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Book 5

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1960s-1976 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Squires, Eddie, born 1940 - died 1995 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photographs and paper ephemera pasted into a large scrapbook

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Eddie Squires

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3C, shelf HIGH, box 4L

Physical description

Scrapbook (No. 5 of 9) containing family photographs, and paper ephemera relating to World War II, the 1950s, friends of the artist, and various aspects of popular culture in the mid 20th century. The artist's name and address are inscribed in the front of the book, along with a price sticker for £16.11. A loose newspaper cutting is also in the front of the book, relating a story from a New Zealand newspaper about IV drips causing blood poisoning. The subsequent 14 pages are blank except for one postcard, a still from a D. W. Griffith film entitled 'Intolerance' (1916). Then follows a large photograph labelled 'Muriel Squires, aged 17' from 1929, the artist's mother; a Moholy Nagy design from a magazine for a 'Large Emotion Meter' of 1920; a postcard of Blackpool illuminations at night; a photograph of a large group of men singing, dated 1928 'Holland-Belgie'; an Ivon Hitchens 'Autumn Composition' of 1932; a film still of Laurel and Hardy as children on a telephone in front of a fireplace; two photographs of the artist's parents as teenagers; a 1936 copy of 'Popular Mechanics' magazine; a film still from 'Metropolis' by Fritz Lang; a magazine clipping of Moholy-Nagy's 'Light Space Modulator'; cards depicting Morris Minor saloon cars; a New York Public Library card of Katharine Hepburn; a postcard of Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau sitting under a piano; an advert for capstan cigarettes with two men in tweeds smoking; a postcard of Tunbridge Wells; a photograph of the artist's father in a bathing suit on a beach ca. 1942; an advert for a lawn mower with a woman smiling and mowing with the tagline 'Anyone can use it!'; a still from a film after an H.G. Wells novel entitled 'Things to Come' (1936); a 1939 cover of 'Good Gardening' magazine and a kitsch tinted postcard of a thatched cottage; a photo pf the artist as a baby in a pram in 1940; personal snapshots of army personnel posing whilst loading cannons and fixing trucks; two carte-de-visites of the artist's Auntie Nan and Uncle Wally in Hull; a ticket to Empire Day in 1940; a photo of the artist's father shaving; various newspaper clippings and paper ephemera illustrating life in wartime; various photographs of the artist's father during the war in uniform and the artist's sister at various ages; a montage of Hitler being flushed down a toilet; a V.E.day celebration card; postcards of France; clippings of inventions in the 1946 'Britain Can Make It' exhibition; a dust jacket for 'The Water Babies' by Charles Kingsley; a 1947 advertisement for Warner's Fabrics who the artist was later to collaborate with; the cover of a scrapbook compiled by the artist's sister in 1947; a postcard of Scandanavian furniture design of 1946; clippings of radios, cars, trains and planes; the artist aged 8 with his mother; the cover of 'Radio Craft' magazine, 1948; school photographs; a photograph of a drawing made by the artist aged 9 or 10, used as a backdrop for a puppet theatre version of Cinderella; a ship passing Manhattan, lettered to one side in pencil 'Twenty years to go before I see USA', a Christmas card with a cat on the cover and a message inside; sheet music for 'Heartbreaker' (1947-8) by Derek Roy; a photograph depicting a group of senior citizens in front of a John Smith's pub; drawings made by the artist aged 10 depicting a map of the UK; a wedding photograph of the artist's cousin; stills from 'High Noon' (1952) and 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1950); a 1951 cover of 'Ideal Home'; a card of the Skylon at dusk alongside other Festival of Britain ephemera; drawings of docks, traditional horse-drawn caravans and trees; advertisements for kitchen equipment and cars; a series of family photographs with people posing by cars, lettered with dates and captions; four loose sheets with adverts for cars, women's fashion and home furnishings; a selection of teapot designs; 1950s photographs of groups of women in Grimsby, at the beach and in a garden; a clipping with a mushroom cloud from nuclear bomb testing in Australia (1956); stills from 'Animal Farm' (1954), Richard III (1955) and 'God Created Woman' (1956); a selection of Russian stamps; confectionary advertisements ca. 1957; clippings of the Bubble Car and numerous washing machines; a 1956 cover of the Sunday Evening Post; various adverts for women's fashion; three loose magazine pages featuring an article on Jean cocteau; numerous photographs of the Squires family car, a Ford Zephyr; a mid 1950s partially nude pin-up model; personal photographs of the artist as a teenager with friends and in couples; the cover of 'School of New York' by B. H. Friedman; a series of photographs dated and labelled 'Moss Family'; a German stamp from 1959; photographs of the artist's siter Valerie's wedding; photographs of sketches of nudes and bathers made by the artist aged 16-18; a statue of a Buddha at the V&A in 1960; a page with 10 photographs of women posing in 1960; a film still from 'Pay the Devil' with Orson Welles; photographs of dogs and boys fishing at Cayton Bay in Yorkshire, 1960; a postcard of Peter Blake's 'Self Portrait with Badges', a photograph of David Hockney with a male friend in front of a rollercoaster; a page of Polaroids and small format photographs of the artist and friends at the Central School of Art in 1961 and at home in Aldridge Villas; Yuri Gagarin stamps and postcards; photographs of the artist's friend's wedding; a Mary Quant advert; a postcard of John F. Glenn, the first American astronaut in space; photographs of the artist in drag in 1962 painting a house; several pages of Polaroids of the artist's friends at parties and outside houses including some of Patrick Procktor, Ossie Clark, Celia Birtwell, and David Hockney; a collage Christmas card of historical women; colour Polaroids of a party in 1964; a large photograph of Jenny Rylance, the wife of Steve Marriot from The Small Faces; a page of Marilyn Monroe clippings; magazine clippings and cards of The Beatles; two pages of Polaroids of the Squires family in 1964; double images of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in blue after Andy Warhol; Polaroids of the artist in Venice and Switzerland; photographs of the artist's neice as a baby; photographs of designer Vicky Vickery and the Sudanese ceramicist Siddig El Nigoumi (including a picture of their wedding); photographs of the singer Robert Palmer and Sue Thatcher (who later married in 1979); contact sheets of docks, ships, people and parties; numerous holiday photographs in black and white and colour with the artist and Janice Boughton in Portugal; the operating instructions for a Sony Trinitron KV-1800UB colour television; contact sheets by production designer Brian Morris; a photograph of a young John Hurt with a pencil inscription 'JH and ES travelled around London together looking for a place to live'; two large photographs of Jennie Lowndes, head of Warner's Print Design Studio from 1962-68; a Claes Oldenburg postcard of lipstick sculptures superimposed onto Piccadilly Circus; ephemera relating to the V&A 20th century textiles exhibition in 1968; a photograph of the 'Archway' screen printed furnishing fabric by the artist; 1960's interiors; Sixties fashion and the Kings Road; a photograph of the Apollo 8 spacecraft leaving Earth's orbit; colour photographs of the Squires family Christmas in 1968; versions of the artist's 'Lunar Rocket' designs; a selection of stamps related to the moon landings; a film still from '2001, A Space Odyssey'; a July edition of Time magazine from 1969, a special supplement on the moon; futuristic interiors (the two thick white tables were designed by Squires); metal chairs and modern furniture designs; postcards of Tatlin's Tower and Piccadilly at night; photographs of hippies and glam rock fashion; a collage of female breasts; photographs of drawings by David Ley in 1972; an envelope from the Royal Silver Wedding anniversary celebrations of 1972; a drawing by the artist's friend David Exley alongside several photographs of him and other men with names and dates inscribed in pencil; a temporary admission ticket to the reading room at the British Museum to look at zodiacs and celestial charts on the 17th January, 1973; photographs of camera equipment; a series of space related postage stamps from Guinea; photographs of Sissinghurst; newspaper clippings of rockets and space travel including the cover of the Observer magazine June 1974; a collage with love note by the artist to a man named Daniel; a sheet of tracing paper with a design for a jumper; polaroids of parties at the Rediffusion office with Clive Arrowsmith and Arnold Schwartzman; a card backed photograph of a mountain ridge with a caption that David Exley owned this photo and liked it very much; the cover of the Observer magazine February 1975 with the headline 'Is the world committing suicide?'; the cover of 'Soviet Weekly' from July 1975; two sci-fi film stills; a series of pictures of African people from the Sunday Times Magazine, October 1975; a newspaper clipping of a streaker at a cricket match; the cover of the the Sunday Times Magazine, October 1975, with the ascent of Everest; a series of photographs illustrating traditional male working class jobs including miners, porters, builders and milkmen; a picture of the Queen in white overalls; a clipping of a hang glider in flight; the cover of the ICA January calender of 1975; a pamphlet from the Liberty's 1875-1975 exhibition at the V&A; and finally in the back cover, a photograph of a drawing of a scarf by the artist's friend David Exley, 1976.
The binding is red and blue with a plain cover, and lettered in pen on the spine are a series of dates ranging from 1930 to 1976, alongside the artist's name and 'Book 5'.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca. 1960s-1976 (made)


Squires, Eddie, born 1940 - died 1995 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Photographs and paper ephemera pasted into a large scrapbook


Height: 44 cm Size of volume, Width: 30 cm

Descriptive line

Scrapbook (No. 5 of 9) compiled by Eddie Squires containing family photographs, and paper ephemera relating to World War II, the 1950s, friends of the artist, and various aspects of popular culture in the mid 20th century. Great Britain, ca. 1960s-1976.


Paper; Glue



Subjects depicted

Cross dressing; Radios; Fashion; Washing; Furnishings; Stamps; Book covers; Photographs; Magazines; Popular; Advertising; Space; Food; Fabrics; Nuclear; Films; Confectionary; Print advertising; Sixties; Models; Home; Planes; Families; Dogs; Film stills; Teapots; Space age; Cameras; Gardening; Motorbikes; Photographs; Trains; Family


Photographs; Books; Ephemera


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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