Non-aspirational birthday cards

Birthday cards for girels once conveyed very different messages than they do today. (Even if the colours haven’t changed much.)


Friends Reunited

Once, it was everywhere. Then, it was gone. What happened to Friends Reunited? Did it run out of friends?

FP signs on sides of buildings

FP stands for Fire Plug (or sometimes Fire Point). Before we had modern fire hydrants, the fire brigade volunteers, in the event of a blaze, would dig down to the water main and bore a hole in it. Once the fire was out, the brigade would hammer a bung or “plug” into the mains pipe and backfill the hole. They left an FP mark on a nearby building, just in case…

The Yellow Pages

This month marks the gradual demise of the printed Yellow Pages. Will you keep your last edition as a souvenir copy? Or as a handy back-up for when the entire internet is down and you need a plumber?


See that December 2017 edition of Glamour magazine that’s currently on your local retailer’s shelves? It’s the last monthly issue you’ll ever see in the UK.