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Early French Bookmarks

Image of bookThis new book, published October 2014 and written in English, illustrates old French bookmarks dating from 1800s up to 1969 with background information and dates where known.

All bookmark images are printed in full colour with size scaling indications. The book comes with it's own bookmark (seen on the left).

Published by Maner Consulting, Switzerland
21 x 14.8 cm | 132 pages | 243 colour images
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Come Home at Once

by Guy Atkins, published by Bantam Press

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For more than a decade, Guy Atkins has collected postcards sent by the Edwardians. In this incredible treasury of 100 cards it is the message on the back that turns the ubiquitous postcard into a wholly compelling object. He shares his very best discoveries from the tantalising, to the hilarious, to the downright shocking, this compendium shines a light on an extraordinary phenomenon of communication.

At half the price of sending a letter, and with same-day delivery in urban areas, Britain became obsessed with the postcard between 1902 and 1914. By the outbreak of the First World War, the Post Office was delivering close to a billion cards a year. In fact, the speedy delivery meant Edwardian postcards were the text messages of their day!

Come Home at Once presents an intriguing piece of social history. In it, Guy explains just what made the postcard such an Edwardian sensation, what it really meant to tilt your stamp and how same-day delivery made Edwardian postcards completely different from the postcards we know today.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle portrait to make public debut
at the Museum of London

Until 12 April 2015

The world of the greatest fictional detective of all time will be illuminated at the Museum of London this autumn, in the Sherlock Holmes exhibition. It will be the largest of its kind for over 60 years, drawing on the museum’s fabulous Victorian and Edwardian collection and bringing together Sherlock Holmes material from across the globe, including several key world class loans. The rarities will be on show in the city that inspired the stories and is - in all its fogs, populous streets, criminal underworld and celebrated landmarks – like another character in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s prolific canon.

Cover of The Strand Magazine Visitors will re-trace the literary beginnings of Sherlock Holmes, from original manuscripts to the first copies of The Strand Magazine in 1891, examining how the consulting detective has evolved from Conan Doyle’s early concepts.

Original drawings by Sidney Paget, who illustrated the stories in The Strand Magazine, will appear alongside a unique oil on canvas painting by the same artist, which is being displayed to the UK public for the first time. The painting, which is kindly on loan from the Conan Doyle Foundation and is currently undergoing conservation in Switzerland, conveys a compelling psychological portrait of the author at the height of his literary fame in 1897. Painted by his friend and illustrator, we are able to see close up the man who created Sherlock Holmes.

Paintings, drawings, illustrations and photographs will examine how Victorian London and the cultural climate of the day informed Conan Doyle’s stories and characters, interpreting renowned artists and photographers through the prism of Sherlock Holmes and identifying key locations. The stories and images reinforce each other to create the seminal views of Holmes’s London embedded in our cultural memory.


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