Collectors of all kinds of items made from paper are invited to go along to a new club which has just been launched in Lynn.
The Lynn Collectors’ Club saw its first meeting last week at the Amateur Sailing Club, in Ferry Lane, off King Street.
The club is aimed at people who collect anything on paper, such as postcards, stamps, labels, cigarette cards, currency notes and tickets.
Jon Higgins said the club is an offshoot of the Lynn Philatelic Society, for which he is assistant secretary. “We had ten people turn up which we think is a healthy start to the club and are hoping more will follow once they get to hear about it.
“It came about because we realised that there are a lot of people out there who collect things who don’t necessarily come to the society. This new club is for people who maybe would like to belong to a club in the centre of town and then have a bite to eat afterwards.
“Paper items are easily transportable and it’s an opportunity for people to swap, buy, sell and display their items. It’s also intended to be a social occasion where people can share their knowledge or simply enjoy a chat.”
He said that postcards were often quite popular and possibly valuable in some cases, although some of them were collected because of the appeal of the subject matter, which could include anything from places to animals.
“Before phones were around, if you wanted to send a note to your granny you would send a postcard and it would cost a halfpenny. Designs printed on silk and then attached to a card to send as a form of greetings were also popular.”
At the first meeting there was a collection of railway posters and tickets.
Jon Higgins can be contacted for more information on 01553 671683 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings – which are free to attend – will be held on the second Wednesday of the month and the next one is on March 12, from 10.30am to noon.