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The Joys of the British Newspaper Archive

Happiness (for me) is a browse through what is probably my favourite online resource – the British Newspaper Archive. It’s here. I thought I’d mention it now because it’s a subscription-based site, and there’s...

Skin Constipation, 1937

I have a feeling things are going to get a bit 1937-y around here for a while as my latest Ebay ephemera purchase is an edition of the Mirror from May 1937. It’s not...

Arthur Askey and the Diddymen, 1974

Did you know that Ken Dodd didn’t invent the Diddymen? Arthur Askey, another Liverpudlian comic, talked about them, treacle mines and all, in the early years of his act in the 1920s. But he...

Miss Perfect – Christine McVie, 1970

Christine McVie has recently rejoined Fleetwood Mac, and here’s a little post about her. The story of that band is like the quintessential story of a rock band, it’s got everything – early different...

Happy Families, 1910

Happy Families, old-school style, is a fascinating game – mainly because of the tradition of depicting the families in Victorian caricature, all big heads and semi-human appearance. For this reason, I was equally intrigued...

H-h-h-happy Christmas with Tony Hancock, 1958

From the radio version of H-h-Hancock’s Half Hour, it’s the Christmas special from 1958 and also my favourite ever episode – Bill and Father Christmas This year it feels like a tribute too –...