The bull looks none too pleased about this...
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Sunday, 3 March 2013
It was found nestled in a large collection of old childrens books once belonging to a young girl named Marion.The books were mostly from the early 1930's and had been very well cared for; paper covers intact & almost as bright as the day they were bought. The condition of book mark reflects this care.
The book it fell from was an almost perfect, early edition of, 'The Fairy Caravan' by Beatrix Potter. Just one of a whole box full of chilldren's literature delights, carefully chosen for a fledgling library.
It may come as no surprise to discover that each book within the collection was inscribed with love & best wishes from Mother & Dad.
Thursday, 21 February 2013
The Giver-of-the-gift has seen fit to give a book of fairy tales to mark a happy anniversary. Romantic, yes. However, in the inscription this sentiment appears a little less so to the 'modern outsider's eye' with his choice of address and wording...
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
A flea market find retrieved from a dusty box of menus and football ephemera.
A GPO greetings telegram illustrated by Clifford Bayly complete with age-spotted envelope. Apologies for not having more to tell you about Clifford Bayly, only that his illustrations pop up occasionally in books and pamphlets from 1950's - 1980's. Would love to know a little more.
Such a jolly, vibrant greeting would have been an absolute pleasure to receive, despite the wording inside being somewhat plain!
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Museum of British Folklore, the Whitechapel Gallery in London is planning to host an archive display of the 1951, 'Black Eyes & Lemonade' exhibition, exploring Barbara Jones' approach to curating popular art. Although details are presently scant on the websites of both organisations involved, it's whispered that the exhibition is due to open next month, 9th March, and there's another chance to see the fireplace in the shape of an Airedale dog!