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Menus and their holders can be tasty collectables

December 7th, 2012 · No Comments

I’m on a diet, so there’ll be no stuffing myself with turkey, Christmas pudding and brandy butter or lashings of ginger beer this festive season. Thankfully we’ll be on a beach, so the temptation won’t even be there, which is just as well because will power was never my strong point. It’s one of the […]

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Tags: Ephemera · Titanic

Antique Christmas cards are vintage collectables

November 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments

The introduction of the lithographic process and other improved printing techniques meant that by the 1850s, beautifully illustrated multi-coloured Christmas cards were winging their way around the country by the sackful. Why not collect them?

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Tags: Christmas · Collectables · Ephemera

The tricksy trio who still make us smile

July 27th, 2007 · 12 Comments

It wasn’t much to look out, but the little round lapel badge we found lying in the bottom of a box of knickknacks at our local collectors’ fair had a fascinating background. About the size of an old sixpence, the badge was decorated with blue enamel, picked out of which were the initials W. L. […]

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Tags: Cartoons · Ephemera · Juvenalia

Meaty collectables

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

It might not sound very romantic, but today’s collectors of Victorian and Edwardian printed ephemera should be grateful to the manufacturers of Liebig’s “Meat Extract”, or Oxo as it was later reincarnated. Founded in 1868, the company soon realised the importance of good marketing and promotional material and until 1975, they published an astonishing array […]

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Tags: Advertising Antiques · Ephemera

Love tokens from the Front

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Standing knee deep in mud, deprived of sleep and waiting for the next whistle to go over the top are images we recognise as being part of life in the trenches, but what our fathers’ fathers endured in the Great War, we cannot imagine. That was two generations ago. I wanted to bring to this […]

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Tags: Ephemera · Militaria · Postcards

Postcards with plenty of sauce

July 26th, 2007 · No Comments

&Britain was at war and we stood alone against the might of Nazi Germany. Food and petrol were rationed and laughs were in short supply … unless you were on the receiving end of a saucy seaside postcard like the ones pictured here. And in the 60-odd years since they were printed, their humour is […]

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Tags: Ephemera · Postcards

Trading up is on the cards

July 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Perhaps it’s because as a junior reporter, I was indentured to a newspaper publisher who was also a jobbing printer. Perhaps it’s simply because my writing for this column gets turned into reading, so to speak – smart pages with attendant images that are easy on the eye and (hopefully) worth something more than a […]

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Tags: Ephemera

Collectors set for bidding battle for their comic book heroes

March 1st, 2006 · No Comments

Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português The Salvation Army will benefit from the auction of thousands of forgotten comic books after a chance discovery by workmen called in to clear a warehouse in the North West of England. The sale is set to produce a substantial cash windfall for the charity. To […]

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Tags: Comics · Ephemera

Be my Valentine, but be sure to send me a Victorian card

January 24th, 2006 · 3 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português Poor St. Valentine. He probably never had a sweetheart of his own and he had absolutely nothing in common with lovers. He became their saint quite by chance. His story starts in Rome in about 271AD when the poor wretch was flung into prison […]

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Tags: Ephemera · Valentine

Pull a cracker this Christmas – thanks to Victorian baker Tom Smith

December 24th, 2005 · 1 Comment

by Christopher Proudlove© Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisp/73547434/” title=”   What do you get when you walk under a friendly cow? A pat on the head. What’s a dentist’s favourite musical instrument? A tuba toothpaste. Jokes as bad as these – and worse – will spill out over dining […]

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Tags: Christmas · Collectables · Ephemera

What’s on the menu? A charming collectable, for the price of a meal!

December 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove�Espa�ol | Deutsche | Fran�ais | Italiano | Portugu�s It’s 1947, you’re travelling First Class aboard the Cunard White Star flagship RMS Queen Elizabeth and dinner is served. For starters, it’s oysters on the half shell, followed by clear turtle soup, turbot for the fish course and timable of ham. The roast sirloin […]

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Tags: Collectables · Ephemera · Maritime

Collect paper ephemera, even if folding money is tight

July 8th, 2005 · No Comments

Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Portuguêsby Christopher Proudlove© Imagine what life would be like without paper – no rubbish-strewn streets for one thing. From plans for buildings and ocean liners to folding money, paper has played a vital role in shaping almost every aspect of the world we know today. Interestingly, all […]

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Tags: Ephemera

Name dropping: Collecting celebrity autographs

May 23rd, 2005 · 1 Comment

For the collector with a vivid imagination, autographs can be so appealing. No other collection gives its owner such a feeling of direct contact with figures from history.

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Tags: Beatles · Ephemera

Trading up to collectable trade cards

May 23rd, 2005 · No Comments

Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português Wright Crossley trade cardOriginally uploaded by Christopher Proudlove. by Christopher Proudlove© Perhaps it’s because as a junior reporter, I was indentured to a newspaper publisher who was also a jobbing printer.Perhaps it’s simply because my writing for this column gets turned into reading, so to speak […]

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Tags: Ephemera · Trade cards

Postcards that keep us in the picture

April 17th, 2005 · 1 Comment

These are tumultuous times. In the space of a few days we have buried a Pope, Brtitain’s future King (and Queen?) have married, thousands of car workers face losing their jobs and we are in the midst of a general election campaign which has all the acrimony of a chimpanzees’ tea party. We know all […]

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Tags: Angelo Asti · Ephemera · Postcards