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Postcard collection showcasing Wolverhampton’s glorious past to sell at auction

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A significant collection of early to mid-twentieth century postcards of Wolverhampton and the West Midlands is certain to capture the attention of enthusiasts when it goes under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms Specialist Collectors’ Sale on Friday 6th November.

The collection represents a real treasure trove for collectors and local history buffs. Divided into a total of thirteen lots, and comprising a mixture of printed and real photographic examples, the postcards offer a fascinating insight into Wolverhampton’s cultural, sporting and industrial heritage. 
Amongst the collection, for example, are postcards relating to Wolverhampton’s prestigious Sunbeam factory and its Supreme Car which achieved 207 MPH on 29th March 1927. Also included are postcards of Guy Motors WWI Ambulance, a Wolverhampton WWI tank, the 1925 funeral of murdered policeman Albert Willits – an event which caused national outcry at the time – and the Wednesfield Church Fire of 1902. Other cards feature a good number of local towns and landmarks such as Brewood canal, Wolverhampton Girl’s High School, West Park, Compton Locks, Tong Castle, Willenhall and Penkridge, to name but a few.
The standout lot, however, is a collection of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC postcards capturing a highly successful period for the club during the early part of the twentieth century through to the ‘golden age’ of the 1950s. Guided at £300-500, the lot includes several team photograph type postcards from the 1907-08, 1923-24, 1925-26, 1931-32 and 1953-54 seasons; together with a number of portrait cards of players such as Dick Richards, J. Sambrook, John Hancocks, and Ernie Hunt. 
Saleroom Manager at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, Richard Forrester, says:
“This collection is a truly fantastic glimpse of what life was like here in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands nearly a century ago. Real photographic cards of local interest – particularly those with rare and interesting subjects – are highly prized by collectors, so to have a collection of this type and of this size means we can expect some highly competitive bidding on the day of sale.
“From personal experience, I expect the Wolverhampton Wanderers examples to do very well, having sold similar examples in previous sales for many hundreds of pounds. We have high hopes for similar hammer prices for each of the postcard lots in the upcoming sale.”  
The postcards are set to be auctioned at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms on Friday 6th November from 10am. Viewing will be held from 10am – 7pm Thursday 5th November, and from 9am onwards on the day of the sale. 
The catalogue will be available online via the website from Friday 30th October. For those unable to attend on the day of the sale, telephone, commission and live internet bidding options are available. For further information please call 01902 421985. 
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