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Stationery

One of the best parts of sending mail is in acquiring all your stationery needs. From pens to paper and envelopes to writing desks, there were many stationery items showcased in newspaper adverts over the years. Newspapers could keep their readers abreast on the latest developments in stationery, and the latest in homonym jokes! (Click on an image to enlarge) The latest thing in stationery is an envelope that is its own letter-book. Each envelope is attached by perforations to

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Post office evolution

Where would we be without post offices! Believe it or not, but post offices did not always exist. You can learn about their origins in The British Newspaper Archive. You may also discover details about your local post office — when it opened or when previous iterations closed! Among detailing the post office’s evolution, the above article also includes an anecdote that relates to a time when the recipient of a letter was obliged to pay the postage:   ‘The

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Postage stamp appreciation

The love of stamps is no joke; those dedicated to such a love are known as philatelists, and the study of those delicate bits of paper is called philately. Newspapers may not be an obvious source for researching stamps, but they can, in fact, offer a glimpse into the history and evolution of stamps in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. We’ve found a few examples to showcase what treasures you can discover in the historic newspapers on The British Newspaper

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#RoyalWeddings recap

Elizabeth and Philip

With Prince Harry’s wedding underway today, we’re sharing all our posts from this past week’s #RoyalWeddings theme. (With a few extras thrown in!) Enjoy! Tickets for royal weddings are nothing new, as we see from this notice about the wedding of the Princess Royal to the Prince of Orange in 1734 A description of George III’s German bride in 1761 Her Majesty is of middle stature, at present rather what may be called short than tall, but as she is

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Welsh newspapers

Cardiganshire

Exploring Welsh newspapers Here on The British Newspaper Archive, we hold 43 Welsh newspapers. With an ever-growing collection, it is useful to periodically check our titles page to see what has been added. To assist in this, you can narrow your newspaper title search by country, allowing you to quickly see what papers are available for a given country: This nifty feature allows you to narrow your search to just the historic newspapers from Wales (or Ireland, Scotland, or England).

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Christabel Pankhurst

Christabel Pankhurst

The Pankhurst family was full of activists. In researching the suffrage movement in England, you are bound to come across Christabel Pankhurst and her mother, Emmeline. As part of her activities in the name of women’s right to vote, Christabel was the editor of the newspaper The Suffragette.     Subscribe today and discover more stories on the suffrage movement    

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Grace Hodsdon Boutelle – An American Suffragette in London

Grace Boutelle was an American activist involved in the suffrage movement in England. For a time, Boutelle resided in England and, in her efforts to support the movement, was arrested alongside her fellow activists. Explore findings from our English newspapers and, from our sister-site Findmypast, newspapers from the United States. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you can also make an image full-screen,

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Annie Kenney

Annie Kenney gained attention in her work for the suffrage movement in 1905 following her arrest for assault and obstruction during a rally in Manchester. Kenney would become one of the leading figures in the Woman’s Social and Political Union and face imprisonment multiple times during her activist career fighting for the right to vote. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you can

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