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, 3 August 2012

Motoring in the 1930s

With a sharp increase in both car ownership and traffic accidents during the 1920s, it became apparent that further regulation of road users was required. The 1930 Road Traffic act paved the way for many changes, including standardisation of road sign-age.

The illustration below comes from the pages of a 1930s road atlas supplied by the Co-operation Wholesale Society, showing some of the new signs. Included is the Belisha Beacon, introduced by Leslie Hore-Belisha, who became Minister for Transport in 1934. A further review of road signs took place in the 1960s, chaired by Sir Walter Worboys, resulting in a new generation of signs suitable for the motorway age. Although the old ones have been largely swept away, some still survive, particularly those giving local directions. These seem to be generally known as 'pre-Worboys'. The lower picture is of an old ring-top directional sign in the Lincolnshire village of Syston, taken in March 1991.


  1. These are great, Kevin. I remember an old highway code book from my childhood...seeing these old signs brings a happy glow of nostalgia. What a collection of literature you must have...I'm surprised you have room for a scanner :-)

  2. Thanks Ian; yes it is amazing how much stuff one accumulates (as my wife will testify!), although now we have this new-fangled internet thingy, I can at least share/inflict their dubious content with others. A friend in Suffolk is having a clear-out and has just sent me a bundle of stuff, including some Rafael Kerchner 'saucy French postcards' from the 1890s........ I feel a new posting coming on! By the way, I am enjoying the art in your 'Teigl's Tumbler'.