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Eyeball Cards
The Art of British CB Radio Culture

Launching our Irregulars series: from the hiss and crackle of Britain’s CB radio heyday, comes Eyeball Cards. These alternate identities of ‘breakers’ are sometimes amusing, occasionally mundane, dark or bawdy, but always personal creations: social media identities from a time before the internet.

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Talk: David Clarke on UFO Drawings From The National Archives

On 8 March, 2018, The National Archives will be hosting a talk about its incredible collection of UFO files. Originally set up after a request from Winston Churchill, the Ministry of Defence’s UFO Desk ran for over 60 years, collating mysterious sightings and records of strange objects in the sky.

Dr David Clarke, Principal Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, will talk about the remarkable stories behind some of the images from his book, UFO Drawings From The National Archives.

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What are Eyeball Cards?
Questions and Answers 

We asked William Hogan and David Titlow about their experience of Citizens Band Radio Culture of the 1980s, and more specifically the Eyeball Cards: the business cards of ‘breakers’ exchanged when meeting up in person after chatting on the airwaves. 

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Introducing the Four Corners Irregulars

We’re proud to introduce our newest project, one that we’ve been beavering away at for over a year now: Four Corners Irregulars, a series of books presenting a new look at the history of modern British visual culture.

We have chosen a wide range of different subjects, ranging from politics to hobbies, and stretching from 1945 to the present day. All are linked by the remarkable visual creativity in Britain beyond art galleries and museums. Some of the work we feature is by artists working outside of the gallery context and some was made by people who didn’t consider themselves artists at all.

The first volume is by William Hogan and David Titlow, about Eyeball Cards, the mysterious business cards created by CB radio enthusiasts in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ‘Breakers’ would chat over the airwaves at a time when the technology was yet to be legalised and would create handles for themselves to help keep their identity a secret. The result is a window into an outpouring of creativity that prefigures online identities – social media personas from before the internet.

Read about Irregular #1, Eyeball Cards