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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 (


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, 13th September, 2018
Geoffrey Evans - Luxury Steam Yachts.
The late nineteenth century saw the beginnings of the phenomena which is the postcard, growing incredibly through the Edwardian period and peaking in the First World War. The same period saw the heyday of the luxury steam yacht which is the focus of Geoffrey's talk.

Thursday, 11th October, 2018
Stephen Rowson – Anomalies in my Collection.
The necessity to look seriously through his photographic collection in order to prepare the two fascinating talks he has given on cartes de visite over the last two years has meant that Stephen has found some anomalies within it. Previously members have given talks based on a similar premise, and this talk promises to be another potpourri from within a member's collection

SATURDAY, 20th October, 2018
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, 8th November, 2018
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, 13th December, 2018
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 decide which postcard within their collection is their STAR card. Will this be their favourite, their most expensive, or something completely different?! Biscuits make way for Christmas cake and mince pies to accompany the usual teas and coffees.

Thursday, 10th January, 2019
Beryl Williams: Liebig trade cards.
They are not postcards, and they are not cigarette cards, but highly decorated, lithograph printed, coloured cards published by Liebig which was a producer of beef extract. More commonly known as OXO and Marmite today. The first appeared around 1870 and continued to be produced in their thousands for over a hundred years. They were collected in the same way as postcards have been from their appearance in 1894.

Thursday, 14th February, 2019
Member's Evening a Valentine Special
. Love is in the air, but how will that materialise as members bring along a card or two to enhance our valentine day meeting?

Thursday, 14th March, 2019
Gareth Thomas: 'All the Popes of Rome' ('I Sommi Pontefici Romani')
In his talk Gareth will tell the story of 'All the Popes Of Rome'. There have been many Popes, but fear not, for not everyone will feature in Gareth's talk. Splendid art-work will feature, so a colourful and spiritual feast will be put before those who attend.

Thursday, 11th April, 2019
Chairman's Annual Report, followed by 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.

SATURDAY, 13th APRIL, 2019 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, 9th May, 2019
Phil Carradice - The Cuban Missile Crisis
. October 1962 saw a period of confrontation between the USA and the Soviet Union because of ballistic missiles, which had been deployed on Cuba within range of the USA. This followed the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, and is considered by many to be the closest the Cold War came to full scale nuclear war, as many of those around at the time can vouch for.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019
A Tale of Three.
Three club members will each make a short presentations on a subject of their choice. So this evening will be three for the price of one.

Thursday, 11th July, 2019
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 the Royal Mint. 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

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