This unused postcard showing a bonfire built to celebrate the coronation of George V in 1911 is priced at £40 from Days Past at York Card Expo International.

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The event attracts 80 dealers in postcards and ephemera from across the UK, Europe, Russia and the US.

Felicity Stasiak, co-organiser of the expo with her husband, dealer Jack, said: “Along with topography, Edwardian social history – for example, the chains used on the building of the Titanic is a card we have – is among the most popular themes for collectors as well as advertising, hospitals and churches.”

All fired up

This unused postcard, above, showing the bonfire to celebrate the coronation of George V in 1911*, at Ocker Hill, near Tipton in Staffordshire, costs £40 from Michael Jay. He trades as Days Past, an online dealership in postcards from 1900-30.

He will be exhibiting at the York Card Expo International.

Jay’s current stock numbers 30,000 cards, which he sells to a worldwide customer base at prices from a few pounds upwards. Popular subjects for his buyers include topographical, social history, football, cricket, golf, transport and railway stations.

*The Book of Coronation Bonfires by the Rev Canon Rawnsley, published in 1911, is a fascinating online read for students of the genre.