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Chronological Mentions of Wedding anniversary using Symbols to reference the year.

The following is our references from newspaper research into mentions of Wedding Anniversaries where instead of simply stating the years they reference it using the traditional symbol e.g. Silver wedding for 25th Anniversary.
The Morning chronicle Monday, September 12, 1825; Issue 17572

“Berlin, Sept. 30.—Today will be celebrated at Weimar as a double festival, viz as the 50th anniversary of the Grand Duke’s Government ; and also of his marriage, called in Germany, the golden wedding.
Hampshire Telegraph July 16 -1838

Celebration of a Wedding Anniversary (from Nicholas Nickleby)

In the garret of one of the houses near Golden Square, lodges Newman Noggs, and on the first floor live the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kenwigs, the hero and heroine of the celebration aforesaid…
No Symbol mention of an anniversary in this passage.

The Era Sunday, December 29, 1839; Issue 66 (UK)

Letters from Copenhagen state, that the coronation of Christian VIII. Will take place, together with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of his marriage (called in German the silver wedding.) his Majesty was married to the present Queen Caroline Amelia, May 22 1815.

The Morning Chronicle Friday, November
9, 1849; Issue 24978 (UK)

The Queen Dowager of Austria has arrived at Schonbrunn to meet the Queens of Prussia and Saxony, who have there assembled to celebrate this day the “Silberne Hochzeit” of the Archduke Francis Charles and the Archduchess Sophia, the parents of our young Emperor. This purely German festivity is the prerogative of married people who have lived together twenty-five years, dating from the wedding day. The “Goldne (or golden) Hochzeit” (the golden wedding) is to commemorate a fifty years marriage.

The Belfast newsletters Wednesday,
October 27, 1852; Issue 11797 (UK)

A Golden Wedding
The little festival was given, I learned, in honour of the Golden Hochzeit (golden wedding) of the burgomaster of the town.

Nashville union and American January 19, 1856 (USA)

A Golden Wedding — The fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of Deacon Thomas Williams, of Vernon, Oneida county, N. Y., was celebrated
at the house where the aged couple have resided for half a century since their marriage, on Christmas. Representatives of five generations were assembled on the occasion, numbering thirty persons. The entire fifth generation was comprised in one little curly-headed fellow who lay on a bed asleep. This boy had living, a short time since, three great-grandfathers, three great-grandmother, two grandfathers and two grandmothers. The father of Deacon Williams was one of the famous “Tea Party,” at Boston, in 1773.

Vermont phoenix January 21, 1860 (USA)

All About Weddings. — The occasional celebration of “golden wedding” the fiftieth anniversary of marriage is too rare an event to suit the propensities of our fast people ; they have, therefore, be taken themselves first to the “silver wedding” at the twenty-fifth anniversary, and second to the “tin wedding” at the tenth anniversary of marriage. One would naturally think this last celebration a diluting of the matter that would be sufficiently weak to satisfy the feeblest of constitutions, but the subject has been let down one peg further in Springfield, Mass. A young clergyman coming to the fifth anniversary of his wedding night a few evenings since, found his friends gathered around him in great numbers, bearing wooden pails, tubs, saw horses, bowls, clothespins, boxes and every other variety of wooden ware known in the most plethoric establishments, or that the ingenuity of man or the cunning of woman could improvise for the occasion. The “wooden wedding” was thus turned into downright, jolly, orthodox frolic. After all we don’t think any or all of these celebrations half equal the real, genuine
wedding for attractiveness or interest.

Keowee courier
January 19, 1867 (USA)

WEDDINGS.- The following list of “commemorative weddings” is interesting to both old and young, The wedding is the “love wedding” at the end of the first month ; the end of the honeymoon is the “Sugar wedding,” two years after; marriage is the “paper wedding;” the fifth anniversary is the “wooden wedding;” the tenth, is the “tin wedding;” the fifteenth, the “crystal wedding;” the twentieth, the “china wedding;” the twenty-fifth, the “silver wedding ;” the fiftieth, the “golden wedding;” the seventy-fifth, the “diamond wedding.”
These various anniversary celebrations are becoming very common in America, and they are very pleasant occasions.

The Highland weekly news April 17, 1873 (Ohio, USA)

As the custom of celebrating wedding anniversaries appears to be increasing, we give a List of the commemorative days, compiled
and selected from the most approved sources:
1 year, Cotton; 2 years, Straw; 3 years, Paper, 4 years, Leather; 5 years, Wooden; 7 years, Iron; 8 years, Woolen; 10 years, Tin; 12 years, Linen; 15 years, Glass; 18 years, Silk; 20 years, China; 25 years, Silver 30 years, Pearl, 40 years, Ruby or Gem; 50 years, Golden; 75 years,
Diamond. Those most generally celebrated are the 5th, Wooden; 10th, Tin; 15th, Glass; 20th, China; 25th, Silver.

Manchester Times Saturday, June 12, 1875 (UK)

Wedding.—A wooden Wedding: Marrying a blockhead. A golden wedding: Marrying for money. A crystal wedding: marrying a “glass eye.” A tin wedding: Marrying a milkmaid. A paper wedding: Marrying an editor. A plain wedding: Marrying a carpenter. A silver wedding Marrying a maid of Sixty. The worst sort of wedding: Marrying nobody. A glass wedding: Marrying a toper.
Belmont Chronicle – January 10 1878 (USA)

The following is a list of Anniversary Weddings of interest to old and young people
First anniversary Iron.
Fifth anniversary Wooden.
Tenth anniversary Tin.
Fifteenth anniversary Crystal.
Twentieth anniversary China.
Twenty-fifth anniversary Silver.
Thirtieth anniversary Cotton.
Thirty-fifth anniversary Linen.
Fortieth anniversary Woollen.
Fiftieth anniversary Golden.
Seventy fifth anniversary Diamond.

The Leeds Mercury Saturday, October 4, 1879;
Issue 12944 (UK)

Snippet from an article on surprise parties in America … and one need not go to America to Know that the twenty-fifth marriage anniversary is that of the silver wedding. The era of fanciful and the ludicrous is now over. Gifts in silver usually take the form dictated by common sense. So also with the succeeding anniversaries considered worthy of special celebration – namely, the thirtieth, or pearl wedding; the fortieth, or ruby wedding ; and the fiftieth, or ever-memorable golden wedding. When it happens that a married couple live together until the seventy-fifth anniversary of their first marriage day dawns upon them, the occasion is honoured with the most precious name and the most precious gifts of all : it is the diamond wedding.

The National tribune October 29,
1881, Page 6 (Washington D.C. USA)

First year, cotton wedding ; second year, paper wedding; third year, iron wedding; fifth year, wooden wedding; seventh year, woollen wedding; tenth year, tin wedding; twelfth year, silk and fine linen wedding; fifteenth year, crystal wedding; twentieth year, china wedding; twenty-fifth year, silver wedding ; thirtieth year, pearl wedding; fortieth year, ruby wedding; fiftieth year, golden wedding; seventy-fifth
year, diamond wedding.

The Columbian November 23, 1883
(Columbia County, PA. USA)

Weddings The following is a complete list of the wedding anniversaries;
At end of first year the cotton wedding ; second year, paper wedding ; third year, leather wedding ; fifth, year, wooden wedding ; seventh
year, woolen; wedding tenth year, tin wedding twelfth year, silk and fine linen Wedding ; fifteenth year, crystal wedding ; twentieth year, china wedding ;twenty-fifth year, silver wedding ;thirtieth year, pearl wedding ; fortieth year, ruby wedding ; fiftieth year, golden wedding ; seventy-fifth year, diamond wedding.

The Newcastle Weekly Courant. Friday, June 1, 1888;
Issue 11133
Years of Married Bliss
In this age of jubilees and silver weddings, it may not be out of place to enumerate the signification of the years of matrimony. They are as follows:–
At end of first year — Cotton wedding.
Second year — Paper wedding .
Third year — Leather wedding .
Fifth, year — Wooden wedding .
Seventh year — Woollen; wedding.
Tenth year — Tin wedding.
Twelfth year — Silk and fine linen Wedding .
Fifteenth year — Crystal wedding .
Twentieth year — China wedding.
Twenty-fifth year — Silver wedding.
Thirtieth year — Pearl wedding .
Fortieth year — Ruby wedding.
Fiftieth year — Golden wedding.
Seventy-fifth year — Diamond wedding.

The evening world, March 06,
1889, EXTRA 2 O’CLOCK (New York, USA)

Celebrating a Silver Wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Jax. McKurnan celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their wedding last evening by entertaining a large gathering of their friends at their residence, 238 Sixth street, Jersey City. The presents were exceptionally numerous and costly. Among the guests were Mrs. Gallagher, Miss C McKernan, Miss Flake, Miss E Rulon, Mrs. Wiatt and Mr. Wiatt, Miss Powell, Miss Hamell,Miss A. Smith, Mr.T.W. Cunliffe, Miss A.Predmore. Singing and dancing were indulged in until a late hour and the affair paused off in a most pleasurable way.

Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser 26th January
1895: No. 8604 (UK)
So rarely is it that a married couple live to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding day that I may be pardoned for referring to such an event in Exeter. Mr. and Mrs. Gerred, of North-road, are the pair and I am sure all those who know them will wish that they may celebrate many more 25ths of January. Whilst on this subject I might mention that there appears to be a very general misconception as to the wedding anniversaries, and particularly as to a Diamond Wedding, which in reality, requires 75 years of marital companionship.
But I suppose I give the full list:-
First anniversary – Cotton Wedding.
Second – Paper wedding
Third – Leather wedding
Fifth — Wooden wedding
Seventh – Woollen wedding
Tenth – Tin wedding
Twelfth –Silk and fine linen wedding
Fifteenth – Crystal wedding
Twentieth — China wedding
Twenty-fifth – Silver wedding
Thirtieth – Pearl wedding
Fortieth – Ruby wedding.
Fiftieth – Golden wedding
Seventy-fifth – Diamond wedding.

The Rising son June 10, 1904

Wedding Anniversaries.
Put this list aside for future reference: First wedding anniversary is the cotton; second, paper; third, leather; fifth, wooden; seventh, woolen ;tenth, tin: twelfth, silk and linen; fifteenth, crystal; twentieth, china; twenty-fifth- , sliver; thirtieth, pearl; fortieth, ruby; fiftieth, golden, and seventy-fifth, diamond.

Evening public ledger September 20, 1920, NIGHT EXTRA (USA)
The Anniversaries
To the Editor of Woman’s Page:
Dear Madam
In your questions answered please state the different names for, the wedding anniversaries, beginning with the First anniversary and giving all the special names. I know a few, but would like to have the list, as the fifth is wooden, tenth tin (or aluminium nowadays), twentieth china and so on.
The list of wedding anniversaries Is as follows: First, cotton; second, paper; third, leather; fifth, wooden; seventh, woolen; tenth, tin (or,as you suggest aluminum); twelfth, silk and fine linen; fifteenth, crystal; twentieth, china; twenty-fifth, silver; thirtieth, pearl; fortieth, ruby; fiftieth, gold; seventy-fifth, diamond
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Christmas 2018 Latest posting dates and Office opening times

Latest Christmas Delivery Dates for 2018

Items received on or before the dates stated below should be delivered before Christmas. Please note these dates are estimated and whilst we will try and do everything we can to ensure your item is delivered we cannot guarantee the performance of external organisations involved in the delivery process.

Stock Items:

Latest Recommended Date Destination
Monday 17 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland
Tuesday 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg. Free UK Delivery (Royal Mail 48 service)
Thursday 20 December UK Faster Shipping Option (Royal Mail 24 service)
Friday 21 December UK Next Work Day Delivery

Personalised Items

If an item requires personalisation i.e. Engraving, Embroidery or Painted/Printed products then all orders placed on or before 16th December 2018 will be dispatched for delivery before Christmas. After this time we will endeavour to dispatch before Christmas up until 19th December, this we achieved last year however it’s no guarantee we will this year.

Priority Shipping up to 20th December 2018 on Painted/Printed products and will be delivered before Christmas.

Next Day delivery is available up to 17th December 2018 on Engraved or Embroidered products.

International Shipping for personalised items

European Standard Shipping – 12th December 2018

European Priority Shipping – 12th December 2018

International Standard Shipping – 4th December 2018

International Priority Shipping – 10th December 2018

The Dispatch Dates are based on cleared funds being received for the item which instigates the dispatch process.

We use Royal Mail for most items and thus delivery capability is dictated by their performance. At this time of year it can take longer than their stated timescales. Some personalised items are dispatched via courier.

Next Day/ Priority and International Shipping services are a signed for service and thus if no one is available to sign either a redelivery will need to be arranged or the item will need to be picked up from the local sorting office/depot.

Christmas and New Year Order Processing

24th-26th December 2018. No orders will be processed or dispatched. Orders received during this time will be processed on 27th December 2018 with Next Day Delivery Requests being delivered 28th December 2018

31st December 2018 and 1st January 2019 No Orders will be processed or dispatched. Next Day Requests received during this time will be processed on 2nd January 2019 and delivered on 3rd January 2019.

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Beginners guide to wedding anniversary gifts etiquette

wedding anniversary gifts etiquette

Us oldies, occasionally forget that newly weds may not know the ins and outs of Wedding Anniversary gifts etiquette. There’s lots of social conventions that surround them. So here’s a quick run down of the etiquette.

Wedding Anniversary Gifts Etiquette

  • Gift giving is not mandatory, commemorating the event however is highly desirable.
  • The Couple, typically, instigate the early years Anniversary celebrations.
  • The couple’s children organise later major wedding anniversaries.
  • Major milestone Wedding Anniversaries occur every 5th year after the 20th year.
  • The Major Wedding Anniversaries are 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 75th years.
  • Traditionally gift giving is often themed or made of a specific material which differs for each year. The Traditional Wedding Anniversary List shows these materials for each year.
  • A Modern version of the traditional list was provided to produce a more comprehensive list to cover more anniversary years. This runs side by side with the traditional list allowing you to choose gifts from either list.
  • Other organisations have released other Wedding Anniversary lists. The only other two that are notable are the Gemstone Anniversary List and the appropriate flower list.

That’s it really. If you still have a question surrounding wedding anniversary gifts etiquette then please check our etiquette section as we have lots of help there. If all else fails drop us a line and we’ll try and help.

Finally, we’ve had many discussions on whether it is a requirement to thank people for wedding anniversary gifts. The simple answer is always yes, it is good wedding anniversary gifts etiquette. How you thank them will vary a lot depending upon your social circle. Really the easiest way to answer this is to refer back to your wedding, how you did it them should still hold true now.

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Clocks and Timepieces for an Anniversary Gift

Just before our 31st Wedding Anniversary our Carriage Clock that had sat on our mantle piece for many years went wrong. It started to gain about 75 minutes a day. This was a gift when we married so it had lasted a good time especially as it was a battery powered quartz clock. Compared to today’s Clocks it was not a top notch item although not bargain bucket either. This was actually our second carriage clock, we got two for our wedding. The 1st Clock died a good few years earlier and this one got a promotion to the prime spot.

I was going to repair the clock by changing the innards for a new mechanism however as we knew that the 31st wedding anniversary has a theme of Timepieces we thought why not shop a solution.

Shopping for a Timepiece

We initially thought it would be a easy job of replacing the clock with a nice shiny new clock. With 31 years looking at the same clock I must admit I preferred a change to the Carriage Clock. Especially with my ageing eyesight I struggled, in certain light to see the dial well. We was also surprised at the poor choice of options available. There seemed to be either low quality plastic cased clocks or high value craftsman built timepieces. There didn’t seem to be something in the middle, which was frustrating.

It was at this time (no pun intended) that Amazon came to the rescue in the shape of the Echo Spot. Their design LED smart speaker. It’s primary use seemed to be as a beside clock/ smart speaker however with the addition of the stand it is transformed into a great clock that’s suitable for any place in the home and especially on a mantelpiece.

Amazon Echo Spot Alexa powered smart speaker on stand.The Echo Spot has a selection of clock faces that you can easily select via its setting menu and it has the modern benefit of being a full-featured Alexa smart speaker, display portal and video calling portal. You can default the Echo Spot to your preferences very easily and set up was a breeze.

There are a number of wedding anniversaries that suggest a clock or timepiece as the gift theme. The Modern Wedding Anniversary list has the 1st anniversary with a theme of Clocks. The 31st with a theme of Timepieces. Other anniversaries also have a theme that enable a Clock to fit the theme such as a Desk Set, Furniture, Optical goods and Luxuries of any kind all could fit this great mid-range gift idea.

More on the Echo Spot

The Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in an all-new stylish and compact design that can show you things. Just ask to see the weather, get the news with a video flash briefing, set a music alarm (Amazon Music, Spotify & TuneIn supported), see lyrics (available in UK only) with Amazon Music, see your calendar, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. Personalise your Spot with a collection of clock faces to suit your style or set a photo background from Prime Photos. Plus, make calls to friends and family between supported Echo devices or the Alexa App, or make video calls to anyone with an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App.

Echo Spot features second-generation far-field technology with four microphones, beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation, so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).

This is our third Alexa device and so far (we’ve had is 3 weeks at the time of writing) it is by far the best of the bunch. It just seems to respond and understand voice commands better than the other devices.

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Updated Privacy Policy for Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulations

We are updating our Privacy Policy to ensure consistency to Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulations which come into effect from tomorrow (25th May 2018) and well as the ePrivacy directive, we suspect it will be a fairly fluid document for the next couple of weeks as there are a lot of partners and technology suppliers who are only recently waking up the fact that they need to update their systems.

We have removed or disabled some facilities and technologies when we have found them to be non-compliant and as they become compliant we will update this document and add back the associated technologies. Some unfortunately will not be reintroduced which includes some personalised gifts as the company that makes them are unable to comply or give assurance that they will in the future.

Rest assured your privacy remains, as it always has been, a priority for us.

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What Month and Day to get Married according to Marriage Rhymes

We’ve got lots of information on wedding anniversaries and their etiquette, through our continuing research we pick up the occasional snippet which we love, the Victorian marriage rhymes below refer to the best days and months to marry, did you chose right?

Marriage Rhymes

Monday for wealth
Tuesday for health
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no day at all

Marry in Lent, live to repent (Lent was thought an inappropriate time for a wedding, being a time of abstinence.)

Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, your love will be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.

Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Blue, your love will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Brown, you will live in a town,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.

What Month to Marry in?

An old folklore poem is reproduced below citing whats months are the best to get wed and why, it’s not gospel however always fun to compare to your experiences.

Marry when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true.

When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.

If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.

Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.

Marry in the month of May, you will romance the day.

Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you’ll go.

Those who in July do wed must labour for their daily bread.

Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.

Marry in September’s shine so that your life is rich and fine.

If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.

If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember!

When December’s snows fall fast, marry and your love will last.

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Privacy Policy GDPR for Third Party Personalised Gifts

We’ve reviewed our processes and identified a possible scenario whereby Third parties have their personal data disclosed to us by a customer. This will be when customers orders a personalised gift using the recipient’s personal data.

Within the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) there is legitimate interest which allows for the processing of such data and the following is our legitimate interests assessment to support such processing.


Why do you want to process the data – what are you trying to achieve? As a Business we have identified products that our customers like to give as gifts, these are personalised with details of the recipient’s Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, Name Days, Christening details etc.

Who benefits from the processing? In what way? The customer benefits from this by enabling a gift of greater value to the recipient than an item that contains no personalisation. We as a business also benefit from this as commercially we can offer gift ideas that better match what customers want.

Would your use of the data be unethical or unlawful in any way? The personal data would only be used to produce the personalised product ordered by our customer and as such would not be unethical or unlawful in any way.


Does this processing actually help to further that interest? The ability to provide a commercial gift service is reliant upon customers being able to provide this information.

Is it a reasonable way to go about it? Yes, gifts are intrinsic with a surprise or trepidation; to have to rely on other forms of lawful process diminish the ability of gift giving.

To achieve the same result we do not believe there another less intrusive way.

A Balancing Test

What is the nature of your relationship with the individual? In this instance we have a third party relationship with the individual and are possibly acting as a data processor for our customer.

Is any of the data particularly sensitive or private? None by itself will be sensitive or private however when added to products (a named Christening gift is prime example) then sensitive data may be derived.

Would people expect you to use their data in this way? Gifts have become a tradition for many social events and as such we can see no reason why they would not expect such use.

Are you happy to explain it to them? This document is proof that we are happy to explain our use.

Are some people likely to object or find it intrusive? The majority would not however given the diverse nature of people it is possible an individual could object especially if they dislike the gift or find it inappropriate.

What is the possible impact on the individual?  Use of their data in this instance will be minimal, with the details being added to a product that they subsequently receive effectively completes a closed loop system.

Are you processing children’s data? Yes with regard to fixed data and we do not offer information society services (ISS) directly to children

Are any of the individuals vulnerable in any other way? the collected data does not identify vulnerabilities thus although they may be there is no way to identify this through our processing.

Can you adopt any safeguards to minimise the impact? We plan to introduce a data cleanse of personalisation data after a short period of time after the customer has confirmed acceptance of the product.

Can you offer an opt-out? The only option for an opt-out would be a blank product.


LIA derived from the ICO Controllers Checklist

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Original Newspapers

Original Newspapers

What are our Original Newspapers?

The Original Newspapers we provide are the real McCoy in that they were printed on the day they were originally published thus they not only cover the actual news of the day they are also a genuine original of the paper from the published date.

We are teamed up with Historic Newspapers who hold the world’s largest private Newspaper Archive, they take great care with the original newspapers that are sourced from a number of sources, direct from the newspaper company at the original print time, from Library archives or other specialists.

Why do you supply original newspapers?

Simple because they are a great gift idea, for Birthdays and especially for Wedding Anniversaries, I remember my Wedding day and I didn’t have time to sit and read the paper that day, even if you did would you take in any of the print as you mind wandered around you upcoming nuptials.

When Can I get My Newspaper?

We offer a number of Gift options to enable you to get the paper of your choice in a format you would prefer so there will be some slight variations on timescales however we endeavour to get you your copy within 3 business days from the time you provide us with the order details and clear payment has been received.If it is only the newspaper we’ll often achieve a 1-2 day turnaround.

Can you supply any Date?

No we can’t. As we said these are original newspapers and as such there is a limited amount dependant upon the print run for the specific date in question. Typically special event dates are non existent through us, by these we mean dates such as The Queen’s Coronation, Royal Weddings, End or starting of Wars, Moon Landings etc. You may be able to get a copy of these days from specialist web sites or even auction web sites sometimes have them however sadly the latter suffers from a lack of provenance to confirm the paper is original.

Sundays are Special

We also have to charge a surcharge for Sunday Newspapers due to their size and scarcity, typically this is £20 however may vary again depending upon the date being near a major event. Their size increases their storage and transport costs and their scarcity stems from lower volume print runs as less papers were purchased at the weekends in general.

My Date is not available what can I do?

Newspaper Book - faithful reproduction of original publicationWe have had occasions when customer’s either have none or a very poor selection of tomes available. what we suggest is to get a Newspaper book  which is a reproduction of the date you require along with two other dates typically both partners birth dates. If you would like just a single day in a book please contact us and we can discuss your requirements.





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40 years of marriage in 2018 Celebrating with Music

40 years of marriage in 2018 - music from 1978Many parties are thrown to celebrate a Ruby Wedding Anniversary whether they are formal, informal or just slung together we can help with the right music to celebrate 40 years of marriage in 2018.

Get our CD gift greeting card for 1978 which has a CD  inside with a multitude of top hits from the year they were married with many love songs that will bring the memories of the year they married flooding back.

The complete playlist is as follows with a brief synopsis as well to help you.

  1. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky ~ Released 28th January 1978 it reached it’s highest chart position of No. 6 in the week ending 25th Feb 1978 remaining on the chart for 12 weeks in total.
  2. Bob Dylan – Baby Stop Crying ~ Recorded in April 1978 and got to number 13 in the official top forty in the weekending 2nd September 1978.
  3. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper ~ Reached number 16 in the week ending 8th July 1978.
  4. The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet ~ The band’s most successful song by this English rock band, recorded in April 1978. This song is recognised as one of the great rock tracks appearing in various lists including John Peel’s Festive Fifty and Q’s 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
  5. Santana – Well All Right ~ A cover of Buddy Holly’s 1958 B-side song “Well… All Right” Santana recorded this during the summer of 1978 and appeared on this transitional “inner Secrets” album.
  6. The Patti Smith Group – Because The Night ~ This classic rock love song was penned by Bruce Springsteen although he never released it, Patti Smith polished it off and this was possibly their best known  hit. This reached number 5 on the top 40 in the week ending 27th May 1978 spending 9 weeks in the charts. NME included it in their Top 150 Singles of All time chart.
  7. Heatwave – Always And Forever ~ Reached its highest chart position in this year at number 9 in the week ending 16th December 1978, during the year it was in the top forty for 8 weeks.
  8. REO Speedwagon – Roll With The Changes
  9. Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn ~ An absolute seminal track for the astounding War of the Worlds album. Reached number 5 in the top forty in the week ending 26th August 1978. The single spent 11 weeks in the charts this time round.
  10.  Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel ~ Originally recorded in July 1956 this was re-released to coincide with the anniversary of his death the year earlier. It only reached number 23 in the week ending 29th July 1978.
  11. Japan – Suburban Berlin
  12. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Come Back And Finish What You Started
  13. Dan Hartman – Instant Replay ~ A classic disco track, it reached its highest chart position of number 8 in the week ending 2nd December 1978 spending a total of 10 weeks in the charts this year.
  14. Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son ~ a classic prog rock track of the time, it’s highest chart position was only number 51 however it remained on the charts for an impressive amount of time.
  15. Earth, Wind & Fire – September ~ Another barnstormer from the American funk band, peaked at number 3 in the top forty single’s chart, it made it’s chart entry in the week ending 16th December 1978.
  16. Journey – Wheel In The Sky ~ This has got to be known as one of those classic filler tracks.
  17. Cheap Trick – Surrender ~ Cheap trick did not have great success with this in the UK however this reached N0. % in the Belgium top forty, which for an American Rock band was unusual.
  18. Peter Skellern – Love Is The Sweetest Thing ~ This song was written in 1932 however Peter Skellern had a chart hit with his version in 1978, it won the Music Trades Association award for best middle of the road song in this year.
  19. Bill Withers – Lovely Day ~ This song has had many lives however this is the original recording and sung by the writer who co-wrote it with Skip Scarborough. It reached number 7 in the week ending 11th February 1978 remaining on the charts for 8 weeks.
  20. The Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie. ~ A classic Jacksons’ track It peaked at number 8 on the top forty in the week ending 4th November 1978 spending a total of 8 weeks in the top 40.

You could complement this with the number one for the week they got married (check what song here or if you want a longer playlist then how about a montage of number ones from their anniversary for every year since they wed.

The summer smash hit film of 1978 was Grease and the year was dominated by songs from the film. ‘You’re the one that I want’ by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John was number one for 9 weeks and remained in the top 40 for 20 weeks. At the same time this was in the top 40 it also had a parody of the song sung by Hylda Baker and Arthur Mullard in the charts. If you watch the video for this song remember you can’t unsee it!

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Celebrating 50 years of marriage in 2018 with Music

Golden Wedding 50th Anniversary Music from 1968Many parties are thrown to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary whether they are formal, informal or just slung together we can help with the right music to celebrate 50 years of marriage.

Get our CD gift greeting card for 1968 which has a CD  inside with a multitude of top hits from the year they were married with many love songs that will bring the memories of yester-year flooding back.

The complete playlist is as follows with a brief synopsis as well to help you.

  1. Fleetwood Mac – Albatross ~ First Released 22 November 1968, eventually got to No.1 on 25th January 1969 spending 18 weeks on the chart this time (it has a number of releases) although this remains Fleetwood Mac’s only ever UK number one hit.
  2. Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson ~ Made Famous from the Sound track of the film with the same name, the film was released in advance of the single (in 1967) and the Single reached it’s highest position of No. 4 in the week ending 7th August 1968.
  3. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap – Young Girl ~ Reached No. 1 Weekending 22nd May 1968 and stayed there for another 3 weeks remaining on the top 40 chart for 16 weeks.
  4. Andy Williams – Can’t Help Falling In Love ~ Reached No. 5 in the week ending 1st May 1968 and was in the top 40 for 14 weeks.
  5. 1910 Fruitgum Co – Simon Says ~ A classic bubblegum pop record, first release in the UK in March 1968 it reached No. 2 in the week ending 1st May 1968 spending 14 weeks on the top 40 chart.
  6. Elvis Presley – Guitar Man ~ Released in 1967 in the USA it was not released in the UK until Feb. 1968 only reaching No. 19 in the top 40 in the week ending 27th March 1968.
  7. Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music ~ Released in the UK in July 1968 this song reached No. 7 in the week ending 14th August 1968 remaining in the top 40 for 13 weeks.
  8. Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No-I Got Life ~ Released on October 1968 it reached N0. 2 in the week ending 18th December 1968 spending 10 weeks on the chart.
  9. Box Tops – Cry Like A Baby ~  Released in April 1968 it reached No. 15 in the UK charts in the week ending 1st May 1968 spending 10 weeks in the top 40.
  10. Big Brother & The Holding Company (Feat. Janis Joplin) – Piece Of My Heart ~ In 2004, the Big Brother and the Holding Company version was ranked number 353 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is also included among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
  11. Ohio Express – Yummy, Yummy, Yummy ~ reached No. 5 in the top 40 in the week ending 17th July 1968 spending 12 weeks on the chart.
  12. Reparata & The Delrons – Captain Of Your Ship ~ An American Girl group who found more fame in the UK their their native USA. Following the success of this single, the group toured the United Kingdom, with the backing group Clouds.
  13. Hugo Montenegro – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly ~ This is the sound track to the same film however this No. 1 hit was a cover of the original with the film being released in 1966. It has since become one of the most iconic scores in film history. The record reached No. 1 in the week ending 13th November 1968 and stayed there for 4 weeks remaining in the top 40 for 20 weeks.
  14. The Byrds – You Ain’t Going Nowhere ~ This is a classic Bob Dylan track covered by The Byrds, although popular it never got above 45th position in the UK charts although did better in Canada reaching No. 11.
  15. Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine ~ Absolute classic sixties hippy chick music iconic of the era. Peaked at No. 7 in the week ending 13th March 1968 remaining in the top 40 for 10 weeks.
  16. Gun – Race With The Devil ~ Great Guitar Riff in this song Reached N0. 8 in the week ending 18th December 1968.
  17. Bruce Channel – Keep On ~ reached No 12 in the top 40 in August 1968 spending 14 weeks on the chart top forty.
  18. José Féliciano – Light My Fire ~ Vocalist and guitarist José Féliciano experienced significant international success when he released his version of “Light My Fire” in 1968 as a single it Peaked in the UK on 30th October 1968 at No. 6 position spending 12 weeks in the top 40.
  19. Laura Nyro – Stoned Soul Picnic ~The best-known version of the song was recorded by The 5th Dimension, and was the first single released from their album of the same title. It was the most successful single from that album, reaching No.3 on the U.S. Pop chart and No.2 on the Billboard R&B chart. It became a platinum record. Source Wikipedia
  20. The Love Affair – Everlasting Love. ~ An complete classic finishes off this CD perfectly, if was No. 1 for two weeks reach number one on the week of 31st January 1968, it remained on the charts for 12 weeks.

You could complement this with the number one for the week they got married (check what song here or if you want a longer playlist then how about a montage of number ones from their anniversary for every year since they wed.

Other memorable chart hits during this year that cannot be included due to differing Artist copyrights are Clif Richard’s No. 1 Hit ‘Congratulations’ and a version of ‘Anniversary Waltz’ sung by the iconic Anita Harris.