Book Description

A souvenir crepe handkerchief commemorating the event. The siege was notable enough: The culmination of several weeks' investigations into a gang carrying out robberies and murders. The last two Latvian anarchists from the gang were traced to the house and the police eventually called in the army to help. When all was safe Winston Churchill arrived by motor car and this blatant self-publicity was roundly criticised in the press. The scene was also filmed by Pathe News. Japanese crepe 'handkerchief', black text printed within a pre-printed border of holly leaves and berries. Top edge slightly worn, some light creases, very clean example. 37cm by 37cm approx. See below for more details about these attractive and significant street souvenirs. I will be bringing another 50 similar examples commemorating all sorts of events to the ILEC Fair.
Dealer Notes
These brightly coloured souvenir tissues are an excellent example of working-class street literature. They capitalised on the demand for free entertainment, frequently found in the form of road-side processions.

Good examples are the Lord Mayor’s Show, rituals of Royalty, visiting foreign dignitaries, state funerals and the opening of important buildings. Public meetings, fairs, speeches, sporting events and exhibitions were also exploited; some, such as demonstrations, at very short notice. Others were especially commissioned for smaller events.

Sarah Burgess was the main manufacturer; other producers include The East London Printing Company and Mathews of Hoxton. The Japanese crepe paper was imported pre-printed which often leads to wholly inappropriate juxtapositions of design and content. The letterpress frequently looks rushed. It is sometimes misaligned, has spelling mistakes and can be so blurred it is illegible. The same text can also appear in different borders.

They were sold in bulk to street hawkers and their fragile nature means that only a tiny fraction survives.
Author Not known
Date 1911
Binding Crepe paper
Publisher Sarah Burgess
Condition Excellent
Pages 1

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