History of the Postcard Traders Association

The Postcard Traders Association was formed in 1975 by a group of pioneering dealers who felt that the rapidly expanding hobby required a more professional approach, with regard to its organization, regulation and direction.

It was decided, fairly soon after the inception, to organize an annual exhibition and bourse to help promote the Association and its aims. The British International Postcard Exhibition or BIPEX as it came to be known, was first staged in 1976 and has been a regular event in the Postcard calendar ever since.

Still fondly referred to as BIPEX the name was actually changed to.. 'The Picture Postcard Show' in 1995, this was in an effort to promote the event to a wider audience.

The show has grown in size and importance with each one, culminating in the massively successful Centenary Exhibition held in 1994, and is now widely regarded as the premier show of the Postcard year, without doubt setting a standard for all other postcard events.