From the late Dave Bowles’ collection of London Fleet Street compositors items comes this great collection of trade union membership cards from 1946 right through to the 1990s.
This page was updated in 2023 with additional cards from the collection of Joseph Henry Davis.
A unique collection documenting the changing typographical styles through the years.
I noticed that some of the early 1980s ones were looking a little dog-eared, perhaps reflecting the number of meetings, or pickets, Dave was attending during this period when his union was battling for survival.
What’s your favourite? Mine’s 1950. Let me know yours in the comments.
As you may have noticed, some years are missing. If you have any missing years, please get in touch.
So, which was your favourite? Mine was 1950, let me know yours in the comments.