Sunday 27 March 2016

They Don't Make 'em Like They Used To... Automobile Year from the 1950s and 60s

These oversized yearbooks from the 50s and 60s are stuffed with amazing vintage ads and photos, and even a fold-out Ferrari...

If only Formula 1, and indeed cars in general, still had a fraction of the style and élan the motor trade had back then...

Sunday 6 March 2016

Books About Penrith: True Blues: A history of Penrith Football Club 1894-1994, by John Hurst

Local history books from the 80s and 90s can often be rare as hens' teeth. They tend to have a low, one-time-only print run of a few hundred copies, sell locally over the next year or so, and end up on the shelves of people who are still alive today and therefore disinclined to let them go. As a result, if you want to get hold of, say, True Blues: A history of Penrith Football Club 1894-1994, you'll be lucky to find it. I can find one solitary copy for sale online. The Little Shop now has the second copy in the country currently for sale (and yes, it's cheaper). 

Like the best local history books, John Hurst's record of Penrith F. C.'s first century is a "category killer": it does the job so well, there's no need for anyone else to ever do it again.