QUEENSLAND CARD COLLECTORS SOCIETY INC.
 

The QCCS Inc. is an incorporated club of people who collect postcards, trade cards and cigarette cards

Contact

Our contact address for correspondence is:
The Secretary, QCCSI, P.O. Box 699, Indooroopilly, QLD, 4068, Australia or email: Alan McNaughton
Ph: 07-3371 8844.

Membership applications with payment should be forwarded to:
The Treasurer, QCCSI, P.O. Box 184 Banyo, QLD, 4014, Australia.

C
orrespondence about this site can be sent to the webmaster Marcel Safier Ph: 0411 238612.
 
Articles and ads for inclusion in the Bulletin can be sent direct to the editor David Johnson.

Meetings

Our group meets on the last Tuesday of each month (December excluded) in the church hall behind St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 59 Dornoch Terrace, West End which is centrally located in Brisbane just south west of the city centre.  Meetings start at 7:30pm.  The format of each meeting usually involves a discussion of official business, followed by new business and announcements, then a presentation on a card related topic usually as a digital presentation followed by refreshments and informal mingling.  Cards are often brought along for trade, sale or just to be shown off and the lots from our bi-monthly postal auction of 200-250+ lots are available for inspection. Unsold lots are available for direct purchase at the reserve price at the meeting following the auction.  Members have access to a large library of reference books and journals. Visitors who wish to attend, see how we operate or bring some cards for assessment or sale are welcome.

Membership

Yearly membership (from July-June) fees are AU$30.00 within Australia; Pacific and New Zealand AU$35.00 and AU$40.00 for rest of world which provides the member with 6 issues of our club Bulletin (each is 8-10 pages long) and five postal auction catalogues as well as entitlement to attend meetings and borrow from our extensive library of card related reference books and journals.  A membership form for printing out and posting can be accessed here.  

Executive

At the society's AGM in August 2013 the following club executive personnel were elected:

President: Alan McNaughton 07-3371 8844
Secretary: Nell Stevens
Treasurer: Tony Lawler
Editor of Bulletin: David Johnson; Compiler of Bulletin: Roy Pugh
Auctioneers: Reg Stonard & Roy Pugh
Librarian: Judy Sneyd
Webmaster: Marcel Safier 0411 238612

About Us

Our membership is mainly from within the state of Queensland but also includes people in most of the other states of Australia and several overseas countries.  Our sister club is in Washington Crossing, PA, USA.

Queensland is one of the six states in Australia, and the northernmost on the eastern coastline. The main population base is in Brisbane, the state's capital city, which is situated in the state's south east corner.  Brisbane is a popular tourist destination and the city hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1982, Expo in 1988 and the Goodwill Games in September 2001. It has been voted as Australia's most liveable city.

All forms of card collecting are popular hobbies throughout Australia.  There are independent card collecting groups in New South Wales (New South Wales Postcard Collectors Society), Victoria (Australian Cartophillic Society), the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia (Western Australian Card Collectors Society) and the Australian Postcard Society in Adelaide, South Australia.  There are some full time and a number of part time dealers in cards in most states of Australia but not many have retail premises.  They often attend dedicated card fairs which are held regularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and/or more general collectibles fairs and swap meets throughout the country.  Postcards and sometimes cigarette and trade cards can usually be found at philatelic and coin fairs and are often featured in philatelic and antique auctions. 


The Q150 grant received by the club was used to produce a fantastic 96pp book on the Coloured Shell Series of Queensland postcards that is pictured at right.

Copies are available at a cost of $22 plus postage:
 . within Australia add $4.00
 . Asia and Pacific area add $10.00
 . rest of World add $14.00

2009 marked the sesqui-centenary of both the separation of Queensland from New South Wales. Having received a generous grant from the Q150 committee our group produced a bumper full colour edition of our Bulletin that is pictured below left and a souvenir postcard featuring state emblems pictured below right.

This 32 page book is still available for $10 plus postage of $1.20 within Australia and the postcard for 50c plus $0.60 postage in an envelope.

International orders can be paid via PayPal in Australian Dollars. Please add 5% to the total cost to cover fees and make the payment to email address
amcnaugh@bigpond.net.au

Ron Blum has produced a wonderful book covering the extensive postcard output of George Rose George Rose, the Postcard Era, As Australia's foremost collector of stereo views also produced a book on the stereoviews of George Rose that has now sold out. Ron's postcard book is available direct from his website: www.ronblum.com.au. Members of the QCCSI have helped supply information and images for this.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for members to obtain new material. Anyone who has postcards, cigarette cards or old trade cards they wish to sell or even to donate is welcome to contact the club. We do hope however that potential sellers don't merely wish to pick our brains for a free appraisal and/or to then sell items on eBay or elsewhere as has happened previously!

Historical, philatelic and other groups are welcome to enquire about guest speakers from amongst our membership on a wide variety of card, collecting and historical themes. Alan McNaughton and Reg Stonard have spoken to the New Farm Historical Society, Toowong History Group, the Nundah Historical Society and the Queensland Antique Collector's Society on a history of postcards that included rare early Brisbane examples. Webmaster Marcel Safier has spoken to the Toowong History Group and the Toowong & District Historical Society about early postcards of Toowong and to the New Farm Historical Society on early photographers of Fortitude Valley and to the Redcliffe Historical Society, Family History Society of Queensland, Nundah Historical Society, Queensland Antique Collector's Society, Coorparoo Historical Society, Photographic Society of Queensland, the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Maryborough Historical Society on early photography in Queensland.

Club Research Interests

Our membership's interests cover the many varied areas of card collecting.  Some members of course have a leaning towards items of regional interest especially the postcards of Brisbane and wider Queensland.  Lists of publishers of Queensland views and their postcard output are being collated as an ongoing project.  A few of these cards appear below.  

Some of the postcards and series currently being researched include:

Early Postcard Publishers
. Coloured Shell Series (note the book above on this series that the QCCSI have produced)
. E.D. & Co and EDCO (Edward's Dunlop & Co)
. Intelligence and Tourism Bureau (David Johnson is currently preparing a book on the postcard output of this Government Dept)
. White Series
. Retrac (Carter spelt backwards!)
. McDonnell Series
. postcards published by Barton of Warwick
 
. Comet Series

. Murray's Studios of Brisbane and Gympie
. postcards published by and based on photographs by Brisbane photographers eg. P.C. Poulsen & Thomas Mathewson
. postcards published by Warwick photographer M.H. Poulsen
. postcards of Brisbane suburbs (Toowong has been covered in detail with Wooloowin to follow)
. Taylor series (produced by Ipswich based photographers Benjamin & Laura Taylor)

. postcards of the Gold Coast including Fred Lang, T. A. Ninness, Simbell and motel advertising

(please contact
Marcel Safier about these above subjects)
 

Modern Publishers

. Sidues Series (Sydney Hughes)
. Samuel Lee (ICP) of Stanthorpe
. Avant Cards (free advertising cards)

Information about postcards, cigarette and trade cards relating to Queensland is welcome.

If you are compiling lists of cards, whether you a member of our group or not we would be pleased to hear from you.

If you, a relation or ancestor were involved in the postcard industry as a
publisher, photographer or otherwise we would be delighted if you could make contact with us

 

Gallery of Brisbane and Fortitude Valley Postcards
 


Corner Queen & George Streets, Brisbane
Edco Series no. 1255 printed postcard



View of the South Side from the Executive Buildings (1911)
Comet Series no. 782 real photo postcard

  

Victoria Bridge from Treasury
Murray Studios Q.96 real photo postcard


Corner Wickham and Brunswick Streets, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Edco Series no. 1246 printed postcard


Wickham St c.1935
 Franklin Series Q. 61 real photo postcard


Adelaide St Looking South 1940s
Sidues Series no. 755 real photo postcard

 
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This site is maintained for the QCCS Inc. by Marcel Safier, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, msafier@ozemail.com.au
This site was created 11May 1997. Last updated 1 February 2014
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