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Andy Garth: Lots of diversity!


The auction is only a week away and people often assume that it's only the very old things that get sold at auction, so this week I have include two very diverse lots that are 75 years apart, and both are causing plenty of interest.

The first is a 1894 advertising flyer for Brighton’s Public Baths, which were used by the people of the Borough who didn't have their own bathrooms at home – which in Victorian times was most of the town!

The prices are amazing as it was double the money for a warm bath at 6d – but that was first class or 2d in second class.

Two of the bath buildings still exist today, being Coben Road (now flats) and North Road (now a mixed commercial unit).

The second picture is a programme from the Palace Pier Theatre in 1970 for The Dick Emery Summer Season Show, which was an extremely popular event. Dick Emery was a successful TV entertainer who could fill theatres countrywide so Brighton was lucky to have him.

The guide on both of these items is only £5 each, which seems a small price to pay for two great pieces of ephemeral history of our great city.

If you want to come to the auction it's Tuesday 23rd May at the Aldrington Church Hall, Glebe Villas, Hove starting at 8pm.

For more info email me
28 Western Rd, Hove, BN3 1AF