[ West Indies cricket team, tour of England, 1963; Sir Garfield Sobers; Sir Wesley Hall; Lance Gibbs; Rohan Kanhai; Derryck Murray ]
West Indian cricket team in England, 1963.
A nice collection of souvenirs of a very exciting and interesting tour. The West Indies did very well indeed, beating England in the test series 3-1. ONE: The signatures on four pieces of paper, laid down on green 8vo paper backing, with card carrying maroon and black logo of 'West Indies | 1963 | England'. All in good condition, lightly-aged. First, signature of 'G Sobers' written across 22.5 x 11.5 cm magazine photograph of Sobers at the crease. Second, signature of 'W Hall' across 8 x 5 cm magazine photograph of face of 'WESLEY HALL (Barbados), age 25.', with swollen left eye.
New York World's Fair 1939 [Grover A. Whalen (1886-1962); Frank Monaghan; Bayard F. Pope]
New York World's Fair 1939, Main Office, 24th Floor Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York City, N.Y. Produced between 1938 and 1940.
Attended by 44 million people, the New York World's Fair was an enormous enterprise, with a vast number of exhibits and pavilions from all over the world spread out over 1216 acres of the Flushing Meadows/Corona Park district. The fair's official 'theme' was 'the demonstration of "a happier way of American living through a recognition of the interdependence of man, and the building of a better world of tomorrow with the tools of today"'.
[Charles Dickens ephemera; Chapman & Hall; John Cheney, 'Printer in Gold, Silver, and Colours, Banbury'; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Both with 'Chapman & Hall, Lim., London' at foot. [1880.] [Cheney & Sons, printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire]
Two attractive pieces of Dickens memorabilia, and tasteful examples of Victorian printing, by a firm one of whose partners (John Cheney) described himself on his calling card as a 'Printer in Gold, Silver, and Colours', with 'Specialities in the best class of work'. ONE: Printed in gold on brownish-red marbled paper. Dimensions 26.5 x 30.5 cm. Consisting of the words 'The Works | of | Charles Dickens. | [short rule] | Pocket Volume Edition.' in large type, within a gold border, with 'Chapman & Hall, Lim.' in small type within the border at bottom left, and 'London.' at bottom right.
[The Royal Scot, London Midland and Scottish Railway, North American Tour 1933; Driver William Gilbertson]
London Midland & Scottish Railway. 1933.
36pp., 12mo, including 15 full pages of photographic illustrations and maps. Stapled, in brown printed wraps. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, with rusting staples. The front cover carries the signatures of the driver William Gilbertson and firemen John Jackson and Tom Blackett, all three men from Carlisle, as well as the fitter William Clifford Woods, of Crewe (as per the section on 'Personnel', p.8), reading: 'Driver W. Gilbertson | Royal Scot Train | T<?> Canada & USA 1933 | S on Sea 4/2/34 | Fireman T Blackett | J Jackson | Fitter W C Woods'.
Sir Roger Bannister [Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister (born 1929), the first man to run a four-minute mile
Without place or date [1950s].
Bannister achieved his record on 6 May 1954 at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. The signature ('Roger Bannister') is firmly written on a piece of 4 x 9.5 cm paper, laid down on an 11 x 16 cm leaf removed from an autograph album. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Laid down next to it is a 14.5 x 5 cm black and white photograph of Bannister running, cut from a magazine.
[Surrey v. Oxford University, Reigate Priory Cricket Ground, 21, 22 and 23 June 1909]
C. Stephens, Printer, West Street, Reigate. 'Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 21st, 22nd & 23rd, 1909.'
Crisply printed on both sides of a piece of 15 x 11.5 cm card. In very good condition, lightly-aged. Priced at a penny, the scorecard is headed 'Reigate Priory Cricket Ground. | Surrey v. Oxford University. | Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 21st, 22nd & 23rd, 1909.' Reverse carries an advertisement for J. Keasley & Sons, bakers, cooks and confectioners of Bell Street, Reigate. Oxford batted first, and the scorecard states that M. G. Salter is not out on 97, with A. J. Evans having been bowled by Platt for 47. The rest of the Oxford squad are J. A. Seitz, C. V. L. Hooman, C. S.
Sir Jack Hobbs [Sir John Berry Hobbs] (1882-1963), Surrey and England cricketer
Date and place not stated.
On a piece of yellow paper (roughly 7.5 x 10 cm), laid down on a light-green page (roughly 14 x 8 cm) torn from an autograph album. Lightly aged and spotted, but good overall. Reads ' "Remember that if you are in the right you can afford to keep your temper. When you are in the wrong you can't afford to lose it" | [signed] J B. Hobbs.' And in a smaller hand, diagonally in the bottom right-hand corner 'Best wishes to Peter Briggs | [signed] JBH'.
Winston Churchill [The Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, K.G.]
Westminster Hall, 1965.
Printed on one side of a piece of blue card 9 x 11 cm. Good, with a little light spotting. Headed 'DISABLED PERSON', and made out to Miss L. Russell, with two dates and time of admission in manuscript on the reverse. A must for all Churchill completists.