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To reference Stevie Wonder's nineteenth studio album, it's hotter than July. And yet it IS July. And it's been REALLY hot. For those of us in the south of the UK, we see a hosepipe ban on the horizon, so we're taking refuge in images that have a cooling, thirst-quenching feel. But it's also newsletter time again, so grab yourself a long, cool drink (don't run the tap too long) and take five minutes to read our bumper edition which brings tidings of a new poster contributor, the BBC at 100, art deco shop fronts, Japanese trades, the Mersey tunnel and female footballing pioneers.

Bernard Cribbins

This morning's sad news about the death of Bernard Cribbins at the grand old age of 93, prompted us to delve into our film collection and marvel at his long and varied career. From a regular in Carry On films to the Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 and of course his career-defining turn as station porter Perks the 1970 film, The Railway Children, he brought warmth, humour and humanity to every role. He'll be missed.

Click here for a round-up of some of his work.

Women's Football - Yesterday's Lionesses

The footballing prowess of England's Lionesses in the Women's Euros 2022 and the corresponding excitement generated nationwide, has ensured women's football has finally taken its place in the sporting firmament. It's been a long road to this point though, as our selection of images on the history of women's football will testify. Earliest examples date from March 1895 when the first match of the British Ladies' Football Club, played between teams from North and South London, took place at the Nightingale Lane ground in Crouch end, and its founder and star player Nettie Honeyball (sadly, not her real name) was featured in a photograph at full page in The Sketch in her 'football costume' of blouse, serge bloomers, shin pads and boots. We also have a selection of images from the First World War when women workers from various factories played in leagues to large crowds. These girls certainly look as if they could dribble, pass and score along with 2022's finest.

Poster Parade

Historical posters are perennially popular among our clients and this month we're thrilled to welcome a new poster collection to the Mary Evans fold. Twentieth Century Posters is run by collector, expert and author David Bownes, who sells a range of posters and advertising ephemera from his shop in Islington's Cross Street. As the name suggests, most designs are twentieth century and the first batch of material added to our website includes an excellent span of subjects and styles, from Edwardian panto posters by John Hassall or those done for the Empire Marketing Board by Leslie Macdonald Gill, to nostalgic inter-war railway posters by Frank Newbould and Mansard Gallery exhibition posters by Claud Lovat Fraser. We'll be adding more from this collection over the coming weeks but for now, here's a taster.

Shop 'til you Drop - Deco style

We're always been told to look up when out and about in our towns and cities, and this latest set of photographs from Historic England's immense archive explains why. The images document a variety of shop fronts and other town centre buildings around the country, which hint at the former grandeur and optimism of our high streets, and of once-great retailers who have since succumbed to the economic and technological challenges of the 21st century. This architectural legacy is sadly all that is left of some household names such as Woolworth's and Burton. The menswear behemoth once had shops in almost every town in the country, establishing their presence with branded frontages that paid homage to the clean lines and neo-classical spirit of the art deco era.

Grenville Collins Postcard Collection

"Ooh, that's interesting" is an oft-heard comment here at the library and is generally overused when talking about the Grenville Collins Postcard Collection; Grenville can always relied upon to unearth some intriguing gems. This month we've been treated to a gorgeous set of photographic postcards of Japanese trades and shops from the 1920s including pictures of clog and wig makers, a lantern painter, vermicelli café and laver (seaweed) dealer.

In addition, another set offers a comprehensive pictorial record of the Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey tunnel when it opened in 1934 to connect Liverpool and Birkenhead. There seems something quite odd seeing cars from that period travelling through so modern a structure.

Pottering about - Alfred Meakin

Here's another small but perfectly-formed set of images we wanted to share from the equally eclectic Terry Parker Collection. In 1913, King George V and Queen Mary visited Alfred Meakin Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and as a record of this auspicious occasion, a special commemorative booklet was produced full of stunning photographs showing various processes at the pottery. The technical side of the pottery is interesting and instructive but the booklet also serves as a fantastic snapshot of the social history of Staffordshire's famous industry. What is particularly striking is the number of women in employment there, as well as the wide range of ages from teenage girls and boys to the quite elderly. Click here to view the whole set.

Pottering about - Alfred Meakin

Here's another small but perfectly-formed set of images we wanted to share from the equally eclectic Terry Parker Collection. In 1913, King George V and Queen Mary visited Alfred Meakin Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and as a record of this auspicious occasion, a special commemorative booklet was produced full of stunning photographs showing various processes at the pottery. The technical side of the pottery is interesting and instructive but the booklet also serves as a fantastic snapshot of the social history of Staffordshire's famous industry. What is particularly striking is the number of women in employment there, as well as the wide range of ages from teenage girls and boys to the quite elderly. Click here to view the whole set.