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A Pub History Scrapbook Archive

The purpose of this pub history scrapbook archive is to support and supplement The Old Scrapbook. In the production of the book there were certain limitations in terms of size and quality which inhibited a full exhibtion of the detail of this rare archive.

In order to enhance the experience of the reader and develop a truly interactive experience of which the book is just one component, creating this pub history scrapbook archive is an addition to the solution of the puzzle.

This pub history scrapbook archive is not linked to a menu item, you can only find it through knowing the url. That url is found in the book on page 11. The chances of you being here now without owning the book are small, unless I have guided you here by other means.

The archive of images from this pub history scrapbook gives the reader of The Old Scrapbook the opportunity to see deeper into the content. There are colour images here, there are images you can enlarge and zoom into to see items of detail. You have the book, you have the opportunity to research the content and you have this archive to examine in detail.

Look out for more components hidden within this work. A pub history scrapbook archive should be a treasure trove for the enquiring mind.

Adding to this archive

At the time of writing, this archive has only been up for 24 hours. I have been looking at the webstats and noticed people are downloading material from the archive.

I am absolutely 100% happy with that, the purpose of The Old Scrapbook and the archive is to share knowledge and even work together. What would be really good though is if you could let me know something about your interest in the material and if it connects to any other information you may have.

Let me be clear, you are under no obligation whatsoever, it’s just that when someone downloads an item out of the archive then I am assuming there is some sense of ‘connectivity’ at play. Knowing what that connectivity is helps build the story behind the archive.

Please feel free to use the contact form below to let me know of any information or interest you may wish to share.

If you want to add any ideas, thoughts, research or input, then say so and I will be glad to add it to the archive here.



Adding to the Archive

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SB001 to SB009

We get the opportunity to look at and consider the culture of pubs in the 1950s.

This was a time when things were changing in our cultural landscape.

We still put pennies into phone boxes after we had queued for our turn.

Car ownership was still for the few and holidays abroad meant you were ‘rich’.

Wages were mostly paid weekly and came in brown envelopes containing cash.

Mr and Mrs Miller welcome you to the archive with the same warmth they welcomed people to The Harringay Arms.

Here they are, looking out at us from the 1950s.

In this captured moment of memory, they were alive, breathing people with aspirations for the future.

For all of us who love pub history, we can almost smell this public house.

What else can we sense or discover in this first image?

Well, what’s on the shelves? What does that notice say?

As history detectives, just how much information can we subtract from this old photograph?

SB010 to SB019

In the 1950s an antique was something a hundred years old or more, today an antique is a pair of Nike trainers designed thirty years ago.

This is the cross-cultural challenge we are looking at, the challenge of a culture of another time.

A time when everything was different except the fact you were born, you lived and you died.

Our challenge is to be able to see in this archive something of the life and times of the collector.

This is not an easy challenge for you as an historian.

We always have the problem of looking at past histories through the lens of our own time and trying to grasp and understand what it really meant to be alive in those days.

Added to this is the level of complexity presented by cross-cultural understanding.

This is no mean feat for any historian, professional or otherwise.

Cross-cultural studies are recognised as the most difficult of comprehensions to be successful in.

SB020 to SB029

When looking at any historical source document we should always be prepared to question its authenticity and reliability.

We may be looking at these images and just simply accepting that they are are presentation of the pub in question.

A pleasant watercolour painting of an old pub, inn or tavern, what could be more charming?

But then we remember context and the suspicion of the context in which these paintings were produced.

The same format, different artists, suggests that they were in some way destined to be used in advertising.

If we should know anything about advertising then it is that it should never be trusted or relied on for anything we would describe as authenticity.

The purpose of the painting is firstly to make people buy things and secondly for an artist to make some money.

As can be seen opposite, it is very clear that the artists are producing paintings to a job brief and probably working from a photograph.

In the case of the Fox and Hounds in Barley, Hertfordshire, if the pub does not fit the image required then change the pub.

SB030 to SB039

Salutations my fellow history detectives.

We have to be careful not to put the horse before the cart when considering the information in this archive.

When ‘having a go’ at trying to decipher meaning, it is always good to apply a disciplined approach to our interpretations.

Sometimes we see items which appear to be connected, they are about the same subject.

Appearances are always deceptive, especially when dealing with historical documents.

Context is our guiding compass, this is the an understanding of the timescape in which material rests.

I say timescape because our material was gathered, included and stored at different times.

When considering our archive we need to keep in mind that what we are looking at was not collected all in one moment and put together in that moment.

Like a Dickens novel, there are twists and turns on every page.

Though our collector might be the ‘author’ of the collection, we cannot forget him/her in the way we lose the writer of a novel when we read it.


SB040 to SB049

Outside The Church House Inn, Churston, South Devon, they gathered to be photographed before chasing the fox.

Local worthies all whom before, in arms linked, stand Mr and Mrs and their daughter(?). Could this be the family of the pub?

The old postcard of The Three Tuns Hotel, Durham was frail and tattered even in 1956. If only that ancient ramshackle neighbour could talk. She’s still there you know, hidden beneath new dressing.

Who at The Red Lion knows the story of The Shoulder of Mutton?

What metropolitan mind conjured up the image of those sailors outside The King of Prussia?

As we look deeper into the archive we discover leads which can take onto other research paths.

In The Old Scrapbook, my intention is not just to display an archive but to incite and interest.

You have read the book so you understand something of how to investigate these images.

You have read The Old Scrapbook so you know about the subtle process behind historical investigation of images.

You have read The Old Scrapbook so you are now a member of our club.

If you haven’t read The Old Scrapbook then how can you possibly understand what this archive here is all about?

It’s a pub history mystery.

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SB050 to SB059

Although I have numbered every section in sequences of 10 pages, not every ‘section’ retained all of its original content.

We know the collector was a meticulous person becuase of the process of collection and the annotations he/she made.

Therefore we are entitled to believe that every page of this old scrapbook once contained material.

However, on receiving the archive in its tattered and dishevelled state, it was clear that about 50% of the material was lost.

What was also interesting was the fact that some of the pages had clearly had material ‘cut away’.

What can we start to infer about this reduction of the archve?

We have to remember that behind every little tear and cut there lies a purpose we should try to discover or at least consider.

Scrapbooks are very personal items, they speak of an individual life in most cases.

In historical research what is missing is often as important as what remains.

Knowing this is important.


SB060 to SB069
Much of the material in the archive appears to have been sourced from trade journals. We again come across an issue of timescape and the ability to notice this issue is critical to our ability to solving the puzzle. What is missing from the immediacy of the page is the role and purpose of the collector in the items on SB061 As the trade article is specifically about the Peter Jackson item, then was the gathering of the cartoon a happy accident or is it connected to the trade publication in a much closer sense? Are we seeing here that our collector is in some way associated with the publication of the trade magazine because an item is collected which then forms the basis of a later article? Are we happy to pass this page off as the good fortune of a collector who weeks, possibly months after he has gathered one item from a probable range of many, he also comes across an article referring to his gathered piece within another source? This is our conundrum.
SB070 to SB079

A dog in the snow, a pub sign and a bare tree lane. What could this have to do with pub history and why was the collector so interested in this image?

Who can name all of those cars in front of The Chained Bull Hotel? Are they hosting commercial travellers or did everyone drive such early estate models?

When we use the archive as a portal for other research we note anomolies. Having read The Old Scrapbook we all know the importance of anomolies and why we take interest in them.

The magnificence of Monmouth’s Shire Hall guarded by two old coaching inns.

Three dinners for 9 shillings and 1 pound 4 shillings and 9 pence for Chaise & Gates. There is a social history here.

The Chained Bull Pub from the 1920s
SB081 to SB089

Professor G.D.H. Cole was a conscientious objector in WWI.

There are transportation records to be found at the National Archives.

You can find more about The Green Man at Navestock on PubWiki.

The Prince of Wales is still there but the lady watering the flowers is long gone.

What exactly is the subject of the photograph, who was it taken by and for what purpose?

As you have read The Old Scrapbook you will have some idea about the answers to these questions.

SB090 to SB099

It’s all a bit ‘Heath Robinson’ was a term probably not much remembered these days.

The footnote on ‘Medway Brewery History’ is a little gem.

Which brewery are we talking about in this small extract?

Well we wont find the answer in a Gilbert and Sullivan libretto.

But can we identify the pub which illustrates ‘On Keeping a Pub’?

We should be able to identify the county quite easily, but beyond that we need the name of the pub.

Can we zoom in on that sign enough to get some idea? Unlikely. How can we identify this clapperboard tavern then?

SB100 to SB117

The horses at the pub door has to be a firm favourite.

But other than “Stroud, Gloucestershire” what clues do we have to identify this pub?

At two ends of the line we have Sir Garrad Tyrwhitt-Drake and Mrs and Mr Hassell.

What a circus was required to open a pub. Edna Mary Vine looks on as The High Sherriff pulls a pint.

We know this must be dated before 1956 because of the pint puller…

… or someone has got the text wrong!

And we all know how important Mr Norton is because we have read The Old Scrapbook.

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The Old Scrapbook is a pub history mystery. A pub history scrapbook archive from the 1950’s which opens the door to a whole new approach to visual images as historical sources.

“After reading The Old Scrapbook I will never be able to look at photographs or images in the same way. Very unusual book and an exciting read.” 

                             Dr Michael Naughton


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