“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.”– Victor Hugo
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The midweek Word Prompt over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is READING. We asked our readers about their preferred choice of reading material, and whether they prefer to read a physical book or an electronic device.
In recent years my love of reading and owning books has changed considerably. I read the odd magazine, but rarely do I pick up a book or read my Kindle, and probably because there is usually some other activity or project taking priority that I’m itching to get on with.
Last week, however, I purchased the above book. I chose the paperback as opposed to the electronic, and mainly so that daughter Sophie could borrow it as I know she will enjoy reading this just as much as I.
The author is Mike Biles, a fellow ‘Englander’ and blogging colleague from A bit about Britain. If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to visit Mike’s very interesting and comprehensive site. The book is available from Mike’s site as an e-book or paperback and from Amazon.
On Sunday my daughter next door came through to my kitchen with a few bits she’d been storing that belonged to my late husband, including three commercial vehicle magazines that were over a hundred years old, and a treasure chest full of old British coins and banknotes from his travels around the world.
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I was unaware my husband had these magazines, I’m guessing he picked them up at a classic car rally. He had several classic cars in his time, including a 1930’s commercial wagon. Reading some of the pages in the magazines was fascinating. Click to enlarge
To order a product, readers were invited to write to the advertisers, and as the magazines are dated 1907 and 1908, it’s hardly surprising they needed to order in writing! There weren’t many telephones around back then; however, I managed to find one telephone number and from Leeds of all places (my home city). Prefixes have been added over the years, and now I’m wondering if the Leeds telephone number ending in 1674 is still in existence?
I felt a buzz reading these magazines, holding and reading something so old that was printed over a hundred years ago is not something that happens every day; I’m not surprised my husband purchased them.
A few snippets included someone congratulating the bus company for having a sixteen-month-old bus that was still in service! Another said that brake failure was to be expected, whilst another was recruiting engineers for India but must be aged between 21 and 24!
Next, I turned to the treasure chest and had a look at the old pennies, I realise they’re not rare coins, but it was interesting to think about their history.
I needed to clean them up a little to enable me to read the dates on the coins and make out which King was which. Kings and Queens of England a TIMELINE
Finally, I turned my attention to the bank notes.
I’m afraid I couldn’t read all of the banknotes although some are pretty obvious.
All in all, not a bad reading activity for a wet Sunday afternoon!
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