This is a rent book from 1928 printed by the Ashton & District Property Owners’ Association in Ashton-Under-Lyne. At the time the property was owned by Ben Riley and was situated at 136 Chapel Street, Dukinfield. It was let out to a Mr. Hawes for 10 / – per week.
This 4″ x 6.5″ booklet, constructed of card stock, features advertisements from local businesses on the front and back cover. The inside of the rent book provides a space to track payments over the year and also state the terms and conditions, including:
* Slop Water Only to be used in Waste Water Closets.
* No wireless apparatus must be attached to any premises without the consent of the Landlord or his Agents
* No Pigeons or Hens allowed to be kept on the Premises.
The terms end with the stern warning that “Tenants removing their Goods before the Rent be paid, and any person who may assist in so doing, are, by Act of Parliament, liable to be committed to the HOUSE OF CORRECTION FOR SIX MONTHS“.
This pair of items combines my interest in military ephemera with my affection for London, and particularly, London Underground maps. Both items were provided to Canadian soldiers, sailors and Airmen who were on Leave in London during the Second World War.
The first item is a pocket-sized 2.75″ x 4.25″ Leave Guide for London that contains tips and suggestions on where to stay, where to eat and what to see. It also includes a fold-out map in the back. The booklet ends with an article entitled Enjoy Your Leave – But which includes the warning: Be wary of ‘free’ admission to dubious night haunts from which its hard to escape with any money left on you. London folk are friendly to soldiers from overseas, but don’t mistake for pure friendship the very affectionate greeting of women who stroll idly about the street corners.
The second item is 4″ x 6″ London Leave Clubs booklet that includes a listing of clubs, suggestions on places of interest to the visitor, an H.C. Beck London Underground map and a fold-out map in the back. I’m dating this item to 1943 based on a reference made to 1942 visitor figures in the text.
For more scans of both items check out my Leave Guides for London set on Flickr.
This little promotional booklet, entitled Picturesque Victoria, was published by the Tourist Association of Victoria in 1902. It was the first of many similar publications used to promote Victoria, B.C. as a tourist destination and investment opportunity. The Tourist Association of Victoria would undergo many name changes over the years, becoming the Victoria Development and Tourist Association in 1906 and the Vancouver Island Development League in 1908 (and the changes would continue for several decades).
Victoria has been branded with more tag lines than most cities in the past 110 years. This booklet chose a rather understated byline: “The Tourist Resort of the Pacific Northwest“. “Queen City of the West“, “Gem of the Pacific Coast” and “Gateway to the Island of 1000 miles of Wonderland” had not yet been conceived by the P.R. adman. The hyperbole would have to wait because the very first booklet extolled some indisputable, albeit unusual, truths: No Mosquitoes, No Malaria and No Fogs!
The booklet, measuring 4.25″ x 6″, contains 20 pages and a nice selection of b&w images. The virtues of our temperate maritime climate are discussed in detail but the bulk of the booklet is devoted to describing places of interest to the visitor, including the Parliament Buildings, the Government Museum, Esquimalt and the Naval Station, the Royal Navy, Macaulay Point, Beacon Hill Park, the “Far-famed” Gorge, and Oak Bay Park. The booklet concludes with an endorsement by none other than the Prince and Princess of Wales (“If I could not live in England, I would live in Victoria”) and an overview of the many recreational activities including fishing and hunting.
For more scans of this booklet check out my 1902 Picturesque Victoria set on Flickr.