About Vintage Stuff

The aim of Vintage Stuff is to display some of the ephemera that I have collected, often inadvertently, over the years. I am now deliberately seeking out interesting old adverts, screen shots, leaflets, obscure record covers, picture postcards and illustrations; anything that catches my eye, in fact. They will be mainly, but not exclusively of UK origin (so many vintage blogs appear to be American) and almost always a scan from something that I actually have in my collection, rather than off the net. If you do re-blog, please acknowledge the source. Further stuff, mainly photographs, can be found on my Flickr pages, via the Benny Hill record cover.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Life before Wikipedia

Before the internet, most homes would have at least one copy of an encyclopaedia, possibly a Pears, while many would proudly display a full set, such as Encyclopaedia Britannica (the last print edition - running to 32 volumes - was printed in 2010). The set of choice in our house when growing up was that produced by Arthur Mee, although I note that he died in 1943, so that I hope it had been updated for our 1960s consumption! I have a feeling that my father bought it from a man selling encyclopaedias from door to door, a common enough event back then.

This little flyer fell out of the Daily Mail Yearbook for 1961, offering a free trial of the Newnes Popular Encyclopaedia, not one that I had previously heard. The cash price was £15.00 or an extra 15/- should you opt to pay over fifteen months. The only full 8-volume I have found at the moment costs £35 plus p&p, but many odd single volumes appear to be around. I can't imagine that there is much of a market these days!


  1. I've just bought a full set of Encyclopaedia Brittanica for £15 from some friends who are moving house - I think I've got a bargain! - and I still enjoy reading such things. Not quite as much fun as Google, but still enjoyable - and more improving than cat videos!


    PS - I stumbled into your blog, and have enjoyed it so much that I've read from start to finish (or finish to start to be precise) - thank you for putting it together.

  2. Wow, you've been through my entire blog, I admire your stamina! As you may have noticed, I have been rather neglectful of late, have put nothing up for nearly a year, being busy with other things, not least new grandchildren. Thank you for your encouragement, I must add new stuff more regularly this year.....