The North Wales Postcard Fair is now the only dedicated postcard fair in the whole of North Wales, and collectors come from right across the region and beyond to support this event, and possibly find some ‘gems’ for their collections.
Picture-postcards came to the UK in 1894 from the Continent, so there’s a wealth of images showing our towns and villages as they have developed over the past 124 years. See your area as your grandparents or great-grandparents would have seen it, and add some depth to your family trees, by finding pictures of places important to your ancestors.
Even the more recent postcards show changes – shops such as Woolworths and Macfisheries, which have now disappeared from our high streets, for example.
Postcards also show images of thousands of other subjects – sport, animals, military, cinema, plants and flowers, textiles, transport, television, archaeology, birds, theatre and many, many more, and of course, there is also the interest in the photography itself. Postcards were one of the outlets for many local photographers. Some of the North Wales postcard photographers produced top-quality work, and names include Hutton of Colwyn Bay, Rae Pickard of Rhyl and F.H. May of Pwllheli.
Another aspect is the message on the card….it was not always ‘wish you were here’ – some are amusing, others mention local or national events, or give an insight into the social life of the times, but all are unique.
There is so much to enjoy in these small pieces of card, so do come along and see for yourself.
We have a range of dealers booked already, offering postcards for beginners and established collectors, so whatever your interests, there will probably be something of interest to see. Prices start at c50p per card.
The North Wales Postcard Club organizes this fair, but also, our regular meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, at the Craig-y-Don Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors or new members are always welcome. Check our website, www.nwpcc.org.uk for more information, or call me, the Secretary, Karlyn, on 01492-440763.