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Antiques & Collecting: Make a date with picturesque local history calendars.

One of the most popular collecting themes of the present day is the search for local history through old picture postcards.

'The number of people who are hunting information about their own family background and also about the history of the area in which they live is quite amazing,' said Joe Brannan, who lives in Rednal and is a keen collector of old picture postcards showing the people and places of yesteryear in Barnt Green, Cofton, Lickey, Rubery and of course, Rednal.

The proprietor of Cofton Collections on Bristol Road South, Northfield, has selected a dozen picture cards from his own collection for a fascinating Calendar from The Lickeys, 2005.

The calendars, priced pounds 4.95 each are obtainable from Cofton Collections, 1103 Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2QR, Tel: 0121 475 4124.

Another well-known Birmingham postcard dealer, Andrew MaxamfromSmethwick, has also used picture postcards from his own collection to produce two excellent calendars, the Old Harborne Village 2005 and the Old Smethwick, Bearwood and Warley Calendar 2005.

Both these calendars have a series of nostalgic views of the respective areas and their suburbs which should evoke many memories of yesteryear and are obtainable, price pounds 4.99 each in several newsagents, post offices and bookshops in the areas concerned.

Mr Maxam has also produced Christmas cards from the Harborne views which cost pounds 6.50 for a pack of 12 (two of each view). In case of difficulty Mr Maxam can be contacted on 0121 429 6369.

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Above, clockwise, pictures from calendars of the Lickeys, old Harborne and old Smethwick
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