Fairs & Meetings

The  dates  for  our 3 Fairs in 2023 are:

Sunday 11 June.  Please note this is a new date

Sunday 19 November.

A condition of entry to each of our fairs is that each attendee must agree to comply with all regulatory and other requirements which are considered necessary to protect us all in the light of the then Covid situation. These may include registering time of entry and departure, providing proof of vaccination, and social distancing. Masks are recommended, and hand sanitisers will be readily available and we recommend that they are used frequently, preferably between moving from one table to another.

Our fairs are held at  the  IMAR Community Hall. 2a Fitzroy St Croydon (very close to the Croydon Railway station) from 9.00am to 2.00 pm.  In addition to vintage and modern postcards, there will also be a range of other collectibles such as old books, magazines and brochures, Trade Cards, Cigarette Cards, and Badges and medals. Entrance is free, and tea, coffee, sandwiches, etc are available (subject to Covid considerations) .

With any luck you might find cards like these:

1908 US Fleet Visit

1908 US Fleet Visit

At each Fair,  dealers offer thousands of postcards (ranging from over 100 years old to moderns), books and ephemera and small collectables for sale on a wide range of popular subjects and themes: views of Early Sydney, N.S.W, Australian and foreign towns and cities, glamour and fashion, artist signed (e.g Norman

"Refreshments" by Ida Outhwaite.

“Refreshments” by Ida Outhwaite.

Lindsay, J.A Turner, and Neville Cayley), transport (including shipping, aviation, railways trams etc), social history, sport (including cricket, horse racing, golf and football), military, ethnic, famous people, advertising, theater, sports, architecture, historical events, royalty, fantasy, comic cards, etc… There are usually a good number of cards and some other postal items from overseas countries including the UK, Germany, France, Italy etc, China, and other Asian countries, and the Middle East and Africa. There are usually a good number of postcards with postmarks and other markings relevant to postal history collectors.

To see a sample of items that “exchanged hands” at a  Society Fair  CLICK HERE

Advice on card-collecting and estimates of value is available from Society members.

. The Society encourages groups of members with common collecting interests to meet at the Fairs, and may be able to make a suitable space, tables, and chairs available if the Fair Coordinator is contacted in advance. The Fairs are a great place to meet and converse with other collectors and dealers, and to get some idea of what is involved in the hobby of collecting cards and other paper ephemera and its joys and challenges.

Any member may book a table at a Fair to sell duplicates or surplus cards by contacting the Fair Coordinator

THE SCENE AT A RECENT FAIR   The Society’s  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR 2023 will be held on 19 November at 2.15 pm (following the Card fair)  at IMAR Community Hall. 2a Fitzroy St Croydon     

To see the agenda for the next AGM (when it is available)  CLICK HERE   

The Society’s  COMMITTEE MEETINGS for 2023 will be held at the conclusion of each Fair.