Whitehaven Pit Disaster

Whitehaven Pit Disaster


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[003255] [Whitehaven Pit Disaster]. Souvenir in Affectionate Remembrance of the Poor Colliers Who Lost Their Lives in the Terrible Disaster in the Wellington Pit, Whitehaven. Wednesday, May 11th, 1910. London: Mr. S. Burgess, 1910. First Edition. Folio. Unbound. Printed Tissue. Poor. Single sided printed tissue, approximately 375mm x 360mm in size.

Significant loss to bottom right hand corner, just catching mourning border, but without loss to text, a few other small nicks and holes, central crease and lightly foxed, but with no loss of sense.

Printed by Mr. S. Burgess at ?13 York Place, Buckingham Street, Strand. Burgess specialised in the printing of these commemorative tissues, generally the decorative borders were printed in Japan, with the overprinting which was “commonly primitive .. and display a … disregard for niceties of typography and spelling” (Rickards, page 221) done locally.

One hundred and thirty-six men and boys died in the disaster, the youngest being fifteen