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Shipping Wonders of the World

Other Part Works Edited by Clarence Winchester


The success of Shipping Wonders of the World led to further series being planned. They were also published by The Amalgamated Press under the Editorship of

Clarence Winchester. Here is a brief summary.

Wonders of World Engineering (1937-8)


The final issue of Shipping Wonders of the World promoted the next title, Wonders of World Engineering. The first issue appeared on Friday 2nd March 1937, exactly a week after issue 55 of Shipping Wonders of the World.


It was advertised as “a comprehensive survey and explanation of the wonderful achievements of the engineer in his conquests over Nature. There is much that is genuinely romantic in the world of Engineering, in which inventive men, supported by the courage of pioneers, grapple with problems that seem insuperable. The great bridge, the railway, the aeroplane, the steelworks, the wonderful dam, the great wireless station - all are milestones on the highway of human achievement.”


Wonders of World Engineering followed a similar format to its predecessors. It was completed in 53 parts, the final issue appearing on 1st March 1938. The first part included a special fold-out cutaway drawing of an “Empire” flying boat, whilst part two included a special fold-out drawing of the Mersey Tunnel.


The Consulting Editor was Thomas Walley.  The series covered a number of marine-related topics.


Similar binding arrangements to Shipping Wonders of the World were available for Wonders of World Engineering, the binding cases being green rather than blue.

Wonders of World Aviation (1938)


The final issue of Wonders of World Engineering promoted the next title, Wonders of World Aviation. The first issue appeared on Friday 8th March 1938, exactly a week after part 53 of Wonders of World Engineering.


Wonders of World Aviation - “the conquest of the air in story and picture” -proved to be the final series, and the one that was probably closest to Clarence Winchester's own interests. It first appeared in March 1938 and consisted of only 40 issues, the series completing by the end of the year.


Undoubtedly by the time this series was nearing completion, the approach of war meant that any further plans to produce anything new were placed on hold.

Railway Wonders of the World (1935-6)


Shipping Wonders of the World had been preceded by the first of Clarence Winchester’s part works, Railway Wonders of the World. It was issued in 50 weekly instalments from 1st February 1935 through to 10th January 1936. It covered a wide range of subjects, and was intended to be “the most comprehensive survey of railway accomplishment yet presented to the public". The first part included a fold-out colour diagram of a “King” class locomotive.


The Consulting Editor was Cecil J. Allen.  The series covered a number of marine-related topics, such as Train Ferries.

Similar binding arrangements to Shipping Wonders of the World were available for Railway Wonders of the World, the binding cases being red rather than blue.