Archive for the ‘Ephemera’ Category



Our recent days away in East Anglia’s second best county (sorry Suffolk, it’s a close run thing though) were mostly spent resting and recuperating, however some treasure hunting was permitted. Amongst the treasure found was a copy of the Official Guide to the Brussels World Exhibition in 1958, a handsome thing full of intricate, coloured maps centering […]

In an attempt to avoid filing away some of the more recent acquisitions to the ephemera archive here at Weir HQ quite so quickly, I’m going to try and get a little better at showing and telling. Partly as an aide-memoire to myself, and partly because some additions to the collection are well worth sharing. […]

Having worked my way through a considerable amount of my late dad’s ephemera, this (presumably now no longer restricted) Police Manual of Home Defence is easily the most unsettling item I’ve come across. Printed by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office in 1974 it states that “it is essential that every police officer should be familiar with […]

Still maintaining the theme, for a while at least. I’ve been sorting through papers (and photographs – see over the last few weeks and came across a number of certificates my dad had gained through various efforts in his earlier years. Like the photographs they seem impossibly personal, holding a much greater significance than their […]

Box Of Delights


Although I’m perhaps not known for my love of Christmas I do actually enjoy the time of the year when “the weather outside is frightful”. One aspect that I particularly enjoy is the ceremony of the advent calendar. I always remember having them as a kid – when the opening of the appropriate door wasn’t rewarded by […]

  – I’m not a huge gamer but the London Games Festival does look like an interesting place to be, if for nothing else the DS World Record attempt. –  Nice to see a small piece in the Guardian about the School Of Life’s M1 ‘Trip Up The M1’. I hope they keep up with […]



We’re five days into the new season and as I’ve mentioned we’re already in the relegation zone (I know it’s early but it does still matter) and now we’re no longer in the Carling Cup. And I didn’t see anything of the Perseids meteor shower last night. But in better news I managed to pic […]