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Bodleian Library, University of Oxford: John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

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Print: The lawyer's clerk

The John Johnson Collection is a collection of printed ephemera, formed by John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956). There are in excess of 1million items and c.700 subject headings. The Collection documents Advertising; Art; Authors; Booktrade; Entertainment; Political, Religious, Social and Economic History; Printing; Private Presses; Transport and Travel. Further sections are kept by form: Bill Headings, Bookmarkers, Trade Cards, Valentines, etc. The Collection is retrospective and spans the years 1508 to 1939, with some ephemera of the 1940s and 1950s and a separate collection of post-1960 additions. The Collection is strongest in 19th and early 20th century ephemera, with significant holdings in the 18th century.

The original collection was assembled by John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956) who was inspired by his work as a papyrologist in Egypt to rescue Britain's immediate paper heritage. Johnson subsequently worked at the Oxford University Press, becoming Printer to the University from 1925 to 1946. The Collection was transferred to the Bodleian Library from OUP in 1968; since that time both old and modern ephemera have been added to it.

Trades and Professional Prints

The John Johnson Collection contains a large sequence of prints relating to trades, from Laroon's Cries of London. Also digitised are chromolithographed Scraps of the same subject.

The sequences can be browsed in order by typing "trades" at the VADS advanced search page and ticking only John Johnson Collection Trades and Professions prints. The images will then appear in the same sequence as their physical arrangement in the boxes, i.e. grouped together in series. The Trades and Professions prints are preceded by the sequence of Scraps.

The list of search terms are as follows:

  • Academic
  • Apothecary
  • Auctioneer
  • Baker
  • Bank gate keeper
  • Barber
  • Barrister
  • Basket maker
  • Beadle [see also Beadles]
  • Beggar [see also Beggars]
  • Bellows mender
  • Billposter [see also Bill Poster]
  • Bleacher
  • Boats [see also Boat/Shipwright]
  • Bookbinder
  • Brazier
  • Brickmaker
  • Brewer [see also Brewers]
  • Brushmaker [see also Brush maker]
  • Butcher [see also Butchers]
  • Cabinet maker [see also Cabinetmaker]
  • Cab Driver [see also Taxi Cab Driver]
  • Calico printer
  • Carpenter [see also Carpenters]
  • Carpet weaver
  • Carter
  • Cattle market
  • Chair Mender [see also Chairs]
  • Chaperon
  • Cheese press [see also Cheese]
  • Chelsea pensioner
  • Chemist
  • Clerk
  • Clocks and watch making [see also Clock / Clocks / Watch making / Watch / Watches]
  • Coachmaker [see also Coach maker / Coaches]
  • Coal [see also Coals / Coal merchant]
  • Coffee stall
  • Coining [see also Coins]
  • Combmaker [see also Comb maker/ Combs]
  • Commercial traveller
  • Confectioner
  • Constable
  • Cook [see also Cooks / Cooking / Cookery]
  • Cooper [see also Barrel / Barrels]
  • Copper-plate printer
  • Cork cutter
  • Countryman [see also Countrymen]
  • Crier [see also Criers / Country Crier]
  • Curate
  • Currier
  • Cutler [see also Knife]
  • Dairy
  • Debutante
  • Doctress
  • Dog barber
  • Dowager
  • Dressmaker [see also Dress maker]
  • Druggist
  • Dustman [see also Dustmen]
  • Dyer
  • Engraver [see also Engravers]
  • Farrier [see also Farriers / Blacksmith]
  • Feather worker
  • Fireman
  • Flying pieman
  • Fortune teller
  • Frame-work knitting
  • Gardener [see also Garden / Gardening]
  • Glass blower
  • Glove maker
  • Gold beater
  • Governess
  • Greengrocer [see also Green grocer / Grocer]
  • Grinder [see also Grinders / Grinding]
  • Haberdasher
  • Hairdresser [see also Hair dresser]
  • Hangman
  • Harness maker [see also Harness]
  • Hatmaker [see also Hatter / Milliner]
  • Hawker [see also Hawkers]
  • Housekeeper
  • House painter
  • Iron founder
  • Iron foundry
  • Jeweller
  • Kettle mender [see also Kettles]
  • Knife grinder
  • Knitting
  • Lace maker [see also Lacemaker / Lace]
  • Lamplighter
  • Lawyer [see also Lawyers]
  • Lawyer's clerk
  • Leather dressing
  • Linen draper
  • Linguist
  • Maid [see also Maids]
  • Map seller [see also Map / Maps]
  • Mariner [see also Sailor / Sailors]
  • Market [see also Markets]
  • Market woman
  • Masonry
  • Mason
  • Mathematical instrument maker
  • Mechanical power
  • Merchant
  • Messenger
  • Midshipman
  • Milkman [see also milk]
  • Mill [see also Mills]
  • Mining [see also Miners]
  • Mowing
  • Musical instrument maker
  • Musicians [see also Music]
  • Navigation
  • Newspaper deliverer
  • Nurse
  • Oysters
  • Painter [see also Painters]
  • Pavement artist
  • Pawnbroker
  • Peat gatherer
  • Peddler [see also Peddlers]
  • Pickpocket
  • Ploughing
  • Police
  • Porter
  • Pots
  • Potter [see also Pottery]
  • Poulterer
  • Printer [see also Printing / Printers]
  • Printer's devil
  • Quaker
  • Raree [see also Showman]
  • Ratcatcher
  • Recruiting sergeant
  • Ropemaker
  • Saddler
  • Sailmaker
  • Sandwich board man
  • Sawing
  • Sawyer
  • Servant [see also Servants]
  • Scavenger [see also Scavengers]
  • Shepherd [see also Shepherds]
  • Shipwright
  • Shoe black
  • Shoe repair [see also Cobbler]
  • Shoemaker [see also Cobbler]
  • Shop
  • Showman
  • Singer
  • Smith
  • Soapmaker
  • Sow gelder
  • Spanish don
  • Spinner
  • Squire
  • Statuary
  • Steeplejack
  • Stock broker
  • Stocking-frame-work knitting
  • Stocking weaver
  • Stonemason [see also Mason]
  • Street cleaner
  • Street entertainers
  • Street musicians
  • Street orderly
  • Street seller
  • Street sweeper
  • Sweep
  • Tailor [see also Tailors]
  • Tallow chandler
  • Tanner
  • Tanning
  • Taxi-cab driver [see also Cab driver]
  • Telescope peep [see Peep]
  • Tinker
  • Tin plate worker
  • Toll receiver
  • Turkish bath
  • Turncock
  • Turner
  • Type founder
  • Umbrellas
  • Underground tube conductor
  • Undertaker
  • Voluptuary
  • Washing
  • Watchmaker [see also Clocks and Watch making]
  • Watchman [see also Watchmen]
  • Waterman
  • Weaver
  • Wheelwright
  • Wigs
  • Window cleaner
  • Wire drawer
  • Woodman
  • Woolcombe

For further catalogue records for items in the John Johnson Collection, and more digital images, see:

Print: Shipwright
Address: John Johnson Collection
Bodleian Library
Broad Street
Tel: +44 (0)1865 277047
Fax +44 (0)1865 277182
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