Robert Opie’s Victorian Scrapbook.
62 pages, full colour throughout (photographs by Paul Forrester)
Copyright 1995 Robert Opie and New Cavendish Books
(and if any of the above ask me to remove these photographs I will do so immediately)
Robert Opie started to collect ephemera at an early age.
The collection grew steadily to embrace toys, magazines, technology, travel, souvenirs, fashion and design – and a very small portion of it is now featured in a series of books
These are very generously sized – 38cm x 26.7cm – and I have found them to be an invaluable reference for getting the “feel” of a period right.
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising ( in London) now houses Robert Opie’s collection and it is very well worth a visit.
Sadly, the website for the museum is not very exciting, although it is clearly laid out and does provide details of access, opening times and an opportunity to buy the books – and I would encourage anyone who is interested in historical detail to add these to their collection immediately.
I like to imagine that Robert Opie’s parents Peter and Iona Opie encouraged their son in his efforts, as they were dedicated researchers and collectors too.
10th May, 2013
The Londonist has a podcast interview with Robert Opie.
The pair tour the museum, discuss the history of product advertising and to what extent brands reflect contemporary culture and lifestyle.
I enjoy the Londonist podcasts and I hope that you will too