Book Description

A souvenir of Bournemouth's Centenary Fete. This was notable for the Air Show to the north of the 'Beautiful Garden Pine City.' It was the fourth officially sanctioned air show in Britain and was not, on the whole, a success; partly due to the town officials insisting that flights were made in the day rather than the early evening so that they did not coincide with other events. Early aeroplanes were very unstable and aviators much preferred flying in the still conditions around sunset. Charles Rolls was killed and there were two serious injuries. Japanese crepe 'handkerchief', black text printed within a pre-printed border of flags. 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 survive.
Author Not known.
Date 1910
Binding Crepe paper
Publisher Mrs S. Burgess
Condition Excellent
Pages 1

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