Here comes the 'sleeping partner' of the Study Group! I know it's far too long since I was last in touch but of course my prime subject is Bradford as a whole and not just the exhibition, so this does tend to push specific research to one side occasionally.
Two things prompt me to put typewriter to paper. Firstly I was extremely interested in Stanley Hunter's article in the latest issue of the Newsletter concerning films which have depicted exhibitions. Perhaps I have found at least firm evidence - if not the film itself - of probably the earliest covering such an event. Some years ago from Bradford Central Library I obtained copies of a satirical magazine published in Bradford from the 14th of August 1904 to the 14th of August 1905. Called 'The Jackdaw', most of the articles relate, if in a somewhat humorous manner to the Bradford Industrial Exhibition of 1904. Needless to say it is a mine of information and in one issue appears the following.
"What a wonderful thing the cinematograph is, and how greatly it will help future generations to understand how we carried on in 1904 and so on. At St. Georges Hall this week they are showing the opening of the Cartwright Hall just as it happened, movement for movement, detail by detail."
The article rambles on somewhat and it contains a picture of St. George's Hall which was and still is Bradford's main Concert Hall. Built in 1853 films were first shown there in 1898 with regular film sessions inaugurated by New Century Pictures in 1901.
Despite several years of searching I have never seen a copy of the Bradford Exhibition film and it's unlikely to have survived anyway. I have been in touch with British Movietone News who still hold vast amounts of film in their archives and may well have material on other exhibitions (I can furnish the address if anyone wishes to contact them). I have obtained a video copy of some early Bradford film from them but it's extremely expensive. The National Film Archive was another source but again I drew a blank and through them I obtained the address of the Yorkshire Film Archive which is part of York University but based in Ripon. These people were extremely helpful and they hold copies of many early locally produced film but sadly nothing on the Bradford Exhibition. Because this would have been on the highly inflammable nitrate film there is little chance that any copies of it survived, but should anyone know of such material existing ring me straight away! (Bradford 564518).
Now a question, has anyone come across ephemera relating to the International Printing, Stationery & Allied Trades Exhibition of 1904 which was held in London ? What connection with Bradford you may well ask. The event has a significant and highly important connection. None other than the Coe Collotype Company of Bradford exhibited at the exhibition and in my 'Bradfordiana' collection is a bronze medallion which on one side has the above wording about the event along with a superb illustration of what seems to be early printing. on the other side is the following. "Awarded to Coe Collotype Company of Bradford for Collotype Postcards".
Any information about this event and exactly where it took place in London will be gratefully received. Although I have an extensive amount of personal ephemera relating to the Coe family nothing beyond the medallion gives us a clue. My research continues Bill, if at a snails pace. Trust all is well with you and yours.
Nice to hear from you Graham, those who attended our early conventions at York will wish to be remembered to you. Now the exhibition you are inquiring about was held at the Agricultural Hall, April 30th to May 14th 1904. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission 1/-. The entry ticket was in the form of a postcard Printed by Raphael Tuck on card supplied by Spicer Brothers Ltd, with the message 'Hello stranger come right in'. On the back is a warning in red that there is to be no touting by non-exhibitors.