I spotted this non-descript item in a local antique centre, just a card box full of 78 rpm records from the 1920s. Frustratingly the box was plain (I have a couple which are nicely printed) but when I turned it over I spotted this scribbled in pencil underneath. So what we have is a box used to send a batch of new releases to the Hudson’s record shop in Chesterfield which has somehow survived nearly 100 years. Back then Hudsons were based in the town’s wonderful market hall and I really liked this link back to their early history. It’s the sort of thing the local museum would probably be the best home for, and in any case the dealer wanted to flog the contents all together. So I contented myself with a photograph!
Sadly Hudsons is no more, closing in 2012, but I did take a couple of photographs before it shut, which are on the site.