Stuck for that unusual small gift for the lover of old collectables? I have a few Christmas stocking filler ideas in my Reynard Collectables ebay store here. There is a very nice issue of the Royal Variety Performance programme of 1954 with Bob Hope topping the bill, and what is special about this programme is that it has been signed inside the cover by Bob Hope (as well as Joan Turner, another of the stars). It also has the original ticket pinned inside (seat A3, so maybe right at the front?) and for some reason an empty SunPat peanut packet of the period which I assume the ticketholder had eaten during the performance! Lots of stars on the bill for this performance including Howard Keel, Frankie Laine, Peter Sellers, Noel Coward, Norman Wisdom, Frankie Howerd and many more. Worth looking at in Reynard Collectables ebay store here.
Or if the circus is more your thing, there is a 1962 Royal Gala Performance programme of Billy Smart’s Circus in aid of the Variety Club of Great Britain with gilt coloured cover and lots of great pictures inside, including some of the inside of Billy Smart’s mobile home!
Getting a bit more sophisticated, I have two very classy looking programmes for the Paris original revue “Folies Bergere”, these being the 1952 and 1955 issues. Both have black velvety flock covers with gilt lettering and naked women. Inside there are some fantastic period adverts and lots of pictures of the show and its stars (some of these more risque than others!).
If these are a bit “racy” for the recipient of Santa’s gift, there are items such as a 1917 Star Map, 1827 plan/print of Regent’s Park, a fine collection of film photos/ephemera or even an 8kg box of mixed ephemera for somebody to sort through on Christmas morning. All available in Reynard Collectables ebay store here. If stamps or postcards (how about slipping a postcard with some sentimental interest in the stocking – maybe a view from a favourite holiday or the church you were married in?) are your thing, then I have a huge stock with many items listed in Reynard Collectables delcampe store here.
Another fine gift idea being sold by my wife in her ebay store here (this had been a gift from her late uncle along with fine Scandinavian jewellery and a selection of other books with illustrations by Arthur Rackham and Dulac) is a beautiful 1930s version of The Arabian Nights, retold by Houseman and with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. A beautiful book, produced for Boots the Chemists, unbelievably, and it can be seen here.