About Vintage Stuff

The aim of Vintage Stuff is to display some of the ephemera that I have collected, often inadvertently, over the years. I am now deliberately seeking out interesting old adverts, screen shots, leaflets, obscure record covers, picture postcards and illustrations; anything that catches my eye, in fact. They will be mainly, but not exclusively of UK origin (so many vintage blogs appear to be American) and almost always a scan from something that I actually have in my collection, rather than off the net. If you do re-blog, please acknowledge the source. Further stuff, mainly photographs, can be found on my Flickr pages, via the Benny Hill record cover.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Ding Dong!

Actor Leslie Phillips is 92 today; happy birthday!

Here are three screen shots from the 1959 Pinewood film Please Turn Over, seen here with Julia Lockwood (top) and grappling with frustrated house-wife Mrs Moore, played by Myrtle Reed.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Home time

Remembering a time when lines of buses and trams would await home-going workers in industrial towns, Sheffield Corporation trams gather in Bridge Street, outside the works of Gilbow Tool & Steel Co. during the 1950s.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Happy Birthday Brent Cross!

Brent Cross Shopping Centre was opened forty years ago today, on 2 March 1976, amid some speculation that it would remain a 'white elephant' and that no-one would want to shop in such an environment. It was the first of it's kind in London, although pre-dated by those in Birmingham (1964) and Leicester (1973), and of course went on to be a great success.

Built on former allotment and waste ground in the London Borough of Barnet, rather than developed from an existing site, this Dixon's commercial postcard shows the centre when quite new with London Transport RML/DMS/SMS types on service in the adjoining bus station.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Sunlight, steam and shadows

This is the glory that was Birmingham Snow Hill station. Opened by the Great Western Railway in 1852 and closed (after a lingering death) by British Rail 120 years later, a new station opened in 1987, but without the charm of the original.

A southbound goods drifts through on 1st October 1950, scanned from a 6x6cm size negative taken by the late Mervyn Mason, now in my collection.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Blackpool 1967

No, not the trams, but a couple of Kodachrome slides taken at the airport on 18 September by the late Lyndon Rowe, who had just landed from Ronaldsway on the Isle of Man. First up is the plane that he may have flown in on, British United Douglas DC-3 G-AKNB of 1942-vintage, a plane that survives in the USA as N59NA.

Below is Handley Page Herald G-ASKK, also of British United. New in 1962, this is also still around, preserved at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum.

Saturday, 12 December 2015


A splendid, if battered, advert from the front cover of The Motor Cycle magazine, issue dated 11 August 1949. The company sold out to BSA in 1951, the last motorbikes being built in 1967.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Boatmans Institute

In order to educate the children of boatmen on The Grand Union Canal, this school was opened at Brentford in 1904. Built for The London City Mission in the Arts and Crafts style, the architect was Thomas Henry Nowell Parr (1864-1933), who, at the time of it's building, was architect to the local council. Now a private house, it was grade ll listed only in 2000; this view dates from 1985.