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Thirteen Fabulous BBC Year Book Covers from 1928 – 1966

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BBC Handbook, 1928. The jacket cover was designed by the American illustrator Edward McKnight Kauffer.

BBC Handbook, 1928. The jacket cover was designed by the American illustrator Edward McKnight Kauffer.

The BBC’s handbooks came out annually from 1928 to 1987, with the exception of the years 1953 and 1954. The books were illustrated by the most prestigious artists of the day – often creating exciting and daring covers. The like of which would or could not happen today. Together with the Annual Report and Accounts, which, by law, the BBC have to submit to Parliament, the handbooks were intended to be a yearly public report of what the BBC did and why it existed. The handbooks’ (the name of the book changed from ‘Handbook’ to ‘Yearbook’ to ‘Annual’ and then back again) aims were once summarised in the 1955 Handbook: “To provide a clear and reliable guide to the workings of the BBC, to survey the year’s work in British broadcasting, and to bring together as much information about the BBC as can be assembled within the covers of a small book.”

 

BBC Yearbook 1952 jacket

The BBC Year Book, 1952.

 

BBC Yearbook 1930 Jacket

The BBC Year Book 1930. Colour dust wrapper by Fawkes.

 

BBC Handbook 1929 Jacket

BBC Hand Book 1929 with the dust wrapper designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer

 

BBC Yearbook 1946 Jacket

BBC Year Book 1946.

 

BBC Yearbook 1945 Jacket

BBC Year Book 1945.

 

BBC Yearbook 1933 Jacket

BBC Year Book 1933, cover designed by Tom Purvis.

 

BBC Yearbook 1932 Jacket

BBC Yearbook, 1932. Designed by D.M. (Dora) Batty.

 

BBC Yearbook 1931 Jacket

BBC Yearbook 1931. Cover by D.M. (Dora) Batty.

 

BBC Handbook 1941 Jacket

BBC Handbook, 1941. Illustrated by C.W. Bacon.

 

BBC Handbook 1964 Jacket

BBC Handbook 1964.

 

BBC Year Book 1947 designed by Edward Bawden

The BBC Year Book of 1947. The cover is by Edward Bawden.

 

BBC Handbook from 1966.

BBC Handbook from 1966.