Ron Edge comes forward with a few Christmas related “clippings” from his collection. They start boldly with three front covers for the once popular and studied Argus Christmas Issues, these from 1903, 1904 and 1907. At 25 cents a copy it was not cheap, and note that by 1907 it had doubled to four bits i.e. 50 cents. The weekly Argus began publishing in the 1890s and continued on as a respected and influential journal of local politics and culture. The last I remember of it is from the 1970s when the then adolescent weekly – The Weekly – made it hard for the old and stiffened Argus to keep up.
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Next Ron Edge shares a few clips from the Bon Marche as Santa sanctuary early in the 20th Century.
Every new “big thing” like Northgate needs “the biggest” of something, and the northend mall found it’s.