Just like London Branch, Yorkshire started as a Branch of the Cameric Club. The first mention we have found of them is in “Cameric Notes and News Magazine”, Volume 4, new series, no 6, dated December 1949, when they appeared on the back cover within one of the Christmas Greeting advertisement boxes, which reads “Greetings to … YORKSHIRE and LANCASHIRE Members from C. Webster“.
Their next mention is in Volume 6, new series, no 6 dated December 1951, when they appeared on the back cover in a similar advertisement, which reads “The Lancashire, Yorkshire, Reading and Bournemouth Branches join with their London Camericans in wishing their President – Mr Blows, a Merry and well earned Christmas” . We are not certain if this means the others were added in the interim, or Mr. Webster was only in contact with the two Northern Branches.
Move on a few years, and Volume 10, new series, edition dated May 1956, states that there would be a Yorkshire Branch Meeting on Saturday June 2, 1956, at Leeds City Museum, starting at 3pm. The Secretary was named as Mr. A. Ward of Netherton near Huddersfield.
We know that in 1975, The Yorkshire Branch of the Cartophilic Society were meeting regularly, still at at 3pm, but now on the third Saturday of each month, and still within Leeds, actually at Leeds Polytechnic, (Room H209). Our secretary by then was D. Williams of York.
On June 27, 1987, a Branch Rally was held at Roundhay Rugby Union Club in Lidgett Lane, Leeds. Popular auctioneer John Knowles of Timperley took the gavel and gained a top price of £68 for a set of Ogdens “Royal Mail”. There were several dealers attending, and Don Thorp hosted an exhibition of cartophilic material.
We returned to this same venue in July and October the following year, there were an average of eight dealers at each, plus an auction. Refreshments and a bar were also available. The entry fee at that time was 25p.
At some time we moved our branch meetings to Calverley Methodist Church Hall in Pudsey, Leeds. It is possible this was in late 1991 or early 1992, because Roundhay Rugby Club amalgamated with Headingley in June 1991 to form Leeds RUFC, and the original idea was to sell all the grounds and start afresh in Kirkstall. If you are wondering, the first game played at that Kirkstall ground was between Leeds RUFC and Hull lonians, and that took place in September 1992.
On the 29th and 30th of April, 2005, with much encouragement from our Branch Secretary of that time David Benson, we hosted the annual Cartophilic Society Convention at the Grand Hall, Spa Centre, Scarborough. Yorkshire branch members (22 of them!) manned the non-members stall. BBC Radio York came along and carried out a series of interviews while the big selling Yorkshire Post carried almost a whole page story with pictures.
We were still at Calverley Methodist Church in 2014. Our meetings started at 2pm and there were usually 2 dealers in attendance as well as a small club auction that usually started at about 3pm. Our Secretary was still David Benson.
From Calverley Methodist Church we re-located our meetings to Windhill Conservative Club, 39 Carr Lane, Shipley BD18 2NQ. Meetings took place on the first Sunday of every month, starting at 1pm, ending about 3pm. There was always a good selection of cards, and our regulars all very welcoming and knowledgeable. More recently the name was changed to Carr Lane Club, rather than Windhill Conservative. We were still here when the coronavirus outbreak forced closure of all Branches.
Yorkshire are no strangers to large events and we also used to be one of the collecting clubs that co-hosted the Great Northern Rally; that takes place a bit later in the year so here’s hoping! This event used to be the perfect opportunity to meet all the various personalities associated with collecting in this area, as well as people who could become your future club-mates. Last year this event ran from 10am till 4pm at the Haughton Working Mens Club in Haughton Le Skerne, Darlington, the postcode of which is DL1 2DD. It cost £2 to go in, but if you were a Cartophilic Society member, you could come in for free! That’s yet another perk of Society membership. Inside the hall the collector could browse the stocks of several dealers, all ready and waiting to complete wants lists and have a chat about why that number is just so scarce! We also had a table which offered free advice and/or valuations, as well as a chance to find out more about the hobby in general.
You can read a fascinating article about the Working Mens Club at :
Our featured card, top, is one from a set of 7 “Dogs – The Yorkshire Terrier” issued by Perikim in 2005. This characterful canine is captured wonderfully by artist Janet Reid, who only uses three colours in each picture. The reverses of the seven cards detail each animal’s character and describes either an attribute like appearance or temperament, or has other information like the breed history, and how to care for that specific breed. The cards measure 79 x 62mm, so technically Large Size. Did you know these lovely little dogs were originally bred in the 19th century to catch rats, which were becoming a great problem in the clothing factories of the area. And if you are a dog-person, we have pleasure in adding that “Perikim” issued several other sets, all equally attractive, and each featuring another specific breed.