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Cora Gordon on "With a Ruc-sac Through Europe" at the Hull Young People's Institute, 1935

In the Hull Daily Mail of Friday 18 January 1935 is a story about the “Wanderings of Jan and Cora Gordon ” “ Many people who had read of the adventures of Jan and Cora Gordon saw the latter in person last night, when she gave a talk under the auspices of the Hull Young People’s Institute at the Royal Institution, Albion Street, Hull. According to schedule her talk “With a Ruc-sac Through Europe,” should have been illustrated by lantern slides. But in leaving home Mrs Gordon had picked up the wrong set of slides. It was therefore arranged that she give the ruc-sac talk first, without slides, and then show the other pictures. Mrs Gordon’s opening words were: “It seemed to us always better to travel without money than with it. If you travel with money, you can’t help going to a decent hotel. And if you go to a decent hotel you find the same accommodation. But if you are counting your cents very carefully, then you always go to the most uncomfortable – and probably most characterist

Jan and Cora Gordon in Sheffield, 1931

The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer for Tuesday 20 January 1931 contains a note about a visit to Yorkshire by Cora Gordon . " A well-known pair of artists who have their studio in Montparnasse are Jan and Cora Gordon . You can go there to tea and drink cocktails if you like them better. You meet there all sorts and conditions of men, and you enjoy yourself very much. They gave their last party before leaving for England last week. I am not quite clear in my mind about an exhibition in London, and just when and where it is going to be, but I do know that Cora Gordon is going up to Sheffield at the end of the month to give two or more lectures about the travels which she and her husband have done together. Their books tell you a lot about these, but you have to hear them talk and play those wooden instruments from Albania to get the colour and fun of it all ." Their exhibition, at London's Twenty One Gallery , began on February 11th 1931 .