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The Ephemerist Spring 2015

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The Spring issue of the society's journal is scheduled to be posted to members mid-April and contains the following articles:

  • Graham Hudson | ‘You dirty boy!’ – sculpture and insets
  • Adrian Seville | The red alphabet – and a reply
  • Heather Anderson | The rise and fall of the Mazawattee Tea company
  • Malcolm Warrington | Follies of February
  • Plus regular favourites | Mrs Pepys' Diary and Notes & Queries

Cover image: Detail from an advertisement for Mazawattee Tea, printed by David Allen & Sons, Harrow, 1898. 190 x 122 mm. The front is a facsmile of a tea duty cheque, the reverse proclaims it the biggest tea duty cheque on record, and Mazawattee 'the greatest wholesale tea enterprise on Earth'.


Virtual Belle Vue

Chetham's Library's digital archive of Belle Vue Gardens include postcards, photographs, slides, guides, programmes, a significant collection of newspaper cuttings, notebooks, ledgers and business accounts stretching from the mid 1800s through to Belle Vue's final days in the 1970s.

Subjects range from fireworks spectacles to circus acts, and from boxing and wrestling to brass band contests, political rallies and trade fairs. The people, the animals, the rides, the happy days out and even the scandals are here.

The launch of this new site is only the start – there's more material to add, and the Library would like your help online to put names to faces, put dates to events and get your stories about your experiences and memories, good or bad. You can add your comments to the site. Belle Vue material of all kinds will also find a permanent home in the Library's collections, and could become part of the online experience, available to all.


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Wayzgoose at St Bride's

Sunday 17 May 2015

The annual St Bride Fundraising Wayzgoose is a celebration of letterpress printing: books, posters, cards and prints, wood and metal types plus equipment and supplies.

Wayzgoose is traditionally an annual summer dinner or outing held by a printing house for its employees.

Handbill, opposite, letterpress printed with metal type by Graham Moss, Incline Press.

  • St Bride Foundation
  • Bride Lane off Fleet Street
  • Ludgate Circus
  • London EC4Y 8EQ
  • UK


Training for War: Shoreham Army Camp from
1914 to 1919

Exhibition at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery 25 April to 23 May 2015

Did you know there was a huge First World War training camp at Shoreham-by-Sea? After they left all trace of them disappeared, even the sheds they lived in, or to use the military term, 'hutments'.

Thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant older volunteers and Worthing College students, supported by curators from Worthing Museum, have spent the last six months searching for clues. The historical detective work has included successful metal detecting around Slonk Hill, trawling through local archives and asking local experts.

Cover of The Strand Magazine Part of the project introduced Worthing College Creative Media Production students to printed ephemera in the form of a selection of posters and postcards from the museum stores that provide context and reveal stories about life outside the camp.

Regular concerts in Worthing were performed by Canadians and British regiments many of whom were stationed at Shoreham Camp. The postcards offered images of men at the army camp, satirical cartoons and a few personal messages.

See the blog about the latest discoveries


Celebrating 40 years
Ephemera - minor transient documents of every day life