A smoking concert?

And so now the bank holiday weekend is but a distant memory already…

Following on from last week’s cine footage of my Grandfathers print works from the 1960’s, I wanted to share a little story with you today.

As you may know, our old family business of Gallpen Press Ltd was closed down 18 months ago by its owners.

As a family we still owned the property and finally sold it at the end of last year.

While we were clearing stuff out, we came across some really old print, some of which even pre-dated my dad acquiring the business back in 1983.

It was this piece – the jewel in the crown – that caught my eye:

Smoking Concert Ticket 1895

As you can see from the date, the ticket was advertising a ‘Smoking Concert’ in December 12th 1895 at 8pm, in honour of the families of Bros. Jackson and Bartram.

It’s pretty incredible to see a piece of print this old, and even better, when it’s been printed by a company we owned for many years – it’s a piece of our family heritage.

So, here’s a couple of question for you:

  • Have you got a piece of print that’s older than this?
  • Before you Googled it did you have any idea what ‘A Smoking Concert’ was?!

Oh and finally… Have you got a project that you’d like me to look at that might just be written about in the year 2141?!

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