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.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Railway Ribaldry

It seems amazing that such an august a company as the Great Western Railway would give Heath Robinson a free hand to devote an entire book to poke gentle fun at the early days of their empire. But this they did, on the occasion of the railway's centenary in 1935, the result being Railway Ribaldry. All aspects of railway construction and operations were covered, all drawn in meticulous detail and with the author's renowned imagination and humour. There are page after page of contraptions, most of which look as though they could actually work. Original copies must be very collectable, mine being a reprint published by Ian Allan in 1970 (for 17/6). I believe that it has been reprinted several times since; if you see a copy, buy it!

1 comment:

  1. This is a classic! I was bought this book, the Ian Allan one of course, in the seventies...I so wish I still had it! Thanks for putting these images on the blog.