Category Stories

It was just ‘One of those days’.

We’ve all had one of these – for me Friday 14th August 1908 was one of them.  The information sources I found told me that this day was the days of ‘The first International Beauty Contest in Britain – it was held at the Pier Hippodrome at Folkestone in Kent.’   That was all that was […]

John Knill and St. James’s Day

‘Till St. James’s Day be come and gone, you may have hops or you may have none.’ John Knill was an articled clerk to a solicitor in Penzance and was a Collector of Customs at St. Ives between 1762 and 1782.  He was also Mayor of the town in 1767. He was a well-respected citizen […]

Ragtime gets closer

Last week we started our story with a broad overview of ‘Ragtime’ from both sides of the Atlantic.  This week we’ll have a look at early British popular music. This music can be seen as originating in the 16th and 17th centuries and from this we can trace the arrival of printed musical copies which […]

A new type of book is available.

It was on Tuesday 30th July 1935 that book publishers Bodley Head published their first ten paperback books.  They called the publication Penguin and each book cost six pence/6d – hardcover books were priced at seven (7/-) or eight (8/-) shillings each, These 10 books revolutionized publishing – and the buying of books. Within a […]