Tissue paper commemorative programmes & napkins

I spent a fascinating few hours with Steve Hughes last week, discussing and examining the wealth of Besses o’ th’ Barn historical material he is working on. During that time I came across something I had not seen before – programmes for Besses’ concerts printed on a square of thin tissue paper. There were three example of these commemorative “tissue paper” programmes (about 14″ square), very fragile, looking like the sort of thing you sometimes got in restaurants as place mats. They dated from 1906, 1909 & 1937, and I’ve since found a few other examples – one of the Garde Republicaine visiting London in 190? and another celebrating the 58th anniversary of the Salvation Army in 1923. Further research showed they were a not uncommon “souvenir” for occasions, though their fragile nature means very few have survived. For more details, see: https://www.academia.edu/39728632/Tissue_paper_commemorative_programmes_and_napkins

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