The wonderful John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, has been digitised. If you are lucky enough to belong to one of the (mostly university/college) libraries which subscribe, you can log in remotely here: johnjohnson.chadwyck.co.uk to see 'more than 20,700 pieces of theatrical and non-theatrical ephemera from the Nineteenth-Century Entertainment category and more than 11,700 items from the Booktrade category. Over 11,200 Popular Prints are available in facsimile form, along with more than 22,400 items from Advertising and over 1,500 from Crimes, Murders and Executions.' Go to the 'Login through your library or institution' page to see if there's a library near you which gives access. (I might have to sign up for evening classes at my local college again, to get the all-important library card.) You can read more about the collection and search a catalogue (with thumbnail images of some items) on the Bodleian's website: http://www. bodleian.ox.ac.uk/johnson The broadside ballads from the John Johnson Collection (and other collections at the Bodleian) have been put online in a separate project. No subscriptions required! An old version of the site is still accessible but the beta version looks much more inviting: http:// ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ Here, for example, I found a ballad produced to celebrate(?) the 'Murder of a sweetheart at Witney'. It's only roughly dated in the catalogue but from my research into local crimes I know the murder was in 1871.