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.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield appearing on the cover of Picturegoer, issue dated 16 March 1957. This was all to promote the release of the musical comedy film The Girl Can't Help It, advertised within the paper, which also carried a feature comparing the actress with Marilyn Munroe.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

DS meets XK140

A nice pair of automotive imports into the USA in the 1950s; two pictures from men's magazine After Hours, an issue from 1957. The Citroen DS would have been at the beginning of it's popularity, being sold in the States between 1956 and 1972. The Jaguar XK140 (which I am assuming is the correct model, or so my friends on Flickr tell me), was on the way out, being superseded by the XK150 from later in 1957. The model is Grace Curry, of whom I sadly know nothing.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Brown, Muff's

The Bradford department store Brown, Muff's (no sniggering at the back) could trace it's origins back to 1814. It traded until takeover by House of Frazer in 1977, who subsequently renamed the store as Rackhams. The store, also knowns as BM's and 'The Harrods of the North' stood in Market Street and also had branches in Skipton, Bingley and Doncaster.

The firm advertised extensively in The Dalesman magazine and the recent acquisition of a full set of issues for 1969 has prompted this post. Interestingly, the Bradford shop closed on Saturday afternoons, whilst those in Skipton and Bingley were closed all day on Tuesdays. Bri-Nylon, quilt covers, house coats or soda syphons, anyone?

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Goodbye Eric

A rather inadequate tribute to comic actor and writer Eric Sykes, who died yesterday. This advert appeared in the 3 February 1977 issue of Country Life magazine.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Ghetto Blaster

Advert from Homes & Gardens, October 1979. The price may have been £280, the cost of a decent SLR camera, but I wonder how much it actually weighed?