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  1. Zeppelin World Tour - Book 2

    Another world tour by Zeppelin. 
     
    Featuring over 150 photographs and illustrations depicting early 1930s global travel by airship. Destinations include: The Arctic, Norway, Iceland, Leningrad, Copenhagen, Holland, the Balkans, Rome, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Spain and South America.
     
    German text, fully searchable. See The Silver Lodge for English translation.

    12 downloads

    Updated

  2. Zeppelin World Tour - Book 1

    A world tour by Zeppelin. From the first airship in 1899 to the voyages of the LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin" in 1932. 
     
    Featuring maps, airship plans, history and technical specifications along with more than 260 photographs detailing the ships and tours of the USA, UK, Spain, Russia, Egypt, Japan and South America amongst a wealth of other period detail.
     
    German text, fully searchable. See The Silver Lodge for English translation.

    16 downloads

    Updated

  3. Cambridge and District - Ward Lock Guide 1930

    A 1930 Ward, Lock & Co. "red guide" to Cambridge and District.
     
    Includes a plan of the city, motoring and regional maps of Cambridge and East Anglia, along with many period photographs, plans and descriptions of the University Colleges, museums and social life. Add to all of that – many period adverts for products and places (to stay) of the era.
     
    Some 200 pages of period guidebook to delve into (text searchable).

    16 downloads

    Updated

  4. Whitby by Stereoscope

    A collection of stereoscopic (3D) photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire.
     
    For more information, see: Trip to Dracula Country

    12 downloads

    Updated

  5. Shotguns & Libraries

    A rules-lite system for pulpy-Lovecraftian roleplaying by @Shimmin Beg inspired by the Lasers & Feelings RPG.

    46 downloads

    Updated

  6. Bath and Glastonbury - Ward Lock Guide 1921

    A 1921 Ward, Lock & Co. "red guide" to the City of Bath, Cheddar, Wells, Glastonbury, Bristol and Frome.
     
    Includes a plan of the city of Bath, a regional map, many period photographs and entries on the Cheddar caves.

    38 downloads

    Updated

  7. Bruges Guide - 1920s

    An Illustrated Guide for Tourists in Bruges.
     
    A 1920s period guide to the Belgian city.

    41 downloads

    Updated

  8. Oxford - Ward Lock Guide 1925

    A 1925 Ward, Lock & Co. "red guide" to Oxford.
     
    A guide to "The City of Dreaming Spires", replete with period photographs, maps and descriptions of the arcane mysteries and rituals of the Oxford Colleges.

    33 downloads

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  9. P & O Pocket Book 1926

    The P & O Pocket Book for 1926.
     
    Providing wonderful round-the-world period information for your investigative party, detailing virtually every major port on Earth during the 1920s.

    53 downloads

    Submitted

  10. Rome - Ward Lock Guide 1925

    A 1925 Ward, Lock & Co. "red guide" to Rome.
     
    Includes, maps, plans, photographs and a wealth of period material for the ancient seat of empire.

    25 downloads

    Submitted

  11. Egypt through the Stereoscope

    James Henry Breasted's 1905 guide to Egypt accompanied by maps, plans and 100 stereo cards.
     
    Zipped archive.

    48 downloads

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  12. Egypt - Baedeker Guide 1929

    The 1929 Baedeker guide to Egypt.
     
    The final classic Baedeker guide to the land of the Pharaohs with period information on the new discovery of Tutankhamun.
     
    Baedeker's Egypt features some 750 pages of material with many maps and illustrations.

    81 downloads

    Updated

  13. Isle of Wight - Ward Lock Guide 1923

    A 1923 Ward, Lock & Co. "red guide" to The Isle of Wight.
     
    Includes a map of the island, plans of Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor, with over 100 illustrations.

    35 downloads

    Updated

  14. Penzance - Ward Lock Guide 1923

    A 1923 Ward, Lock & Co. "red guide" to Penzance, Newlyn, St. Ives, Land's End and The Scilly Isles.
     
    A period guide to major places of interest in Penzance and West Cornwall in the 1920s. Includes extensive illustrations, maps and photographs.

    35 downloads

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  15. King John's House

    An historical and archaeological report on King John's House, Tollard Royal, Wilts.
     
    Written and privately published by Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt Rivers, 1890.
     
    Contains period maps, plans, artistic and archaeological drawings.

    29 downloads

    Submitted

  16. Bradshaw's International Air Guide - 1934

    Bradshaw's International Air Guide #1 (November 1934).
     
    Plan your period international air travel with this handy little book.
     
    Also includes air route maps of the UK and Europe and fascinating period adverts.

    47 downloads

    Submitted

  17. New York Guide - 1922

    Rand McNally New York Guide to Places of Interest in the City and Environs.
     
    A 1922 period guide.

    73 downloads

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  18. San Francisco Guide - 1927

    Rand McNally Guide to San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Environs of the Bay Cities.
     
    A 1927 period guide.

    54 downloads

    Updated

  19. The Long Con

    Sidney Pryce wants the protagonists' help to set up a Big Store, to sucker a rich American into thinking he's buying into a Burnt Auction. The rewards, Pryce promises, are incalculable; but soon after Pryce enlists their help, strange bird-creatures haunt the protagonists. How, they wonder, does Japanese folklore figure into it?
     
    A London-based Trail of Cthulhu scenario by Adam Gauntlett.

    119 downloads

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  20. Strange Places, Strange Stories

    Strange Places, Strange Stories brings forth an evocative selection of locales in the British Isles whose rich stories and legends could easily be adpated for use in historical or modern day roleplaying adventures.
     
    Vivienne Dunstan's extensive archival research into these places of mystery and intrigue is succinctly distilled between the pages of this Innsmouth House Handbook for scenario designers.

    78 downloads

    Submitted

  21. Harrogate - Ward Lock Guide 1922

    A 1922 Ward, Lock & Co. "red guide" to Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Ilkley and York.
     
    A period guide to major places of interest in the Yorkshire of the 1920s. Includes extensive illustrations, maps and photographs.

    33 downloads

    Submitted

  22. The Many Deaths of Edward Bigsby

    We lead many lives...
     
    "Praise be to Her!" is the last thing Bigsby says. But who is Bigsby? What does he want? Why would anyone want to kill him?
     
    These are the questions you must answer, and quickly. Else you might find out what's hiding behind the Green Door ...
     
    A Trail of Cthulhu scenario, compatible with Bookhounds of London, by the author of Pelgrane's Not So Quiet, Sisters of Sorrow, and other chilling tales!
     
    "A great Trail of Cthulhu adventure, filled with wonderful potential for confusion and insanity." – Geek Native
     
    "A most remarkable and strange adventure - 5/5" – DriveThruRPG
     
    "This Trail of Cthulhu adventure is excellent..." – Pelgrane Press

    135 downloads

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  23. The Archaeologist's Handbook

    A career in ruins…


     
    Welcome to The Archaeologist's Handbook, a handy tome for all armchair adventurers who want to know more about playing characters who delve into the past and discover ancient treasures (or fascinating insights).
     
    This book provides a firm framework for archaeology-based adventures and characters. Inside these pages you will find a trove of knowledge about the history of archaeology, field and laboratory techniques, famous sites, museums and more. Spiced with a few devious suggestions for play, this handy-sized volume will prove a boon to player and game master alike.
     
    The Archaeologist's Handbook is written by a professional archaeologist with more than a decade of experience in both archaeology and roleplaying games.

    168 downloads

    Submitted

  24. Isle of Man - Ward Lock Guide 1922

    A 1922 Ward, Lock & Co. "red guide" to the Isle of Man.
     
    A period guide to Manx places and customs.
     
    Featuring upwards of sixty illustrations and maps along with an appendix for anglers!

    37 downloads

    Updated

  25. Boston Guide - 1925

    Rand McNally Boston Guide: To Places of Interest in the City and Environs.
     
    A 1925 period guide to Boston, Massachusetts.

    107 downloads

    Submitted

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