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Established in November 1990, the South Wales Postcard Club has established itself as the postcard presence in South Wales. It meets on the second Thursday of each month (except for August) in Cardiff, usually at Ararat Baptist Church Hall, (Whitchurch Common, Merthyr Rd, Cardiff, CF14 1PT).

A programme of events is organised by the club committee, running from September each year. Primarily the talks are on or around the subject of postcards, but as postcard collectors will know this allows an enormous breadth of scope. Subjects may vary between particular illustrators, history local and international, local authors, and social history.

A typical evening will feature a PowerPoint presentation from a visiting speaker, but often the evening is taken by a club member, and finishes with refreshments. In the Spring we have a board competition, which currently is held biennially, in July the committee organises a visit, (if we are lucky the weather is good!), and in November we now hold our anniversary dinner in some local hostelry.

Twice a year the club organises a Postcard Fair in Cardiff with around twenty dealers, and to coincide with it we also produce 'Cardtalk', the Club newsletter, with contributions from members. If you would like to contact the editor Gareth Thomas, he can be reached through our email address (swpcc@hotmail.com).

Membership

We always welcome new members to the club, where the annual subscription is £8 per annum. New members are made very welcome, and help to enlarge the wide range of interests and collecting habits, already covered by our members. Although we are a postcard club, we are all collectors and usually have more than one string to our bow!!

The Programme

The committee of the S.W.P.C. works hard to construct an annual programme which is varied and enticing. Guest speakers feature, as do club members who volunteer talks on cards from their collections. PowerPoint presentations, in which postcards are able to be projected for maximum impact, are regular features of the club programme.

Always popular are 'Members' Evenings', when, based on a set topic, members bring along cards and show and speak about them in-the-round for a few minutes. The popularity of postcard collecting is increasing, especially as many with an interest in Local History and Family History now begin to realise how old postcards can provide the visual element to their hobby. The thrill of finding a card showing a church, a school, a shop, a colliery or a street with a family connection has to be experienced to be believed.

Anyone seeking further information on The South Wales Postcard Club or postcards as a collecting interest may contact us via the club's email address which is printed at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, 14th September, 2017
Stephen Rowson – Victorian Britain in Cartes de Visite. The great period for cartes de visite was the 1860s. In our last programme Steve told us about the portraits of Victorian families, in most cases long forgotten. But those weren't the only CdVs, there were also similar cards which showed topographical views, and he has delved into his extensive photographic collection to create a talk on this particular aspect of cartes de visite.

Thursday, 12th October, 2017
Gareth Thomas - The Romanov's Tercentenary
. Building on the article which he wrote for Picture Postcard Monthly in February, Gareth will tell the story of the celebration of the Romanov dynasty's three hundred years on the Russian throne. In particular he will talk about the set of stamps which were issued to celebrate the tercentenary. This talk will be of interest to philatelists as well as deltiologists.

SATURDAY, 21st October, 2017
Postcard Fair
- Our Autumn Postcard Fair will take place at Penylan Community Centre, Penylan Road, Cardiff, CF23 5HW. The fair opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m. Around twenty dealers attend and on offer will be a huge variety of subject and topographical cards, old and modern, plus other paper ephemera. Some parking is available on site, more nearby. Anyone wishing for more information about the fair should contact the Chairman. Maps and directions for those travelling from afar can be provided.

Thursday, 9th November, 2017
The S.W.P.C. was founded in November, 1990, and the club holds an annual dinner to celebrate the establishment of the club. The venue for this year's meal has yet to be confirmed but details will be circulated in due course. A warm and friendly welcome will be extended to members and guests.

Thursday, 14th December, 2017
It is customary for the December meeting of the S.W.P.C. to be a members' meeting, with no main speaker. This year, the challenge for members is to find postcards which illustrate the phrase "It's Rudolf Deer", ample scope for 'thinking outside the box'. Biscuits make way for Christmas cake and mince pies to accompany the usual teas and coffees.

Thursday, 11th January, 2018
David Salter - "A box of books"
. This talk revolves around a box of books that Dave bought at auction. They weren't an expensive purchase and they were a little bit of a mystery purchase as he hadn't deliberately attended the auction for these items. But when he got them home he found ....... well come along and hear what delights he found in that box.

Thursday, 8th February, 2018
Brian Jarrett - Life in the dark.
Brian is a semi-retired commercial photographer, and his talk will be about the many different aspects of his photographic career. In journalism, from the air, the occasional wedding till he eventually set up his own business.

Thursday, 8th March, 2018
Board Competition
. The club's biennial board competition when members compete against each other. Around twenty picture postcards are mounted onto A1 sized card to form a board. These boards, can be entered into various categories, (golden age, topographical, modern etc.) which are then judged by a panel of 'experts'. This can take a little while and so several members who are also dealers are given the opportunity of bringing their stock along for the rest of the club to browse while the judges cogitate and deliberate.

Thursday, 12th April, 2018
Members' Evening - "Fishy Tails".
An evening when we do it ourselves. Seated in the round members will be asked to briefly explain what the postcard/s they have brought along have to do with title for the evening. If precedent is anything to go with the connection will probably be very tenuous, stretching the proximity to the subject to its limits, or alternatively blindingly obvious!

SATURDAY, 21st APRIL, 2018 Postcard Fair - The venue for our Spring Postcard Fair has not been confirmed. The web site will be updated when we can give firm information.

Thursday, 10th May, 2018
Richard Phillips – 'A Grave Affair'.
In the late Victorian and early Edwardian period sex wasn't mentioned in polite society, but death was much spoken about. Using postcards from his collection Richard will touch on some famous (some less famous) deaths, tombs, graves, and epitaphs. In this country and abroad.

Thursday, 14th June, 2018
Dave Hollyman - H.M.S. Victoria.
Launched in 1887 the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, which accounted for her name, but sunk in 1893; Dave will recount the circumstances and confusion within the Mediterranean Fleet during manoeuvres which led to a fatal incident. Involving Admiral George Tryon, and a turn for the worst.

Thursday, 12th July, 2018
Traditionally, the July meeting of the S.W.P.C. is a summer-evening visit and this event marks the end of the current programme. Recent visits have been made to Brecon Mountain Railway, country-houses, gardens, a life-boat station and even a distillery! Last year it was a visit to Paul Kirner's Music Palace. Walking tours of Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay have been memorable. Details of the summer-evening visit have not yet been confirmed but will be made available in due course. All members are invited as are any non-members who would like to be club guests for this evening

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The South Wales Postcard Club meets in Cardiff but has a membership that stretches over a wide area of South Wales. We all share an interest in picture postcards, some as a corollary to another interest and some who have become true cartephilliacs absorbed by this early twentieth century phenomenon. With the digital age postcards should have wilted away, and to a certain extent have, but thanks to the collecting fervour of our grandparents and great grandparents we have been left a cornucopia of art and social history, which year after year continues to excite and fascinate.

If you would like to learn more about the joys of collecting postcards why not join us in the South Wales Postcard Club, you will be most welcome. Richard Phillips Chairman, S.W.P.C.


Principal Officers

Chairman - Richard Phillips
Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer – Jean Williams
Editor Cardtalk – Gareth Thomas

For further information email: swpcc@hotmail.com