Jeremy's Books of Southampton, England, sell a wide range of antiquarian, vintage and collecatbletable books, maps, cigarette and tea cards

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Vintage, antiquarian, collectable books, maps, cigarette and tea cards

Vintage magazines and journals...

An aspect of this business of which we are extremely proud is that so much wonderful, essentially ephemeral material is saved from landfill or incineration to be enjoyed into the future as it has been for generations gone. 

We are lucky enough to have a great variety of vintage magazines, newspapers and journals pass through our hands and some examples are described below. 

The Victorian and Edwardian Era One way of gaining an authentic view of what was happening in a particular era is to browse through a magazine of the time. News articles, fashion features and political and social comment have always been regulars in magazines from their earliest times and the up-market ‘Black and White’ and ‘Sphere’ journals from the Edwardian era are classic examples. 

Aimed at the moneyed classes ‘Black and White’ was a weekly magazine with an international following on both sides of the Atlantic. Its attraction was the same in 1909 as it is in 2014 – a wealth of black and white photographs depicting historical events as they happened as well as authoritative narrative in such events.

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The photograph below, entitled ‘The Procession of the Suffragists in Kingsway’ is from the January 2, 1909 issue, and the caption goes on to say ‘The Suffragists marked the opening of the pantomime season by organising an amusing procession to celebrate the release of Mrs. And Miss Pankhurst from prison.’
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An earlier article in the same issue is entitled: ‘WHY WOMEN DO NOT WANT THE VOTE’ – ‘a reply to Lady Bamford-Slack’s Article, by the Hon. Nina Kay-Shuttleworth (Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League)’. 

The article asserts that ‘A large number of women voters decline to use their vote at municipal elections. 

They decline, as the Attorney General asserts, “to become combatants in a matter they prefer to leave to the fighting sexes”. 

This series of articles and photographs highlight the importance an intensity of the debate that raged at the time.
The same issue has a double-page photographic spread on ‘The Great Snow Storm’ and various pieces on London theatre productions and pantomime, society personalities and ladies fashions, amongst others. That this magazine was aimed chiefly at ‘ladies’ is reflected in the advertising, which majors on fashion and household goods, although the presence of adverts for insurance and tobacco products, for example, indicate that the audience was not entirely female.
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The Sphere’ was around at a similar time but focussed more on political and world events and depicted many stunning photographs from conflicts, around Europe in particular, and amazing travel and exploration features as well as the more comforting fashion and home-grown articles. It’s claim to be a ‘newspaper’ is, arguably, more sound than that of ‘Black & White’.
In one edition, Turkish prisoners are shown ‘being brought back to the town of Podgoritza’ during the First Balkan War against Turkey (1912-1913). This is part of a multi-page photographic feature which also includes an amazing double-page illustration of the battlefield at Adrianople and Kirk Kilisse.
As in the ‘Black & White’ there is also a short piece of fiction as well as the usual home, fashion and society coverage together with substantial advertising content, more male oriented than ‘Black & White’.