The Great Revolving Bow Tie Disaster

A correspondent, Peter Michel, who still wishes to remain anonymous, has been rooting about in his loft as he has nothing better to do now he has retired at last. He has unearthed the above which proves, if nothing else, that silliness was alive and well in regional newspapers in 1956.

It heralded a fine Fleet Street tradition, now sadly vanished.

Ellisdons, which has now been transferred to the Great Joke Shop in the Sky, claimed to be the 'largest mail-order house for novelties in the world'. 

The year 1956 was noted for the Suez Crisis and the introduction of Sydney Silverman's Bill to abolish the death penalty which clearly led to a run on revolving bow ties.

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