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Hidden Treasures - Part Two

Hidden Treasures - Part Two

We’ve been rummaging for more hidden treasures! A lot of you really enjoyed our last post about the secret gems we’d uncovered among the pages of our old books. So without further ado, here is the latest selection.

We hope you love them!

1. The Rochdale Society Of Model And Experimental Engineers - Informative Leaflet

This leaflet dates back to 1972 and details the time and meeting place for the members of the above society. It also has a complete list of the individuals involved and in charge of the club for that year.

From what we can gather this club (known as RSMEE) is for the engineering, building and running of model trains. Pretty cool! According to their website, it’s one of the oldest societies in the country - it was set up nearly ninety years ago in 1932.

Due to the annotations made on this leaflet, we can assume that the individual whom it belonged to was planning on attending Models Night on the 15th December at 7.30! Do you know anybody who was/is a member of RSMEE? Get in touch because we would love to know.

2. Photographic Portrait By J.H. Baxter

If you follow us on social media then you will have seen this photograph before. We were really hopeful to reunite this photograph with its rightful owner, but despite some help from our lovely facebook friends and a couple of potential leads, we were unsuccessful. Maybe you can help?

This photograph is of a very handsome chap named Ken and was taken in 1929. He’s signed it in his handwriting at the bottom of the picture. It is likely that Ken was based in Llandudno, Wales at some point in his life as the photograph was taken there by a J.H. Baxter. Any information would be wonderful.

3. Ticket For Palazzo Della Ragione

A ticket to gain entry into the Palazzo della Ragione (Hall of Justice) in Padua, Italy. Once used to host the town courts, this medieval town hall building is still central to the small city it resides in. Today, it is home to a number of exhibitions and cultural events.

4. Ticket For Virgin Radio YES Concert

An event hosted by the Hammersmith Apollo in March 1998, nearly twenty years ago. YES were a progressive rock band made up of members, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Alan White, Chris Squire and Bill Sherwood. YES have been around for a really long time, they’ve produced 21 studio albums over 47 years of their career! Do we have any fans of YES reading this?

5. London Bus Ticket

We know that this bus ticket is pre-1970 due to the old decimal currency used. The finer details are proving quite tricky to establish. Any additional information would be gratefully received!

6. Letter For A Friend In Northern Ireland

A letter dating back over fifty years from a lady named Minkie to a friend she is hoping to soon visit. It reads:

Thank you for your postcard. We hope to arrive about 6PM. Sarah will be with us. She can still manage to sleep in the top of her pram so if you can’t get a cot she will be alright. We are all looking forward to seeing you all again.

Much love,


P.S. I shall bring a joint.”  

If you ask us, you just can’t beat the magic of a handwritten letter. We take for granted today’s instantaneous communication, maybe that’s what makes the thought and effort of a letter seem extra special.

5. Love Note

We love this love note; it’s so honest and refreshing to read. It serves as a gentle reminder to always tell your loved ones that they’re appreciated whilst you have the chance - even when they're annoying you immensely!  

It reads:

Always allowed to be tired. Didn’t mean to look shocked at being told to go home. Love you very much you fool you know and I wanted to tell you and didn’t take the chance.

Bonne Nuit.

I love you, I love you, I love you.”

Maybe it’s because we love a bit of romance, but in a world full of ‘perfect’ social media relationships, the authenticity and integrity of this letter really resonated with us.


As always, thank you for reading. We hope you loved uncovering more of our wonderful hidden treasures. More are on their way soon.

Watch this space X
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cath - August 31, 2016

i love this post so much. i hope to find some hidden treasures myself! <3

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