Sunday, 10 December 2017

Bath - Insurance, Police, Bath Stone & Great Exhibition

A random collection this time with a postcard, for the Sun Insurance Office in October 1914, which was an acknowledgment of a communication from the previous day (postcards were the equivalent of today's email or text message).

This envelope has the seal of the Bath Police on the reverse (1879).

... Two postcards from Bath and Portland stone companies, from 1887 and 1911.

... and finally an address of the Bath local committee on the 1851 Great Exhibition to drum up subscriptions and to send Exhibition specimens.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Bath - Piano Tuning

In Victorian England a lot of middle class houses had a piano.  Duck, Son & Pinker Ltd had a music store in Bath.  The first item is a postcard saying that their piano tuner would be in the area in a few days time, from September 1928.

The receipt below, from September 1940, was for work to an organ.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Bath - Invoices/Receipts

This post has a number of items of ephemera associated with Bath shops and businesses, mostly with interesting letterheads, starting with a receipt for Davies, Green & Jameson, dispensing and family chemists (1853).

Next is a receipt for Samuel Evans, a linen draper, haberdasher, hosier, glover, laceman etc. (1860).

The top item below is an invoice for George Humphries' Flour Mills (1874) with an envelope for W.Bennet, dispensing and family chemists.

The final receipt is for H. Butler, ladies' & gentlemen's fashionable boot warehouse (1890)

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Bath - Laundries, Clothing, Confectionery & Sausages

A bit more industrial this time with  an unused postcard for Willways Dye Works and Laundry Co., which has a nice picture of the river on the reverse.

W & R Cook Ltd was a woollen mill and later a clothing factory.  This envelope to Nova Scotia dates from November 1903, after they started manufacturing ready-made clothing.

Bryant Bros sold Scotch Confectionery (1905), while Spear Bros & Clark produced Wiltshire Bacon and celebrated Bath Sausages (1901).

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Bath - Books

A book-ish theme this time, starting with some postcards from W.H. Smith & Son, from 1909 to 1923.

... a couple more postcards with a Bath book related theme, from 1908 and 1941.

... and some advertising material from T. Harding, Son & Co., printers, paper bag makers, and wholesale stationers.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Bath - Brewing

A switch to a brewing theme - this first envelope from Smith Bros & Co. Ltd. has a Bath Krag cancel from 1915.

This earlier but less pretty envelope, used in April 1855, has the seal of the Northgate Brewery on the reverse.

And finally a couple of pieces of brewing ephemera ...

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Bath - Hotels

The first hotel is the Grand Pump Room Hotel, with examples of their envelopes from 1893 and 1897.

York House Hotel was previously a Coaching Inn (more on this later).  This envelope is from 1898.

The Empire Hotel (postcard sent in 1910) was described as a "monstrosity and an unbelievable piece of pompous architecture" by Pevsner.