Edwardian period show a Britain in black & white or sepia. Indeed, these are the ones collectors like best, especially the pin-sharp real photographs produced by local publishers. Coloured postcards are rated less and are generally cheaper to acquire, but can be just as fascinating. Recently, inspired by the acquisition of Read More …

Daisy, Daisy

Cycling has come a long way since the era of the song about a tandem bike. And at last, on 8th September 2018, the Tour of Britain came through Keyworth, Nottinghamshire. Impossible to let the occasion pass without publishing some postcards, so here they are. Postcards of events are so much rarer now than they Read More …

Messing about on the river

Messing about on the river A postcard collection can have many ways of being organised – by places, subjects, artists, publishers – or by an individually invented theme that can straddle all those parameters. I’ve often thought of starting a collection based on the A1 road, for instance, and including postcards of characters and towns Read More …

Here comes summer

Anyone  needing proof of the continued popularity of picture postcards today need look no further than the holiday destination Center Parcs, which has five locations in England and a sixth soon to open in Ireland. Sister company Center Parcs Europe operates 23 sites, in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Each centre has a stack of Read More …