Fairs & Meetings

We are very sorry to announce that we have had to cancel our September Fair because of Covid. We are hopeful that we will be able to hold the one scheduled for 27 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 include Registering time of entry and departure, 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. A Covid Marshall will be in attendance to guide and assist, and attendees must agree to follow any directions the Marshall deems it necessary to make in the interests of everybody’s health. Unfortunately we cannot make an refreshments available, but you are welcome to BYO and use the seats spaced around the Hall. There are also several nice cafes close by.

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 paper collectibles such as old books, magazines and brochures, Trade Cards, Cigarette Cards, and philately. Entrance is free, and great morning tea, lunch and other refreshments 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 2020 was  held at 12 Noon on 8 August at Philas House Library, 17 Brisbane St Surry Hills NSW.

To see the agenda for the next AGM  meeting when it has been settled CLICK HERE 

The Society’s next  COMMITTEE MEETING for 2020 will be held  as advised