Old books and other publications can be a window on the past – you know this already, of course, or you wouldn’t be here. Have you ever noticed how often it is the things our predecessors would have thought banal that cause us the greatest fascination? Advertising, for instance. Sue Peach has nominated as one of our 50 Treasures the range of product catalogues and almanacs that can be found in our Local Studies section. She writes:
I picked these for their wonderful, quirky illustrations, many of objects we no longer recognise. In the days before Ebay, this is what people used.