Saturday, December 28, 2013

Franklin Miniature Tankards

New addition to the collection - contains one Guinness item but the set was for sale so why not?  From 1981 and in great condition.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Interesting Tie to Charles Dickens

I was looking through some of my Guinness stuff earlier today and noted an extract I have from the January 22nd, 1955 issue of "The Illustrated London News" Entitled "A Hamper of Guinness and an Umbrella" it talks to a book by the great British writer Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) specifically a book entitled "Sketches by Boz" Because of the Guinness reference I researched his works and discovered that the extracts are indeed from his book, specifically Page 221 - I attach the link for the book as follows (Note Dickens' family nickname was Boz!)

Dickens published this in 1836 at the tender age of 24. The interesting aspect above the reference to Guinness is that some of the illustrations were prepared by Hablot K. Browne. Now Browne was known by the nickname 'Phiz' and it is indeed his illustration that adorns the two (2) Guinness ashtrays I have included in the photo from 1932 and 1936.

So there you go some related BS and our Christmas Caroler Charles John Huffan Dickens was a fan of the Irish Nectar!!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013