Wednesday, October 04, 2017

80 Year Flashback: Barry Ono on Pathe News

I've linked to this in the past but in case you haven't seen it, here's a nice short newsreel of music hall comedian Barry Ono back in 1937 with his bound collections of 'Penny Dreadfuls'. 
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/barry-ono-issue-title-gym-and-it

It's good to know that even back then there were collectors of vintage publications. As you're no doubt aware, 'Penny Dreadfuls' was the term given to the blood-curdling Victorian story papers that preceded the comics. I doubt that many people collect them today, but I remember seeing some at an exhibition in the 1980s. 

Sadly, Mr.Ono passed away in 1941, a few years after this was filmed and his collection was bequeathed to the British Library.
https://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/news/barryono/barryono.html

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