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.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

MG Magnette

Flat cap supplied as standard; Lilliput magazine, March 1957

When trams ran at Eastboune

Although there was never a municipal owned tramway system at Eastbourne, there was this little 2ft gauge line that ran along the shingle for less than a mile between 1954 and 1969. Cars 2 and 4 are seen here in June 1966, scanned from a Kodachrome slide in my collection, based on a London Metropolitan Tramways A class and a Blackpool 'Open Boat' respectively.

After closure, the rolling stock was re-gauged to 2ft 9in and relocated to Seaton, where they still run today. The lad on the left is sporting a duffel bag, almost compulsory for railway/bus/tram enthusiasts back then (mine was red) and look at that clutch of old caravans in the background.

Friday, 27 February 2015

The end of LZ37

A dramatic illustration of the German Zeppelin LZ37, destroyed above Belgium by Reginald Warneford on 7 June 1915. He crashed his Morane fighter behind enemy lines but managed to effect repairs to the fuel line and took off to return home. Warneford was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross, but was killed later in June 1915 flying an american journalist over the battlefield.

This water-colour was by Raymond Sheppard, part of an article that appeared in Lilliput magazine, March 1957.