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, 26 April 2013


Scanning an old calender of railway posters recently, the one featuring Shrewsbury looked strangely familiar. As it turned out, I had an early 1970s guide book with the same illustration on the cover, although I suspect that the original was done in the 1950s. The artist was Jack Merriott (1901-68), a landscape and portrait painter in both oil and watercolour.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Claude Seere

Another jumble sale, another blog. I picked up a copy of The Car, a book of, often quite dark, cartoons on motoring, very much from a French perspective. This was an English edition from 1984, featuring the work of the excellent Claude Seere. Born in 1938, he died, ironically, in a road accident in 1998.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Ava Norring

Born in Hungary in 1929, Ava Norring moved to the USA following her first marriage in 1948. Despite being dubbed "20th Century Fox's Hungarian answer to Zsa Zsa Gabor", her only credited film appears to have been as Beatrice in The Snows of Kilimanjaro. These pictures are part of a spread by Robert Halmi from the June 1955 issue of Esquire magazine; the advert for the film appeared in the December 1952 issue of Photoplay.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Ionicus in the Dales

A while ago, I bought from eBay a run of issues of The Dalesman, a magazine devoted to life in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area. I had hoped for a nice selection of advertisements and was not disappointed (see the Brown, Muff's posting, for instance). A bonus were the illustrations on the cover, a humorous take on the month in question. These are credited to "Ionicus", who, thanks to wonders of Google, I now know as Joshua Armitage (1913-98). A regular in Punch, he was also well-known for his PG Wodehouse covers for Penguin, one of which I have added to the end of these Dalesman covers from 1969. Note that the price increased by sixpence from the April edition.......

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