Postcard, Maidenhead Free Library, about 1906

photograph postcard showing colour image of Maidenhead Free library, post stamped August 15th 1906. The building housed the Maidenhead museum for a time. Many of the items that were in the Maidenhead Museum are now in the museum collection (Windsor and Royal Borough Museum) after being found in the town hall basement in about 1991 by the Maidenhead Historical Society. The Library's connection to the collection is the main reason this postcard was acquired by one of the museum staff for the collection. It was printed by F. Frith and Co Ltd.

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Granny Sowden receiving the Queen’s Christmas gift of coal, photograph, 1920s.

The queen's gift was started by Queen Victoria who gave food, clothing and coal to the poor of Windsor. Latterly this became just a 1cwt (one hundredweight) sack of coal. This photograph is of Granny Sowden, holding a piece of the queen's Christmas gift of coal, which she received from Queen Mary. She is sitting in front of her fire grate in Charles Street, Windsor, some time in the 1920s.

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Newspaper supplement, the death of Queen Victoria, 26th January 1901

Illustrated Mail, special edition supplement 'Empire Mourns Its Loss', marking the death of Queen Victoria on 22nd January 1901. the supplement is dated 26th January 1901. It is part of a large collection of objects all relating to Clewer, Windsor, which was originally on display at Clewer Museum in the Lodge of St. Andrews Church, Clewer. The exhibition closed in the early 2000s.

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Saucer, Woolworths, about 1955.

A saucer from the Homemaker range made by Ridgeway Potteries, Staffordshire, produced for sale in Woolworths shops, dated approximately 1955. as people began to have a little more money to spend and also a refreshing change after the rationed and dreary war years when many products were unavailable and people were trying to make do and mend. Woolworths shops offered affordable products for those with smaller budgets. Small brands were often sold within the Woolworths brand itself such as having its own Ladybird children's clothing range, Chad Valley toys, and WorthIt! value range. The chain was also the UK's largest buyer of Candyking "pick 'n' mix" sweets. There was a Woolworths shop in every town and many people remember the shops on their local high street. Buying sweets and other products from 'Woolies' as it was nicknamed is a common childhood memory for many. A great sadness was felt in many communities when Woolworths finally closed its doors in 2008-2009.

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Programme, ‘Robinson Crusoe’, 1952

programme for 'Robinson Crusoe' the pantomime written by Mary Kerridge showing at the Theatre Royal Windsor for Xmas 1952. The front of the programme is illustrated with a colourful cartoon of Robinson Crusoe. 'Curtain Up' magazine souvenir volume VIII. No 8. Price 1 shilling.

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Hair curling tongs, Victorian

Made of two hinged pieces of iron, with narrow cylindrical blades at the end. The tongs would have been heated over a flame and then sections of hair were curled around them. Each section of hair was folded first into a length of paper, called a curl-paper, to prevent the hair from burning.

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Golf score card, 1976

score card for the Championship draw on Saturday 7th August for the Colgate European Women's L.P.G.A. Championship which took place at Sunningdale 4th-7th August 1976. Autographed by Bing Crosby.

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Books by Mrs Oliphant, 1849-1897

A collection of novels by Mrs Margaret Oliphant (4 April 1828 - 25 June 1897). She mostly wrote contemporary fiction but she also produced historical novels and tales of the supernatural. Queen Victoria was said to have been fond of her work.

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