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Club bulletin July 2020.

Hello everyone!


We haven't had any further information about starting up our programme of meetings at the Craig-y-Don Community Centre, but we will let you know as soon as we hear from the manager.

Picture Postcard Monthly.

We have heard on the grapevine that PPM may be back with an edition in October. I will try to contact the new owner and get some more information.

The Fair.

Some of you may have seen my picture in the Pioneer recently, dressed as the 'Welsh Lady' at last year's fair – one of John Lawson-Reay's photos….

I emailed all the papers we usually write to about the fair, to let them know it has been cancelled, and Terry Canty wrote back and asked for a picture and some details about the 2019 fair and 2021 fair, so that he could make a little feature for us. I have sent a 'thank you' email to him.



Our July meeting was to have been a DIY evening, with the theme ' A card with a story', and we are sorry that we couldn't have the planned session with the members of the Criccieth Club…..

Here are a few 'stories' to fill the gap….


2007 A


2007 B.

When I'm working with the cards, I quite often stop to read messages. The writing on this rather ordinary card of Burpham Church in Sussex was so unusual and distinctive, that it caught my eye. It is dated May 25th 1923. The message reads:-

"Many thanks for kind and appreciative letter. Have you read the companion volume to "Neighbourhood", - "Lift-luck on Southern Roads" ?. Shall be pleased to see you here when you are this way again. Tickner Edwardes." 

I thought that he must have written the books he mentions, so I looked him up on the British Library website. His full name is Edward Tickner Edwardes, and he has written a lot of books on beekeeping, such as 'The Lore of the Honey-Bee', editions from 1908, and 'Bees as Rent Payers. A plain practical guide to the successful management of a bee garden, and the production and marketing of honey', 1905.

The books he refers to on the postcard are "Neighbourhood - a year's life in and about an English Village" of 1911, and "Lift-luck on Southern Roads" of 1910, which details his journey through Southern Counties, using lifts where he can, with whatever form of transport is available – an early example of hitch-hiking. As 'Serjeant-Major R.A.M.C.' he wrote about his WW1 experiences in "With the R.A.M.C. in Egypt", published in 1918. His dates are 1865-1944 and he was Vicar of Burpham, 1927-35.



Notes from Penrhyn Bay, by Trebor.

My main collections are of subject cards. Several various subjects, but only “Tuck Oilette” cards. The exception is my RP and printed topo card collection of Penrhyn Bay/Penrhynside cards. It is not an extensive collection. I don’t so much collect them, it’s more that they find me. Over time, I have accumulated about 120 cards. I know that others will have many more than this, but I do enjoy these cards of the place where I live. I like to compare the streets and scenes portrayed with those same places as they appear today. Most of the places are easily identified in a small settlement. Indeed, most are to be seen on one of my daily walking routes around the villages.

The cards were mostly published by the usual national companies such as Valentines, Frith’s, Photocrom, Judges, Wrench, and yes I do have examples by Tuck! (though they are not oilettes). I find it interesting to note the local publishers and retailers of the cards. Examples are G.P. Thompson; Rae Pickard’s Studio, Rhyl; Wainhouse, Somerset St., Llandudno,; Taylor Llandudno; W. Ogden, Newsagent, Penrhyn Bay; J.W. Gleave, The Cosy Café, Penrhyn Bay.

The earliest posting date I have found so far is the 31st. of July, 1906. The card, illustrated, shows a cart on a quite narrow lane, typical of Penrhynside. The card was posted to Wigan and refers to the sender’s lodgings being near by.

One day I hope to find one of those elusive cards of the New Hall Bowls Club, published by Tuck. I’ve heard of them, but have never seen any!


2007 C

A beautiful view of Penrhynside – I felt as though I could just walk down the road and have a chat with the people there! Thank you Trebor, for a lovely item. K.





The Elan Valley Scheme.

2007 D

2007 E 

These two cards relate to the dams and reservoirs along the Elan and Claerwen rivers in mid-Wales. The project was begun in July 1897 and opened on the 21st July, 1904, by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. It was designed to provide clean water via aqueduct, to Birmingham, 73 miles away. The top card is by Tuck, and is an advertisement for the cement manufacturers. Craig Goch was the top reservoir in the system. The caption reads:-

"Birmingham Corporation Water-Works recently opened by Their Majesties the King & Queen. 91,241 Tons of J. Bazley-White & Bros.' Portland Cement Supplied for this work. Apply to Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers (1900) Ltd., Dixon House, 72 Fenchurch Street London E.C."

The card was sent to Alderman Dalton in Cambridge in October 1904.

The second card is a view of Cwm-Elan House, Rhayader, visited by the poet Shelley. It was published by the Henry Phillips Fancy Repository, Rhayader. The card was sent to Miss Minnie Stokes of Dudley, Birmingham. It is postmarked for Liverpool on 11th September 1904, just a few weeks after the Elan Valley Scheme opened. The message on the back reads:-

"Dear Min, I thought of you when I was on my holiday at Rhayader, where you now get your water from to B'ham. Hope you are both well. Fondest regards, C. Hunt."

The message on the front, completes the story:- "This is now a large mass of water, all the trees have been removed" Cwm-Elan House was one of three mansion houses to have been drowned by the reservoirs – this in Garreg-Ddu.

There is an interesting website about the area at which gives a good account of the project, and the lost villages etc., and why Birmingham needed clean water.



Updates on fairs and postcard shops..

Colwyn Bay, Eirias Park Fairs.


Steve Chapman has just told me that the July Fair is definitely off, but he is hopeful that the September one may go ahead, as the schools will be back in action by then. He will keep us up-to-date with the situation.

Stockport Town Hall Fair.


I have just had this email from Simon Collyer, organizer of the Stockport Town Hall Fair, which is due to take place on August 22nd, 2020.

Please pass on this information to anyone who may be thinking of going.

Sorry to say the Stockport town hall fair is almost certainly not going to be on,sadly.

The problems are still not easing quickly enough.

It is still proving to be a difficult time.

York Racecourse Fair.

The York Racecourse Fair on August 28th & 29th 2020 has been moved to December 11th & 12th 2020, according to an update by organizers Jack and Felicity Stasiak. These were the only free dates in the racecourse calendar, and it is not too close to the Shepton Mallet fair. There is some element of uncertainty about the fair, of course, as we don't know what the situation will be by December, but you can keep up with developments on the Stasiak Facebook and website pages.




Nantwich Collectables, Ryan Powell's shop in Dagfields Crafts & Antiques Centre in Nantwich, is now open again. As you may know, Ryan was booked in for our fair. He has a full range of quality subject and topographical cards, and other collectables too. He has put in place all the safety measures to keep his customers safe at this time. We in Wales will, of course, have to wait for the 5-mile travel restriction to lift.

Dagfields Crafts & Antiques Centre, Walgherton, Nantwich, CW5 7LG.

The opening times are:-

Monday and Tuesday 10-5pm. Wednesday and Thursday – longer visits by appointment only, with one customer only in the shop at a time Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm. For more information phone Ryan on 01270-842222 or 07742-114897

If you know of other postcard shops which have opened again, please let me know, and I will put the details in the next bulletin.


Some postcard messages to finish with:-

The first one is on a card of the Bryntyrch Hotel, Capel Curig, with a George V stamp, but the date-stamp is too faded to read. It was sent to an address in Clevedon, Somerset:-

"This is what we have to leave today for Bristol. We attempted Snowdon y'day but missed the right path in fog & as the wind was fearfully strong we eventually abandoned it. We have altogether had a very enjoyable week…..R."


Club Bulletin August 2020

Hello everyone!....

I was in the car on Sunday morning, 12th July, and Aled Jones was telling the listeners to Classic FM about his memories of the railway station at Llanfair PG, [which he said in full], because the platform has been closed, as it's too small to accommodate social distancing! He said that with such a long name on the sign, the platform itself ought to be long enough. He remembered going on the trains with those big white tickets with the full station name on them a good keepsake for visitors. Aled grew up in Llandegfan, a village between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris.

I always enjoy his programmes he has such a lovely voice, both for speaking and singing.



As you know, the Community Centre is not opening until September 1st, and we have now had some information about the effect of the 2-metre social distancing on the number of people allowed in each of the rooms at any time:

The Management Committee have set the amount of people in the rooms to the following:

Main Hall, Capacity 15.

Room 1, Capacity 8.

Room 2, Capacity 6.

Tennis Room, Capacity 4.

These numbers can increase by one if a Tutor is present."

Sadly, this means that we will not be able to have meetings until the rules are relaxed.

We will all very much miss our fair this month, I'm sure Marion and I will have to make decisions about when we think it could be safe to meet, and that will also be dependent upon there being suitable rooms available at the Centre at the time.

We need to know your thoughts on resuming the meetings, so that we can try to make the right decisions for everyone. We understand that many of us will not feel safe in enclosed spaces with other people for some considerable time to come, so please email, write or phone me to let me know what you think. Thank you.


Ken's friend Vin has now completed the job of making some bespoke display boards for us, from designs given to him by Marion. We haven't seen them yet, as the rules don't allow for visiting him, but we will collect them as soon as possible. They will be a great asset to the Club for years ahead.

Thank you Ken and Vin!


We send our sincere condolences to John Cowell, whose brother Ron, who lived in Aberystwyth, has passed away.

Ron was the first registered member of the Welsh Postal History Society at that time known as the Welsh Philatelic Society - when it formed in 1971

BBC 4 programmes about the revival of the steam railways, including our Welsh 

"The Golden Age of Steam Railways". It was the first of 2 episodes, and showed original film from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, of volunteers and others trying to revive the narrow-gauge and industrial railways, and it had a lot of footage of the early days of the Tal-y-Llyn and Ffestiniog line restorations. The second programme on 28th July was about the standard-gauge line rescues and featured the Severn Valley line and the Worth Valley line, including behind the scenes film of the making of "The Railway Children." I think that the programmes must have been shown before, but I hadn't spotted them, and as they don't mention the Welsh lines in the title, I perhaps wouldn't have registered them as being of interest.

If you love our little railways, or steam trains in general, then do try to catch up with these lovely gifts of film to us.



Barbara Lawson Reay has a new book out:-

"War, Peace and the Women's Institute", published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.

At present it's available only from 

Gwasg Carreg Gwalch

12 Station Yard


LL26 0EH

£9.50 + £2.50 p&p

Waterstones will order it & it's listed on Amazon but not available there yet.

Snippets from the description on the back of the book:-

"In the early 1900s north-east Wales was a dangerous place for women…

Llangollen Suffragists continued to meet throughout WW1…and actively supported and actively supported two war charities: - The Welsh Hospital, Netley and the Scottish Women's Hospital.

 Colonel Stapleton Cotton and Tinker [his dog] were responsible for the first W.I. in Britain at Llanfairpwll… in 1915.

Appendices for each section include fascinating mini-biographies…..some of the Anglesey W.I. members' lives are nothing short of amazing….."

I can't wait to delve into my copy! K



         Trebor on locationin County Durham

 This enamel on metal advertising sign in the form, if not the size, of a postcard was the inspiration for a collecting theme of Tuck oilette postcards which include advertising or promotion of the “Tuck” name. I’ve often thought that one reason for the Raphael Tuck company being such a successful publishing house was their keen eye for self promotion. I just like the idea of the company getting the buyer to pay for their advertising!

Note the stamp box, in the top right hand corner, which confirms to the viewer that they are looking at a “postcard”. in the stamp box. Tuck take advantage of their opportunity to remind us of their Royal Warrant. They achieved the “By appointment” tag for the first time in 1893 and were able to renew their accolade during the reign of every Monarch from that time, up to and including the present Queen.

 On the left side of the sign is the distinctive “easel & palette” motif, seen on most postcards produced by the company. Notice on the left side of the sign is the distinctive “easel & palette” motif, seen on most postcards produced by the company. Notice the lettering R&S behind the Large T on the blackboard, of course standing for Raphael Tuck & Sons, leading the eye to the prominent title of the sign, “Tuck’s Postcards”. The addition of “The most Welcome, Artistic & Up-To-Date”, was probably a catchy phrase in its day, and is one of many such slogans used to promote Tuck’s postcards.

The Tuck drive for the promotion of their products also means that collectors of shop fronts or shopping street scenes may well have some Tuck related image already in their collections, whether they realise it or not!

 We came across the sign shown in the photograph during a visit some years ago to the Beamish Living Museum of the North, which is in County Durham. The open air museum included many interesting exhibits of social history and made for an excellent day out, very much enjoyed


Marion has sent details of a postcard service you may want to try:-


I have come across a website that gives you the opportunity to collect cards from around the world. If you register at you can send up to 5 postcards and get cards in return. You are given a random address of someone who wants to receive a card. Post the card to them and you will get a card back from someone else who wants to send a card. I have only been taking part for a couple of months and so far have had cards from Europe, Canada, USA and Russia. Some countries are not accepting mail due to the virus so no doubt I will get some from other parts of the world with time. I can say what sort of cards I collect so I am expanding my modern collection rather than getting views I don't want. If you like stamps there are often a mixture of commemoratives used for the postage. It is a welcome surprise when they pop through the letterbox with a message from the sender.

Here are the last two to arrive an Amish buggy from USA and Netherland maxi card complete with cancelled stamp.







The Home Front Museum, Llandudno.

I've just heard from Adrian Hughes, who was to have been our speaker in September, that his superb museum of

items from everyday life in WW2, was able to re-open last Monday. He has all the necessary covid19 precautions in

place, and he is limiting the number of visitors allowed in at one time. If you would like more information about the

museum, and the covid19 arrangements, please phone 01492-871032, or go to


On a card posted in Manchester in JUNE 1907, to an address in London.

'Have had a miserable wet day here; people say it is the 32nd rainy day….best love from Fred.'

I lived in the Manchester area for 4 years so I know that it could well be true! K



The card with the next message is by Hugo Lang, whose shop at the Cross, Chester, featured in the Bulletin in May.

It is captioned "The Staircase, Bishop Lloyd's Palace (A.D.1615), Chester", and dated Wednesday, Aug. 28th 1912 'Started for home from Penyffordd. Took the 9.7. arriving in Chester about 9.45, & walked up to Northgate St, buying Cheshire Cat, pen etc. Made our way towards the Gate, going through the Abbey Gateway for the first time; went over a magnificent modern bakery & then on to the Walls. Sat on Morgan's Mount for some time, getting splendid

views of the country with Moel Fammau in the distance. Went on, watching the canal lock working to allow a steam launch to come through. Went through Bishop Lloyd's Palace, buying this card there. Had dinner at the Holborn, & as it rained when we came out, took the car to the station & the 2.0 train to Birkenhead, getting home about 3.30. Did not go out again but arranged cards in the evening. brilliant morning, but turned very wet about 2pm.'

The card on the top is of the 'Holborn', dated August 1916. There are several views of the Holborn, exteriors and interiors, in a guide to Chester produced by Proprietor, Mr. J. Kendrick. The other card shows the Vienna Bakery, most probably the magnificent modern bakery’ visited by the lady, as Mr. Kendrick was the Proprietor of both businesses.  Vienna Bread was made by steaming the dough, rather than baking it a new technique developed in 19th Century Vienna



This building later became "Littlewoods" shop.




J. Kendrick's "Vienna Bakery".




A picture of The Market Hall, Ross-on-Wye is on this next card, and the message was sent on 27th July 1965.

' This hall was visited by the Queen and Prince Philip in 1957 & by your mother & I in 1965 No fuss. Weather reasonable. Trust you lads are having a great time.

Mam & Dad.'

The 'lads' were at a Scout Camp at R.A.F. Valley at the time, and the card was sent to their Troop-leader


Tuck "Heraldic View" Postcard Series 7173, of 'London. Rotten Row and Hyde Park Corner' has this message:-

'Dear Auntie, I can say now I have seen London. I can't describe what it is like here. I was at the Coliseum last night, it

was extra. The horse didn't get a prize; there were 27 in his class. You don't know a horse till you come here. There

was about six inches of snow this morning. Henry

The card was sent to York from London on March 3rd, 1909.

I tried to discover which horse show Henry had been to, and the most likely seems to be the Shire Horse Society's spring show at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington. The Society was formed in 1878, as the English Cart Horse Society, and held its first show in 1880 at the Agricultural Hall. It changed its name to the Shire Horse Society in 1884.

It still exists today, and for more information about this interesting Society, the website is at:-

The River Dove from Doveholes, Dovedale is the picture on a card, published by Simpson the Printers, Friar Gate, Derby.

It was posted from Derbyshire to an address in Surrey. The postmark is unclear, but the stamp dates it to the early 1950s.

“Thursday 3.30pm. & it's ok. Just had a nice pot of tea and am writing this in the graveyard in the village of Hartington. Very much enjoyed my trip through Dovedale. I lost my itinerary yesterday which is a bind. Shall be in Buxton tonight. Cheerio. J."


Please send me, by email or post, any little items for the bulletin the more variety we have, the better.

I hope that everyone is still staying safe and well.

Best wishes for now,




Club Bulletin September 2020.


Hello everyone!

            I'm sure that, like me, you were disappointed not to have been able to enjoy our Annual Postcard Fair on 15th August.  We can't confirm next year's event yet, as the Community Centre is still not taking bookings, but the date should be 21st August, so do please put it on your 2021 calendar.  I shall be writing to all the dealers who had taken tables for 2020, to ask them to keep 21st August for us – some have already said that they are looking forward to the fair. Fortunately, everyone understands the uncertainties surrounding events like this.


            We have no new information about the resumption of our meetings, and with the forecast autumn/winter spike in virus infections, and further possible lockdowns, sadly, it may be some time before we can meet again.



40th Anniversary of the Club, November 2020 – Covid19 changes to our plans.

            We had planned to celebrate the anniversary with a special dinner, which will not now go ahead, and we had also decided to invite members of our sister-clubs – Criccieth and Wirral to join us for a meeting one evening next summer, and this may still happen.

            The meeting in November 2020 was to have been a 'Reminiscence Evening', when we could look back on our history.  As this may not now go ahead then, I thought that, in the meantime, we could perhaps write down some of our memories of people, talks and events, and I will assemble them in the bulletin for November. I am hopeful that we can have our celebrations later in 2021.

Please let me have any contributions for this 'Reminiscence Bulletin' by the middle of October. Thank you. K.


   I have been researching the Post Offices in Llanddulas for an item for the WPHS, and I came across the 'Llanddulas Remembers' website, which was very useful to me, as it helped me to identify the P.O. buildings in the postcards I have of the village.  I have sent them some scans of cards I have of the area, to help with their collections. The site also includes views and information about their sister-village of Rhyd-y-Foel.  


John Harrop has kindly donated his large collection of PPMs to the Club. I'm sure that we can use them to promote the Club and the hobby at the Fair and elsewhere, and also have them available for members to borrow or buy. 

       Thank you, John.


Alaw and Elizabeth have sent me a lovely article from the 'i' newspaper of 21st July, 2020, entitled  "The Postcard Detectives". It features people who trace family stories through postcards and ephemera. One lady, Lynn Heiden researches the information from the messages, and sends her findings to a member of the family for their enjoyment. Another, Helen Baggott, has written a book "Posted in the Past: Revealing the True Stories Written on a Postcard".  Tom Jackson puts his finds on Twitter @PastPostcard and has written a book "Postcards from the Past" and hosts a Podcast with the same name. The article shines a sidelight on our hobby, featuring the information which can be derived from the messages and from documents, and the illustrations give a good idea of images of people to be found on postcards, cabinet photos,  cartes-de-visite and family snaps,.

Thank you, Alaw and Elizabeth.



Another disappointment this month is that we will miss Adrian Hughes's evening with us, which is always a highlight in our programme. However, he has kindly sent an item for us to read here…..

Last month marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and Adrian takes a look at how the Borough of Conwy contributed to the war effort.

On September 3, 1939, the day war was declared, trains carrying evacuee children from Merseyside arrived in the borough of Conwy. Over 1000 children and 248 adults disembarked, mainly from the Shiel Road area of Liverpool. It was not just people that were relocated to the area during the war but also paintings. In 1941, 32 important works of art from Birkenhead’s Williamson Art Gallery were transferred to the council offices at Bodlondeb for safekeeping. These included works by JMW Turner, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough.

In February 1940, the council were approached by the Air Ministry regarding building a large, factory on fields at Pensarn, Llandudno Junction to manufacture aircraft parts. Permission was granted and the works leased to the Ratcliffe Engineering Company. Initially concerned with the fabrication of spars for Beaufighter aircraft, later in the war this expanded to include the manufacture of Halifax aircraft spars, bomb carriers and bomb release gear. At its peak Ratcliffes employed around 1000 people. The workers were drawn from across North Wales with some travelling from as far as Flintshire and Anglesey, catching trains to get to Junction to start their shifts. The factory operated a 3-shift system and functioned 24 hours a day. Externally the building was painted in a green and brown disruptive camouflage pattern while an anti-aircraft gun and searchlight installation was positioned in the grounds of the Marl Hotel – now the heavy side yard of Richard Williams Builders Merchants – to protect the works from the air. Post-war the factory was acquired by the International Refrigerator Company and the manufacturing of white goods began, continuing until the close of the Hotpoint in 1992.

Wars are very expensive and to pay for the Second World War the government needed the help of the British people by investing in War Bonds and Savings Certificates. While encouraged to invest year-round there was also an annual national savings week. Warship Week took place in November 1941 with a target of £55,000, enough to buy the hull of a Royal Navy ship. Events took place including a concert at the Palace Cinema featuring many stars from the BBC Variety Department that had been evacuated to Bangor and Llandudno. The £55,000 target was smashed and by the end of the week £125,300 was raised and HMS Erica – a Flower class corvette - adopted. HMS Erica was sent to the Mediterranean and was on escort duties until she hit a sea mine in February 1943 and sank off the coast of Egypt with the loss of two crew. Ironically, by the time the Admiralty had presented the council with a special 'Warship Week' plaque, HMS Erica had already sunk!

In October 1942, land at Conwy Morfa was requisitioned for “very urgent war work” which was a “vital secret”. The following month work started on building sections of a prototype floating harbour designed by Bangor born engineer, Hugh Iorys Hughes, for potential use in the invasion of mainland Europe. The Allies were convinced that they would not be able to get all the men, equipment and supplies ashore without such a system and Commodore John Hughes-Hallett, Naval Chief-of-Staff, remarked “If we can’t capture a harbour, we must take one with us”.

Over 700 workers were employed at the site and quartered at convalescent homes in the area. Working conditions were poor, with little or no cover from the elements and men riveting and welding at great heights. The blackout simply had to be ignored. Residents got used to the hammering and striking at this new ‘shipyard’ but, with the government mantra of “Careless Talk Costs Lives”, asked no questions.

The first of the prototype sections was launched into the River Conwy in the spring 1943 and towed to south west Scotland for testing. Later in 1943, work started at Conwy Morfa building the now finalised artificial harbour codenamed ‘Mulberry’. These were assembled on the Normandy beaches and operational just four days after D-Day, 6 June 1944. The artificial harbour was an immense success. It is estimated that in the 10 months it was operational over 2.5 million troops, 50,000 vehicles and 6m tonnes of supplies were landed.

Adrian Hughes is the author of “The Second World War in the Borough of Conwy” which is available from the Home Front Museum, New Street, Llandudno. It costs £5, which is donated in its entirety to the Royal British Legion and Citizen.

 [Coincidentally, V.J. Day was on August 15th 2020. K.]

Thank you, Adrian We expect to resume our programme at some point in the future, and we hope that you will be able to come to talk to us again then. K.





Anyone for Sap-ma?

Trebor has sent us a lovely card, together with instructions for the game the girls are playing…

Straits Chinese Girls playing Sap-Ma

Had there been a “Two Minute Talk” at a Club meeting this year, I might have tried to get you to play Sap-Ma.

The image below shows women sitting at a table with the fingers of their hands in distinctive positions. There are glasses on the table and a bottle on the floor beside one of the women. The caption refers to women from what we know as Singapore playing a table game called Sap-Ma. 

The card was of particular interest to me as it is an example of an unnumbered Tuck “Oilette” card. Yes! Tuck cards without reference numbers!! There are in fact many such cards. This one is clearly marked with the “Oilette” logo on the bottom right of the picture. I believe it to be a card produced for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924 and 1925. It is marked “Malaya” on the back.

Should you wish to have a go at the game, this is the best I could do at finding some instructions. Maybe someone can improve on my efforts.

The two opponents sit or stand face-to-face and decide who will start. The starting player (Player 1) makes a hand motion and simultaneously calls out a number as Player 2 also makes a hand motion (but says nothing). The hands motion options are: a)keep both hands closed ; b)open your left hand only; c)open your right hand only; d)open both hands.

The number Player 1 can call out must be one of the following: 0, 5, 10, 15 or 20. The aim is for Player 1 to call out the total sum of fingers shown by both players: 0, 5, 10, 15, or 20. 

If Player 1 guesses the correct sum of fingers shown, then she is halfway to a victory. To win, she must guess the correct sum twice in a row. If she guesses incorrectly, then it is Player 2’s turn. Either way, both players keep their hands where they are between rounds.

 For example, Player 1 opens only her left hand and guesses “five,” but since Player 2 opened both hands, “five” is the wrong sum. “Fifteen” would have been correct this time, so now it is Player 2’s turn. Player 1’s left hand will remain open and right hand will remain closed until Player 2 makes his next move. Both of Player 2’s hands stay open until he makes his next move. 

Calling any mathematical impossibility counts as a single loss for that player. For example, saying “zero” and showing either five or ten is an automatic loss, just as saying “five” and showing ten is also an automatic loss. Saying “ten” and showing zero is acceptable because the opponent could show ten but saying “fifteen” or “twenty” while showing zero creates a mathematical impossibility.

There is no limit to how long or short a player’s pause must be between rounds. For example, a player could call “zero” showing zero, then quickly call “five” showing five with the hope that both calls were correct. If the first “zero” was wrong, it doesn’t matter if the second call was correct. It is now the other player’s turn to call.

 2009 A

By the way, it’s said to be a drinking game, which explains a lot. 

Thank you Trebor…your items are always enjoyable and most welcome!



May 4th 1911, from Manchester.

Madam. Will you kindly attend to the gas as the men cannot put the meter in till the fittings has been made right. they are leaking under the floor…..


To an address in Detroit, July 14th 1959…..a whistle-stop tour of the U.K.?

Hi!  Am enjoying the scenery around this part of the world – Flight took just 9 hrs 42 minutes direct from Detroit to Prestwick – Weather perfect – Have travelled 700 miles through Scotland. Expect to go to Wales on Saturday…..Kindest regards, Dorothy.


A Coronation Souvenir card postmarked 15th May 1937, 3 days after the Coronation of King George VI….On the reverse of the card, by Valentine of Dundee, they reveal how they made the cards available so soon after the event:- "Prints flown to Dundee by aeroplane on Coronation Day, May 12th, 1937. Postcards on sale in London by 11 o'clock on 13th May." 

The message reads:-  We arrived safely without falling to pieces on the way. Also saw the Coronation though we had to stand for nearly 12 hours. Tremendous crowds in London and we are having a most interesting time…


Another 'Coronation Day Postcard', this time by Tuck, postmarked 10th June 1953, 8 days after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey.

" Just to say we arrived here safely about 5pm, a lovely drive. It was a joy to see everywhere villages and towns decorated. We went and saw the Queen and all the Royal family on their way and returning from St. Paul's yesterday. The sun shone – a lovely sight with the wonderful street decorations…"


……and two messages which made me want to know what happened….

- Dear Kate. Received your letter safely. Will explain about the cat when you get home…

- December 1953:- I ought to have told you that Roy has been at home for 6½ weeks with a septic finger which would not heal. Please don't mention the missing furniture when you write to Joe. I'm hoping it will be found before long.


     In a postscript to the item on the Elan Valley Reservoirs, I came across a batch of cards of the area, which proclaimed "August 1984 - No Water - All 5 Reservoirs Dry".

             There had been a drought, and the water in the reservoirs had become very low.  On the 23rd August 1984, the Welsh Water Authority began a process to regulate the movement of water in the system so that the reservoirs could fill up to their normal levels. The regulations would be in place until 23rd February 1985 or until the reservoirs were full, whichever was the sooner. 


Stay safe, and I look forward to receiving your Club memories for the November Bulletin.

Best wishes, Karlyn.


Club Bulletin October 2020.


Hello everyone! I'm so sorry that this bulletin is late this month…my computer has not been working properly. It's a lot better now that our friend has looked at it for me…. It came as a bit of a shock to find that parts of North Wales are now under restrictions, so I hope that they have an impact on the spread of the virus soon. Marion has been under the weather recently, and we wish her a speedy return to full health. I was delighted to receive my copy of the new Picture Postcard Collecting magazine this week, and it's a good read, as expected – great to have it back! 




The October Menai Bridge Book Fair has been cancelled. It's always an excellent fair with a lovely atmosphere, and a huge amount of wonderful material to enjoy. I am very sad that it isn't on this year.


The Anglesey Antiques Fair is in doubt for 17th & 18th October. Please check their website or phone the team on 01584-873634 or 07703-558600 for the latest information.


The Liverpool Lark Lane Fair on 24th October….a message from Helen Prescott on 1st October:- "I spoke to the Liverpool venue today and just as you'd guess, the October Fair is certainly not happening".


Colwyn Bay, Eirias Park School Fair on 14th November…a message from Steve Chapman on 1st October. "Colwyn Bay fairs are suspended for the foreseeable future. Things are too changeable at the moment especially as a lockdown is being imposed.


 I've had this email from Ian Boumphrey about the Wirral fairs 2020/21:-

Hi everyone I hope you are all well and managing to buy and sell postcards! I am sure it will be no surprise that the Wirral fair for 10th October has been cancelled. With rules on numbers in Thornton Village Hall only six members of the public would be allowed in at any one time, allowing for dealers and helpers. The dates for 2021 are as follows: Saturdays 6th March, 12th June and 9th October. I am taking bookings for these fairs – if you wish to book please let me know Keep safe and well Cheers Ian 


Charles Edwin Flower - an item from Trebor.

The card shown of Caernarvon Castle (with a “v”, reflecting the time of production) is one of six in a set of Tuck Oilettes (set 7949) by C.E. Flower. It may be thought surprising that this is the only set of Welsh views the artist produced, given that an estimated 1400 of his watercolour sketches were turned into postcards. I particularly like the architectural style and attention to detail, as well as the care with the use of colours. Born in 1871, he studied at the Royal College of Art in London before taking employment initially as a draughtsman. His art work was exhibited at the Royal Academy. He married an art teacher, Alice Bertha Perry, and they lived mainly in London and Oxfordshire, until his death in the 1950s. They had one son, Edwin, who was born in 1904. He travelled far and wide to produce his sketches for postcards, not only across the UK but also in north and south America as well as in Germany. This inclination to travel may be connected to the fact that his mother was American and two of his three sisters married and lived at various times in Canada, the USA and Germany. It’s not surprising then that Flower’s work is well represented in the “Wide-Wide-World” cards of the Oilette series. He is an artist whose work would be particularly interesting for anyone who enjoys postcards of buildings. Cards of “The Inns of Court” and “ The Houses of Parliament” and various London churches and landmarks are typical of his work. He also produced work relating to the British Empire Exhibition of 1924/5, including some notable advertising cards, as well as the many sets based on his travel destinations. As with many of his contemporaries, colour photography superseded his watercolour sketches as a source for postcards and lessened the call for his two or three week journeys around the country, probably by bicycle, and carrying his own art equipment with him. My notes are taken from “Picture Postcard Artists” by Tonie & Valmai Holt and I also read an article entitled “Charles Flower’s Picture Postcards” attributed to Grace Armfield in PPM, May 1985.

2010 A


Thank you, Trebor! the colours in Flower's cards are so beautiful, and quite distinctive.


A New Book from Peter Johnson & Adrian Hughes. Llandudno's Military Heritage. An email from Adrian:- "Thank you for your interest in the book. It is available from all good bookshops and from the Home Front Museum. RRP £14-99 but only £12-50 at the museum (and I could sign copies too!)."The Museum is open until the end of October, but check times etc. before you go. Phone:- 01492-871032 email:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website:-


2010 B


Cut & paste….?


2010 C


I wonder if the King and Queen were happy with this!


2010 D


This card looks quite normal, until you notice that the foreground procession has been married to the background along the top of the heads of the crowd on the left, around to beneath the memorial - not the best job!


2010 E


A review of the Lansdowne Hotel, and a holiday in Llandudno from the 1970s [an early version of Tripadvisor?]


After yesterday's lovely day it is back to normal today. It is raining steadily and doesn't look like giving up. They have had dreadful weather all the week, it is just wretched for them as quite a lot go home tomorrow. We have just been for a walk along the shops this morning, but it is too wet to stay out. The wind has dropped today which helps, it was certainly blowy at the end of the pier yesterday. This is a lovely house. They can take 70 visitors, there are about 60 here now. It is v. comfortable and clean. Two large lounges, a sun lounge and a TV (colour) lounge. also a games room. The X indicates our bedroom, we have got a window but you can't see it in the picture. The car park you can see at the side is quite large. The owners and staff are very pleasant folk. The food so far leaves nothing to be desired. Love to you all, Mum & Dad."


2010 F


The card is by Postcards Ltd., of Stalybridge, who produced many hotel advertising cards. The 'X' is on the top window below the central chimney.



A day out with Karlyn & the Poynton Mobile Library


I have always loved books. and as a child, I looked forward to the fortnightly visit of the Flintshire mobile to Kinnerton. When I was about 14, I decided that I wanted to be a mobile librarian. Luckily, my first job after qualifying was on the Poynton mobile in East Cheshire. We had 9 routes over 2 weeks, with one day at base for re-stocking and van maintenance. My favourite route was around Macclesfield Forest, on the border with Derbyshire, so I'll take you out with me.


2010 G


Tegsnose Reservoir, Langley, by Bullock Bros, Macclesfield.


Our first stop of the day was in Langley village. Macclesfield is famous for its silk production, and there were some silk screen printing works in Langley. One particular day will forever stay with me. It was winter, and there had been some bad weather earlier in the week. We left Langley and skirted the Tegsnose reservoir on our way up the steep hill towards Forest Chapel. Suddenly, the van started to slide backwards, towards the reservoir. It was terrifying! Luckily, Arthur Birtles, my driver, managed to wedge the van against the reservoir wall before it crashed through into the water. My main concern was how I would have explained the situation to the area librarian if the van had gone in…..Reluctantly, we had to abandon any idea of getting up to Forest Chapel that day.


2010 H


Forest Chapel, by Bullock Bros, Macclesfield.


Forest Chapel is a tiny isolated hamlet in a basin on a hill. There are just a few buildings, as shown in this card. The church usually holds a rush-bearing ceremony in August. The residents were always very good to us, often bringing hot or cold drinks, and biscuits to the van.


2010 I


Stanley Arms, Macclesfield Forest.


We usually had lunch at the Stanley Arms Hotel, and according to its website, , before 1906 it was a farm, and after that date became a farm and public house. Originally it was called the Derby Arms, after Lord Derby, but changed its name before WW2 to the Stanley Arms, as 'Stanley' is the family name of Lord Derby of Knowsley. The hut to the left is thought to be a jockeys' changing room, removed from Aintree racecourse. It was used as a Tea Room before being moved to a nearby farm to make way for a car-park


There was another day I shall never forget. Occasionally we had lunch at the famous Derbyshire pub, "The Cat & Fiddle", a short distance from Forest Chapel. Our van, which had been dark blue and cream, had been repainted silver-grey after the County boundary changes of the early 1970s. On this day, we had left the van in a lay-by across the road from the Cat, but when we came out after lunch, the van had disappeared. A dense fog had come down and for one heart-stopping moment, we thought that the van had been taken. Luckily it was just that we couldn't see it in the fog! Silver-grey is not the best colour for a large vehicle in bad weather!


2010 J


The road to Wildboarclough, by Bullock Bros, Macclesfield.


Next, we made our way towards Wildboarclough. The road runs next to Clough Brook for a long stretch. There were several farms along the road, and we had scheduled stops at some of them. As some of the farms were worked by members of the same family, they often asked us to "take a dozen eggs to my sister at the next farm" or "pop this letter in at the Post Office".


2010 K


Crag Hall, Wildboarclough.


Wildboarclough is an interesting village. Crag Hall was built in the early 1800s for the owner of the carpet factory in the village. Later it was as a shooting lodge for the Earl of Derby. It is grade 2 listed, and is now a Country House Hotel.


 2010 LL


The Post Office, Wildboarclough.


Our stop was at the Post Office. It is in a huge building in the centre of the village. It is contemporary with Crag Hall and originally contained the offices of the adjoining carpet factory, which has been demolished. Later, it became a village hub, containing the P.O., the Post Master's home, and a village hall on the top floor. It is said that Queen Victoria sometimes stayed at the Hall, and that the P.O. needed so much space because of the volume of mail which was sent to the Queen while she was there.


2010 M


The Ship Inn, Wincle, by H.D. Kermode, Macclesfield


The Ship Inn at Wincle was the last call of the day, and we then ran down the hill a short way to Danebridge, to turn the van around in Derbyshire before heading back to Poynton.

I worked on the mobile for 4 years, and was sad to leave such an enjoyable and rewarding job. I moved back to Chester and was a lending librarian at the City Library for the next 15 years. I left the service in 1989, to become a full-time postcard dealer. 

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Please don't forget to send me your special memories of Club members, speakers and events for the 40th Anniversary Bulletin next month – contributions by the middle of October, please.

I look forward to hearing from you if you have any news or items of interest to include in future bulletins.

Best wishes for now, stay safe, Karlyn.


Club Bulletin, November 2020.

Hello everyone! I trust that you are safe and well during lockdown.

I was disappointed not to have any reminiscences about the Club for this bulletin, but I've been preparing a history of the Club based on our own archive, and reports in PP Monthly and PP Annual, so when it's ready it may spark some memories. If you haven't replied to the request from Marion for an opinion on whether or not to postpone the AGM in January, then please do. You have until November 30th to register your decision. Thank you! Marion says that those who have voted say that they are keeping well, but Andrew is missing Anglesey….


*** You will be pleased to hear that Marion is feeling better at the moment, so we hope that she continues to improve.

*** Jo Wallace, Alec's wife, is in hospital at the moment. I have sent Alec a 'get well soon' wish for her from us all. I have spoken to him a couple of times recently, and he says that no-one can to go to visit Jo because of the virus regulations, and he is finding it hard to deal with, of course. If you want to get in touch, his email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and phone 0151-430-0105 [details are in PP Annual 2020]

*** Sadly, Adrian Hughes's Home Front Museum closed for the season in early October, because of the low visitor numbers. We hope that he can come to speak to us at a meeting next year.

*** We have heard from Lynne that the York Fair in December has been cancelled by the Racecourse Management because of the virus, and the Coin Fair, which usually takes place there in January, has also been a casualty of the pandemic.

*** The October Anglesey Antiques fair was cancelled – it's usually a really good fair, and one which I very much enjoy. I hope that the May event will be able to go ahead.

*** We went to get our flu-jabs on Saturday morning. They were being given at the Field Hospital which had been set up at Venue Cymru, Llandudno. When you see it in real life, rather than on television, you realise what an amazing achievement they are. The jab wasn't at all painful, but we had sore arms for a day or so…..


BBC1's 'Hidden Wales' with Will Millard has been one of my favourite programmes recently. If, like me, you don't have a head for heights you may want to close your eyes when he kayaks along the Pontcysyllte aqueduct. He also sheds more light on the workings of the Elan Valley project. [Series 2, Episode 6] 

Another programme which has unexpectedly showcased some of the joys of North West Wales, was 'Top Gear' on 25th October. If you can put up with the madcap antics of the presenters, it's well worth watching. The episode begins in Portmeirion, and then they drive through Snowdonia to the Anglesey Circuit, where they have time trials. The next challenge was at Plas Newydd on the Menai Strait. I imagine that the beautiful and tranquil National Trust property has never been so chaotic and noisy, but I'm guessing that it was closed to the public at the time. The team end their Welsh journey at Penrhyn Quarry with timed hill-climbs, and of course a ride on the zip-wire. The drone photography was particularly exciting here. The lads were amazed at the beauty of our area, so I hope that it will encourage new people to come and visit one day, and remind past visitors of why they came before.


2011 A

Remember this?

It seems a lifetime ago since we had this meeting, but it was Andrew Morris's excellent show of the work of O.R. Morris of Cemaes Bay, just last March. How different things were then! Thanks for the photo, Andrew.


Michael Goldsmith in Wales - Snippets from Goldsmith's Gazette, PPM, October 1990.

"Saturday, August 4th. I've never been to Wales before….

Wednesday August 8th. We went on a 7-mile run on the Tal-y-Llyn railway on Monday, but going up the second highest mountain in the British Isles will be a bigger thrill. I'm delighted to find a shop in Llanberis that not only has some modern postcards, but also a whole boxful of remainders featuring the Snowdon Mountain Railway back in the 1960s and I promptly snap up several for stock... By 4.30p.m. we are safely ensconced on our train and at last set off on the 50 minute journey up the mountain. We eventually emerge at the top where I am genuinely surprised at the sudden drop in temperature. Every time that I get a Snowdon Mountain Railway card out of its box now, I shall remember the occasion and it will mean something to me – and that after all is what postcard collecting is all about isn't it?" With permission from Michael. I sent him one of my photos of the SMR train at Llanberis Station, in the hope that it would bring back somehappy memories for him and his family. K.


Those members who have attended our most enjoyable Annual Dinners at the Marine Hotel will know that I am usually the only vegetarian in the room. It doesn't bother me at all, but I had to smile to myself when Bruce and I went to the Formula 1 weekend at Silverstone a few years ago. We stayed at a gorgeous B&B in an old watermill in the countryside. Also staying was a family of 4, who were all vegans, so that meant that, for a change, Bruce was the only carnivore in the breakfast room…. I do collect cards to do with vegetarianism, but I have only a few. I don't like the ones which show animals, but the comics and buildings etc are my favourites, so here's a selection:-

2011 B

The Vegetarian Restaurant ( Near Water Chute) Sixpenny Meals. Edinburgh National Exhibition. Postmarked 1908.


2011 C


Vera Paterson comic. Regent Publishing Co. Ltd. London, N.W.1.


2011 D


Vegetarian Summer School, Rhos-on-Sea 1910 [I have another dated 1911]


2011 E

Comic card – signature unclear. Recklessness. Vegetarian: "I don't care WHAT happens,

I WILL have another plate of prunes." from the "Winning Post Annual" (Summer) 1907.


We have Marion to thank for these gorgeous Mabel Lucie Attwell cards – very appropriate for the awful weather we've been having recently, but they do cheer you up, don't they? They have appeared on our Facebook pages, so do take a look if you want to join Marion and some of our other members and friends there.

2011 F

2011 G


2011 H


…….A few more messages:-

*** On a Valentine Art-Colour card of Barmouth, postmarked July 1953, and sent to Ostend:- "Thanks for the lovely card. Unlike yours, our weather and food leave much to be desired. But scenery is wonderful as usual. Had glorious walk last night with superb view of Mawddach Estuary. Went to concert by Male Voice Choir Sunday night, sang hymns lustily. Nearly as foreign as the Continent here – with all the "local yokels" talking Welsh. Bon voyage!"


*** Valentine b/w photo card of Borth-y-Gest, postmarked Plymouth, 15th October 1957 and sent to London.

"Thanks for letter. Am back at work today. Most of the children are better. We had 40 in bed at once – about 55 cases altogether. All the domestics are ill now, so we've Red Cross & W.V.S. & all sorts helping us – posh cars bringing ladies to 'wash up'. Weather lovely. Love M.

" This must, I think, refer to the influenza pandemic which began in the far east, 1957/58. Between 1 & 2 million people died worldwide with over 3,500 in England & Wales. Ref:


***A view of St. Ronan's School, Duffield Hall, Derbyshire, postmarked Duffield, 1966:-

"Dear Nain & Taid, I am having a lovly time but the rain is just coming on and off. We do not have much spare time.I have just trapped my hand in the door, but I must go on a 5 mile hike. I have friends and 1 girl. Love T."


*** This message appears on a correspondence card from Joseph W. Wright, 61a Hounds Gate, Nottingham., postmarked January 25th, 1900, and sent to Messrs Shaw & Shaw of Britannia Mills, Milnsbridge [near Huddersfield].

"Gents. I gave you instruction to deliver [the goods] for Dec 2Oth. This has not yet been sent. I think you ought to do better than this. Yours truly J.W. Wright. "


*** On a card of Llanddulas by F.J. Boardman of Abergele, postmarked Pensarn, 1914, and sent to the Birmingham area.

"Pensarn beach. We are having a splendid time. Yesterday we walked to Old Colwyn, had dinner at this pretty little place. Went to O.C. station at 4 o'clock to come back & much to our horror the porter said there would not be another train, so we had to walk all the way back…Yours sincerely E.M.C."


***This is on a card of All Saints Church, Northampton, postmarked for that town on August 31st, 1905 and sent to the Birmingham area.

" Dear Dol, I am so glad to be at work again – I hope you are. I could almost smell the fish on that card of Scarboro' Pier. I am still getting up early – before breakfast every morning. Kindest regards, Arthur."


***A photo card of an un-named house, postmarked Llanddulas with a George V stamp, and sent to Liverpool.

"Dear N, Thanks for the paper, but don't send any more, as we can get Despatch here. We have had a lovely picnic down at the Startled Fawn and whilst we were there, a detachment of the Welch Fusiliers had a wade while they were halting for dinner, on their way from Llandudno to St. Asaph. We gave some of them some sandwiches and a drink of tea. Have you heard any more from Jim. We have had lovely weather so far. With love. E.P."



Stay well, and look out for the Club history email or mail, which should be with you soon.

Best wishes, Karlyn.


Club Bulletin, December 2020.

Hello friends!

2020 has been a very challenging year for us all, but better times seem to be on the horizon now…. I feel that we need one last push over the winter, to return to some kind of normality in Spring and Summer. I can't wait to get back together with you all when meetings can start again.



AGM delay.

Marion sent this email about the AGM. "Everyone that voted was in favour of delaying the AGM. I will still do the accounts - it will be easier than doing two years. It will be in the new year that I do them as the end date is 31st December.


I'm pleased to be able to tell you that Jo Wallace is out of hospital, and at home. I asked Alec for an update on 27th November, and he told me the great news that she is improving, and that he is well too! They are looking forward to coming to Wales for the fairs as soon as they are up and running again.


Notice of Arthur Kirby's passing, for Picture Postcard Collecting magazine.

It is with sadness that I must tell you that our member, Arthur Kirby, passed away on Monday 9th November, at the age of 96.

Arthur came from the Manchester area and lived in Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales, for many years. His main postcard collecting interest was Manchester, and in particular its tram system, of which he had an encyclopaedic knowledge.

He attended meetings and fairs when he could, and even in more recent years, when his vision was deteriorating, he often joined us on outings to the Wirral and Stockport fairs. He very much enjoyed meeting up with his many dealer- and collector-friends to have a chat, and possibly even pick up a few cards for his extensive collections. Arthur was a very gentle and kind person, with an enquiring mind, and a good sense of humour, and it was a pleasure to have known him.

His daughter has said that there will be a memorial service in North Wales when the virus allows.


Club History Timeline.

I sent a copy of the 1st draft of the timeline to Brian Lund, at Picture Postcard Annual, and he sends his congratulations to the Club on our 40th Anniversary.

Picture Postcard Annual, 2021.

An email from Brian and Mary Lund:-

"Pleased to tell you 2021 Picture Postcard Annual published on 26th November. 112 packed pages of reference information & feature articles.

If you’d like us to post you one (you won’t get one at a fair for a while!), email Brian at:-

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively you can order at

Single copy inc. post £10.85; 2 copies £17.90 postfree; 3 copies £23 postfree; 10 copies £59.50 postfree.

All the best, and stay safe! Mary & Brian Lund"


On the website, Brian has a lot of interesting items, with selections of cards on various subjects, such as stringed musical instruments, Art-Nouveau and early postcards, as well as information on books and magazines which they have published, and a postcard sales list, which includes postcard-related books and ephemera. Well worth a look!

 received my 2021 Annual this week….it has a great variety of articles this time, as well as all the usual reference pages.


Gwrych Castle in Happier Times…


2012 A


2012 B


The miniature railway c1970s

"I'm a Celebrity…" is proving to be a wonderful window into our area for the many thousands of viewers of

this popular programme, and I'm sure that visitor numbers in the future will be greatly increased as a result.

   Dr. Mark Baker formed the Society for the Friends of Gwrych in 1997, when he was still a schoolboy. It became a registered charity in 2001, as the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust. and in 2018, his tireless dedication to the Castle resulted in the Trust's being able to purchase it for the nation, with help from other charitable bodies.

 Mark has been to speak to our Club on two occasions, in September 2003, and March 2015, with a promise of another update on progress in the future. A lot has happened at Gwrych over the past few years, so I hope to invite Mark to join us for an evening when our Club meetings start again.

 In the 1960s and early 70s, I and a group of friends used to go to Gwrych for a day out, and I have good memories of time spent there. The views over the coast are fabulous, and I particularly remember the jousting events in the grounds – very exciting!

 I am very sad to see Gwrych as it is now, but I know that, in time, Mark and his team will restore it to its former glory.

Two of the books by Dr. Baker about the Castle are:-

The Rise and Fall of Gwrych Castle, Abergele, North Wales, Including 'Winifred, Countess of Dundonald, A Biography' Published by the author in 2003. isbn:- 0 953744 0 1 9 issue price £7.95.

Myths & Legends of the Gwrych Castle Estate. .An Archaeological, Historical and Oral History Approach. Published by the author in 2006. isbn:- 0 953744 0 35



Can You Help?

Could this turn into a new feature for the bulletin…..?

If you need some help with a card or any other postcard / local history related matter, please let me have a scan or copy of the card, or details of your problem, so that our members and friends can try to solve it for you.

Lindsay has sent me scans of the front and back of this card, published by H.J. Edwards, Photographer, Abergele Rd

Colwyn Bay. In the Publishers' List, Mr Edwards has cards dated 1911 & 1913, so that could give an idea of the date of this card. The note on the back reads " Premier Mineral Walter Directors at [--------- ------] at Colwyn Bay". As Lindsay says, it may not be a house in Colwyn Bay itself, but elsewhere in the area. If anyone can decipher the words, and/or knows where this place was, please let me know. Lindsay would be very grateful for any help.

2012 C


2012 D



Hi everyone, we've had some information about the mystery words on Lindsay's card from Gill Jackson, who is an excellent puzzler...she actually had a crossword published in one of the earliest PPMs, and often has success with the postcard puzzles too, so I have thanked her for her research on this. This is what she has found for us:-

As for the unknown card - I read the  illegible bit of the message as Mervyn Wood.

I've looked it up and found this :-


Marine Road.

High Class Boarding Residence, fine position, home comforts,
highly recommended, good cuisine, separate tables,
sanitation perfect. — Terms x Moderate.


Telegrams : Wood^ Chestnuts, Colwyn Bay/'

It's from an archive page of tourist guides and this bit is from an LNWR tourist guide dated 1921

I think this Mrs Wood was quite well known in the area. 

I have checked on Google maps and suspect the the Chestnuts has been replaced by one of the modern buildings in that road. I also think the card shows the back view. Someone local may be able to visit and see more.

Hope this helps.





A Cruise on the Orient Line's ship, S.S. Oronsay – by a Passenger who had a lovely time!

2012 F


2012 G


2012 H


2012 I


Wednesday Dinner. 1st Class Lounge.

 Sat writing in the lounge, talk about posh, silver everywhere. Breakfast orange juice, cereals, fish, then toast & jam. Yesterday dinner, soup, fish & parsley sauce, meat with potatoes roast & boiled, then a real big slice of pineapple, lovely. Then we go in the restaurant & have coffee. This is the only part of the lounge, we like coffee here & drinks.


May 22nd .      S.S. Oronsay:- [full view of ship at sea]

 Having a glorious time, calm sea, lovely decks. It's just like living in a luxury Hotel. Edith you would have the thrill of your life. We are just about where we have put the cross.


May 22nd .     1 st Class Restaurant.

  2. We haven't dined here yet. Thursday before lunch. Children swimming. Steward just brought me an Ice. Thrilled with everything. I haven't been in this restaurant yet. You can have a party in there and invite a few friends. The music is playing lovely soft music, in fact everything is really posh. We are now passing a corner of France, & a real lovely day. I'll tell you more after lunch. We saw the dancing last evening. Dennis said wouldn't A.G. like this


Friday, May 23rd.   S.S. Oronsay [view of a deck area near a funnel]

 Still having good weather & calm seas & still hoping for the best (just got to know where I can go straight to my cabin. It is like a jigsaw puzzle, but it is lovely. been ironing my frocks for tonight, it's gala night, paper hats & so forth. They play cricket here on this deck.


 May 23rd.   1st Class, The Arena.

 This is where dad & I played quoits. Thursday morning. watching them play games also . Fancy seeing 'The Card' again. Didn't enjoy that so much, then we sat in the lounge till 11 o'clock, then to bed. Had a lovely nights rest. They said it had been a little rough in the night, but I was fast asleep. had a lovely morning, nice & sunny. We are going to see Gib[raltar] tomorrow. it's a 4/- trip. we are allowed 4 hours off for sight seeing.


Thursday, May. 29th   1 st Class Verandah Bar

. We have had an exciting day here at Port Said, went ashore & had a real shopping up. Jennie got a set of pink pearls with diamonds, we got a gold bracelet & a set of pearl earrings for £3.10.0. I got a white pearl 3 row & diamonds for £1, like you see in Llandudno for anything from £6 to £8 – a lovely wallet real leather for 3/- , a linen basket for 10/- We have had a drink in this part.


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Thursday 29th 2. 1 st Class The Flat.

 Got your short letter. I went to the office early. I was on deck at 5 o'clock, buying 2 pouffees. a doctor & I were bargaining with the Egyptian & we hauled them up a long rope. We did enjoy everything we did there, had a shower 6.30. I tell you it is a grand life for the making. It will be the thrill of your life. We are friendly with a few Australians & New Zealanders


Thursday.  1st Class 2 Berth Cabin.

 We are now going through the Canal, very wide & sand at each side. They say the Canal is 88 miles long, it is very hot. We are on A deck right high up, we see motors going along the side of the Canal, & a train has just gone by. Still having everything that's real posh, Breakfast, grapefruit juice, all-bran, fish haddock, poached egg, toast & marmalade. Lunch, soup, plaice, leek, swede, bread & butter custard & van[illa] ice with a lovely flavouring. If I have another trip, the flat would be lovely, only £200.


Thursday 29th May.   1st Class Dining Room.

 We go through Bitter Lakes. We are now passing a desert station, looks very picturesque, lots of palm trees. Everything seems so wonderful. We had dozens of boats selling just near the boat at Port Said. We go ashore something like a Bailey bridge. Saw a chap keep drawing for money, and he kept it in his mouth. You must take this trip sometime, it's worth every penny. The Oronsay looks majestic both inside & outside. It's lovely to see Stewards, dozens of them, waiting on you


1 st Class Tavern.

 Would you believe it, the Conductor of the Orchestra comes from Reddish. We had a talk with him. Talk about dress at night, or undress. Lots of places showing that would be better covered up. We do see some sights dancing. June 4th. Twice he has played 'So deep is the night'. Jennie is well again & had lunch with us. There is a fancy dress tonight it will be fun, mostly paper dresses. We do not visit the tavern as you will know.


  As I was reading through the early versions of PPM,for information for the timeline, I found a 2-page article on the Cat & Fiddle Inn, which I mentioned in my 'mobile library' item in October. There was a lot of correspondence about it in later issues, including some debate about whether or not it was the highest Inn in the UK. Tan Hill Inn was the other contender, but I don't think the argument was resolved. I sent Brian a copy of my Cat story – could it be the longest break in correspondence ever in PPM?

 I also noticed that Brian Lund was encouraging research into postcard artists, publishers and series from the beginning of PPM. There are many articles with checklists, such as those for Louis Wain, Tuck's 'Famous Expresses' and lists of publishers / retailers in various areas, an idea which was taken up by the North Wales Club.


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This card is by Tuck, an Oilette Connoisseur, no. C344, by Gilbert Wright.


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An Oilette in the 'Merry Winter' set, 9986.

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The Titchfield Series, no. 363.

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Misch & Co., Ltd, Christmas Postcards, Series No. 1772


We wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas. Karlyn & Bruce..


20 Dec 17

Club Bulletin, January 2021


Hello everyone! Happy New Year!!

I do hope that you had as good a Christmas as possible under the tighter regulations. Bruce's sister wasn't able to get here from Hampshire when the holiday was cut to just one day, and we were very disappointed. Even the dogs were deflated when I told them that she wouldn't be coming. We were able to have a Zoom session with her and other family members on Boxing Day, which did make us feel better. I am hoping that the vaccines will improve the situation enough for us to be able to meet up at some point in 2021, as I know that we are all missing our monthly get-togethers.


I asked Tim Hale if he would write some postcard memories for us, and here is his contribution:-

"Colin Mills Remembered", by Tim Hale of Sheffield.

   Wh en I first started collecting postcards, back in the mid 1970s, , I used to travel to a variety of antiques and collectors fairs and flea markets, as well as the occasional specialist postcard fair, in Sheffield, Leeds and over the Pennines in Manchester and Stockport.

   As Anglesey was (is) one of my areas of interest, I used to look for dealers with a good stock of Welsh cards. At one of those fairs, I met a nice friendly chap called Colin Mills. if I recall correctly, Colin had a massive stock of Welsh postcards, stuffed into many boxes, but they were not particularly well organised. Also, none of his cards were protected in plastic sleeves. The result being that many of his cards had bent corners and creases. As most of his cards were real photographic gems, this was a great shame. When I asked why he didn't protect his cards, he pointed out how heavy 'plastics' were, and how their thickness halved the number of cards you could fit in a box. Fair point. (He did eventually succumb to the use of plastics in the end though).

   On rare occasions, whilst on my way from Sheffield to Anglesey, Colin would allow me to stop at his hotel (Mount Stewart) and go through his new stock of Anglesey cards. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to have a system of identifying new stock from existing stock so there were always at least three full boxes to plough through. Brilliant in a way, but my wife was not impressed at the time (and money) being spent there!

   Colin always seemed to have lots of new stock. Perhaps Colwyn Bay and Rhos on Sea attracted more than its fair share of pensioners and retirees, and that was the source of his secret supply. I guess we'll never know.

  Tim Hale.

   Tim was an early member of the Club, although he didn't attend any meetings. He does come over to our Llandudno Fair when he can and we are always delighted to see him. K.

Books from Tim's firm, Rhosneigr Publishing:- 'Rhosneigr -

People and Places'.

208 pages - lavishly illustrated.

ISBN 978-0956296214

Available locally on Anglesey and from Amazon.

Copies still available :

"The Rhosneigr Romanticist"

First ever published biography of W. D. Owen (1874-1925) and the first ever English translations (abridged) of his novels "Madam Wen" and "Elin Cadwaladr".

75,000 words, 184 pages, 114 illustrations. ISBN 9780956296207

full details of both books on the website


News [or no news!]

On 31st December I asked Helen Prescott for an update on the LIverpool and Preston Red Rose fairs, and this is her reply.

"Happy New Year to you all! Fair dates uncertain. Red Rose is cancelled in January and they are not yet sure about March as it's too soon to say. However, Alec Wallace or Vicky Greenwood will contact people next year to let dealers know about new dates. Nothing is booked in for Liverpool as we've no idea when the venue will re-open. I doubt whether any fairs will happen anywhere in the North West before March. Helen."


I will try to find out what the Wirral Fair organizers are thinking and report in the next bulletin.



One of my favourite postcards:-

This card was produced by several publishers in different formats and with varying captions, for example "A Misty Morning on the Conway" This version is by Pictorial Stationery Co., Ltd., London, Peacock Brand, "Autochrom" (color photo) Postcard, serial number 1932. The firm was one of the earliest publishers of Picture Postcards, but had stopped producing cards c1908, and had disappeared completely by 1914 [Anthony Byatt, Picture Postcards and Their Publishers, p.205]

Our former member and Treasurer, the late Eifion Roberts of Deganwy gave me this information about the card many years ago, and it really brings the card to life.

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 This photo of 1907 shows Evan Evans's dredger "Dredge" loading a steamer, alongside which is an empty sailing vessel. The three mussel-men are only about 30 years of age. Left, is Alfred Roberts , then Evan Owen, (who had an ancestor on board "Conqueror" at Trafalgar in 1805). John Palin, his father was Cornish, a soldier at Conwy 1860 – the family became thoroughly Welsh. Thank you, Eifion…

Valentine & Sons, Ltd., Dundee. and Snowdon Mountain Railway….

  If you collect postcards, the chances are that there will be some by Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee in your albums. The technique of photography was developed in the late 18th and early 19th century. John Valentine was an engraver and printer, and his firm was founded in 1825. James, his son, joined as a partner in 1830, and a new firm was established. James was a good landscape photographer, so the family had a solid base from which to launch into postcards. The firm became a limited company in 1896 and a public company in 1907 as 'Valentine & Sons (1907) Ltd." The name with which we are most familiar – Valentine & Sons Ltd. – dates from 1913.

  Picture postcards were allowed in Britain from 1894, and the firm produced some of the earliest court-sized postcards in c1895. It has a huge catalogue of photographs, with no.1 dating to 1878, and by 1934, the number was 224649, with photos of all areas of the country and abroad mixed together. Between 1934 and 1966, the single numerical sequence changed to a letter and numbers. The letter denotes the area – A,B & D are Scotland; G,H,K.L & M are England; R is Ireland & The Isle of Man and W is Wales. Each letter has a sequence beginning with 1, and often goes up to 9999. The research for the dating of the topographical cards has been done by St. Andrew's University.

  In addition to this huge output of topographical cards, Valentine produced a vast quantity of subject cards, both photographic and artist-drawn, using some of the top artists of the time, such as Louis Wain and Mabel Lucie Attwell.

  The Club has been preparing a checklist of the W Series for some years, and we hope that it will be available on our website later this year, with regular updates.


Below, are two items of correspondence from Valentine & Sons Ltd., to the Snowdon Mountain Railway Ltd.

  The idea of a railway to the top of Snowdon was first mooted in 1869, but it wasn't until 1894 that the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Co., Ltd. was formed. The railway was constructed between December 1894 and February 1896 – just 14 months, over two winters! The project was based on Swiss rack & pinion railways, and the engines for the Snowdon line were made in Switzerland. In 1924, the company sold the Royal Victoria Hotel, and the company was renamed The Snowdon Mountain Railway Ltd., Llanberis.

  There were some temporary buildings on the mountain for many years, but in 1930, it was decided to replace these by a permanent summit building, designed by Clough Williams-Ellis. This eventually fell into disrepair, and in 2009, the new Hafod Eryri , by architect Ray Hole, was opened. The first item relates to this card, no. 201166JV [number in lower right corner.]

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On the reverse of this card, along the left edge, is the 'Customer's imprint', which in this case is:- "Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Co., Ltd., Llanberis, N. Wales. so up to 1924. It also has the purple cachet mark:- "Summit of Snowdon" - there have been many varieties of the cachet over the years. This card has also been seen with the later imprint of:- "Snowdon Mountain Railway Ltd., Llanberis", . and as in this Confirmation Order.

 John Alsop lists cards with the SMT or SMR imprint on the back as 'Railway Officials' – produced especially for the Company.

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  The Confirmation Order is dated 6/3/29, so before the holiday season starts. They are required for Whitsun, if possible, and should be delivered by rail. The salesman was Mr. A. G?. Brooks.

  The Traveller's Order No. is 21505 and the Customer's Official Order No. 44.

  Description. 5000 (35 ?Gross) in real photo glossed des(ign) 5028 (reprint special composite) Just Arrived at Snowdon Summit. Total Quantity 35 Gs. 7/- Amount £12. 5s. Terms 5%. [ 'Composite' = Multiview K.]

  In the Remarks section at the bottom of the page is the wording for the imprint on the reverse. Customers imprint SNOWDON MOUNTAIN RAILWAY LTD. LLANBERIS. Office Order No 228505


The second item is a letter to the Snowdon Mountain Railway in respect of a request they have made about this card:- 'Snowdon Train near Summit' This version was reprinted c1950, as the date letter code is J. The image can also be seen on the other card, in the oval frame on the right.

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 From this letter, dated 29th August, 1929, we can find a lot of information about the firm as it was then.

 It was established in 1830, and describes itself as "Fine Art Printers & Publishers Westfield Works, Dundee"

The registered office is at 154 Perth Road, Dundee, but the details for the London Office and Showroom at 12, Cursiton Street, London, E.C.4, near Chancery Lane, are given the more prominent position on the page, at the left.

 Telephones Dundee 5088, 5089 London Holborn 1067, 1068. Telegrams . "Valentine. Dundee"Cable address VALCARD, DUNDEE. "VALENCARD LONDON" CODE A B C 5 th Edition.

We can see the extensive range of merchandise they are selling at this time.

 The text of the letter reads:- Dear Sirs, Our Mr. Brooks has handed us your kind order for Real Photo Postcards of "Snowdon Train, Nr. Summit" and whilst we are extremely busy in our Real Photo Department, by making a special feature of your order, we will endeavour to despatch it to you on the 9th September. We are sorry this is the very best we can do in the circumstances. Yours faithfully, Valentine & Sons Ltd.

An example of good Customer Service not often seen today! K.

Sources for this item are:-

 Snowdon Mountain Railway website. Home - Snowdon Mountain Railway (

St. Andrew's University topographical view - dating list – I have copies – please let me know if you'd like one. K.

John Alsop, The Official Railway Postcard Book. published by the Author.1987. isbn:- 0 9512195 0 2

Anthony Byatt, Picture Postcards and their Publishers. Golden Age Postcard Books. 1978. isbn:- 0 9506212 0 X


..and to complete the first bulletin of 2021, a trio of New Year cards…

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A joyful New Year card from Italy. HWB series no.4788, postmarked 31.12.1932. The artist is Hannes Petersen.


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A calendar card for 1914, in the Rotary Photographic Series. No. X.S. 5088 – E.


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 A card by EAS – E.A. Schwerdtfeger & Co., London E.C.. Postmarked January 1st 1913 and sent to an address in Morfa Nevin. The message on the front seems appropriate for the coming year which we face together:-

 "New Year Happiness be Yours; Some softening gleam of love and peace Dawn on your cares and bid them cease."

With my best hopes for 2021, Karlyn.


Club Bulletin February 2021.


Hello!....Belated St. Dwynwen's Day wishes for January 25th!

I trust that you are keeping well. I hope that the vaccines have given us all a ray of light in these dark days.

As usual at this time of year, I filled in my new calendar with birthdays, anniversaries and events, but this time, it reminded me of all the meetings of the postcard and postal history clubs, and postcard, book and antiques fairs that I missed last year. I am hopeful that we shall be able to have some of them back in 2021

The only event I have put on the calendar [although it may be wishful thinking on my part!] is our Annual Postcard Fair, which should be on August 21st . We have, as yet, been unable to book any dates for the meetings or the fair, but we will keep you up-to-date with any developments

I had a lovely card from Alaw and Elizabeth recently – the picture really cheered me up. It was a close-up of a garden full of colourful spring flowers. There was also a newspaper cutting enclosed, about a postcard which had been posted in New York in October 1955, but failed to reach the 9-year-old boy to whom it was addressed. It turned up recently in a Dorset charity shop, and one of the shop assistants managed to trace the 'boy', who now lives in Worcestershire.

 A great 'postcard' story! Thank you both. K.


- 22/1. Jamie tells me that Alec Wallace's wife Jo, who was in hospital again recently, has now returned home. We wish her a speedy return to full health.


- 29/1. I had a lovely long chat with Jo this afternoon. She is still at home, and she tells us that she is improving slowly. That's such good news!


- 22/1. Walter and Mike Day have introduced a new section on the website for 'Research', and Walter has added the item about Thompson, 'The Postcard King' of Llandudno, and Lloyd Elias, whose business Thompson acquired in the 1920s. We are hoping to add further research items as soon as possible.

- Also up on the website is the Club History 1980-90, so I'll try to get the next decade ready in the next few months.

- I'm delighted to tell you that Christine from Anglesey has rejoined the Club – Welcome back, Chris! We look forward to seeing you when our meetings resume

 - Wirral Fairs. 22/1 I asked Gill Jackson if there was any news, and she said that Ian Boumphrey had phoned her that day and he confirmed that the March fair is cancelled and they don't expect to be able to have the June fair either.. It's not just about whether they can get the room but also whether dealers and collectors are willing to come. Thanks Gill.

We will keep up-to-date with what Wirral Club is doing with the fairs. We hope to be able to go over to join them at Thornton Hough soon.


- Ryan Powell – New On-Line Auctions. Our dealer-friend Ryan has started an on-line auction site. His first event was for general collectables, and was very successful. He is planning another for March, which will feature postcards, so I will ask Ryan to send me the information as soon as the details are settled.

- David Rye – Photo corners. David phoned me recently, and asks anyone who needs photo-corners for displays or albums to contact him. He makes the corners himself, and can supply a variety of sizes and shapes. David is from Pembrokeshire and collects 'Welsh Lady' cards and Folk Costume cards. He was a guest speaker at our Club on 14th June 2004. He was also the editor of the 'Welsh Lady' magazine, and we have co-operated in researching photographers and postcard publishers of Wales. You can contact him at his new address:-

9, Bay View Road, Hakin, Milford Haven, SA73 3RJ

- The Welsh Postal History Society has had to cancel the June weekend event at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, but they hope to hold their first meeting of the year on October 2nd, at the Betws-y-Coed Church Hall – Covid permitting. Marion will keep us up-to date with news on this.


Liverpool to Conway by Bicycle?, in 1890.

This account of a journey from Liverpool to Conway is from a letter dated Wednesday 9th April, 1890, on notepaper printed with "Junction Hotel, near Conway. N.W."

"Dear Mater. We started 5.5. from home

Got to L(anding) Stage 5.45

B'head 6.0

Chester 7.20 (good run) Depart 7.35

Sandwitches 8.20

Left Mold 10.0

St Asaph 1.15

Left 2.45

Abergele about 4.0

Conway 6.20.

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You will see by the above that we have come the long way round. After leaving Chester it was very hard riding in most places. But the scenery was very beautiful indeed. Roads & every thing else were in our favour, except the wind which was dead in our faces a great part of the way & it did blow hard on top of the Welsh Hills.

We stopped a short time in Mold & then left by the side of the Railway for Nannerch, Bodfary & St.Asaph. it was very nice. It is a valley all the way & beautiful scenery. We saw St Asaph Cathedral, ( bought 2 views ). here we got the first glimpse of the sea, including the Great Orme in the distance. We had a short walk by the river & town, while our dinner was getting ready ( Welsh mutton chops), then returned to dinner

Left at 2.45 & had the worst part of our journey to Conway (wind blowing very hard in our faces). We went through Abergele & had a very fine view of Rhyl ( in the distance) & the sea. Then we passed through Colwyn & on to Conway. The roads were very bad from Colwyn to Conway. We came upon Conway all of a sudden because the road takes a turn, & it is needless to say that we were very much delighted having ridden about 80 miles & been riding 13½ hours. We should have done it much quicker, if it had not been for the wind, besides we did not want to hurry ourselves, as we had plenty of time.

We are stopping at Llandudno Junction, just before you get to Conway, it is much nicer than stopping in the town. We are very comfortable indeed, a very nice little Hotel, & have a double bedded room with nice spring mattresses. Shall go to bed at 10 (we are a bit fagged). We shall go to Conway & have a look round in the morning. It rained a bit in the evening just after we arrived (thank goodness). We shall go to Llandudno in the morning & stop the night, returning home on Friday about tea time. I trust you received our wire. I don't much care about the Welsh roads, these are only the cart ruts, all the rest is fairly new Mcadam, & there are a great many loose stones that it is almost impossible to avoid & they do shake you. I will write again. Your loving son, Wilfred. Gib is alright & sends love"


I wanted to try to discover where the Hotel was, as I don't remember seeing a postcard of it, so here are the snippets I was able to find:-

 The Chester to Holyhead railway opened in 1848, but at that time, as Llandudno had not fully developed as a holiday resort, there was no link line from Llandudno Junction to the town. This was added in 1858, and left the main line route close to the Conway road-bridge. The Llandudno line headed north, and the main line continued south-west, across the river to Conwy and along the coast, towards to Holyhead. The original station in the Junction was a little to the east of where the lines diverged. It opened in 1858, and was demolished in 1897. The second station, of 1897, which still serves the village today, is a little further east again, on Conway Road, which is the main road through the village.

Initially, I thought that 'The Junction Hotel' may have been an early name for the Old Station Hotel, [originally just "The Station Hotel"], but that wasn't opened until 1898, opposite the new station buildings.

There is a lot of interesting information about this hotel and the area in general, on the website of the Deganwy History Group, which tells us that:- "The group promotes interest in, and study of, the history of Deganwy, Llanrhos, Tywyn and Llandudno Junction. It meets monthly, except in August, and organises outings to places of interest locally and further afield. It welcomes new members. Research documents by members are available from the group's website."

I found a series of old maps of the area on the "Brickworks of North Wales" website, one of which shows the location of the first station in Llandudno Junction, and nearby, the Junction Hotel, in 1888. The Hotel was to be found on the west side of Conway Road, as it enters Llandudno Junction, just south of the point where the railway to Llandudno crosses the road at 90*. There is a glass negative image of the hotel in the Conwy Archives, but I haven't been able to go there. If anyone does have a picture of the Hotel, I'd be delighted to see it. There is a photo of that area on the 'Three Towns Forum' website, but I can't see if the large white building is the hotel. K

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Conwy Castle and road to Llandudno Junction - approximate location of the Junction Hotel.


The earliest reference I have found so far is In the 'North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality' for 28th August 1880, where an advertisement reads:-

"JUNCTION HOTEL. 5 minutes walk from Conway, and four miles from Llandudno. This FIRST CLASS HOTEL is now open for the reception of Visitors, Commercial Gentlemen, &c. Posting in all its branches. The Hotel is most pleasantly situated. Wines, Spirits &c., of the finest quality. ROBERT JONES, Proprietor."

Another reference to the hotel appears in the 'North Wales Chronicle….' for 5th October 1889, when Mrs. Jones, Junction Hotel, was one of the subscribers to a 'substantial supper' for the railway men of the local station, at the end of the summer season. The catering was done by Mr. & Mrs. Abel Roberts of Ferry Farm Hotel, 'to whom great praise is due for the manner in which they provided in every way for the comfort of their guests". The meal included roast beef and plum pudding. The report ends with " We trust that this will not be the last time that the public have the privilege of testifying their appreciation of the labours and courtesy of the railway men at Llandudno Junction".

Ferry Farm Hotel was just north of the Junction Hotel, over the railway line, and behind the row of Railway Cottages on Glan-y-Mor Raod. The Ferry Farm Hotel was demolished in 1900, but there is a shadow of it in the name of the nearby road.


In the 'Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent' for 21st August, 1891, there is a report of an accident on the railway. "On the arrival of the train due to leave for Llandudno shortly before four o'clock, on Monday, there was a great crowd on the platform, and in the rush to get to the carriages, a lady was pushed forward and fell between the platform and the incoming train. She received serious injuries to her foot, and was carried to the Junction Hotel. Dr. Arthur-Prichard, J.P., Conway, the district surgeon of the [railway] company being called in.

" According to the archives the Junction Hotel was demolished in 1955/56


If anyone has any photos of, or information about, the Hotel that you'd like to share, please send them to me for inclusion in a future bulletin. Thank you. K.




Barbara has sent a card which is puzzling her:-

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Several years ago I bought this card – intrigued by the name of the house: Llandudno.

Although it’s obviously in Canada, it seemed to me that it was more likely to be linked to Llandudno, South Africa than ‘our’ North Wales.

The town of Bayfield in Canada is extremely well documented – they seem to have recorded the history of just about every house there – except, of course, Llandudno!

Every so often the card resurfaces amongst all the ‘stuff’ on my desk and I have another go at trying to find out about it. Recently the name Balkwill in South Africa came up for the first time on Google. Needless to say, I e-mailed the owner of the name and he said that when he was a child his family was the only one with that name in the phone directory – but unfortunately he didn’t have any knowledge of the house!


If you can shed any light on this problem, please send any information you have to Barbara – I'm sure she would be very happy to hear from you…Thank you!


Marion's selection of St. Valentine's Day cards…


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Thank you, Marion!


and to complete the picture, some 'romantic' postcard messages…

.. "Dear Nellie. I wished we might meet as we met of old,

Ere life grew bitter & love turned cold,

To forgive the past & forget the pain,

To meet & remember & love again."

Feb 16th 1906, to Tunbridge Wells.

I think there's a story there somewhere!



"Dear H. Why do I love thee.

Lips that would tell thee would lose more sweet employ,

Ask the wind why it blows, or the stream why it flows,

Or the bird why it sings on the tree,

And if they reply love, then will I tell thee, or try, love,

My reasons for loving thee.

J.B. Lovesick {I thought I would try my hand at poetry, not copy bits out of books}"

This is on a comic card by G.M. Payne, showing a couple walking ahead of a man, on a seaside promenade –

The captions reads:- "Don'ts for Sweethearts. Don't introduce your sweetheart to your handsome friend."

November 1906, to Clifton, Bristol.

- another doomed romance perhaps? K


Barbara sent this lovely card, with its heartfelt message:-

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W to A

I send this card with love to tell

That always in my heart you dwell

No matter that we are apart

Fond thoughts of you are in my heart




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The road to nowhere? 

No publisher information


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Rotary Photo 222N. by Kilpatrick. p/m 1904.

Was this the inspiration for Madonna's 'pointy underwear' costume, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier?


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How much longer do we have to sit here?

G L Co? serial number 1039/2

If you have any items for future bulletins,

please send them to me. Best wishes for a safe February. Karlyn.


Club Bulletin, March, 2021.


Hello again! Happy St. David's Day!




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I'm very glad to hear that some of our members and friends have had the vaccine…I had mine at Venue Cymru last month. I was on the reserve list, and got a call in the morning for an appointment at 5.40 that evening. It was so well organized…the military personnel were directing the people to where they should be, and the procedure was quick and painless. The appointment was on time, and even with the 15-minute wait to see if there were any problems, I was out again by 6.05pm. One odd thing was that when I was giving one of the assistants my details, she said that her birthday was the same as mine [although she was less than half my age!]….then, another attendant who had been standing nearby, came over and said that she had twin grandchildren who also had the same birth-date….what are the chances? We all had a good laugh about it.

Marion has sent us some cards to mark the day:-

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Marion writes:- The children are obviously not impressed with having their photo taken. I will miss the local school children dressed in their costumes.

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The other card is from the USA - no publisher marks but could be part of a set of world costume cards. What struck me is that all the old cards feature leeks as the Welsh emblem - daffodils only feature on the modern cards.



- Walter.

Walter has had a brief stay in hospital, but is now home, and improving slowly. We wish him well, and hope that he will be fully recovered very soon.

- The Marine Hotel, Old Colwyn.

Olivia had seen a note on Facebook which said that Colin and Sian, of the Marine Hotel, Old Colwyn, are leaving. Sian says that 'with a heavy heart' they are no longer able to continue, because of the virus, but they do have plans for their future. I have emailed them to thank them for providing a home for us between April 2010 and December 2016, and to say how much we have enjoyed our Annual Club Dinner there from 2010 to 2019. We wish them every success in their new ventures.


- The Welsh Postal History Society.

We are delighted to send our congratulations to the WPHS, which reached its landmark 50th birthday on 13th February. The first meeting of the Society, [then 'The Welsh Philatelic Society'], took place in Aberystwyth, when seven members were enrolled, and by the end of the first year, the membership had grown to 43. It has flourished over the half-century, with members from Wales and beyond. We wish the Society continued success in the future. K.

Postcards play an important part in the study of postal history, as they show us Post Office buildings from the past, post-boxes, mail delivery vehicles, mail trains, boats and planes, and post office staff. They are also valued as a source for postal markings too. If a person receives a letter in an envelope, that envelope is often thrown away, so the markings are lost, but where postcards are kept, the markings are usually intact. If you haven't thought about joining the WPHS, it is a very friendly group, and several of us from NWPCC are already enjoying the meetings, including Marion and myself, so you would see some familiar faces if you came along. The meetings usually have illustrated talks, and there is also a regular newsletter.

For more information about this Society, contact Membership Secretary, Aled Rhys-Jones at:-


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By chance, our 'Can You Help' postcard this month is from Jamie and features a group of postal staff outside a Post Office. If anyone can identify the location, please let me know. Thank you! K.


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 8th Dec

A Soldier in Deganwy 1916-17.


The following messages are on a series of cards written to a father, in Saltash, Cornwall, by his son who was a soldier, training in the Conwy area. There are some recent notes with the cards, explaining the situation.

Date unreadable. Postmarked Deganwy.

"Still keeping fine and dry here."   The card is by Lancaster & Co., Deganwy, "Bird's Eye View of Conway and Deganwy.


(1916) Deganwy. postmark mostly off the card.

"Very many thanks indeed for beautiful apples received today. 7/12/1916."

The card is by Lancaster & Co., Deganwy, " Conway River & Deganwy".

The view is from above the Conway bridge, looking out along the river, with Conway to the left and Deganwy to the right. There is a note written by the soldier " Position of Marine Crescent indicated by arrow. Decbr. 1916". Marine Crescent is near Deganwy Station and the Deganwy Castle Hotel.


8 th. December, 1916. Postmarked Deganwy. Message written on the front.

"Decbr. 1916. We shall have to march over this bridge & back every day. 1½ miles from Deganwy."

The card is by Lancaster & Co., Deganwy. Conway Castle and Bridge.


10th. Jan. 1917. Postmarked Bangor

 "Have just been looking at these bridges."

E.T.W. Dennis & Sons Ltd., No. P 63525. Menai Straits from Anglesey Column.


27th. January, 1917. Postmarked Deganwy.

"Very cold wind blowing, but very dry; snow on mountains only, haven't had any in the valley. Kindest regards….name unclear."

This card was published by T.H. Smith, Conway & Deganwy. No. G 1534-40, "Deganwy from the Castle" and has some notes on the front, written by the soldier.

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His notes read:- Jany. 1917. Top left:- About 10 miles to Menai Straits. Railway tunnel caved in here. Morfa Camp. Conway ( House.) River. Centre:- Coast of Anglesey. Firing Range. 


The Morfa Camp was occupied by volunteer soldiers for many years during the first half of the 20th Century, before becoming a holiday camp area.


31st. Jan. 1917. Postmarked Deganwy

"Apples received for which very many thanks indeed they are in splendid condition. Our home in centre."

The card is by Lancaster & Co, Deganwy. "Marine Crescent, Deganwy".

His note on the front of the card reads "No.10 Marine Crescent" with the arrow pointing down

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 4 th Feb. 1917. Postmarked Deganwy.

"Here on Saturday and all next week. 6.30 a.m.! parade for bridging over the River. Writing Monday."

 The card is by T.R. Hammond, Conway. "The Conway River, Taly-cafn" ( shows the bridge at TYC)


6 th. Feb. 1917 Postmarked Deganwy.

It was a fine sight when the rushing tide caught the pack ice on the rocks. Although I slipped twice, I laid all the bridge flooring and took it up again to the admiration of the class."

This was on a Raphael Tuck & Sons', Oilette postcard No. 9993 "The Coldstream Guards – Sentry outside Buckingham Palace." artist, Harry Payne.

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12th Feb. 1917. Postmark unclear.

"Our class taken on the eve of departure. A lot of Australians came in to take our places."

Postcard photo by T.R. Hammond, Castle Studio, Conway.

The recent note with this card says:- The writer is 2nd on the left, back row (under the 'T' of 'HOTEL' ) Engineer Training Centre, Deganwy, Feb 1917. His father is Joseph and these cards were written to his home in Saltash, Cornwall 1916-17.


12th Feb. 1917. Postmark ?? ….Carnarvonshire

The address fills the back of this card, and the message is across the top of the picture. "Am spending Sunday here, and wishing you were here also"

The card is by Photochrom Co., Ltd. No. 7032. Llanberis, Victoria Hotel.


13th Feb. 1917. Postmarked Carnarvon.

"Have returned from Llanberis to Carnarvon"

 The view is of "The Devil's Kitchen near Llanberis." Grosvenor Series 731.


13th Feb. 1917. Postmarked Carnarvon.

"Have just been to the Castle. Expect to arrive Exeter early tomorrow (Wednesday). My baggage may go on to Saltash."

Sepia artist view of "Carnarvon Castle", by Elmer Keene. E.T.W. Dennis & Sons Ltd., No. 1925. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


To complete the picture, here is a card of the Deganwy Castle Hotel by Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd., No. Dny 36, from c1940, a bit later than the dates of the soldier's cards, but you can see the verandah where the group photo above was taken, and the distinctive pavilion roof on the tower at the left.

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In a 1953 tourist guide to the area, the hotel has a full-page advert:-

"At the gateway of the Conway Estuary. A perfect base for tours to the famous Welsh Castles and the magnificent scenery of nearby mountains and passes. Central heating. Electric fires and H & C in bedrooms. Fully licensed. Yachting Golf Sea Fishing. A.A. R.A.C. Management: Deganwy 83358; Visitors 835551; Telegrams: Castle Hotel, Deganwy."

The Hotel has an interesting story of its own, as the original house dates from the 1600s. It was an Hotel by 1882, and in adverts in the local papers between 1896 and 1906, Mrs Tritton was the Proprietress. The Hotel was a pick-up point for the charabanc tours of the area. In more recent times, it was owned by a well-known family in the music business, but closed in January 2010. It has now been converted into apartments called "The Moorings", but the tower is still a local landmark.

For the details of the story, see History Points – Former Deganwy Castle Hotel and

BBC News – Historic Deganwy Castle hotel closes its doors



A card which came with those of the soldier has very different handwriting, and has an earlier date ,

but it adds something to the story. It is dated 23/2/16.

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This card is in the Lancaster Series, 284/32, and shows Station Road, Deganwy – The Castle Hotel is in the distance – the tower is just visible at the end of the row. The message reads:- "This shows the road which we travel to parade ground. Sometimes there is hardly anybody but hundreds of soldiers in it. The station is shown on the left & most of the houses on the right have R.E.s billeted in them."


I was reading the section on Deganwy in a book by A.G. Bradley, entitled "Highways & Byways in North Wales", which has some lovely b/w illustrations by Joseph Pennell & Hugh Thomson, and found this perhaps unexpected tribute to the village on p199:-

Why the sunsets over Anglesey, as we see them from this coast, should surpass any others in Wales I cannot tell, I only know they do. It is small wonder so many artists make their headquarters, and, indeed, live permanently, at this mouth of the Conway, seeing what infinite variety there is of light and scene, what a wealth of detail on sea and shore, and what ready access to the best inland scenery in Wales. If I were doomed to spend the rest of my life behind a single window, I would have that window, before all places I know of in Great Britain, on the foremost point of the dry, shingly, breezy, and above all, sunny spit on which this new village stands"

( Macmillan, 1st edition 1898, my edition reprinted 1909 )"



 One of my favourite cards.

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In this charming scene, a delivery wagon stands outside 'London House', which used to be one of the Post Offices in the lower part of Llanddulas village, near Abergele. The shop belongs to J. & R. Humphreys Jones, High Class Grocers & Provision Dealers. Outside, to the left of the shop is a display of produce. The vehicle advertises Jacobs Biscuits, and has boxes on the top. I'm fairly sure that the photographer has arranged the villagers for this picture..

The Valentine Hotel occupied the premises beneath the next two gables, and the 'Worthington's' sign, and in this picture, the Post Office was on the far side of the hotel, beneath the 3rd gable.

The view was much the same, when I was in Llanddulas last year, except that the shop is now a private house, with the shop-window replaced by a garage door. The Valentine has extended into the old Post Office and now has all three parts of that building. The Post Office is now in another shop in the centre of the village.


Our member, BBC Cameraman, John Lawson Reay, has captured some lovely photos of the Great Orme goats, who have come down into the town of Llandudno, because it is so quiet in the current lockdown.


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I was saying only the other day that we really miss the local-photographer postcards, which captured events in our towns and villages, as they happened. The cards would often be on sale the same day or the next day, and some have messages relating to the events. Thank you, John, for some gorgeous photos!

I wish you a happy March, and by next time, we should be closer to a return to some kind of 'normal'

Best regards, Karlyn.


Club Bulletin April 2021.

Hello, and Happy Easter!

I'm glad to see that the weather is improving now – a bit of sunshine always makes us feel so much better after all the grey, gloomy days we've had recently – and there's some colour appearing in the hedgerows and gardens, which is lovely to see, too.

Congratulations to the Welsh Rugby Team on their success in the 6-Nations Competition [and a 'thank you' to Scotland!]




Jo Wallace.

You may know by now the very sad news that Jo passed away on 19th March. Alec and Jo attended many of the fairs in North Wales, including Colwyn Bay, Venue Cymru and our own, as well as some of the biggest fairs elsewhere in the UK, such as York. They were a very popular couple, with Alec's madcap antics and Jo's gentle humour. Jo will be very much missed at the fairs, and we send our sincere condolences to Alec and the family.

This is the message on the card which I sent from the Club:-

"Jo was a popular member of the Postcard Family here in North Wales, and she will be very much missed by us all. Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time.

Karlyn, and the members and friends of the NWPCC".


Keith improving….Lynne writes:-

He’s brilliant, two walks a day and 2nd one on his own.

We do a circular walk on Deeside Industrial Park for an hour,

Meg [the sheepdog] loves it, then Home for dinner. He wants to get back to normal ASAP.'

It's good to hear that Keith is improving so much. K.

Walter improving….
Marion tells me that Walter is making progress, which is also really good news…



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This is another of my favourite views….I love the Britannia Bridge lions….

They look as though they should be from the 1930s, with their Art-Deco style, but they are contemporary with the bridge, which opened in March 1850. There are 2 at each end of the bridge, and in this picture, with the engine running between them, the size of them can be appreciated. They are each c7.8m. long and c3.8m. high.


Trebor has sent us these gorgeous cards to celebrate Easter. He said that he had great difficulty in

selecting just 4 from his extensive collection…we can see why!


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Card 1. “By these bunnies to you I send An Easter Greeting my little friend. This is one of three cards I have found in the Tuck Oilette series No. 1021 “Easter Joys”. The letters IL appear in a circle on the bottom left of the image, which according to the Tuck database ( indicates it was illustrated by artist I. Lovering. The rabbits seem to be enjoying themselves painting Easter eggs. The card was posted on the 6th of April, 1917, in New York to an address also in New York.

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Card 2. This colourful card shows a young girl tending a rose tree, watched by two rabbits. It is one of two cards I have from set E1162 “Easter Blossoms”. (The prefix letter E usually denotes an Easter card). The artist is not known. It was postally used in Essex on 1st of April, 1915.


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Card 3."In love and Peace may You abide this Easter", shows two children with flowers and some rabbits in a basket. This card is from set 1623 (Tuck Oilette), with the same image also used in set 1030. The artist is probably Clara Miller Burd, although the card is not signed. The card was postally used in London on April 4th, and I think the smudge indicating the year says 1920.


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Card 4. “A Joyous Easter” shows a smart rabbit in a scarlet coat with a green bow tie and a stick, carrying a tall daffodil in a flower pot tied with purple ribbon. The card’s surrounds also have flower motifs. Said to be an unsigned card by Mabel Lucie Attwell, this rabbit or a near relative, also appears on one or two other cards. The card was posted from Eastbourne to Somerset on March 29th, 1918.

Thank you, Trebor!


Adrian, of the Home Front Museum, has kindly given us his notes on the Royal Engineers in Deganwy,

to fill out the information we had in last month's bulletin.


 The Royal Engineers established a training centre at Deganwy in 1915. They felt that the area presented an ideal place for the training of Sappers in the erection of pontoon bridges and trench digging. While some of the Engineers, especially the officers, were billeted in private houses in Deganwy and Llandudno Junction many of them were under canvas until wooden billets were built.

 The council granted the Royal Engineers the use of Deganwy library from 7 to 8 each morning and it was also put at the disposal of the Soldier’s Recreation Committee for entertaining the soldiers billeted in the area. The Engineers also took over Peniel schoolroom for lectures three or four times a week

 The Engineers dug hundreds of yards of practice trenches in ‘The Warren’ which today is part of the golf club. They also dug a few trenches on the Vardre. Even today, in very dry conditions, the outline of the trenches can be seen in the fairways and on the greens at Maesdu Golf Club.

 Lieutenant Harry Foster was an officer who trained at Deganwy. Technical drawings from his notebook show the complexity of constructing suspension bridges, large enough to carry both men and mechanised equipment. Also, one has to remember that in the field these bridges would have been built under enemy fire. Many of these rope and timber bridges were built in the sand dunes of The Warren.

 The adjutant of the Royal Engineers Training Camp at Deganwy between September 1915 and April 1917 was Captain Arnold Horace Waters. During his time as Adjutant, he would have been responsible for much of the camp’s administration and would have been a largely clerical role.

  Apparently, Captain Waters was keen to see active service before the end of the war and so in April 1917 he was released from his duties at Deganwy and posted to the Western Front. Within three months of being in France he was in command of a Royal Engineer Field Company, had been awarded the Military Cross and promoted to the rank of Major.

 On November 4th 1918, just a week before the Armistice, Major Waters was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during The Second Battle of the Sambre near Ors. The citation reads:

 “Major Waters, with his Field Company, was bridging the Oise-Sambre Canal under artillery and machine-gun fire at close range, the bridge being damaged and the building party suffering severe casualties. All Major Waters' officers had been killed or wounded and he at once went forward and personally supervised the completion of the bridge, working on cork floats while under such intense fire that it seemed impossible that he could survive. The success of the operation was entirely due to his valour and example.”

It could be argued that his Victoria Cross was ‘made in Deganwy’ considering he spent two years of the war there. After the war, Major Waters enjoyed a long career in civil engineering and died in 1981.

Thank you for your help, Adrian.

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The message on this card reads:- "This shows where we build bridges XX and work? at the targets XXX on the front.

Anglesey is in the distance. Much love from your P.J.A." Grosvenor Series G.13.

Undated, but likely to be from about the same time as last month's cards, 1914-18


Update from the February Bulletin….Junction Hotel, Llandudno Junction.

 I have been trying to find out some more about the Junction Hotel. I found a report of the Conway Petty Sessions in the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald for 13/9/1879, when the tenant, Mr. Robert Jones, was applying for a liquor licence through his solicitor, Mr Louis. Below are some details from that report:-

 The premises had been built by John Evans at a cost of £1,500, and there was every accommodation provided that a hotel required. Persons coming from the neighbourhood of Chester, intending to go to Llandudno by a late train, would find there every accommodation.

 Robert Jones was the tenant and had been for some years 'boots' at the Castle Hotel, Conway. By his industry, activity and providence in the discharge of his duties, he had saved £500 and this sum he had invested in furnishing the house.

 Mr. Jones said " I am the tenant of the Junction Hotel, in the parish of Llanrhos. The rent is £45. I have taken it for an hotel, and have laid out about £500 in furnishing it. I was in service at the Castle Hotel, Conway for 7 or 8 years and keep a horse and carriage for persons calling at my house. I have 13 bedrooms and 6 living rooms." He had lived there for 2 years, and let rooms to visitors. "We have been very full for the past three weeks. Many people complain that they cannot get liquor on the premises"

 Mr. Jones had many testimonials from almost every respectable person in the district, and that no person of whatever grade in society could be more highly recommended than Mr. Jones. He kept carriages and horses, and Mrs Jones had previously been connected to the hotel business

 Mr. Morgan Williams overseer at Llanrhos…said that there was a great want of hotel accommodation at the Junction, especially for horses.

 Mr. S.R. Dew opposed the application on the ground that there were already two licenses within a very short distance of the Junction Hotel, one being at the railway refreshment rooms, and the other at the Ferry Hotel. Mr Louis replied that the refreshment department at the station was closed entirely on Sundays, and the Ferry Hotel had only a beer license. During the recent floods, many persons, including railway officials engaged in repairing the lines, put up at the Junction Hotel, and they had nowhere else to go."

 Mr Dew said that he was there for Col. Owen Williams [of the Ferry Hotel] from whom he had received special directions to oppose the granting of the license. The application had come before the Justices the year before in the same form, and it had been refused. No fresh reason for the renewed application had been given, except that the Hotel would be convenient for persons who had missed their train, and also in case of accidents on the railway.

 The Chairman the Rev Mr J.D.Jones said that this was the 3rd application for the same license, and it had been stated that it was wanted more for the accommodation of horses than men. He wished to know what accommodation there was at the Junction Hotel for horses, to which the answer was that there was a stable with 4 stalls and a coach house and Mr. Evans [the owner of the premises] intended to increase the stabling accommodation.


 The date of the newspaper report of the application for the licence, was 13th September,1879, and the report of the granting of the licence was on 27th September. This information fits with the advert shown in the February bulletin:-

 The earliest reference I have found so far is in the 'North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality' for 28th August 1880, where an advertisement reads:-

JUNCTION HOTEL. 5 minutes walk from Conway, and four miles from Llandudno. This FIRST CLASS HOTEL is now open for the reception of Visitors, Commercial Gentlemen, &c. Posting in all its branches. The Hotel is most pleasantly situated. Wines, Spirits &c., of the finest quality. ROBERT JONES, Proprietor."

We also know from February, that there was a report, on 21st August, 1891, of a lady who was injured on the railway, and taken to the Junction Hotel, the type of scenario which was mentioned at the Petty Sessions.


Some little trains…


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A superb Rae Pickard photo of the Rhyl Miniature Railway at Marine Lake, with engine "John".


The lines were laid around the lake in 1911. The Railway opened on 1st May 1911. Only one train was on the track at a time, while the other was being filled with passengers at the station in the Amusement Park. The coaches held 64 passengers. In 1920, the small engines were replaced by larger ones, as the original ones were not strong enough for the job. The original engines were built by Bassett-Lowke, Ltd., London & Northampton, and the later ones by Albert Barnes & Co., Rhyl. In 1969, the fairground and railway were cleared away, but in 1978, a new company took over the site. The track was re-laid and some of the old engines were found and returned to service. New features have been added to the site, such as Central Station and a museum. For the Centenary celebrations, over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 28th – 30th 2011, all 6 Albert Barnes engines were brought to Rhyl to take part.

One postcard of the early train, by Hines, Printer, Sunderland, tells us that 'Inspector, Charles Waterfield, Who Enlisted in Great War after 50 years on the stage at 66 giving his age as 43'. He looks very smart in his uniform-coat and cap. The charges for a ride at this time were:- adults 1/-; children 6d.

For more information about this most interesting little railway, visit the Rhyl Steam Preservation Trust website.


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 "Belle of New York" Model Engine arrives at Gwrych Castle Station, Abergele. R.A. Postcard no.11827

There was another engine on duty at Gwrych later on – it was bright orange, and streamlined. There is a card of it in

the December 2020 bulletin, when I wrote about 'I'm a Celebrity' at Gwrych


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Miniature Railway, Colwyn Bay. Valentine 'W' Series 6127, photo registered in 1955.

The engine in this picture has been named for Prince Charles, who was born in November, 1948.

The train ran along a track on the land-side of the promenade.

The man in the cap and white jacket seems to be the ticket-seller.


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The Fairbourne Railway.

"Prince Charles", "Ernest W. Twining" and "Count Louis" at the Fairbourne sheds. 1961.

Card published by Fairbourne Railways Ltd., with permission to use it from the current manager.


This line between Fairbourne and Barmouth opened in 1895, and was originally used by a horse-drawn tramway.It has an interesting history and a chequered life. It was converted to steam trains in 1916 by Wenman Joseph BassettLowke of Narrow Gauge Railways Ltd. The track was re-laid in 1986, and the line is now under the care of a charitable trust, Fairbourne Steam Railway Ltd. The railway will be opening for the season as soon as possible.

For more information about the Fairbourne Railway, see their website at:-

[Bassett-Lowke also has a connection to the Rhyl Marine Lake Railway - and he was the only person ever to ask Charles Rennie Mackintosh to redesign his entire house, No.78, Derngate, Northampton, in 1916. K.].


Marion has sent us all some cards for Easter too:-

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Thank you, Marion!...lovely cards…

 I hope that we can all enjoy our new-found freedom after lockdown…we are fortunate to live in a country with so many wonderful places to visit. I went to Colwyn Bay this week to photograph the new pier, but there were so many people and cars along the prom, I couldn't find a parking space...

All good wishes for now, Karlyn


Club Bulletin May 2021.



Hello again! Happy May Day Bank Holiday!...I hope that you can do something special at the weekend…

It's such a long time since we all were able to meet up at the Craig-y-Don Community Centre. Marion has sent an email to ask them when they will be open again, but the news isn't good for us at the moment.....

Marion writes:- "I'm afraid I have had an automated reply from CYD to say they will not be open until July 5th at the earliest. They will reply then. In light of this I'm not sure we can hold the fair because it would not give us a chance to organise stall holders etc. If they keep to their original rules we would only be able to have 8 in the side room or 15 in the large hall and the kitchen will be closed."

………..and an update from CYD on 26th April:- "The Committee Meeting isn't until the 10th May to decide where we are and decide on opening. The Room restrictions will have to last as long as Social Distancing continues. I think the Playschool will be out of use for now to us but I'm sure we'll fit you into the Centre somewhere. Sorry if i've been vague"

We should very much like to know what everyone thinks about resuming meetings and holding a fair sometime this year. Please write to us via email or post, or phone us to let us know, so that we can better plan the future of the Club. Things can change very quickly with this virus, but your ideas and thoughts will be very helpful in shaping our year ahead. Marion & K.



Walter is progressing slowly although he is finding walking particularly difficult. We wish him a speedy return to full-power.

Jo Wallace.

Alec phoned me on 14th April, to say that Jo's funeral was on 15th 10am. There was a link to a live streaming of the service, which we could then also use to watch a recording in the following few days. Unfortunately some of us were unable to see the funeral at all, but Alec and the family knew that we would be thinking of them on such a sad occasion.

Lynne writes:- Keith is doing really well. He is 100% back to normal, just gets tired if he does too much….Thanks, Lynne – that's great news!


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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 10th June, 1921 – 9 th April, 2021.

He was created Earl of Merioneth just before his wedding, which was on 20th November, 1947.

I'm sure that our thoughts have been with his family this past month.

This is a card by Photochrom Co. Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.



John Summers & Sons Ltd, Office Building, Shotton, Deeside


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Work is now in progress to save this iconic building. Photo by Lynne Hough.

  At our meeting on 12th November, 2018, Keith Hough presented a memorable talk on 'Our Lost Buildings', focussing on the North East corner of Wales, an area he has known all his life. One of the featured buildings was the Office Building of John Summers & Sons Ltd., steelmakers, in Shotton. [now TATA Steel]

Keith has generously sent me his notes from the talk, to add to my research.

   The business originated in Stalybridge, making nails for clogs, and moved to the Shotton site, on the north bank of the Dee, for sheet ironworking in 1896.

 The office building of 1907 was designed by James Harold France, a friend of the Summers' family. and one of a group of architects known as the 'Manchester Boys'. Another of this group, Charles Trubshaw, designed the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The Shotton building is 1/7th of the size of that large hotel..

 The John Summers' building is in engineered red brick with yellow terracotta highlights and some art-nouveau detailing. The tall central clock-tower resembles a castle, with turrets, and 3 clock-faces.It has 'arrow-slit' windows on the 4th level, just below the clock. and is flanked by a pair of mirror-image wings. There is no clock-face on the back of the tower, and the rear of the building is very plain. Keith has first-hand knowledge of the building, and he tells us how it was used:-


  The ground floor, accessed by the back entrance, housed the works' reception and wages office, and a furnace room which ran on coke..     The main entrance is on the first floor, and faces the river. The approach road rises as it passes along the front of the building, so that the door can be accessed by a short, brick 'draw-bridge',which spans the path or 'moat' around the ground floor of the building. This enhances the 'castle' theme. .The part glazed wooden doors have metal gates in front of them, with metal 'J.S. & S' shields in the centre of each side, reminiscent of a portcullis. Above the doorway is a large, tall, upright-oblong brick plaque, with 'J.S.& S.' entwined, in an art-nouveau style. .The door leads to the main reception area, and was used for visits by Royalty, special customers and M.P.s.

 The typing pools were on the second floor, with Queen Bee ( The Senior Secretary) who usually looked like Dame Edna, and was always looking down her nose at everyone. Also on this floor were Finance and Sales.

 The third floor had the Manager's office, the Boardroom, meeting rooms and the staff canteen.


Access to all floors was via a lift, which is the oldest original one in Wales. Clare's Shop in Mostyn St., Llandudno has an older one, but it was modified in the 1930s. Weaving around on both sides are the sandstone stairs. Between the ground floor and the first floor there was no carpet. The remainder of the stairs had a blue carpet, with 'J.S. & S' in gold. The walls are tiled halfway up in green, with panels of white tiles and green patterned friezes and borders. The floors were wine coloured.


Keith shares a lovely story about the building…..


 "I delivered meat from 1965, from the local Butcher and climbed the stairs with a tray of meat twice a week. Mrs Oldfield, the cook, said I should use the lift and if anyone challenged me, like the Queen Bee, to say I had her permission. She also remembered my mum and dad who both worked there. One day the lift stopped on the first floor and Sir Richard Summers got in, with two Chinese gentlemen in posh suits.   

  I was embarrassed as we all had to crush up, but I told Sir Richard that the cook had told me to use the lift. He was great about it and squeezed in. He followed me into the canteen ,and I thought I was in trouble, but he pointed to one of the steaks and said to the cook 

"I want that one". She said "All right, Sir Richard" and he walked past me smiling, and winked."


Thanks for your memories, Keith….they bring the building to life for us.

   .It was heart-breaking to see the photos on the internet, which show the dreadful condition of the interior of this lovely building, which has been left to decay, and has suffered vandalism and damage, since it was sold in 2009. I very much hope that the efforts of the many volunteers and organizations, led by the Enbarr Foundation, will succeed in bringing it back to life for the community

The story of the family and the businesses is fascinating, and can be found at:-

John Summers and Sons - Graces Guide

I must add that in 2019, Keith's talk was voted 'Best Talk of the Year' by the members.


Morfa Camp, Conway.



When we're trawling through boxes of Welsh cards at meetings and fairs, we often see views of the Conway Morfa Camps, but now, Adrian, of the Home Front Museum, has kindly given us a time line, to explain the development of the are:-

Here is a brief history of the camp:

 1850s – 1915 - Used by the Army Volunteer Force and subsequently the Territorial Army (they were under canvas)

1915-1919 Permanent Army Camp used by Lancashire Fusiliers, Border Regiment, Royal Engineers and Royal Welsh Fusiliers amongst others. (wooden huts built)

1921-War Office lease expired

1925-1939 Holiday Fellowship camp

1940-1943 War Office re-requisitioned and used by British and Dutch troops evacuated from Europe.

1942-1944 Part of the site used to build parts of the ‘secret’ ‘Mulberry’ harbour used at Normandy on D-Day.

1946-1947 Polish re-settlement camp.

1947 De-requisitioned and part of land used to erect pre-fabricated houses to alleviate the post war housing shortage.

1949-1996 Morfa Caravan and Camping Ground (owned and administered by Conway Borough Council)

1993-date Aberconwy Park Resor


 Thank you, Adrian. Below are some postcards to illustrate the story:-

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This card was posted in Wigan on August 3rd 1908., and shows the camp 'under canvas'.

Another view of the tented camp, dated August 10th, 1906, has this message on the back:-

'Got my breakfast alright, just off on parade. The weather has cleared up. Bert'.

It was sent to a girl in Nottinghamshire.

In August, 1907, J. Williams sent a card of the tents to his mother, with this message:-


'Arrived all safe. going on a treat. If its all like this, can do with a month. Will look out for Annie.'


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- A note on the back of this cards reads:- 'No.6 Hut marked.' The hut is to the left of the central area,

6 down from the far end of the line, and marked by two arrows.

- A sweet message on an undated card of the huts reads:- ' My Dear Baby, Just a card love to show you where Daddy is in Wales.

Hoping you are keeping well. With Fondest love & xxxxxxxx From Daddy'.

It was sent to 'Baby Durrant in Eastbourne, Sussex' 

-A card by H. Hitchen, entitled '16th Service Batt. Lanc. Fusiliers Camp, Conway' dated 16th February,1915,

has this written on the back:- 'YMCA Pavilion, Morfa Camp, Conway 15-2-15. My dear friend, How are things old chap.

I am extremely busy. We have now 3000 men in camp. Best wishes, Tom.'

The card was sent to R. Eddy Esq., YMCA Empire Hotel, Buxton

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Interior of one of the soldiers' huts.

The message says that the men had cleaned the hut before the photo was taken, and that it isn't always so tidy!


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The Holiday Fellowship Camp used the huts which had been erected for the military camps.

This card, dated 20th August, 1930, has this message:- Dear Ivy, We are having a lovely time, weather not too bad.

We are bathing every day, the water is lovely. We went to a nice little place called Llanfairfechan.

The place marked with a X is where I sleep. With love from Jessie. XXX'

Jessie was sleeping in the hut on the right, behind the 3rd window from the right, marked with X.

Another of these cards was written on 18th Sept, and posted on 23rd Sept 1929, to an address in Golborne [!]

near Warrington. It reads:- 'Dear Nellie, I have landed safely and am having a good time. The weather is very nice

and I go in the sea or climb mountains every days. Yours truly, Albert.'


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Photochrom Co. Ltd., Card No. V7926 Conway, Entrance to Morfa Camp. 1950s.

The message reads:- 'Skerratts Caravan. Edith & I went twice. Lovely time.'



   From 1895, there was a railway platform called Conway Marsh on the LNWR line, for the Camp, to facilitate the arrival and departure of the soldiers and their equipment. It later served holiday-makers as Conway Morfa, until it was closed in 1929.

Ref:- Disused Stations: Conway Marsh/Conway Morfa Station (

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In this view of the Whit Camp, 1912, the platform can be seen,

and, to the right of the picture, at the near end of the large building, the gate into the Camp. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


 Some messages:-


- written in tiny writing on a court card dated Low Sunday, 1898, Apr.17.

and sent from Betws-y-Coed to Boston Massachusetts… an early postcard dealer, perhaps?

"If you cannot send me any pictorial postcards of Boston { I have been waiting waiting expectantly} will you kindly send me at once the address of some other shop, in order that I may send direct & buy a few. I have promised some other collectors & so far have been unable to fulfil my promise. Please let me hear at once. This is written through a magnifying glass. Are you crossing the Ferry this Spring? What have you decided? Let me know in good time."Quo Vadis" has just been published in England. I wonder what sort of sale it will have….Barnum & Bailey show is over here. Why ever call it Barnum's when Barnum is dead. How full the air is just now of wars & rumours of wars & how cold throughout the land….We are fast coming to a pretty pitch.. With every good wish. Wm M. D."


 A card of City Hall Cardiff. Valentine W6581. Postmarked Cardiff August 1960, and sent to Wrexham.

"Just at the end of a lovely holiday with Eileen & Lilian. Had a wonderful view yesterday of the Queen and the Duke. Met a few people from Wrexham. Love from all. W."
  In August 1960, the Queen and Prince Philip visited Cardiff. They attended the Eisteddfod, where Prince Philip was given his Bardic name of Philip Meirionnydd. They also attended a service of rededication at Llandaff Cathedral, which had been restored after bomb damage during the war. Prince Philip read some of the lessons. The Queen had been given her Bardic name, Elizabeth O (of) Windsor, at the 1946, Mountain Ash, Eisteddfod, but the Cardiff 1960 event was the first time a reigning monarch had been present at an Eisteddfod.


Sept.19th 1911. on a card of the H.M.S Bristol, at Avonmouth Docks, with the cranes in the background.

"Dear How, I see the Villa managed to win a match at the finish after they had knocked the goal keeper out. I expect Hampton did that. You can see two of the electric cranes the like of which I drive."

I tried to find out some more about the man mentioned in this message, and on the Aston Villa website, we are told that Joseph Harry Hampton was born in Wellington, Shropshire, on 21st April, 1885, and played for Aston Villa, as centre-forward, between 1904 and 1920. He played for several other teams too during his career. He was known as 'Appy 'Arry, and the 'Wellington Whirlwind', and passed away at the age of 77, on 15th March, 1963 in Rhyl


On a card showing H.M. The Queen on a horse at Balmoral, posted from Thurso to Skelmersdale, Lancs:-

Friday 9pm. Thurso. We are having a lovely holiday. We have seen lots of horses, sheep and cows. Today we saw a donkey and Nana had her photograph taken with it – you will be asking which is the donkey when you see it. The weather is beautiful and so is the scenery…See you soon love to you both and Mummy and Daddy from Nana and Grandad, XX

On a St. Valentine's Day card showing 2 children, a girl with a hat box and umbrella, and the boy with a toy horse and sword.

The caption reads "A Warrior bold met his fate – isn't she great?"

The message is:- "England 1. Feb '44. Dear N. This was the nicest one I could find, so it's goin' straight to ya. You know, ---I'm still alive? but how ridiculous I might add, still single and going strong as ever. Hey!! how about there 'ere letter O'ing me? Well its good you sent it. You know how tough this soljer can get…but I don't mind if my mother does call me sonny. That good friend of yours, Joey…"


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  Do, please, send me any items you may have for possible future bulletins…..Just one card and a little information about it would be fine….or a longer piece if you can.

  Best wishes for now, Karlyn.


Club Bulletin June 2021.


Hello everyone!

I hope that you can enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend, weather permitting, of course…

North Wales has had a good showing on tv this month:-

-We had Michael Portillo on his train journeys around the area, from Crewe to Newtown, including a ride on the Rhyl Marine Lake Railway, and John Lawson-Reay was talking to him in Dolgarrog about the 1925 dam disaster. John has written a book about it, entitled 'The Men Who Drowned Dolgarrog'. - Weatherman, Derek Brockway, was to be seen walking from Deganwy to Llandudno via the Great Orme. On the way, he spoke to Adrian Hughes of the Home Front Museum about the area's role in WW2. - Actor Bill Nighy took a trip on the Cambrian Line from Pwllheli to Shrewsbury, hopping onto the Welsh Highland line for a while, and calling in at Portmeirion.

I imagine that we will have a lot of staycationers here this year, after such a wealth of lovely programmes showcasing our area.



Fairs, or no Fairs….


North Wales Postcard Club Fair 2021 - cancelled.

We hope to be able to have the 2022 Fair on 20th August.

Details will follow as soon as we have confirmation from the Community Centre.

Meetings are still uncertain, as things stand at the moment.



Colwyn Bay fair -uncertain...

I asked organizer, Steve Chapman when the Colwyn Bay Fair might be up and running again. Steve replied:-

"Until the Welsh Government confirm its plans for indoor opening, I can’t be certain, but hope to approach the school about holding the 10 July fair." but do check nearer the time.

Steve's number is:- 01745-826434, and email:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


June Wirral fair cancelled – a message from Ian Boumphrey.

  As you will probably have realised that unfortunately we are unable to go ahead with the June Wirral Postcard Fair due to Government Covid rules which means that the Thornton Hough Village Hall can’t open to the public until the rules are relaxed a week later. We all hope that the October 9th Fair will still be ok.I have just agreed and booked the dates for 2022 which are as follows Saturdays: March 5th _ June 11th - October 8th.If you haven’t booked in for this October Fair please let me know if you want to attend. Looking forward to seeing you in October. Cheers, Ian

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Good News.

Our good friend Adrian Hughes of the Home Front Museum in Llandudno, tells me that it is open for visitors again. You can check the website at or call 01492-871032



  I'm so very sorry to say that in the past months' bulletins, I had mistakenly called Alec's partner 'Jo Wallace'. I have always thought of her by that name, but her name was Joan Eleanor Smith. I have apologised to Alec for the error. He has written a beautiful tribute to Jo, on page 41 of the May issue of PPC. I know that we will all of us miss Jo at the fairs – she was a lovely person. K.


Malcolm Barrow.

  Malcolm passed away on 21st April 2021. He was a Club member for many years and attended the Annual Club Dinner with his wife Alma. He was also a member of the local Philatelic Society. They had come to North Wales from Manchester and lived in Glan Conwy until he became ill, when they moved to Rhos on Sea. Malcolm was a quiet, but interesting person. We send our sincere condolences to Alma and the family.-



 Bits and pieces…

  In April 2021, we had the item on miniature railways, but I recently discovered that we have a new little railway on West Shore, Llandudno, so, in the absence of any postcards, I took my camera along to see what it was like. Sadly, it wasn't running on the day I went, it is dual gauge 5” and 3½”.


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looking north.


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looking south

It is run by the North Wales Model Engineering Society, and their website is at and it is on Facebook. There is also information on the 'Visit Conwy' website. It seems to be open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays, weather permitting, but do check before you go.



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Y Llan, Llanrhaiadr yng Nghinmeirch Ger Ddinbych.

This card was published by Owen Edwards, Post Office Stores, Llanrhaiadr, photo by Ray Pickard of Rhyl [R.P., R] It was posted in Denbigh on 27/7/1932. It is one of only a handful of cards that I have seen in the past 40 years, with a Welsh caption.

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This card shows the funeral procession of Dr. Arthur-Prichard in Conway, on 15th March, 1912.

The publisher / photographer is F.O. Ralphes of "Vraucourt", Bryn Tirion Park, Conway.

The view shows Church St. and D.C. Walker's premises – tobacconist and hairdresser – on the corner


The Doctor was a very well-known and influential person in the area, and was a J.P., hence the long procession and large crowds of on-lookers wishing to pay their respects, despite the heavy rain. In the North Wales Weekly News for 11th .June 1909 , there was a long list of people who had subscribed to a Testimonial to the Doctor with half a guinea [10/6d], 1-Guinea, [£1/1s.] 2-Guineas or more. He was referred to as 'Alderman Dr. R. Arthur-Prichard, Chairman of the Caernarvonshire County Council'.

If you thought that the name was familiar, Dr. Arthur-Prichard was mentioned in the February 2021 Bulletin, as the Railway Company doctor who was called to the Junction Hotel in Llandudno Junction, when the lady fell onto the railway line and badly hurt her foot:-

'In the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent' for 21st August, 1891, there is a report of an accident on the railway. "On the arrival of the train due to leave for Llandudno shortly before four o'clock, on Monday, there was a great crowd on the platform, and in the rush to get to the carriages, a lady was pushed forward and fell between the platform and the incoming train. She received serious injuries to her foot, and was carried to the Junction Hotel. Dr. Arthur-Prichard, J.P., Conway, the district surgeon of the [railway] company being called in.

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This cutting is from the North Wales Weekly News of 11th June, 1909. It was next to the Testimonial information for Dr. Arthur-Prichard.

The print is difficult to read, so I have typed it:-


Colwyn Bay. J. Fred Francis & Sons' COACHING TOURS


(Weather and other circumstances permitting).

Tour No. I. - The Grand Loop tour. "The Tourist" leaves the Mews daily at 10 a.m., via Tal-y-Cafn, Bettws-y-Coed, Swallow Falls, Capel Curig, Nant Ffrangcon Pass, Bethesda, Penmaenmawr, and Conway. Arriving home at 6-30 …fare for the ride

Tour No.2 – To and from Bettws-y-Coed. A coach leaves the Mews at 10am, returning at 6.15pm. Fare 7s. [shillings] Box seats 1s.

extra. 40 miles.

Tour No 3. – The City of St. Asaph. "Ye Olde Times" leaves the Mews at 11am daily [ Tuesdays and Saturdays excepted] via Abergele, Rhuddlan Castle, St. Asaph and The Marble Church. Arriving home at 5.15pm. Fare 5s. Box seats 1s. extra. 28 miles.

Tour No.4. – To and from Penmaenmawr. "The Sportsman" leaves the Mews daily at 2.30pm via Conway, Sychnant Pass to Penmaenmawr. Arriving home at 6.15pm. Fare 4s. Box seats 1s. extra. 23 miles.

Tour No 5. – The Short Loop. A coach leaves the Mews daily at 2.30pm via Conway, Tyn-y-Groes & Tal-y-Cafn. Arriving home at 6.15pm. Fare 4s. Box seats 1s. extra. 23 miles.

Tour No 6.- To and from Bodnant Hall. A coach leaves the Mews at 2.30pm (Tuesdays and Saturdays only) Allowing time to view the Gardens. Arriving home at 6pm. Fare 3s. Box seats 1s. extra. 16 miles. 

Tour No. 7. – Rhydyfoel, Bettws Abergele & Coed Coch. Charming drive.

A four-horse coach leaves the Mews at 2.30pm for Llanddulas, Tanyrogo,Caves, Rhydyfoel, Bettws Abergele, Coed Coch (The Residence of the Hon Mrs Laurence Brodrick) and gardens, and home via Dolwen. Arriving home at 6.15pm. Return fare 4s. Box seats 1s. extra.

Gwrych Castle, (Residence of the Countess of Dundonald) The Proprietors have permission to drive through the grounds upon payment of a small fee. Days of admission, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

All Tours return in ample time for Dinner at the Hotels.

Large parties careered for at Reduced Rates.

For further particulars enquire at the Coaching Office.

In case of Wet Weather, each Coach is provided with Waterproof Capes and Aprons.

 Any of the Coaches can be Engaged privately at a day's notice." I

In the North Wales Postcard Publishers' List, there is an entry for J. Fred Francis:- J. FRED FRANCIS.

Coach Proprietor, Published by….

Colwyn Bay. E.T.W.D. [Dennis] The “Dainty” Series views overprinted with:-

‘Views seen from J. Fred Francis’ Loop Tour Coach.’

Examples are:- - Llanfairfechan, from the Parade.

- Penmaenmawr from Conway Road.

I couldn't find any of the J. Fred Francis cards, so I've added a few others to illustrate this item:-

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Head Booking Offices Royal Hotel and Queen’s Hotel, Rhyl. Telephone 38. Telegrams: “Edge, Rhyl”

This card is an advertising card for the firm. It is a b/w sketch of a mews area with horses, dogs etc., and signs written on various walls read:- “Crescent Mews” ; “Rhyl’s most noted Coaching Firm” ; “Peter Edge’s Famous Coaching Tours in Wales” “Funerals Furnished Up to date Hearses”; “Special terms for Picnics, Parties &c. Rubber tyred Landaus for hire at all hours”; “Horses bought and sold on Commission - Livery & Baiting.” “Wedding Parties catered for. Specially ----- ------ & --------” [unreadable] “Saddle Room” “Station Buses”.

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On the top is the usual type of view in the Sychnant Pass, but with a message:- Dear Dot. We leave here today. This is a photograph of the coach we went on to Penmaenmawr – with the same driver & postilion, only the latter had on a swaggah white top hat when we went. I am so sorry to leave & so are the others. Best love from Gert. Posted from Llandudno on July 18th, 1904.

On the bottom is a photo, again taken on the Sychnant Pass, with the note' Dwygyfylchi 7/4/05', where the wheels seem to have come off the coach.


 The New Colwyn Bay Pier.

  I went to Colwyn Bay on 10th May to get some photos of the new pier. It's more of a platform than a pier at the moment, but it will be a lovely area in which to sit and enjoy the views and perhaps an ice-cream on a warm summer's day. It is 148 ft long, which is approximately 1/5th of the length of the earlier pier. It is accessed directly from the promenade, with no special entrance or gates up to now.

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In this picture of the 1900 pier, the new pier would come almost as far as the start of the Pavilion platform.

  The first pier was opened in June 1900, with the Pavilion named after Jules Riviere, a musician and conductor, who moved his concerts from Llandudno. Unfortunately, Riviere passed away in December that year. This Pavilion burnt down in 1922, and was replaced the following year by a new building. Sadly, this also burnt down, in 1933. The last Pavilion was opened in 1934, and the whole pier structure was demolished in 2018. In November, 2019, work began on the new pier.


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The Riviere Pavilion viewed from the promenade.

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The Riviere Pavilion fire 1922.

The card, published by A. & F. Wrigley, Colwyn Bay is dated 19th April, 1922 


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The 2nd Pavilion, opened in 1923. and in 1933,,was also lost to fire


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The 1934 pavilion in the Art-Deco style. This Valentine's view was registered in 1935.


It resembled a marquee, and the auditorium interior followed the same theme, designed by the artist Mary Adshead, daughter of the pavilion's architect, Professor S.D. Adshead. Mary was at the Slade School of Art at the same time as Rex Whistler, whose huge and magical mural graces the dining room at Plas Newydd, Anglesey. The two artists shared first prize one year. There was a large mural in the pavilion's Tea-room, by Eric Ravilious.

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My photo of the pavilion in its old age, looking very distressed

For the new pier, the original railing panels have been restored, and enclose the space, which has a boarded floor. There are some very elegant lamp-posts along each side of the platform, which are very similar in design to the originals. The colour-scheme is and brown and white, and very pretty. I couldn't get onto the platform, as the finishing touches are still being made, and there are fences along the promenade end.

Here are my photos from 10th May and an old photo to one of the lamps to compare the design.

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The original lamps and railings on the pier.


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The new lamps and railings


I hope to be back with another bulletin next month, so until then, take care and enjoy the summer days. Karlyn


I was in the car on Sunday morning, 12
July, and Aled Jones was telling the listeners to Classic FM about his
memories of the railway station at Llanfair PG, [which he said in full], because the platform has been closed, as it's
too small to accommodate social distancing! He said that with such a long name on the sign, the platform itself
ought to be long enough. He remembered going on the trains with those big white tickets with the full station name
on them a good keepsake for visitors. Aled grew up in Llandegfan, a village between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris.
I always enjoy his programmes he has such a lovely voice, both for speaking and singing.