Exhibition Study Group Publication No 1 ‘Kelvingrove and the 1888 Exhibition’ by Stanley K. Hunter (now out of print) was published in 1990. For this the Exhibition Study Group (E.S.G.) helped to finance the major part of the production costs. Whilst two books had been privately published before 1990 at the expense of the author D. Knight, since E.S.G. Publication No. 2 in 1994 the costs of printing have been wholly met by the E.S.G. This has been possible through the generosity of a past member Karl T. Illingworth who was instrumental in setting up a publishing fund with a £3,500 personal donation for future publications. The sale of the books to E.S.G. members since then has been on a virtual non profit making basis. Apart from E.S.G. No. 2 which was made available to the public through wholesalers these books can only be obtained through the E.S.G.
The reason for this restricted sale policy is simply because when the various mark-ups are added by the wholesaler and then the retailer, the books are priced out of the market. The E.S.G. has been able to adopt this policy because since its formation in 1978, firstly Karl T. Illingworth and then my son Kenneth. W. Tonkin have very generously taken on board all the costs and labour of printing and distributing our Journals. These 16 page A4 size Journals are published four times a year, and the next one due out in the winter of 2016 will be our number 123.
Books No. 1 and 2 were privately published by Don Knight. Numbers 3 to 11 were published by the Exhibition Study Group. All the prices include postage and packing.
1 The Lion Roars at Wembley by D. Knight & A. Sabey. (1984)
The best book on the British Empire Exhibition dealing with every aspect, from the exhibition, the many collectibles and the postal history.
From D. Knight. 2, Crescent Rd, New Barnet, Herts. EN4 9RF £13.50
2 The Exhibitions, The Great White City by D. Knight. (1978 & 2008)
A short history of The Great White City and its many exhibitions, and covers briefly the many collectibles. Revised in 2008 and now in colour.
From D. Knight. 2, Crescent Rd, New Barnet, Herts. EN4 9RF £5.50
3 Kelvingrove and the 1888 Exhibition by S. K. Hunter. (1990) (E.S.G. publication
No 1, now out of print.)
4 The Postcards of the British Empire Exhibition 1924 -25 by M. Perkins & B.
Tonkin (1994) (E.S.G. publication No 2)
The standard work on this subject, in 1995 it won the Desmond Chamberlain Trophy for outstanding research. Every known trade or advert card is illustrated.
From B. Tonkin. 23, Bramley Way, West Wickham, Kent. BR4 9NT. £19.50
5 Footsteps at the American World’s Fairs by S. K. Hunter. (1996) (E.S.G.
publication No 3, now out of print.)
6 Price guide and check list for Postcards of the B. E. E. 1924-25 by M. Perkins &
B. Tonkin. (1996) (E.S.G. publication No 4)
This supplement sets out to give an individual valuation for over 3,900 exhibition postcards and a check list with boxes where you can tick the cards you have.
From B. Tonkin. 23, Bramley Way, West Wickham, Kent. BR4 9NT. £7.50
7 Post cards and Related Collectibles of the Festival of Britain by G. Simner and B. Tonkin. (2001) (E.S.G. publication No 5)
Covering post cards, advertising labels, packet seals and the postal history of the festival. A4 size 198 pages profusely illustrated. This is the second Exhibition Study Group publication to be awarded the Desmond Chamberlain Trophy.
From B. Tonkin. 23, Bramley Way, West Wickham, Kent. BR4 9NT. £14.50
8 Publicity Labels of the British Empire Exhibition Wembley 1924-25 by A. Sabey
and B. Tonkin. (2003) (E.S.G. publication No 6)
A4 size with 60 pages. An illustrated list of the Publicity Labels used for the exhibition together with a check list. This combines the two previous books now out of print plus a lot of new material. Over 300 labels are described with all the known Private Companies labels being illustrated.
From B. Tonkin. 23, Bramley Way, West Wickham, Kent. BR4 9NT. £6.50
9 Postcards of the British Empire Exhibition Wembley 1924-25 Part 2 including
Letter Cards and Snap Shots by M. Perkins and B. Tonkin. (2004) (E.S.G. publication No 7)
This lists all the new cards that have come to light since the first publication in 1994. It includes for the first time a section on Letter Cards and the sets of Snap Shots published by various firms with many illustrations. A4 size with 103 pages.
From M. Perkins, 4, Churchill Drive, Amblecote, Stourbridge. West Midds. DY8 4JS.
10 The Crystal Palace 1854-1936 on Post Cards by F. Peskett and B. Tonkin. (2006) (E.S.G. publication No 8)
A catalogue of the thousands of post cards featuring the Crystal Palace from its opening at Penge in 1854 until its destruction by fire in 1936. A4 size 326 pages with many illustrations.
From B. Tonkin. 23, Bramley Way, West Wickham, Kent. BR4 9NT. £25.00
11 Post Cards of the Great White Exhibitions 1908-1914 by B. Tonkin. (2008)
(E.S.G. publication No 9)
The most comprehensive book to ever be published on the Exhibitions from the 1908 Franco-British to the 1914 Anglo-American Exposition. Just over 650 pages A4 size profusely illustrated. This is the third E.S.G. publication to be awarded the Desmond Chamberlain Trophy. £45.00
From B. Tonkin. 23, Bramley Way, West Wickham, Kent. BR4 9NT.
Most of these publications were published with very small print runs and many of them are now unfortunately unavailable.