There are many subjects that could form the basis of a social history collection. Two of the most popular are hotels and transport. The collection could include covers, postcards, stamps and advertising leaflets.
Old buildings in either Guernsey or Jersey could also form the basis of a study. Another interesting collection can be formed relating to hotels of the Islands. For example, over 400 different hotels have been or are listed for Jersey. Hotels which do not now exist could form the basis of an historical collection. On the other hand, a study of an existing hotel could prove rewarding. This could include old postcards, photographs, adverts, brochures and old invoices
Two examples are shown here. The first shows a series of items relating to the Grand Hotel in Jersey.
Another Jersey hotel with a long history is the Pomme D’Or Hotel in St Helier. This hotel was opened in 1844.
Channel Island Stores
Ornate engraved letter headings and bills, adverts and pamphlets, store loyalty stamps and vouchers, postcards and even paper bags are additions to Social events from Victorian days to the Present day.
Paper bags from Jersey and Guernsey circa1960’s
Loyalty Stamps and Vouchers
Channel Islands letter headings and bills
Jersey Buses and Coaches
Early postcards depicting horse buses, horse drawn excursion cars, 1930’s bus companies and coaches, Tickets, timetables and advertising pamphlets, postcards and vintage photos could drive the collector to search for the unusual
A selection of collectables for Jersey buses and coaches.
Shipping and the Small Boat Services.
Boat trips to Jethou, alas now a Private Island, adverts for the smaller Channel Islands including Herm Island, Jethou, Sark and Alderney. Postcards, Fermain Bay ferry boat and Commodore Shipping tickets. Visits to Sark all make for a pleasurable subject to study and collect.
Airlines and their Jersey and Guernsey Routes
Flight covers into and out of the Islands. Baggage labels, timetables and passenger tickets. Advertising brochures and flyers, postcards and photographs of aircraft. These are all collectables from the early 20’s to modern times and can enrich such a subject.