CHESTERFIELD: Philatelic Society members check out Ron Stammers’ seaside postcard collection

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Club president Ken Clarke med members of the Chesterfield Philatelic Society to a meeting which was held at the Bonsall Court common room, Newbold.

The guest speaker was Ron Stammers, chairman of the Alfreton Philatelic Society. Ron’s theme began with the origins of the “therapy holidays” taken at the spa towns and hydros such as Matlock and Harrogate and then moved on to the very popular seaside holidays, all recorded on postcards, many of which were produced in the times of Queen Victoria.

Ron, with a very amusing narrative entertained members with tales of the boarding house ladies and the early antics of the seaside bathers.

Before the use of trains, there was a thriving business around the coast using paddle steamers, which in turn saw the construction of the piers built out into the sea because there was no way for the passengers to alight when they reached their destination.

Many of Ron’s cards were originally the work of Alfred Robert Quinton ( 1853-1934) the very famous water colour artist who produced over 2000 paintings, which included countryside scenes and many of the coastal resorts. Many of these paintings were eventually turned into postcards and are very collectable. The vote of thanks was given by Bert Orwin, himself a avid collector of postcards. Ron received a certificate of appreciation from the President.