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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 70  1956  page 37
The Origin and First Hundred Years of the Society

By Frank W. Jessup, Honorary General Secretary   continued

and except under stress of wartime economies, has been well, and sometimes lavishly illustrated. The early volumes contained wood-cuts and wood-engravings, and also lithographs, a few in colour. Some of the lithographs, especially those of Netherclift, have a genuine pictorial quality which perhaps, in a few years’ time, will cause them to become collectors’ pieces. About 1880 two new processes of reproduction were used, photo-lithography, and" Ink-Photo," to be followed before the end of the century by half-tone blocks from photographs. There were many keen photographers amongst the members (E. C.. Youens, of Dartford, was for many years the Society’s Honorary Photographer) and Archaeologia Cantiana benefited from their work. More recently, silhouettes and sections of pots have been a conspicuous feature—scientifically important, and invaluable for reference, but lacking the picturesque quality of the early lithographs. And, in mentioning illustrations, it would be wrong to omit reference to the many plans, especially the magnificent sets of plans of the Christ Church Monastic Buildings at Canterbury (Volume VII), Rochester Cathedral and the Monastery of St. Andrew (Volume XXIII), and St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury (Volume XLVI).
   The 1914-18 war marked the end of more spacious days in many different fields. Certainly it was so in the matter of publication of archaeological papers, and it is  unlikely that we shall ever again be confronted with the sesquipedalian 

articles that fill the 500 and 600 page volumes issued during the last century. Probably few of our members will regret that papers are now shorter, and their subjects. more varied. Fewer still, no doubt, will deplore that editors no longer publish page after page of Latin, without translation. Some, on the other hand, will regret that we can no longer find time and space for the leisurely and elaborate periods of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Our style has more of terseness than elegance about it; if Larking was right in regarding dryness as the voucher of truth, we are perhaps nearer to truth than he and his contemporaries managed to attain. Archaeology has become science. rather than art, and the contribution of the professional archaeologist has become greater. Never again will Council be able to claim proudly, as it did in 1880, that "among the contributors of matter are included a Bishop, a Baronet, two Commanders of the Bath, an Icelander, and such Antiquaries as Mr. Roach Smith and Mr. R. Furley."
   The nature of a journal such as Archaeologia Cantiana imposes upon its editors the necessity of performing a perpetual balancing feat. If too many recondite articles are included, the ordinary members (upon whose support the Society depends for its existence) will feel that their interests are being ignored; if the papers are all popular re-hashes of existing knowledge we are failing in our duty to "save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time "; if too many papers deal with

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