Information on one's ancestors, and where they lived or worked, can often turn up in unexpected places, and it may well be that there are old papers in a family attic which help to add some flesh to the bones of one's ancestors. The aim of this section is to look at some of the paper documents that would normally have been thrown away, but which may have survived, possibly because of sentimental or other reasons.
Jackson, the Buntingford Butchers c 1900 (prices of meat)
Mr Nettleton's Grand Concert, St Albans, 1883 (flyer)
S. D. Simkins & Sons, Hitchin (Advert on envelope)
Roast Pheasant & Chips (A hotel menu from 1909)
Receipt relating to mortgage, 1809 (Thomas Smith, Edward Garrett, St Albans)
The Diseases of Sheep 1895 (William Cooper & Nephew, Berkhamsted)
The Tradesmen's Local Advertiser, circa 1900 (Harpenden advertisements)
Statement of Account, 1902 - John Hamilton, Buntingford (Heading trade paper)
Wiles & Lewis, 1909 (Heading trade paper)
Summer Holidays 1912 (Some early home photographs)
Hertfordshire Girl Guides' County Rally 1920 (at Tewin)
H.R.H The Duchess of York opens Hospital Wing 1929 (at Hitchin. Includes a history of the Hospital and many local business advertisements.)
Apsley Envelope Mills Social & Dance 1931 (John Dickinson)
The Bernard Shaw Special 1955 (Excursion Train Ticket to Harpenden East, together with a photograph of the train)
Cassio Dramatic Society - The King and I - Watford 1967 (Theatre Programme)
Battle of Barnet Quincentenary 1971 (Event Programme with some local history content)
Invitation to Opening of Popefield Farm, Colney Heath, St Albans, 1981 (Link with Jesus Christ Superstar!)
Most families have collections of items such as these, along with old photographs, postcards and newspaper cuttings, and they can throw light on the activities on earlier generations, as such ephemeral items are only kept because they meant something special to the person who decided to keep them.. Unfortunately their significance is rarely identified and they end up in the rubbish when the owner dies. If you come across such a collection it is well worth looking carefully as even if the ephemera mean nothing to you there could be other people who could find them of interest - and the online auction eBay provides an excellent way of linking old paper items with someone who will appreciate them. Even an old railway ticket can be of value!
If you can add to the information given above tell me.
Page updated October 2012