The Big Book of Sports
LTA Robinson Ltd published a series of boys annuals from 1954 to 1959 (6 editions only), with each annual reviewing the year through the lens of 20 sports. Each annual comprises a large diversity of black and white photographs, as well as colour pictures / illustrations; it covers the sporting year in a range of sports, as follows: Athletics, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Golf,Ice Hockey Motor Cycling, Motor Racing, Racing, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Show Jumping, Soccer, Speedway, Sporting Spotlight, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis,
1950 Football and Sports Annuals
Mass market soccer annuals, were first published just after the war, The Boys Book of Soccer being the first published by Evans Brothers in 1945 was printed on war economy standard paper other popular annuals that followed The FA Book for Boys 1947, Sampson Low Marston Series 1949, The Big Book of Football Champions 1950, Charles Buchan’s Soccer Gift Book 1953, The Topical Times Football Book 1959, in mid 1960's Publishing Houses launched Players Annuals, Billy Wright, Denis Law and many more.
With 100's of collectors of the early annuals we do hope we can help some of you with your collections by supplying missing editions to upgrading your collection. We have several editions all in very good condition.
The Photographic Process
Football books and magazines published in the late 1940's progressing to the early 1960's, used a unique photographic process, the photograph was taken on a large format camera the negative (the plate) created an extremely high quality finished print. The print was then hand coloured/tinted, giving an innovative effect. In many cases, features were added crowded in the background, sometimes even the ball.The best known Publisher to use this process was L.T.A Robinson in their Publication The Big Book of Football Champions and The Big Book of Sports, Charles Buchan also used the same agency 'Topical Colour Process Syndicate Ltd (London) in the Football Monthly Magazine and the Soccer Gift Book. We have in stock all original pages and many more, a good number are signed.