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Among more than 15,000 well-preserved vintage postcards featuring in Chorley’s November 21 auction is this batch of 200+ postcards of London, including three of the ‘Battle of Stepney’ gunfight between police and two Latvian revolutionaries in 1911.

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While fewer people are sending postcards, collecting them is still a hobby keenly undertaken by some. 

The late Alan and Joan Tucker were two such enthusiasts who between them amassed a collection of more then 15,000 vintage postcards across 60 years. Now Gloucestershire auction house Chorley’s will offer the group, condensed into 115 lots, in its November 21 auction.

Described as well-preserved, the collection covers an array of topics; from topographical locations in British and overseas to theatre advertising, Louis Wain cats and transport.

A batch of some 200 county topographical postcards of London, including three of the ‘Battle of Stepney’ gunfight between police and two Latvian revolutionaries in 1911, top the group with an estimate of £300-400.

Winston Churchill, then home secretary, famously observed the unfolding scene in the East End. He is below wearing a top hat, second from the right. Churchill’s presence caused a political row over the level of his operational involvement.

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