[ The British Music Hall Society. ] Four early numbers of the Society's magazine 'The Call Boy', including the duplicated first issue, introducing the 'Society founder officers'. With articles on Leeds City Varieties and Finsbury Park Empire.

The British Music Hall Society, founded in 1963 by Ray Mackender and Gerald Glover; Ada Reeve; Barney Colehan; Bert Ross; Leeds City Varieties; Finsbury Park Empire
Publication details: 
Four issues: vol. 1 no. 1 (December 1963); vol. 1 no. 3 (April 1964); vol. 1 no. 5 (November 1964); and vol. 2 no. 1 (February 1965).
SKU: 18702

Four numbers of the Society's magazine 'The Call Boy'. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. The formats change as the magazine finds its feet. The first issue is a duplicated printing of 5pp., folio, on three sheets of paper of different colours. Following an event at McDonald's music hall attended by two thousand 'variety enthusiasts', the magazine introduces the Society and its 'founder officers, beginning with Don Ross, Ada Reeve ('The First Lady of British Entertainment'), Ray Mackender, Nicholas Charlesworth and Gerry Glover, and gives details of its aims and plans. The second issue (vol. 1 no. 3) is printed tabloid style on 4pp. of a folio bifolium. Articles include a report, with pen illustration of the venue, titled 'End of Variety at our local Hippodrome?', regarding the Golders Green Hippodrome; and another on the same subject titled 'L. P. C. plan for new popular theatre could bring fresh life to "The Green"'. The other two numbers are both 8pp., small 4to., each with a few illustrations. Subjects include: Randolph Sutton and Wee Georgie Wood; 'Historical Information on Leeds City Varieties Compiled by Barney Colehan'; Vesta Victoria; 'Blind Boy'; and 'Finsbury Park Empire by Bert Ross, Society Historian', with illustration. Apparently scarce, but copies at copyright libraries and Bristol.