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Our bonus con­tent this month in­cludes a se­lec­tion of unique items from The Keep ar­chives in Brighton, a Sus­sex-wide di­rec­tory from 1903 and a Brighton and Hove di­rec­tory from 1939, to­gether worth £ 28

Sus­sex in 1903

Kelly’s Di­rec­tory of Sus­sex dates from 1903 and has been digi­tised by our reg­u­lar part­ners My His­tory (www. my-his­tory.co.uk). Although not spe­cific to Brighton and Hove, the di­rec­tory cov­ers the the city in de­tail list­ing res­i­dents and lo­cal traders – pro­vid­ing a snap­shot of the city at this time. This is usu­ally priced £14.95

Brighton & Hove 1939

This Kelly’s di­rec­tory from My His­tory, usu­ally priced £12.95, gives a pic­ture of pre-war Brighton and Hove.

The Keep

We have a col­lec­tion of im­ages and doc­u­ments gen­er­ously pro­vided by The Keep. These in­clude an etch­ing of the old Chain Pier and a photo of em­ploy­ees of the Brighton, Hove and Wor­thing Gas Com­pany, circa 1930.

This month you can ex­plore unique items from the Keep, ex­plore a Sus­sex-wide di­rec­tory from 1903, or a Brighton and Hove di­rec­tory from 1939, to­gether worth nearly £30.

Sus­sex in 1903

The Kelly’s Di­rec­tory of Sus­sex dates from 1903 and has been digi­tised by our reg­u­lar part­ners My His­tory ( www. my- his­tory.co.uk). Although not spe­cific to Brighton and Hove, the di­rec­tory cov­ers the city in de­tail list­ing res­i­dents and lo­cal traders.

On page 153, for ex­am­ple, you’ll find com­mer­cial ven­tures listed in West Street. This would have had plenty of foot­fall, be­ing the most di­rect route be­tween the rail­way sta­tion and the sea. If you called at 79 West Street in 1903 ( just past the Grand Con­cert Hall and Skat­ing Rink at num­ber 78) you would have found your­self in the premises of Lom­bardi & Co, pho­tog­ra­phers and might have been served by a man calling him­self O.P. Suisse. His real name was Otto Pfen­ninger and three years later he took some of the ear­li­est colour pho­tos of Brighton us­ing a sin­gle ex­po­sure three­colour cam­era of his own in­ven­tion. ( You can see them at flash­bak.com/brighton­beach-in-1906- ot­topfen­ningers- col­or­pho­tos-361383.)

Brighton & Hove 1939

This Kelly’s di­rec­tory from My His­tory ( www.my- his­tory. co.uk), usu­ally priced £12.95, gives a pic­ture of pre-war Brighton and Hove. On page 221 you’ll find the list­ing for Marine Pa­rade – the de­sir­able seafront stretch to the east of Brighton Pier. At num­ber 160 you’ll find ‘Miller Max’ – mu­sic hall star Max Miller aka ‘ The Cheeky Chap­pie', who landed his first full-time per­form­ing job on Brighton Beach in the sum­mer of 1919. His statue stands in the Royal Pav­il­ion Gar­dens.

The Keep

We have a col­lec­tion of im­ages and doc­u­ments gen­er­ously pro­vided by The Keep. These in­clude an etch­ing of the old Chain Pier and em­ploy­ees of Brighton, Hove and Wor­thing Gas Com­pany Ltd at the Port­slade works, circa 1930. An­other cu­rio is an ar­chi­tect’s plan of a pro­posed seafront struc­ture called the ‘Sky­deck’. The plan from Novem­ber 1965 is of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est with the re­cent open­ing of the 162-me­tre i360 ob­ser­va­tion tower ( britishair­waysi360.com).

This map of the Par­ish of 'Brighthem­stone' from 1792 shows the di­vi­sions of Brighton's 'laines'

This fu­tur­is­tic tower plan for the 'Sky­deck' was de­signed in 1965

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