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Postcard sale of the century

The finest private collection of Lincolnshire postcards ever created is expected to make £20,000 when it goes under the hammer next week.

The massive collection, which consists of 15,500 cards, was amassed by the lecturer, historian, writer and long-time editor of Lincolnshire Life magazine, David Robinson.

The collection is being auctioned on Tuesday, May 22, by Louth auctioneers John Taylors, and will include a live webcast which can be viewed at www.the-saleroom.com.

James Laverack of the company said: "Believe it or not the collection at one point topped 20,000 but before his death at the age of 89 David refined and re-organised the archive, removing duplicates and less rare items. This is the best of the best.

"The collection covers the whole county and spans the period from soon after the introduction of the picture postcard in 1984 right through its golden age in the first half of the 20th Century.

"To cater for the special interests of collectors, we have divided the auction into 38 lots. There is a Stamford lot that covers more than 300 cards, covering everything from street scenes and buildings to events and local features of interest.

"There is also a lot covering Kesteven villages that extends to 900 postcards."

The full catalogue is available on the firm's website www.johntaylors.com

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