‘Smith’s Cuttings’ are a fascinating collection of ephemera relating to all aspects of Brighton life. The volumes are divided into themes (Amusements, Elections, Fisheries), buildings (Churches, Chapels, Hotels, Pavilion, Chain Pier, Aquarium), and areas (The Coast West, The Coast East, The Steine, North St). Although, as the name suggests, the volumes are mostly made up of local newspaper cuttings, they also contain book extracts, plans, maps, original letters, posters advertising entertainments and political meetings, book extracts, and pencil sketches.
The latter are a particularly endearing aspect of the collection, offering as they do rough but immediate images that provide an intimate view of Brighton street life.
Here is a fascinating example from 1807.