Friday, June 14, 2024

Editorial January 2024

Forty years ago, the Jewellery Quarter saw the first issue of The Hockley Flyer, the Jewellery Quarter’s own magazine for many years, and forty years on sees the start on a new regular page every month hopefully looking back at 40, 30 and 20 years ago. It is not the magazine’s birthday yet though, its 40th birthday is next January. At least that is according to Google search, whilst trying Amazons Alexa, when asked it got the birthday for the magazine at 40, where it should be 39?

Co-incidentally, our Heritage Page reports on the opening ceremony at the School of Jewellery in The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith Trade Journal of October 1890. Whilst published from St Pauls Square in London, they had a branch office at 22 Hylton Street in Hockley and kept an eye on the Jeweller’s Quarter as it seemed to be then called.

In the details about the journal, subscription per year was 5 shillings, but what amused me was the statement in the July 1895 issue “All remittances should be made by Post-Office orders. Remittances by cash or stamps are entirely at the sender’s risk, and very objectionable.”

From next issue I also hope to include more heritage news from our archives, not only about the magazine but other stuff, including a murder, canal collapsing, and other amazing stories.


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The Hockley Flyer magazine if entirely funded by the advertising, but we could always do with a little bit more funding. The advertising not only pays for the design/printing, but also postage, delivery, all the associated paperwork/accounts, and research for the Heritage section. Our subscribers pay only a bit more then the postage/mailing costs, and the magazines are free - no cover price.

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