Advertising A to Z Featuring the Blue Willow Pattern (Volumes 1 and 2)
Author | Hugh Sykes
Author Hugh Sykes became interested in the Blue Willow pattern almost by accident, but his collection and research have become so extensive he's produced two books on the subject. These are not your usual books on a pattern, though. Hugh has concentrated on the use of Blue Willow as a promotional tool, and has discovered the pattern has been used to flog everything from airlines, soap and cigarettes to biscuits, newspapers and whisky. In fact it's a safe bet to say that if the Blue Willow pattern has been used to sell it, Hugh Sykes has found it.
Both books are really well presented. The photography is clear, the writing is concise and the subject matter is far more interesting than you might initially think. Hugh includes historical asides and observations in his description of each item, and the sheer range of pieces illustrated is amazing - more than 260 colour images in each book. It's virtually a time travel of advertising using the Blue Willow pattern. Highly recommended.
Advertising A to Z Featuring the Blue Willow Pattern (Volumes 1 and 2) by Hugh Sykes. Published October 2013. 72pp, available in paperback $14.90 or as a download.
Reading & Writing Accessories - A Study of Paper-Knives, Paper Folders. Letter Openers and Mythical Page Turners
Author | Ian Spellerberg
Ian Spellerberg has a passion for Victoriana, and it shows. His research is extensive yet interesting, his attention to detail is exhaustive yet fascinating and his delight in debunking myths is obvious. In this book he has devoted himself to the broad but related subjects of page turners, letter openers, paper folders and paper-knives - all of them once common essentials for the writing desk and library and most of them all but forgotten today, with the letter opener perhaps the last remaining survivor. It's the paper-knife that Prof Spellerberg has the most affection for, and why not - it has been mentioned in novels, authors have waxed lyrical about it and poems have been written about it. And after seeing some of the stunning examples on display in the pages of this book and reading the information that resulted from two years of research, you, too, will find an affection for the paper-knife - and probably the paper folder, letter opener and page turner, too. This book is very well presented with plenty of quality images and an obvious depth of research that will see it become the immediate authority on the subject. And it's a really interesting read.
Reading & Writing Accessories: A Study of Paper-Knives, Paper Folders. Letter Openers and Mythical Page Turners by Ian Spellerberg. Published September 2015, Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch. 120pp, paperback. RRP NZ$65.